Big 12 defensive power rankings: Week 8

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Sophomore linebacker Elijah Lee celebrates his interception against TCU in Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Oct. 10, 2015. (File Photo by Renee Dick | The Collegian)

1. Elijah Lee, junior LB, Kansas State

Same story, different week for Lee, as he continues to dominate for the Wildcats’ defense. It seems week after week Lee continues to be everywhere on the field, recording 10 tackles in the loss to Oklahoma, bringing him to third overall in the Big 12 for tackles with 51.

2. Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, junior LB, Oklahoma

Okoronkwo recorded five tackles and a sack against K-State, his third consecutive game with a sack. The junior has recorded a sack in every game except Ohio State, leading the Sooners and the Big 12 with six.

3. Jordan Willis, senior DE, Kansas State

Although Willis did not earn a sack this week, only his second game this season without one, he still made his presence known with nine tackles. Without a sack on Saturday, Willis is still tied for the Big 12 lead in sacks. Willis also leads the conference in tackles-for-loss with 8.5.

4. Ryan Reid, senior CB, Baylor

Reid was a menace against Kansas last week, finishing the day with two interceptions, one of which he took all the way back for six. This brings the senior cornerback to third overall in interceptions in the Big 12 thus far this season.

5. Taylor Young, junior LB, Baylor

Young continues to turn in great performances, he finished the day with two sacks against KU. He now leads Baylor in both sacks and tackles after teammate senior linebacker Aiavion Edwards, who has six tackles on the day.

6. Jordan Thomas, junior CB, Oklahoma

From now on, teams will want to make sure they know where Thomas is after he recorded seven tackles on Saturday. His outstanding coverage won’t go unnoticed with three passes defended during Oklahoma’s game and leading the conference with 11.

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

Last weekend against Oklahoma, the young defensive back continued to make his presence known with five tackles and a forced fumble. Reed leads the Kansas State defense in passes defended and will look to continue his impactful play against the Longhorns.

8. Jordan Evans, senior LB, Oklahoma

Evans leads the Oklahoma defense in tackles thus far this season, though he did have a quiet game versus K-State with only three tackles. Evans needs to step up his game against Texas Tech to retain his fourth overall ranking in tackles in the Big 12.

9. Lenoy Jones Jr., freshman LB, Baylor

Some people are probably scratching their heads with this pick. The freshman slid in after a great outing against KU, with six tackles and a forced fumble. It will be interesting to see if Jones can build on this level of play after Baylor’s bye week, when the Bears go into their game against a tough Texas team.

10. Raaquan Davis, junior LB, Baylor

Davis had a breakout game against the Jayhawks with 15 tackles and a sack. However, the question is if all of the defensive players for Baylor can find a way to continue their dominance after a mediocre game against an 1-5 KU team.

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