The Mississippi State duo of Johnthan Banks and Chad Bumphis leads a contingent of 12 SEC players on the preseason watch list for the 2012 Paul Hornung Award, which is presented to the most versatile player in major college football.
Georgia's Brandon Boykin was the 2011 winner.
There are 49 players on the preseason watch list. The SEC leads the way with 12 players. The Pac-12 is second with 10 players on the list.
Here's a complete rundown of the SEC players on the list:
Johnthan Banks, CB/RS, Mississippi State, Sr.
Chad Bumphis, WR/RS, Mississippi State, Sr.
Trey Burton, RB, Florida, Jr.
Dustin Harris, CB/RS, Texas A&M, Sr.
Dennis Johnson, RB/RS, Arkansas, Sr.
Onterio McCalebb, RB/RS, Auburn, Sr.
Tyrann Mathieu, CB/RS, LSU
T.J. Moe, WR/RS, Missouri, Sr.
Warren Norman, RB/RS, Vanderbilt, Jr.
Ace Sanders, WR/RS, South Carolina, Jr.
Jeff Scott, RB/RS, Ole Miss, Jr.
Branden Smith, CB/RS, Georgia, Sr.
Players from all FBS teams are eligible, and appearing on the Paul Hornung Award watch list is not a prerequisite for winning the award. That said, look for Georgia's Malcolm Mitchell to play his way into consideration this season as both a cornerback and receiver for the Bulldogs.