Earlier, we took at look at five SEC Eastern Division players from the offensive side of the ball to keep an eye on in 2013 when it comes to potential breakout seasons. Now, we're taking a stab at breakout defensive players to watch out for this fall (in alphabetical order):
I probably won't get the West, as I have spine surgery tomorrow.
With two of Alabama's top offensive stars returning for the 2013 season, the Crimson Tide could have a strong chance of bringing home its second Heisman Trophy in program history, according to oddsmaker Danny Sheridan
Nick Saban's team, first and foremost, helped itself, but it also was helped by the Fighting Irish's poor execution. Missed tackles and getting caught peeking in the backfield characterized the Irish defense's early showing. On offense, the play-calling, albeit eight plays, was less than inventive. Two run plays in eight chances, no establishing of Everett Golson as a run threat to work the safeties or use of the zone-read to find openings. When the Tide got the ball, they stuck to their well rehearsed plan of attack. An early run was stuffed by the Irish, but it also got the team from South Bend sucked up enough in its run responsibilities to make the second-down play-action pass a big success.