Seven different SEC teams have players on the preseason watch list for the 2010 Chuck Bednarik Award, which has been presented to the nation's top defensive player since 1995.
Alabama, Miami and North Carolina all had three players each on the 60-man list to lead the nation. Making it for the Crimson Tide were defensive end Marcell Dareus, linebacker Dont'a Hightower and safety Mark Barron.
The other SEC players making the cut were cornerback Patrick Peterson and linebacker Kelvin Sheppard of LSU, cornerback Stephon Gilmore of South Carolina, safety Ahmad Black of Florida, outside linebacker Justin Houston of Georgia, defensive end Pernell McPhee of Mississippi State, nose tackle Jerrell Powe of Ole Miss and linebacker Josh Bynes of Auburn.
Here's my list of the other SEC defenders who should have been nominated, but weren't: Vanderbilt linebacker Chris Marve, South Carolina defensive end Cliff Matthews, Florida cornerback Janoris Jenkins, Ole Miss defensive end Kentrell Lockett and Kentucky defensive end DeQuin Evans.
Here's a link to the entire Bednarik watch list.