Big 12 defensive player rankings: Week 14

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Texas Tech defensive back Jah'Shawn Johnson and looks to capture K-State's ball on Nov. 14, 2015, at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. (File Photo by Rodney Dimick | The Collegian)

1. Ty Summers, sophomore LB, TCU

Summers had quite the day in TCU’s win over Texas. The Big 12 Player of the Week had 14 tackles, including a sack and a pass defended. Summers now has 105 tackles on the season, which is second in the conference next to teammate junior linebacker Travin Howard.

2. Jordyn Brooks, freshman LB, Texas Tech

Brooks was all over the field against Baylor. The freshman had a game-high 18 tackles, 12 of which were solo. Brooks now ranks fifth in the Big 12 with 86 tackles this year, which is the most among freshmen in the Big 12.

3. Jah’Shawn Johnson, sophomore DB, Texas Tech

Johnson was another Red Raider who had a big day. He had 10 tackles, including a sack. Johnson also found other ways to fill the stat sheet by recovering a fumble and intercepting a pass, which he returned for 15 yards.

4. Rasul Douglas, senior CB, West Virginia

In case you didn’t know, Douglas is pretty good at intercepting passes. He had yet another interception against Iowa State and also led the team with nine tackles. His eight interceptions this year is three more than any other player in the Big 12.

5. Travin Howard, junior LB, TCU

The Big 12 leader in tackles continues to get things done. Howard had 11 tackles last week, bringing his season total to an eye-popping 119. The Horned Frogs will enjoy having the top two tacklers back in the conference next year, baring Howard declaring for the NFL draft.

6. Fish Smithson, senior S, Kansas

In his final collegiate game, Smithson played very well for the Jayhawks. The senior led the team with 11 tackles, bringing his total to 93 this season, which currently ranks third in the conference. The Jayhawks’ faithful won’t miss much about this season, but Smithson will definitely be missed.

7. Donnie Starks, senior DB, Kansas State

For the second week in a row, Starks has made some big plays for the Wildcats’ defense. He stepped in front of a pass and returned it 39 yards for a touchdown. After having no interceptions for most of his career, Starks now has three in the past two games.

8. Kane Seeley, senior LB, Iowa State

Seeley can’t be blamed for the Cyclones’ dismal season, as the senior finished his career in style. He had 11 tackles, two of which were for a loss and defended a pass. Seeley tied for the team lead in tackles with sophomore linebacker Willie Harvey totaling 78.

9. Raaquan Davis, junior LB, Baylor

Baylor’s season has spiraled out of control faster than you read this sentence. But Davis tried to do everything he could to end the losing streak against Texas Tech, recording a team-high 12 tackles. Davis now has 53 stops on the year.

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

Kansas State will enjoy having Reed the next few seasons. The sophomore only had five tackles on the day, but led the team with three passes defended. Reed has now defended 18 passes this year, which is tops in the Big 12.

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