Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
Alabama cornerback Javier Arenas, Tennessee safety Eric Berry and Florida cornerback Joe Haden are among the 12 semifinalists for the Thorpe Award, which goes annually to the nation's best defensive back.
The list will be narrowed again on Nov. 23 to three finalists who will be invited to the nationally televised Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show on Dec. 10. The winner will be announced on the show, and the official presentation will be at a formal banquet in Oklahoma City on Feb. 9, 2010.
Berry was a finalist last year. The 2008 award was won by Ohio State's Malcolm Jenkins.
It's no secret that the SEC is loaded with talented defensive backs. LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson, Florida cornerback Janoris Jenkins and Vanderbilt cornerback Myron Lewis could also make claims to be among the semifinalists.
Here's the entire list:
Javier Arenas, Sr., Alabama
Eric Berry, Jr., Tennessee
Barry Church, Sr., Toledo
Perrish Cox, Sr., Oklahoma State
Joe Haden, Jr., Florida
Brandon Harris, So., Miami (FL)
Taylor Mays, Sr., USC
Tyler Sash, So., Iowa
Darrell Stuckey, Sr., Kansas
Earl Thomas, So., Texas
Alterraun Verner, Sr., UCLA
Kyle Wilson, Sr., Boise State