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Ranking Sun Belt Defenses

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Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images.
Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images.

Last year, the Hilltoppers led the Sun Belt in sacks. Expect that trend to continue in 2013. Although the pass rush is going to take a hit with the loss of Quanterius Smith, the Hilltoppers can still rely on linebackers Andrew Jackson and Xavius Boyd. Together, they may head the best linebacking corps in the conference. Also expect to see big plays from talented safety Jonathan Dowling.