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Starting Five: MS Valley’s Simpson Leading SWAC Defensive Line Charge

As we prepare for the 2013 football season, we’re taking a look at the best returning HBCU players at each position. Today, we check out the top defensive linemen in the SWAC.

Robert Simpson, Mississippi Valley State 

Like receiver Julian Stafford, Simpson was a shining star on last season’s Mississippi State defense. The 6’3 defensive tackle led the FCS with 22.5 tackles for loss, which included seven sacks, good for third in the SWAC. Simpson heads into his senior season as a Football Gameplan Preseason All-American with hopes of improving both his team’s record and his NFL draft stock.

Damien Lee, UAPB

Lee was a big part of a solid defense that helped UAPB claim the SWAC title in 2012. The 6’3, 260 pound Little Rock, native finished with 31 tackles, including nine for loss. He also recorded 5.5 sacks while helping the UAPB defense rank in the top-three of both passing and rushing defense.

Sean Robinson, UAPB 

Like Lee, Robinson was a force for UAPB. Seven of his 32 tackles went for losses, including four sacks. With Lee and Robinson both returning, opposing offensive lines are in for another tough year.

Devon Carter, Grambling State

2012 was a tough season for Grambling, but Devon Carter was a steady contributor on the defensive line. Carter had 54 tackles in his sophomore season.

Reginald Bailey, Alabama A&M

Reginald Bailey had to wait a year to get on the field for Alabama A&M, but once he did, he quickly made his presence felt. The former JUCO star finished with 37 tackles in his first season at AAMU, including 9.5 for loss.

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