Departing starters in the SEC: East

February, 1, 2013
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We shift our attention to the Eastern Division now and take a look at who’s losing the most starters.

Florida and Georgia are each losing 12 full-time/regular starters, and that counts specialists.

Tennessee is losing the fewest starters in the East with eight, and four of those were underclassmen who left early for the NFL draft.

FLORIDA (12)

Offense: 4
Defense: 7
Specialists: 1

Key losses: Running back Mike Gillislee, defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, linebacker Jelani Jenkins, linebacker Jon Bostic, safety Matt Elam, place-kicker Caleb Sturgis

Of note: The Gators are losing five of their top six tacklers on defense.

GEORGIA (12)

Offense: 2
Defense: 10
Specialists: 0

Key losses: Receiver Tavarres King, outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, inside linebacker Alec Ogletree, nose guard John Jenkins, safety Shawn Williams, safety Bacarri Rambo, cornerback Sanders Commings

Of note: The Bulldogs are losing 12 players on defense who started in at least two games this past season.

SOUTH CAROLINA (11)

Offense: 4
Defense: 6
Specialists: 1

Key losses: Running back Marcus Lattimore, receiver Ace Sanders, center T.J. Johnson, linebacker Shaq Wilson, spur DeVonte Holloman, safety D.J. Swearinger

Of note: The Gamecocks are losing their top four tacklers on defense.

KENTUCKY (9)

Offense: 4
Defense: 4
Specialists: 1

Key losses: Receiver La’Rod King, offensive guard Larry Warford, center Matt Smith, defensive end Collins Ukwu, safety Martavius Neloms

Of note: The Wildcats return four of their top five tacklers on defense. On offense, they don’t return anybody who caught more than two touchdown passes this past season.

MISSOURI (9)

Offense: 3
Defense: 5
Specialists: 1

Key losses: Running back Kendial Lawrence, receiver T.J. Moe, offensive tackle Elvis Fisher, defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, linebacker Zaviar Gooden, linebacker Will Ebner

Of note: The Tigers lose five of their top eight tacklers on defense. On offense, the only player departing who caught a touchdown pass last season is Moe, and he caught just one.

VANDERBILT (9)

Offense: 4
Defense: 4
Specialists: 1

Key losses: Quarterback Jordan Rodgers, running back Zac Stacy, offensive tackle Ryan Seymour, defensive tackle Rob Lohr, cornerback Trey Wilson

Of note: The Commodores lose their top passer and top rusher, but return their top two pass-catches, Jordan Matthews and Chris Boyd, who combined for 13 touchdown receptions. On defense, they return six of their top seven tacklers.

TENNESSEE (8)

Offense: 5
Defense: 3
Specialists: 0

Key losses: Quarterback Tyler Bray, receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, receiver Justin Hunter, offensive guard Dallas Thomas, tight end Mychal Rivera, linebacker Herman Lathers

Of note: The Vols are losing their top four receivers, who combined to catch 26 touchdown passes this past season. On defense, they’re returning 12 of their top 14 tacklers.

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