has named Derek Barnett as the Top Pass Rusher in the SEC. Here's what they wrote:
1. Derek Barnett, Tennessee
2014 stats: 10 sacks, 8 quarterback hurries
Barnett burst onto the scene as a true freshman last season with 10 sacks and an amazing 20.5 tackles for loss. He only started 10 games, so he should have more opportunities to make plays in his sophomore season. Barnett is expected to be stronger than ever after having an injured shoulder repaired. Barnett arrived on campus last summer, and still hasn't been through a spring practice. But his experience in the program - and improved talent around him - should allow him to be more productive than he was last season. As good as he was a year ago, the Tennessee staff has repeatedly said he can get much better. He only had one sack through six games, then got three apiece against Ole Miss and South Carolina in the second half of the season. He got better as the year progressed, and his 18 tackles for loss in SEC play were six more than anyone else in the league. Also, all 10 of his sacks came in conference games. Maggitt may have had more sacks last season, and he may have a higher number this season because of double teams, but Barnett is the one that offensive linemen won't want to face because of his motor and physicality.
The Vols' Curt Maggitt is #4 on the list
4. Curt Maggitt, Tennessee
2014 stats: 11 sacks, 5 quarterback hurries
Maggitt has battle injuries and played different positions since his arrival at Tennessee, but he emerged as one of the best pass rushers in the conference last season. He was tied for second in the SEC with 11 sacks a year ago, and he added five quarterback hurries. With star sophomore Derek Barnett attacking the passer on the other side, it really opens things up for Maggitt to pin his ears back and get to the quarterback. One thing that will help this season is the improved talent around him on the Vols defense. Opponents will have more than Maggitt and Barnett to worry about this season.