Defenses setting the tone in the SEC

By Kurt Voigt

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Oct. 6 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

Where have you gone, Tim Tebow, Cam Newton and Ryan Mallett?

The stars are still there in the Southeastern Conference, but most are on defense.

Courtney Upshaw has helped No. 2 Alabama lead the nation in scoring and rushing defense. LSU sophomore Tyrann Mathieu already holds his school's career record for forced fumbles and South Carolina's Melvin Ingram has already been named the SEC's defensive player of the week twice this season.

Alabama, top-ranked LSU, Florida and Vanderbilt are all in the top 15 in the country in scoring defense.

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