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Von Miller

Linebacker | Texas A&M

Texas A&M rose from mediocre to Big 12 South co-champion in the second half of the season because the offense caught fire under quarterback Ryan Tannehill. But the real way to look at it is that the Aggies have won their past six games because the offense is now as good as the defense.

Von Miller proved last season that he could penetrate into the backfield. This season, the senior proved he could cover a pass and lead a winning team. That's why he won the Butkus Award as the nation's best linebacker.

-- Ivan Maisel