Here is the poll for defensive player of the year. There doesn't appear to be a clear cut favorite this season but here are a few players who deserve consideration.
Colton Adkins of Airport led the Jets in tackles last season with 8 per game. The 5'9" 175 linebacker has a nose for the football and should lead an improved Airport defense this season.
Huron DE/LB Jordan Frayer will anchor the Chief defense this season. The 6'3" 210 lb senior is an excellent athlete and is the leading returning tackler for Huron.
Milan's Luke Karr is one of a few returning defensive starters for the Big Reds. Karr played along side Milan standouts Joe Dunn and DeAndre Mitchell at linebacker last season and is the leading returning tackler on the team.
Flat Rock senior David Minckeweicz led the Rams in tackles last season from his defensive back position. The speedy senior will lead a much improved Ram defense this season.
Riverview's Brock Salser was an absolute monster for the Pirates last season. The 6'0" 210 LB led Riverview in tackles last season with 114 and will lead a physical Buc defense looking to improve on last season's 4-5 season.
Others to watch defensively around the league are: Riverview LB Vince Maheres, Grosse Ile LB Cory Groff, Airport DB Zach Baker, Jefferson DL Kyle Fudoli, Airport DE Jake Anson, Huron DL Ken Phelps Flat Rock LB Colin Knoch and the entire SMCC defense.