Alabama Crimson Tide: Brian Randolph

SEC lunchtime links

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A little lunchtime reading from around the SEC:

Ranking the SEC's safeties

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Now that we've ranked the SEC's secondaries, it's time to take a look at the league's top cornerbacks.

Past rankings:
Here are our top 10 SEC safeties:

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Kevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesLSU safety Eric Reid has tremendous cover skills.
1. Eric Reid, Jr., LSU: He might be the league's best ball-hawking threat and he packs quite the punch. He had a knack for making all sorts of plays in LSU's secondary last year -- none bigger than his game-changing interception in the first game against Alabama. He tied for the team lead with 76 tackles, broke up three passes and intercepted two. Pro scouts love his ability to roam all around the field and his tremendous cover skills.

2. Bacarri Rambo, Sr., Georgia: He had a true breakout season last year and could have easily left for the NFL draft. The first-team All-American led the SEC and ranked second nationally with eight interceptions and was second in the SEC with 16 pass breakups. He takes the deep pass away, but is also very solid in defending the run and shorter passes.

3. Matt Elam, Jr., Florida: The headliner of Florida's defense, Elam found himself playing all over the field in 2011. He was second on the team with 78 tackles, but led the Gators with 11 tackles for loss, seven pass breakups and two forced fumbles. He loves contact, but also has improved his coverage skills and can line up at the nickel if needed.

4. Robert Lester, Sr., Alabama: Lester has had a solid career with the Tide so far. He notched an SEC-best eight interceptions in 2010 and flirted with leaving for the NFL after his junior season. He's moving to free safety, but has the speed and ability to play that rover position. He covers a lot of ground and can come in and play in the box as well.

5. D.J. Swearinger, Sr., South Carolina: His move from strong safety to free safety was a plus for the Gamecocks. He turned into a tremendous rover in South Carolina's defensive backfield and wasn't afraid to move closer to the line to hit people -- a lot of people. He's a proven playmaker and has no issues finding the ball, as he's registered 122 solo tackles in three seasons.

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Georgia 2013 ATH's stock skyrockets 

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Very quietly, Kell head coach Derek Cook has transformed the Kell Longhorns football program into one of the best programs in Georgia. With a 35-12 record in the last four years, including their first region championship in 2010, they are a team to be reckoned with in the AAAA class. But coming into a season opener at the Corky Kell Classic versus eventual AAAAA state champion Grayson, Cook was faced with a lot of question marks on defense.

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Kipp Adams/ESPN.comCornerback Brendan Langley says Georgia has pushed past Alabama as his leader.
“We only returned four starters on defense, and Brendan had never played cornerback before,” Cook said of standout athlete Brendan Langley. “He did a great job covering No. 6 and No. 4 for Grayson, and that was when we knew we would be all right on defense.”

In his first year on defense, Langley (Marietta, Ga./Kell) made 60 tackles, six interceptions, five pass break-ups and two fumble recoveries. The 6-foot-1, 186-pound rising senior credits former Kell standout Brian Randolph, a 2011 Tennessee signee and SEC All-Freshmen selection, with helping him make the transition.

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