The watch list for the 2010 Rotary Lombardi Award is a pretty good indication that the SEC will be strong in the trenches this season.
The SEC placed 15 players on the list, including three from Alabama -- offensive tackle James Carpenter, defensive end Marcell Dareus and linebacker Dont'a Hightower.
The Rotary Lombardi Award goes to "down linemen, end-to-end, either on offense or defense, who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, or linebackers who set up no farther than 5 yards deep from the line of scrimmage."
Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was the 2009 winner.
Here's a look at the 15 SEC players who made the 2010 preseason watch list:
Georgia offensive tackle Clint Boling
Alabama offensive tackle James Carpenter
Alabama defensive end Marcell Dareus
Alabama linebacker Dont'a Hightower
Georgia outside linebacker Justin Houston
Arkansas offensive tackle DeMarcus Love
South Carolina defensive end Cliff Matthews
Mississippi State defensive end Pernell McPhee
Florida center Mike Pouncey
Ole Miss nose tackle Jerrell Powe
Auburn center Ryan Pugh
South Carolina tight end Weslye Saunders
LSU linebacker Kelvin Sheppard
Mississippi State offensive tackle Derek Sherrod
Auburn offensive tackle Lee Ziemba