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Baylor S Jordan Lake is Big 12's No. 35 best player

3/29/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

We don't skip Sundays around here as we count down the Big 12's best players this spring.

Lake Today's selection is Jordan Lake, a Baylor safety who has piled up big tackling numbers throughout his career for the Bears.

Player: Jordan Lake

Team: Baylor

Position: Safety

Vitals: 6-foot-1, 210 pounds; Sr.; Houston (Memorial)

Why he was picked: Always a consistent and stabilizing force, Lake has been a productive starter for the Bears and one of the most active tacklers in the league. He led all Big 12 defensive backs with 97 tackles and paced the Bears with two forced fumbles in 2008. He also notched three interceptions and broke up seven passes.

What 2009 will hold: Lake said he finally felt comfortable in Brian Norwood's defensive scheme at the end of the year after some early struggles. The Bears hope he won't have to be involved in so many tackles as they learn Norwood's defense for a second season. It likely will mean more success if some of Lake's teammates up front take care of the more of the work rather than leaving Lake with clean-up duty several yards down the field.

The countdown:

35. Baylor S Jordan Lake
36. Oklahoma State CB/KR Perrish Cox
37. Texas C Chris Hall
38. Texas Tech DE/DT McKinner Dixon
39. Kansas State DE Brandon Harold
40. Oklahoma FB Matt Clapp