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More SEC underclassmen drafted than other conference

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Auburn's Tre Mason was one of many SEC players who have left with a year of eligibility remaining. (AP)

Auburn’s Tre Mason is one of many SEC players who have left with a year of eligibility remaining. (AP)

Steve Spurrier wouldn’t be surprised if RB Mike Davis leaves for the NFL after this season.

Davis will have a year of eligibility left, but Spurrier might help push him out the door.

“Mike Davis, if he has a big year, he’s going to go pro,” Spurrier told ESPN.com. “And we’re going to tell him to go pro, because he should. The lifespan of a running back is only a certain amount of years. If a young man after three years can go, we’re going to shake his hand and let him go. That’s why you keep recruiting more running backs.”

That would just continue a trend for SEC players.

Photos: SEC players selected in the 2014 NFL Draft | Georgia athletes picked

The SEC has lost 109 underclassmen to the NFL since 2007 — when the conference won the first of its seven consecutive national titles — almost double the total of the next two conferences combined, according to STATS Inc., and reported by the AP.

The Pac-12 has had 57 underclassmen drafted and the ACC has lost 54 early.

“The 49 first-round selections among underclassmen during that span tops the Pac-12, ACC and Big Ten combined (44),” the AP wrote.

Those players who left early last spring included: LSU WRs Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry, Alabama DB Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney and Auburn RB Tre Mason.

“We do lead college football in three-and-outs,” LSU coach Les Miles, who has lost 18 underclassmen to the NFL in the past two years, said in the story.


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