As the old saying goes, "Defense wins championships". Well this proves to be right, since every single national champion in the BCS era has had a top five ranked defense. Here we are going to go over the players that hope to bring another national championship back to the SEC. The list is no specific order:
Brandon Spikes, MLB, Florida
Spikes is by far one of the scariest defenders in this day in age. Not only does he have the attitude to back up the look, he can just plain out destroy an offensive opponent.
Rolando McClain, MLB, Alabama
McClain anchored one of the best defenses in the nation last year and helped the Tide to a No. 2 rushing defense last year while not allowing a single tailback to break 100 yards.
Eric Berry, SS, Tennessee
Monte Kiffin sure has an athlete on his D. Not only did Eric Berry pick off the opposing QB seven times, those picks made him one of the Vols most powerful offensive weapons. During the Vols down year last season, Berry had 265 return yards and two TDs.
Jeff Owens, DT, Georgia
Owens is a dominant defensive tackle and can defend with the best of them. At 6'3", he is just right for a breakout season.
Eric Norwood, DE, South Carolina
Norwood was one of the few shining stars for the Gamecocks last year. Norwood could have used some help if Munnerlyn had stayed in Columbia, but now he is the leader and only time will tell if he can accept that challenge.
Terrence Cody, NT, Alabama
Cody is a mammoth of a nose tackle. The latest news says that he is down to 385lbs, which should greatly help his production next year even though he made the All-American team last season.
Every player I have just listed is on the 2009 Ronnie Lott Award watch list for the nation's top collegiate defensive player. Every one of these players will have a big impact on the outcome of their teams' seasons next year.