Seven Big 12 players are on the watch list for the Bednarik Award, given annually to college football's best defender. Here's a look:
Calvin Barnett, DT, Oklahoma State
Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma
Devonte Fields, DE, TCU
Bryce Hager, LB, Baylor
Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas
Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
Ty Zimmerman, S, Kansas State
Jeffcoat and Fields will be the obvious front-runners from the Big 12, and both won't be far off from contending for the trophy. Ndamukong Suh in 2009 was the last Big 12 player to win the Bednarik Award, but it's been 10 years (Oklahoma's Teddy Lehman, 2003) since a player from a current Big 12 team won the award.
He's the only player from a current Big 12 team to win the Bednarik Trophy.