Oklahoma defensive end Frank Alexander was named Wednesday one of six finalists for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award.
The senior leads Oklahoma – and the Big 12, for that matter – with 8½ sacks and 18 tackles for a loss. Alexander, Bedlam notwithstanding, figures to be the leader in the clubhouse for the conference's Defensive Player of the Year honor.
Teammate Travis Lewis was the preseason pick.
“He's had a huge year,” Sooners coach Bob Stoops said of Alexander. “Everybody's recognized it and he just played at a different level than he did a year ago and he's just been disruptive.”
Alexander has 51 tackles, three forced fumbles and an interception. He also has six pass breakups and seven quarterback hurries.
“Whether it's pressures, tackles for a loss, forced fumbles, batted balls, he's just been very, very active,” Stoops said. “He's had a huge year for him and for us.”
Other finalists for the award include Clemson's Andre Branch, Marshall's Vinny Curry, Illinois' Whitney Mercilus, LSU's Sam Montgomery and USC's Nick Perry.
The award is one of those given out Dec. 7 in Orlando, Fla.
Injured receiver Ryan Broyles is again a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award. Additionally, quarterback Landry Jones was named Wednesday one of 10 finalists for the Manning Award.
SOONERS ADJUSTING TO INCLEMENT WEATHER
After the conditions they had to deal with last weekend against Iowa State, some Sooners are turning into amateur meteorologists this week looking forward to Bedlam.
Weather.com is still forecasting rain and temperatures falling into the 30s during the game. Winds, which plagued OU last week at Owen Field, are expected to be calmer, in the 10-15 mph range.