Published July 13, 2011 - 7:11am
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The Chuck Bednarik Award is given annually to the nation’s top defensive player. The watch list for the award totaled 65 players. More importantly, there were 18 players from the SEC on that list.
If you will remember LSU’s Patrick Peterson won this award in 2010.
Here is the watch list for 2011 in the SEC:
LB Ryan Baker, LSU
S Mark Barron, Alabama
DE Jake Bequette, Arkansas
CB Brandon Boykin, Georgia
CB Morris Claiborne, LSU
LB Jerry Franklin, Arkansas
CB Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina
CB Casey Hayward, Vanderbilt
LB Dont’a Hightower, Alabama
DT Jaye Howard, Florida
CB Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama
S Robert Lester, Alabama
LB Chris Marve, Vanderbilt
LB Tyrann Mathieu, LSU
DE Devin Taylor, South Carolina
LB Danny Trevathan, Kentucky
LB Courtney Upshaw, Alabama
S Prentiss Waggner, Tennessee
And once again Alabama dominates a defensive award list, as they are figured to have the nation’s top defense.