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Young boasts a different defensive reputation

The Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year award has a track record. It's usually given to a fearsome shot blocker or a lockdown perimeter defender. Patric Young is neither of those, and he's aware of it. That knowledge is what makes him the defender he is. The 6-9 center is always in position and has learned the finer points of defense that make him a nightmare for the opposition.

What makes Young special, and ultimately earned him the SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors, is his activity on the defensive side of the ball. He's the eyes of the defense, able to see what offensive sets the opponent is in and shout out cues to his fellow Florida defenders. When Florida opponents heavily involve screens to run their offense, which Young estimates happens 60 percent of the...

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