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Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
The SEC placed 10 players, more than any other conference in the country, on the 2009 Lott Trophy Watch List.
The list is made up of 42 of the nation's top defensive players who've had the biggest IMPACT on their teams on and off the field. IMPACT stands for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.
Alabama and Georgia each had two players to make the list. Linebacker Rolando McClain and defensive tackle Terrence Cody were the Crimson Tide's representatives, and linebacker Rennie Curran and defensive tackle Jeff Owens were the Bulldogs' representatives.
Tennessee safety Eric Berry, who was a semifinalist for the award last season, is a repeat nominee.
Others on the list include Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes, Vanderbilt linebacker Patrick Benoist, Kentucky defensive end Jeremy Jarmon, LSU safety Harry Coleman and South Carolina outside linebacker Eric Norwood.
This is the sixth year of the Lott Trophy. SEC players have won three of the previous five awards -- Georgia's David Pollack in 2004, Alabama's DeMeco Ryans in 2005 and LSU's Glenn Dorsey in 2007.
There were a couple of surprising omissions on this year's list with regard to SEC players.
Where is Kentucky cornerback Trevard Lindley? Where is Arkansas defensive tackle Malcolm Sheppard? Where is Auburn defensive end Antonio Coleman? Where is Mississippi State linebacker Jamar Chaney?
And how is it that nobody on Ole Miss' defense is nominated?