- Chris Low, ESPN Senior Staff Writer
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Now that we know officially which underclassmen have entered the NFL draft, let’s take a look at those SEC teams losing the most starters.
If a player opened the 2012 season as a starter and only played two or three games before being lost for the season due to an injury or suspension, he wasn’t counted. An example would be LSU offensive tackle Chris Faulk.
We’ll start in the West and look at the East later today.
Texas A&M is losing the most full-time/regular starters in the West with 13 and Ole Miss the least with seven.
TEXAS A&M (13)
Of note: The Aggies are losing five members of their starting front-seven on defense.
Of note: The Tigers lost 10 underclassmen to the NFL draft, and six of those were starters on defense.
Of note: The Crimson Tide are losing three starters on the offensive line and their top rusher, Lacy. But they return their top passer, AJ McCarron, who just missed throwing for 3,000 yards (2,933) as well as 1,000-yard rusher T.J. Yeldon (1,108) and 1,000-yard receiver Amari Cooper (1,000).
Of note: The Hogs lose their top passer, their top two rushers and their top three receivers. They also lose three of their top four tacklers.
MISSISSIPPI STATE (10)
Of note: Offensive guard Tobias Smith, who was listed as a senior this past season, has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA after losing the 2009 season and most of the 2011 season to injuries. He’s considering coming back and playing in 2013.
Of note: The Tigers are losing just four players who started in more than half of their games last season -- offensive guard John Sullen, Blake, Lemonier and Bates.
OLE MISS (7)
Of note: The Rebels return eight of their top nine tacklers on defense, and on offense, they return their top passer, top two rushers and top three receivers.