A handful of college football awards released their lists of midseason semifinalists this week. Here's who's up for them from the Big 12:
Maxwell Award (best overall player)
Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, who Oklahoma got to know quite well on Saturday night, is also on the 16-man list.
Bednarik Award (best defender)
Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State
Te'o is obviously on that list, too, but the SEC has eight of the 16 semifinalists.
Thorpe Award (best defensive back)
How about K-State? Landing a guy on all three lists? No easy feat. Not sure I agree with the Malone pick (for my money, Aaron Colvin at OU has been better than Malone so far this year), but still, he's had a great year.