Bednarik Award watch list is SEC-loaded

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Fifteen SEC players made the cut Monday on the watch list for the Bednarik Award, an honor presented annually to the top defensive player in college football. The league’s impressive representation on the 76-player list is no surprise given the returning talent on the defensive side of the football this season.

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Three Georgia linebackers headline the list under first-year defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt followed by players representing nine other programs including 2013 All-SEC first teamers Cody Prewitt (Ole Miss), Vernon Hargreaves (Florida) and A.J. Johnson (Tennessee).

Three SEC players have won the Bednarik over the last decade — LSU’s Tyrann Mathieu (2011), Patrick Peterson (2010) and Georgia’s David Pollack (2004).

SEC players on the 2014 Bednarik Award watch list

Alabama: Landon Collins, S; Trey DePriest, LB; A’Shawn Robinson, DE

Arkansas: Trey Flowers, DE

Auburn: Robenson Therezie, S

Florida: Dante Fowler, DE; Vernon Hargreaves, CB

Georgia: Leonard Floyd, LB; Ramik Wilson, LB; Jordan Jenkins, LB

Kentucky: Alvin Dupree, DE

Mississippi: Cody Prewitt, S

Mississippi State: Benardrick McKinney, LB

Missouri: Markus Golden, DE

Tennessee: A.J. Johnson, LB




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  • Here are the teams that had the best defense (yards allowed per play) 2013-14 year.

    Alabama 4.8 yards per play in a league that is the reigning king of attacking power
    Michigan St. 4.0 yard per play in a legue that is 4th among attacking power leagues
    Florida State 4.1 yards per play in a league that is 5th among attacking power leagues
    Stanford 4.8 yards per play in a league that is 3rd in attacking power

  • Good stuff Wolfman. Watch out for Landon Collins this year.

  • Safety Cody Prewitt should have a ridiculous season. He is the hardest hitting in the SEC and has a ton of experience. And with Ole Miss having all of this starters back in the secondary and with the depth back there, it’s going to be tough for teams to throw the ball on Ole Miss. With the size, speed, and talent the Ole Miss secondary. WRs aren’t going to want to go across the middle on this defense.

    • Yea, the rest of the SEC teams are shaking in their shoes!

      • Ha, and you actually believe that anyone is scared of anything MSU has lol. Look I realize that you’re a MSU fan, so you’re probably not that well educated. MSU fans actually believe Prescott is going to win the Hiesman. That always makes me laugh.

        • Armyguy … I have to agreed 100%! Cody Prewitt is set for a ridiculous season. Hotty Toddy

          This crackpot Rriffe is such a pathetic Homer .. Those MisStake Crotch sniffers live in a fantasy land ALL THEIR OWN! LOL

          Bound to happen … It’s tough for them having to live in the shadow of their big brother OLE MISS. THE Flagship University of Mississippi. REBELS on the Rise!

        • It’s funny ’cause ole miss is a school for rednecks. Pfft can’t even spell “Heisman”.

  • B-Mac is the best LB in the SEC.Dawgs gonna do it this fall.Dak for Heisman!

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