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Jamin Davis named top breakout defender in SEC

He’s having a heck of a year.

Kentucky vs Tennessee Photo by Jacob Noger/Collegiate Images/Getty Images

Kentucky’s defense came into the season with high expectations. And after two disappointing outings to start the year, they seem to be finding themselves and putting things together. And although several players have stepped up at different times, the standout performers throughout the year has been Jamin Davis.

With the graduation of Kash Daniel and the loss of Chris Oates, the middle linebacker position had been somewhat of a question coming into the year. DeAndre Square has come in and met expectations, playing well and putting up 43 tackles on the year. However, Davis has been even more productive.

Mike Farrell of Rivals recently listed his top ten defensive breakout performers in the SEC for 2020, and Davis found himself on the top of the list.

“Davis is a tackling machine for Kentucky and is also excellent in pass defense,” Farrell wrote. “He is an All-SEC player.”

Davis has 58 tackles on the season, which is good for second overall in the SEC. He is also near the top of the SEC in interceptions with two, one of which he returned for a touchdown. He also has forced one fumble and has a sack on the season.

Although his talent has been recognized, the junior linebacker has exceeded expectations in his production on the field. This was a big need for this Kentucky defense, and he has not only filled the role but has proven to be an upgrade from last year so far this season. From the looks of things, he has a great shot at some conference accolades at the end of the year.