Oklahoma cornerback Aaron Colvin was named to the Bednarik Award watch list on Monday, one of seven Big 12 players to earn the honor.
The award honors college football’s top defensive player.
Colvin was a first-team All-Big 12 pick last season, recording 52 tackles, two sacks, four interceptions and four pass breakups as the Sooners went 10-3.
After playing corner as a true freshman, he started 12 games at safety as a sophomore before moving back to corner before last season.
Colvin is joined on the list by Oklahoma State defensive tackle Calvin Barnett, TCU defensive end Devonte Fields, Baylor linebacker Bryce Hager, Texas defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat, TCU cornerback Jason Verrett and Kansas State safety Ty Zimmerman.
The Sooners will see several other players on the watch list Sept. 28 when they travel to Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish have four players on the list, the most for any team. Notre Dame cornerback Bennett Jackson, defensive tackle Louis Nix III, linebacker Prince Shembo and defensive end Stephen Tuitt are on the list.
Alabama, Florida, Ohio State and Stanford each have three players honored.
The award has been given since 1995 to the top defensive player in college football. OU’s Teddy Lehman won the award in 2003. No other current Big 12 member has had a player win the award. Texas A&M’s Dat Nguyen won the award in 1998 when the Aggies were in the conference.