SEC Football:  The East’s Most Important Defensive Players

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Dec 6, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Blake Sims (6) is tackled by Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Markus Golden (33) and linebacker Kentrell Brothers (10) in the third quarter of the 2014 SEC Championship at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

While Missouri has been establishing themselves as ‘DLU’ over the past couple of seasons, it will be a different position that has a greater influence on the Tigers defense in 2015.  Linebackers Kentrell Brothers and Michael Scherer are some of the most talented players on the entire team.

In order for Mizzou to continue to shock in the SEC, Kentrell Brothers will have to show out in 2015.  Brothers has a penchant for showing up in big games, as he had his highest tackle total against Alabama in the SEC Championship.

Brothers will have to step his overall game up, however.  He only totaled one sack, two QB hurries and 5 tackles for loss.  Each of those numbers will have to improve for Missouri to continue their growth in the SEC.

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