Without question, most of the glory in college football goes to the players on offense.
However, in the Southeastern Conference—where the five most recent BCS National Championship trophies reside—it could be argued that defense is king.
Sure, Cam Newton won the Heisman Trophy last year, but would Auburn have won it all without Nick Fairley? The same goes with Alabama, which had Marcell Dareus and Rolando McClain to go along with Heisman winner Mark Ingram, and Florida, which had defensive stalwarts like Brandon Spikes and Joe Haden when Tim Tebow was taking home the big stiff-arm.
And no doubt the SEC is once again loaded with talent on defense. Here is a look at arguably the best defensive player on each of the six ranked SEC teams in the USA Today Coaches Poll.