Counting Down the Big 12's Top Players

Day-by-day, we're counting down the best players in the Big 12. At No. 37 is hard-hitting Kansas State defensive back David Garrett.

37) David Garrett, senior DB, Kansas State

Ninety-two tackles. Fifteen tackles for loss. Three sacks. Those numbers sound like the stats of a really good linebacker, or maybe an incredibly active defensive lineman.

But instead, they belong to Garrett, a defensive back who has earned rave reviews from coach Bill Snyder for seeking out contact. That's an especially surprising attribute for a 5-foot-8, 175-pound player, but Garrett has displayed an aptitude for playing behind his pads since playing strong safety at Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College.

This year, Garrett may have to prove that he can succeed in a different role, sliding over to cornerback from more of a safety-type role as the Wildcats look to try and replace Stephen Harrison and Terrance Sweeney.

One thing's for sure: Garrett won't be intimidated by the league's bigger receivers. And with what appears to be an improved linebacking group, Garrett probably won't be needed as much in run support. But with a defense that lacks a proven pass rusher, don't be shocked to see Garrett turned loose on occasional blitzes from the outside, where he's proven to be a wrecking ball in the past. After all, there aren't many cornerbacks out there with more tackles for loss than passes defended.

2010 Stats: 92 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, three sacks, 10 passes defended, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble

No. 38: Oklahoma OL Gabe Ikard

No. 39: Texas Tech RB Eric Stephens

No. 40: Baylor OL Philip Blake

No. 41: Missouri LB Zaviar Gooden

No. 42: Texas DL Alex Okafor

No. 43: Texas A&M DL Tony Jerod-Eddie

No. 44: Kansas RB James Sims

No. 45: Texas Tech S Cody Davis

No. 46: Iowa State CB Leonard Johnson

No. 47: Kansas State S Ty Zimmerman

No. 48: Baylor DE/LB Tevin Elliot

No. 49: Kansas State DE Brandon Harold

No. 50: Kansas DE Toben Opurum

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