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Sports Illustrated cover boy and preseason All-American Cameron Heyward will be without question the veteran leader of the silver bullet defense in 2010.

Heyward is on the preseason watch lists for the Nagurski, Hendricks, Lombardi and Lott Trophies, among others. The senior from Suwanee, Ga., led the Buckeyes with 6.5 sacks and had 10 TFL for Ohio State’s Top 5-ranked defense in 2009. He led all defensive linemen with 46 tackles and had his best game of the year with 9.0 tackles and 2.0 sacks in the win at Penn State. A 2009 Second Team All-Big Ten selection, Heyward will anchor a defensive line that loses five off the unit from last year.

Click above to watch a recent interview with Heyward.