SEC Football:  The East’s Most Important Defensive Players

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Nov 15, 2014; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators wide receiver Latroy Pittman Jr. (9) caches the ball over South Carolina Gamecocks safety T.J. Gurley (20) during the second half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. South Carolina Gamecocks defeated the Florida Gators 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

South Carolina’s defensive was ill-equipped to stop a peewee team in 2014.  If the Gamecocks are to regain their form, T.J. Gurley will be absolutely key.  He will be moving from safety to South Carolina’s “spur” position.

Gurley will have more responsibilities there than he did while at safety.  He will be responsible for rushing the passer, providing extra run support and still aid in pass protection.   His mastery of the position will be key in determining the Gamecocks success of failure in 2015.

Gurley totaled 80 tackles, 4 passes broken up and an interception in 2014.  If he can add some sacks, forced fumbles and add to his interception total, South Carolina’s defense will benefit tremendously.

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