Anthony Bass, Tennessee State
Tennessee State had a great season last year, and defense was a big part of that. One of the biggest reasons for TSU’s success was its pass rush, led by Bass. The junior recorded 10 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss en route to earning Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year Honors. Look for more of the same this season as TSU challenges for the OVC title.
Andrew Carter, South Carolina State
Carter led the MEAC with 11 sacks in 13 games last season, helping the team get back to the playoffs after a down 2012 season. He also recorded 15 tackles behind the line in 2013.
Miles Grooms, Hampton
2013 was another disappointing season in Pirateland, but little of that blame falls on Miles Grooms’ broad shoulders. The 6’4, 245 pound defensive end had a monster sophomore season, racking up 9.5 sacks and a total of 18.5 tackles for loss. By the time Grooms is finished at Hampton, he could break some records.
Alex Glover, South Carolina State
Glover teamed with Andrew Carter to give South Carolina State one of the most fearsome pass-rushing tandems in the FCS last season. Glover came up with 9.5 sacks and a total of 14.5 sacks behind the line. Look for more of the same in 2014.
Amir Bloom, Texas Southern
Bloom’s eight sacks in nine games accounted for nearly half of Texas Southern’s 2013 quarterback takedowns. The 6’4, 245 pound defensive end recorded a team-high 13.5 stops behind the line during his sophomore season.