Eight from conference on Lott watch list

The Pac-12 blog has not made it a secret that we think the conference is going to have some pretty good defenders next season. We're not the only ones.

The Lott IMPACT Trophy announced its watch list for the 2012 season and eight of the 42 players nominated hail from the Pac-12.

Boston College's Luke Kuechly was last year's winner. You can click here to see the complete watch list. The winner will be announced Dec. 9. The trophy is named in honor of Ronnie Lott -- a two-time All-American at USC and 10-time Pro Bowler with the San Francisco 49ers.