Two players from the Big 12, both from the state of Oklahoma, are among the list of 16 players who have been named semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award.
Oklahoma cornerback Zack Sanchez and Oklahoma State cornerback Kevin Peterson are the only two from the Big 12 conference who made the cut.
The Jim Thorpe Award goes to the nation’s top defensive back, and has been presented every year since 1986.
The 16 semifinalists will be trimmed to three finalists on November 23, then the winner will be announced on December 10.
The award itself will be presented, as it is annually, in Oklahoma City on February 2, 2016.