Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Oklahoma defensive ends Jeremy Beal and Auston English are among the 30 players on the first watch list for the Hendricks Award.
Beal and English were joined by Sergio Kindle of Texas among Big 12 nominees for the award, which is presented by the Ted Hendricks Foundation.
There will be a midseason watch list that will narrow the field to several finalists. The winner will be announced on Dec. 9.
Defensive ends are considered a weakness in the Big 12 this season, particularly with the strength of inside pass rushers by Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.
Still, I might have considered either of Kansas State's defensive ends Jeffrey Fitzgerald and Eric Childs and maybe even Nebraska defensive end Pierre Allen for inclusion on the initial list.
The award has been presented since 2002. Brian Orakpo of Texas won the Hendricks Award last season, becoming the first Big 12 player in history to claim it.