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.
Of note: The Gators are losing five of their top six tacklers on defense.
Of note: The Bulldogs are losing 12 players on defense who started in at least two games this past season.
SOUTH CAROLINA (11)
Of note: The Gamecocks are losing their top four tacklers on defense.
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.
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.
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.
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.