SEC Football: Top 5 Candidates to Win Defensive Player of the Year Award

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Sep 6, 2014; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies defensive lineman Myles Garrett (15) reacts after getting a sack during the second quarter against the Lamar Cardinals at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Unless, of course, his sack totals are so inflated in non-conference games that he has 15-plus sacks, which would be the most since Mississippi State’s Willie Evans in 2005. And the last three DPOY winners (S. Ray, M. Sam, J.Jones) all led the league in sacks.

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Myles Garrett

DE, Texas A&M

Myles Garrett was the No. 2 recruit in the nation last year and lived up to the billing with an SEC freshman record 11.5 sacks, second to Shane Ray. Garrett excelled on passing downs but he’ll have to be better against the run and needs to show up in big games.

Garrett had great season stats but he wasn’t great in SEC games. He had three of his 11.5 sacks came against SEC competition last year. It’s great to have 3.5 sacks against Louisiana-Monroe, but he can’t pad his stats against inferior opponents and come in higher than second.

Unless, of course, his sack totals are so inflated in non-conference games that he has 15-plus sacks, which would be the most since Mississippi State’s Willie Evans in 2005. And the last three DPOY winners (S. Ray, M. Sam, J.Jones) all led the league in sacks.

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