The SEC's 25 best players: No. 24

The No. 24 guy on our postseason countdown of the SEC’s 25 best players was a tackling machine in 2010 and did some things at Kentucky that haven’t been done in a while.

No. 24: Danny Trevathan, LB, Jr., Kentucky

2010 numbers/honors: Led the SEC with 144 total tackles and was third in the league with 16 tackles for loss. A first-team All-SEC selection by both the Associated Press and coaches.

Preseason ranking: Not ranked in the 2010 preseason countdown.

Making the case for Trevathan: His consistency was one of the things that set him apart. The 6-1, 223-pound Trevathan closed the season with double-figure tackles in nine straight games, the first Kentucky player to accomplish that feat since Marty Moore had 13 consecutive double-figure tackle games in 1991-92. Playing weakside linebacker in the Wildcats’ scheme, Trevathan used his speed and improved instincts to become a magnet around the ball. And when he got there, he meant business. Against SEC competition, he led the league with four forced fumbles. His best game came against eventual national champion Auburn during the sixth week of the season when he recorded a career-high 17 tackles. Against arch-rival Louisville in Kentucky’s season-opening 23-16 win against the Cardinals, Trevathan had 3.5 tackles for loss. Kentucky coach Joker Phillips challenged Trevathan to become more of a vocal leader last season, and Trevathan also answered that call. The energy he plays with is infectious.

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