The next player on our list deserved a lot more national attention than he received last season:
No. 11: Danny Trevathan, LB, Kentucky, Sr.
Preseason rank: No. 17 in the 2011 preseason rankings.
2011 summary: For the second straight season, Trevathan led the SEC in tackles, registering 143 stops, including 67 solo tackles. He also had 11.5 tackles for loss, three sacks and led the Wildcats with four interceptions and defended nine passes. He also tied for second in the SEC with five forced fumbles, was selected as a first team All-SEC member by The Associated Press, and a second team member by the league's coaches.
Why he's here: Yet again, Trevathan was one of the hardest working players in the SEC. He really excelled in new defensive coordinator Rick Minter's defense because of his freedom to move all over the field. He was easily one of the most underrated players in the entire country and was often overlooked by others at his position, but there was no doubting how good Trevathan was for the Wildcats. He displayed tremendous closing speed when pursuing players and could also drop back into coverage if needed. He had a real nose for the ball and was rarely caught out of position when he was on the field. Trevathan registered eight games with double-digit tackles, including recording 17 stops three different times last season. In those games, Trevathan had 25 solo tackles. Trevathan wasn't the biggest player at his position, but he was easily one of the toughest and had a motor that just didn't stop. He was Kentucky's Will linebacker, but had the skill and knowledge to play each linebacker position for the Wildcats. Trevathan was also the ultimate leader for the Wildcats and really was the heart of that entire Kentucky team last fall.
No. 12: William Vlachos, C, Alabama
No. 13: Joe Adams, WR/RS, Arkansas
No. 14: Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia
No. 15: Jarius Wright, WR, Arkansas
No. 16: Cordy Glenn, OT, Georgia
No. 17: Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
No. 18: Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia
No. 19: Bacarri Rambo, S, Georgia
No. 20: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
No. 21: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
No. 22: Rueben Randle, WR, LSU
No. 23: Casey Hayward, CB, Vanderbilt
No. 24: Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina
No. 25: Michael Dyer, RB, Auburn