Big 12 defensive power rankings: Week 7

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Sophomore defensive back D.J. Reed tackles Texas Tech wide reciever Derrick Willies during the game between K-State and Texas Tech on Oct. 8, 2016, in Bill Snyder Family Stadium. (George Walker | The Collegian)

1. Patrick Levels, senior DB, Baylor

Baylor had the week off last week, so there is no reason to take the top spot away from Levels. The senior will look to improve his impressive numbers across the board this week as the Bears take on Kansas.

2. Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, junior LB, Oklahoma

Okoronkwo picked up another sack in Oklahoma’s crucial win over rival Texas. The junior is third on the team with 33 tackles on the season.

3. Elijah Lee, junior LB, Kansas State

Lee stays at No. 3 after another solid game against Texas Tech. The junior added eight more tackles to his totals and continues to be a leader on the defensive side of the ball week after week.

4. Jordan Willis, senior DE, Kansas State

Willis continues to climb the list, and if he keeps this pace up, he might find himself at the top spot at some point. Willis picked up two sacks last week and now has six sacks in five games.

5. Ty Summers, sophomore LB, TCU

Like Willis, Summers very well could be at one of the top two spots at year’s end. The young linebacker had 12 tackles last week and leads the Horned Frogs in that department with 64 on the season.

6. Aiavion Edwards, senior LB, Baylor

The senior linebacker has lived up to expectations this year. Edwards leads the team in tackles with 41 and also has 1.5 sacks on the season.

7. Jordan Evans, senior LB, Oklahoma

Evans leads the Sooners in tackles this year with 44. Five of those have been for a loss, including half a sack. Evans also has two pass deflections this year.

8. Taylor Young, junior LB, Baylor

Young only trails Edwards, the team lead, by one in tackles with 40. Young does have the upper hand in tackles for loss with 5.5. The two linebackers definitely have the attention of the opposing offenses.

9. Orion Stewart, senior S, Baylor

The fourth and final Baylor Bear on the list is Stewart. His three interceptions, including one for a touchdown, and has been a big part of the Bears’ success this season.

10. D.J. Reed, sophomore DB, Kansas State

Reed cracks the top 10 after getting a pick six in
the Wildcats’ win over Texas Tech. Reed also had another interception during
the game, but it was overturned due to a questionable pass interference call.

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