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Gerald Herbert, File, Associated Press
FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2011, file photo, LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu (7) returns a fumble for a touchdown as Kentucky running back Josh Clemons (20) pursues during the third quarter of an NCAA college football game in Baton Rouge, La. Mathieu has seemingly been everywhere for the Tigers this season, compiling a stat line in four games that most defensive backs would be happy to accomplish in a career. His play for the top-ranked team in the country has spawned a grass roots Heisman Trophy campaign by LSU fans that includes a Tyrann Mathieu for Heisman Facebook page.

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.