A pair of Kevin Steele's most influential leaders on his increasingly deadly Auburn defense have been named two of the best defenders for the 2018 season.
As a junior on Auburn's dominant D-line last season, Russell tallied 6.5 tackles for loss and three sacks. On six passes defended, Davis racked up two INTs, a pick-six and a forced fumble.
Safety Tray Matthews was named to the watch list last season. Before the previous season, buck linebacker Carl Lawson and defensive back Rudy Ford make the 85-man cut. Semifinalists for the award will be narrowed down Oct. 29 and the three finalists will be chosen Nov. 19. Alabama's Minkah Fitzpatrick took home the hardware last season.
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