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SEC Defensive Player of the Year rankings, Week 12: Will Anderson Jr. stays on top

 Chris Lee   in Football

Kingsley Enagbare photo courtesy of South Carolina athletics.

Here's our top 14 contenders for SEC Defensive Player of the Year. Tackle numbers count a solo tackle as a full tackle and an assist as a half-tackle. 

1. Will Anderson Jr., LB, AlabamaThe Heisman talk continues to grow louder

2. Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia: Continues to be the top defender on the country's best defense, according to Pro Football Focus.

3. Antonio Johnson, CB, Texas A&M: Covers well and putting up numbers in run defense (56.5 tackles, 7.5 for loss), too.

4. Jordan Davis, DL, Georgia: He's a semifinalist for the Outland Trophy and a finalist for the Nagurski Award.

5. Jalen Carter, DL, Georgia: The school's site credits him with three sacks and a remarkable 25 pressures.

6. Sam Williams, edge, Ole Miss: He's been a stat-sheet stuffer--13 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, six hurries, a fumble recovering and a forced fumble.

7. Kingsley Enagbare, DL, South Carolina: 32 stops, 10 hurries and seven tackles for loss. 

8. Jordan Battle, S, Alabama: He's gotten better as the season's gone on.

9. Roger McCreary, CB, Auburn: Two picks and 10 break-ups.

10. Lewis Cine, S, Georgia: He's Georgia's top-rated DB, according to PFF.

11. Josh Paschal, edge, Kentucky: 13 stops for loss, six hurries and a huge volume of snaps.

12: Derion Kendrick, CB, Georgia: He's getting some first-round NFL buzz. 

13. Phidarian Mathis, DL, Alabama: He's been both durable and consistent when the Crimson Tide's needed it most. 

14. DeMarvin Leal, DL, Texas A&M: Did he hint at turning pro recently?