MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama and Auburn both have two players on the preseason watch list for the Butkus Award.
The Crimson Tide's Dont'a Hightower and Nico Johnson and the
Tigers' Josh Bynes and Craig Stevens were on the list.
Alabama's Rolando McClain won the award as the nation's top
linebacker last season.
Hightower was a starter until a season-ending knee injury four
games into the season in 2009. Johnson is a sophomore who logged
three starts and had 28 tackles last season.
Bynes and Stevens were the Tigers' defensive mainstays. The two
seniors combined for 199 tackles last season.