The most overrated defensive statistic in this year’s SEC East?

It just might be returning tacklers.

Tennessee leads the division with eight of its top ten guys coming back.  The bad news for the Vols is that magic didn’t work last season.

Tennessee returned 12 of its top 15 tacklers from 2011 and proceeded to have its worst defensive showing in school history last season. The Vols finished 107th nationally in total defense and gave up 37 or more points in eight of their 12 games.

And UT will be on its third defensive coordinator in as many years.  That doesn’t bode well.

Meanwhile, none of the three presumed division leaders bring back many of their top tacklers:  Florida will miss five of its top six, Georgia loses its top four and South Carolina loses the top four and six of the top eight.

Maybe it’s Vanderbilt by default.  The Commodores weren’t bad last year and their top three tacklers and six of their top seven are coming back.

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4 responses to “The most overrated defensive statistic in this year’s SEC East?

  1. stoopnagle

    Nothing sucks like a big orange they say and that looks especially true for the upcoming.

  2. Bobby

    I agree that tackling stats are overrated. It’s one thing if a player collects an insane number of tackles by running sideline-to-sideline, hustling to make plays that a lesser (or less motivated) athlete wouldn’t be able to. It’s another thing if a player simply collects garbage tackles (like making a tackle 3 yds after the point of collision).

    Plus, when a defense has a lot of players w/ high tackle stats, it tends to suggest that the defense is giving up way too many 1st downs.

  3. Texas Dawg

    I’d like my defense to have about equal number of tackling across the board, so we aren’t relying on one or three guys to be everywhere…. of course predators like the just-departed JJ are always nice to have stalking the QB

  4. WF dawg

    Todd Gurley says that Vanderbilt tackling isn’t all that great.