Twelve Big 12 defenders made Nagurski list

Twelve Big 12 players made the list for the Nagurski Trophy, given annually to college football's top defensive player.

The conference's 12 players are tied with the ACC for fourth-most on the 81-man list. The SEC led the list with 16 members.

Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh was the last Big 12 defender to win the trophy, and Texas' Brian Orakpo (2008) was the last player from a current Big 12 team to win the award. Texas and Oklahoma are two of just four schools with multiple Nagurski Trophy winners.