CFB Film Room’s Midseason All-SEC Team: Defense

We’ve reached the halfway point of the season in the SEC, so it’s time to breakdown CFB Film Room’s selections for the midseason All-SEC team.

Here are our selections for the SEC’s top offensive players through the first half of the 2017 season, with a key stat for each player:

 

Edge-Rushers

Jeff Holland, Auburn

Holland has been the SEC’s most dominant pass-rusher, leading the league with 28 QB pressures, including seven sacks.

Josh Allen, Kentucky

Allen has generated 17 QB pressures this season and has been remarkbly efficient at finishing when he gets a shot at the quarterback—15 of 17 pressures have been sacks or hits.

 

Defensive Tackles

Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State

Mississippi State’s development on defense this year has been made possible in part due to Simmon’s ability the anchor the line. He’s generated 11 QB pressures, including five sacks—impressive production from an interior lineman.

Da’Ron Payne, Alabama

Panye is the anchor of Alabama’s line and excels against the run. He’s among the team leaders with 28 tackles and has also added six QB pressures.

 

Linebackers

Roquan Smith, Georgia

Smith is among the SEC leaders with 55 tackles and has just three missed tackles, giving him an impressive tackle rate of 94.8 percent. He’s also added nine stuffs and six QB pressures.

Terez Hall, Missouri

Missouri’s defense is a mess but Hall is still making his mark. He has a 91.7 percent tackle rate and leads the SEC with 11 stuffs.

De’Jon Harris, Arkansas

Harris is another standout on a terrible defense. He’s tasked with cleaning up the mess created by Arkansas’ defensive line and yet he’s only missed two tackles all season.

 

Cornerback

Marco Wilson, Florida

Wilson has allowed four receptions this season, and it’s no fluke either. He’s the only cornerback in the SEC with at least 20 targets, who has contested over 50 percent of the throws in his direction.

Levi Wallace, Alabama

On throws at least seven yards downfield, Wallace has allowed just four receptions on 21 targets, and has contested seven of those targets.

Kevin Toliver, LSU

Opposing teams have been avoiding Toliver, choosing to pick on Greedy Williams instead. When teams have tested Toliver, he’s proven why avoiding him is a strong strategy. Toliver has contested 10 of the 14 targets he’s seen at seven or more yards downfield, while allowing just three receptions.

 

Safety

Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama

Fitzpatrick has been inconsistent in coverage this season, but his role is much larger than that at Alabama. He’s among the team leaders with seven QB pressures, an impressive number for a safety.

J.R. Reed, Georgia

Reed’s somewhat unexpected emergence in the Georgia secondary has arguably made him the MVP of their dominant defense. He leads the SEC in tackle rate at 97.4 percent, thanks to just one missed tackle on the season—and keep in mind, that’s a stat typically dominated by bigger, more physical linebackers and edge-rushers.

 

Check out the All-SEC offensive team here.

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