- David Ubben, College Football
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Twelve Big 12 players made the list for the Nagurski Trophy, given annually to college football's top defensive player.
Calvin Barnett, DT, Oklahoma State
Aaron Colvin, DB, Oklahoma
Quandre Diggs, DB, Texas
Devonte Fields, DL, TCU
Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
Bryce Hager, LB, Baylor
Jordan Hicks, LB, Texas
Kerry Hyder, DL, Texas Tech
Jackson Jeffcoat, DL, Texas
Shaun Lewis, LB, Oklahoma State
Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
Ty Zimmerman, S, Kansas State
The conference's 12 players are tied with the ACC for fourth-most on the 81-man list. The SEC led the list with 16 members.
Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh was the last Big 12 defender to win the trophy, and Texas' Brian Orakpo (2008) was the last player from a current Big 12 team to win the award. Texas and Oklahoma are two of just four schools with multiple Nagurski Trophy winners.