A handful of SEC players have been listed as players to watch for the 2016 Lott Impact Trophy, which is awarded to college football’s best defensive player in terms of play and character.
Alabama leads the SEC with three key players named. Defensive lineman Jonathan Allen, linebacker Tim Williams and safety Eddie Jackson are all featured on the Lott watch list. Allen led the Tide with 12 sacks last season, Williams recorded 10.5 sacks and Jackson recorded six interceptions. All three were key members of Alabama’s national championship team.
Tennessee defensive end Derek Barnett and cornerback Evan Berry represent the Volunteers on the list. Barnett is poised for a breakout season after posting 10 sacks in 2015, while Berry recorded 18 tackles, one interception and scored four touchdowns.
Another breakout player to watch is LSU safety Jamal Adams, who was voted All-SEC Second Team after leading the team with 60 tackles and four interceptions during his sophomore campaign.
Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett could be a frontrunner for the award. One of the preeminent pass rushers in the SEC, Garrett led the conference with 12.5 sacks last season and could be the top overall pick in next year’s NFL Draft.
The final SEC player on the list is Missouri defensive end Charles Harris. He may not be a household name, but Harris was a force last season, recording seven sacks and 56 tackles as a redshirt sophomore.