Florida and LSU fans have endlessly argued over which school is more deserving of the “DBU” moniker as the program that pumps out the best talent at the defensive back positions Another SEC school may be more deserving than both of them.
Believe it or not, that school is South Carolina. According to an analysis by CBSSports.com’s Jon Solomon, the Gamecocks are the second-best school in the country at churning out NFL defensive backs. LSU ranked fourth and Florida was sixth on Solomon’s list.
Solomon’s formula assigned point values to a handful of factors: NFL starts, Pro Bowl selections, draft picks and first-round picks since 2006. South Carolina finished with 696 total points, while LSU and Florida received 683 and 522 points, respectively. Texas came in first with 738 total points.
South Carolina may not produce as many headliners as LSU or Florida, but there are plenty of reputable Gamecocks DBs in the NFL, such as Johnathan Joseph, Dunta Robinson, Stephon Gilmore, D.J. Swearinger and many others. Combined, South Carolina defensive backs have started 646 NFL games since 2006 and Joseph has been named to two Pro Bowls. Nine South Carolina defensive backs have been taken in the NFL draft since 2006, and Joseph and Gilmore were first-round selections.
LSU defensive backs have combined for 15 Pro Bowl selections, but only 515 total starts. Florida DBs have been selected to four Pro Bowls and have made 485 starts.
Perhaps South Carolina should be nicknamed “DBU,” settling the quarrel once and for all.