E Nick Coe*, Auburn (4-star recruit)
L Briston Guidry*, Arkansas (4-star recruit)
L Quinnen Williams*, Alabama (4-star recruit)
The skinny: Coe is a backup on a deep Tigers defensive front, but he still has managed to make an impact with 29 tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss. Williams also is a reserve on a deep defensive front, but he, too, had his moments this season; he has six tackles for loss and had sacks against LSU and Texas A&M. Guidry is squatty (6-2, 28)) but has good quickness; he had 21 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss.
LB Anthony Hines, Texas A&M (4-star recruit)
LB Grant Morgan*, Arkansas (unranked; walk-on)
LB Erroll Thompson*, Mississippi State (3-star recruit)
The skinny: Thompson is the leading tackler among SEC freshman linebackers with 44 stops; at 250 pounds, he’s a physical presence against the run but also got into opposing backfields on occasion. Morgan is small (5-11, 220) but tough and savvy, and he made 38 tackles in a backup role. Hines arrived with a lot of hype and began living up to it this season; he has 32 tackles, three sacks and six tackles for loss.
CB C.J. Henderson, Florida (4-star recruit)
CB Greedy Williams*, LSU (4-star recruit)
CB Marco Wilson, Florida (4-star recruit)
S Grant Delpit, LSU (4-star recruit)
S Derrick Tucker, Texas A&M (4-star recruit)
The skinny: The strongest position in the SEC among freshmen is the secondary; there were another three or four guys who could’ve been included. Williams (whose real first name is Andraez) lived up to his nickname by snaring a league-high five interceptions; he also had 10 pass breakups and 34 tackles, and he is GN’s defensive freshman of the year. Henderson was second in the league with four picks, and he took two back for scores. Wilson had 10 pass breakups and 34 tackles. Delpit was a physical presence with 52 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, a pick and eight pass breakups. Tucker had 43 tackles, a pick-six, a forced fumble and four pass breakups.
K Jace Christmann*, Mississippi State (unranked; walk-on)
P Aidan Marshall, Auburn (unranked; walk-on)
R De’Vion Warren, Arkansas (3-star recruit)
The skinny: Warren was a big-time weapon as a kick returner (26.4 yards per return, a TD against Auburn). Christmann doesn’t have a huge leg, but his consistency was important for a Bulldogs team that had lacked that from its kicker for a while. Marshall was the only freshman punter of note in the league this season.
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