No. 10 Marcell Dareus Alabama defensive lineman

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    No. 10 Marcell Dareus
    Alabama defensive lineman Marcell Dareus (57) pushes off Texas quarterback Garrett Gilbert (3) after catching an interception during the second quarter of the BCS Championship game on Jan. 7, 2010. Dareus went on to score a touchdown on the play. (AP photo)

    By Robbie Andreu
    Staff writer

    Published: Sunday, July 11, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
    Last Modified: Sunday, July 11, 2010 at 12:15 a.m.
    Gatorsports counts down the top 25 players in the SEC, leading right up to SEC Media Days.

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    Alabama junior defensive end

    Why he's No. 10: He took over as a starter as a true sophomore last season and quickly emerged as one of the SEC's most dominant defenders. At 6-foot-3, 306 pounds, Dareus has the size and strength of a defensive tackle, but also has the quickness and speed of a pure pass-rushing defensive end. It's a combination that offensive tackles have had a hard time contending with. He's a great pass rusher — and a physical, dominant run stopper. He was practically unblockable in the spring and enters the 2010 season as a strong All-America candidate.

    Key number: Dareus led the SEC in sacks last season with 6.5. He also recorded 25 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, four quarterback hurries and two pass breakups.

    Fun fact: Dareus is the perfect example of why you trust the coaching staff when it comes to recruiting. Coming out of high school, Darues was rated only a three-star recruit by Rivals. But after two seasons, he's become a five-star player for the Tide.

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