Lane Kiffin and Urban Meyer: Are SEC defenses really FASTER than everybody else?
If you listened to the talking heads on ESPN, one of the biggest things that separates the SEC aka “the conference that has won six BCS championships in a row” is … the speed on defense. It’s almost as if they have a different gear than the rest of college football.
Is that true? Or just a media myth that is perpetuated by ESPN and others?
We asked people who would know, including a couple of former SEC coaches who now hold two of the most prominent non-SEC jobs.
Are SEC defenses really that much faster than the rest of college football?
Lane Kiffin (AP)
- Former Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin, who is now at USC and has the Trojans ranked No. 1 next year in one ESPN poll. “I believe there is a difference of speed in the SEC. The difference to me is in the front seven, especially the defensive line. There are so many good front seven players in high school in the Southeastern region. Obviously a lot of them go and play in the SEC. Every week in the SEC, you’re usually dealing with a matchup issue somewhere up front. Out here [in the Pac 12] you don’t have as many dominant front seven, and specifically defensive linemen. That’s not a knock on anyone. That’s just studying the NFL Draft. The draft will show you that … where out here, you get better passing games sometimes with quarterbacks and wide receivers. You get different things in different areas of the country.”
- Former Florida coach Urban Meyer, who was hired at Ohio State: “Oh no, I think the SEC’s speed is legit. And I can tell you for sure after next year. I haven’t had enough experience yet in the Big Ten. Certainly, the defensive front seven is at a different level in the SEC. We went and recruited a bunch of good guys for our front seven this year for Ohio State, so I hope we can catch the SEC.”
Urban Meyer (AP)
- Former Auburn defensive coordinator Ted Roof, who was hired in the same role at Penn State: “The SEC is certainly a fast, fast league but we’ve got teams that can run in the Big Ten, too. And when you get on a national scale and talk about winning championships, you have to have a team that can run. Yeah, those guys down there in the SEC can run, there’s no doubt about it. But we’ve got guys who can run here, too, and we’re going to recruits places in the Southeast to get more of them.”
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