Posted: 6:30 am Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

More SEC underclassmen drafted than other conference 

By Andy Johnston

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.

8 comments
PaulinNH
PaulinNH

"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."

I have been hearing ads on the radio saying the US is ranked #32 globally in math.  It's nonsense like the quote above that makes me think that #32 ranking might be too high.

57 for Pac-12 + 54 for ACC = 111.  Double this is 222.

Jim70
Jim70

The real question is after four years, how many underclassmen are still in the NFL.  obviously they don't have a degree, so what is their status. 

Wolfman2
Wolfman2

So why stick around and get a degree with the quality of academics in the SEC??

GTBob
GTBob

The SEC employs more minor league players than any other conference. We are all really surprised.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Just proves that these young men are not at college to get a degree, they want a contract and a signing bonus. I would have been the same way had i been in their shoes as a young man. Let me see, class or cash?

Hangonsloopy
Hangonsloopy

I think that the SEC! SEC! can say the same about Fulmer Cup winners of late. 

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

The agents are selling the kids on their 2nd contract (players that will be drafted in the later rounds that is).

Jack5150
Jack5150

And after 3 years in the league how many of those underclassmen are still making NFL money?