SEC teams find success through tough running games

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It goes back to the SEC’s big, fast defensive linemen, who resemble NFL defensive linemen more than those in any other conference, Tennessee coach Derek Dooley said. Those linemen get to quarterbacks quickly, so Dooley said it’s important to have a strong running game.

Dooley said defensive linemen in the SEC get better facing talented runners daily in practice.

“There’s a certain element of toughness that running the football creates in your football team because in practice you have to defend it and you have to do it _ you have to do it every day. If you never run the ball in practice, how do you develop a good, tough, physical defense?”

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AP Sports Writers Will Graves in Lexington, Ky.; John Zenor in Auburn, Ala.; Brett Martel in Baton Rouge, La.; and Associated Press Writer Jeffrey Collins in Columbia, S.C., contributed to this report.

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