DERRICK THOMAS, ALABAMA 1985-88
Thomas amassed 45 sacks in his final two seasons and was the Butkus winner in '88 as the nation's top linebacker. Alabama voted him its defensive player of the '80s.
TOMMY CASANOVA, LSU 1969-71
Three-time All-SEC and two-time All-America, Casanova also excelled as a punt returner and played occasionally at running back. He was named to the Walter Camp All-Century team in '99.
ANTONIO LANGHAM, ALABAMA 1990-93
Langham won the Thorpe Award as the nation's best defensive back and was a two-time All-America while setting an Alabama record with 19 career interceptions.
TERRY HOAGE, GEORGIA 1980-83
Hoage led the nation in interceptions with 12 in '82. A two-time All-America and four-time All-SEC player, he helped the Bulldogs finish ranked among the top six teams in the nation three times.
TUCKER FREDRICKSON, AUBURN 1962-64
The leading vote-getter for Auburn's All-Century team (1892-1992), this two-way star (he also played halfback) was the SEC MVP and an All-America in 1964.
RICKY ANDERSON, VANDERBILT 1981-84
Anderson, an '84 All-America, owns the SEC records for average yards per punt for a season (48.2) and a career (45.6).
BILLY CANNON, LSU 1957-59
The star running back became an SEC legend with an electrifying 89-yard punt return that beat No. 3 Ole Miss on Halloween night in '59 and clinched the Heisman Trophy.
WILLIE GAULT, TENNESSEE 1979-82
An All-America wide receiver and world-class sprinter, Gault holds the SEC record for kickoff return touchdowns in a season (three in '80) and a career (four).
PAUL BRYANT, KENTUCKY 1946-53, ALABAMA '58-82
The Bear earned mythic status for his 323 wins, 13 SEC and six national titles, and 10 SEC and three national coach of the year awards.