Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
The Big 12's emerging reputation for defense was spotlighted when three players were named on the semifinalist list for the Thorpe Award.
Among the Big 12 players selected include: Oklahoma State cornerback Perrish Cox, Texas safety Earl Thomas and Kansas safety Darrell Stuckey.
The Big 12 matches the Southeastern Conference with three semifinalists for the award, which will be announced Dec. 10 on the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show. The Thorpe Award will be formally presented at a banquet in Oklahoma City next February.
Here's a list of the Thorpe Award semifinalists.
Javier Arenas, Sr., Alabama
Eric Berry, Jr., Tennessee
Barry Church, Sr., Toledo
Perrish Cox, Sr., Oklahoma State
Joe Haden, Jr., Florida
Brandon Harris, So., Miami (FL)
Taylor Mays, Sr., USC
Tyler Sash, So., Iowa
Darrell Stuckey, Sr., Kansas
Earl Thomas, So., Texas
Alterraun Verner, Sr., UCLA
Kyle Wilson, Sr., Boise State