Seven players from the Big 12 made the cut. Here they are:
- Blaize Foltz, guard, TCU
- Ben Habern, center, Oklahoma
- Gabe Ikard, guard, Oklahoma
- Cyril Richardson, guard, Baylor
- Lane Taylor, guard, Oklahoma State
- LaAdrian Waddle, guard, Texas Tech
- Mason Walters, guard, Texas
That's a pretty good list, but I probably would have liked to see Kansas State center B.J. Finney crack the list, too. The Outland Trophy is only for interior linemen, meaning no offensive tackles or defensive ends. These are truly the big uglies in the middle. Their names don't get mentioned enough.
Ndamukong Suh (2009) was the last Big 12 talent to win the award. Before him, it was Jammal Brown at Oklahoma in 2004.
Nebraska's nine and Oklahoma's five Outland Trophies are the most in college football.
The Big 12's seven candidates are fourth-most of the major conferences, led by the SEC's 19.
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