Thursday, July 12, 2012
Nagurski tabs 13 Big 12ers on watch list
By ESPN.com staff
The Nagurski Trophy, given annually to college football's best defender, has released its 84-man, preseason watch list. From the Big 12:
- Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State
- Brodrick Brown, CB, Oklahoma State
- Carrington Byndom, CB, Texas
- Demontre Hurst, CB, Oklahoma
- Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas
- Tony Jefferson, S, Oklahoma
- A.J. Klein, LB, Iowa State
- Jake Knott, LB, Iowa State
- Nigel Malone, CB, Kansas State
- Stansly Maponga, DE, TCU
- Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
- Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
- Tom Wort, LB, Oklahoma
That's a hefty list. My only possible additions? Quandre Diggs of Texas and maybe Shaun Lewis of Oklahoma State. Other than that, it's basically a who's who of the best defenders in the Big 12.
The league's 13 candidates are third-most among conferences, behind only the SEC (19) and the Big Ten (14).
Texas and Oklahoma are tied for the nation's most Nagurski Trophies, with two. Brian Orakpo in 2008 and Ndamukong Suh in 2009 are the last Big 12 talents to take home the hardware.
Luke Kuechly of Boston College won the award last season.
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