The Sooners aren't the only team with defensive players boasting otherworldly combinations of speed, strength and athleticism. A slew of players have arisen who can single-handedly kill off drives and wreak havoc on game plans. Who'll be this year's LaVar Arrington or Roy Williams? Here are five dominant defenders who don't wear Oklahoma crimson.
BOSS BAILEY, LINEBACKER GEORGIA, SENIOR
THE NUMBERS: 6' 4", 218; 152 career tackles, including 65 last year; possesses freakish 46-inch vertical leap.
THE QUOTE: "He's a physical linebacker who has the ability to play like a defensive back," says Ole Miss coach David Cutcliffe. "Anything that anybody says about him is true—he's that good."
DEWAYNE WHITE, END LOUISVILLE, SENIOR
THE NUMBERS: 6' 3", 277; 15 sacks, second in nation, 27 tackles for loss (seventh); Conference USA defensive player of the year.
THE QUOTE: "He's an instinctive player," says Southern Miss coach Jeff Bower. "Coupled with his athleticism, speed and toughness, that's what makes him dominant. He uses a little of everything—quickness, speed and strength—to get to the quarterback."
E.J. HENDERSON, LINEBACKER MARYLAND, SENIOR
THE NUMBERS: 6'2", 250; ACC defensive player of the year; 103 solo tackles last year, including a team-record 28 for loss.
THE QUOTE: "He makes quick reads and pursues from sideline to sideline," says Georgia Tech offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien. "The worst news we got was that he was coming back for his senior year."