Mark BarronDefensive Back | Alabama
Had Barron not torn his pectoral muscle last season in Alabama's bitter 28-27 loss to Auburn, he probably wouldn't have returned for his senior season. But he wasn't all the way back health-wise after undergoing surgery and felt like he had some unfinished business in college, which was good news for the Crimson Tide. The 6-foot-2, 218-pound senior solidified an already talented Alabama secondary. He was second on the team with 66 total tackles and intercepted two passes. Defensive coordinator Kirby Smart will tell you that Barron was his quarterback on the field and one of those guys always in position to make a key stop or break up a key pass.
-- Chris Low