Counting Down the Big 12's Top Players

One-by-one, we count down the Big 12's top 50 players. At No. 13 is Oklahoma's Frank Alexander, one of the old dogs in a young group of emerging defensive ends.

13) Frank Alexander, senior DE, Oklahoma

The Big 12 always goes through cycles with its pass rushers. The league is never necessarily short on them, as they're just as coveted as the record-breaking passers the league employs. Instead, the state of the league's pass rushers typically sit in two phases: loaded and reloading.

This year, the Big 12 is reloading, with many of the league's top pass rushers like Jeremy Beal and Sam Acho moving on to the NFL. But while the next generation of pass rushers prepare to make their mark, one of last season's top pass rushers remains to carry the flag in the transition.

Frank Alexander had 13 tackles for loss and seven sacks a year ago, but was overshadowed as Beal made a play as the league's top defensive end. Now that Beal is gone, however, it's Alexander's turn. He enters his senior year with 25 career tackles for loss, despite starting just 18 games in his Sooner career. He's seemingly been on the cusp of greatness ever since a redshirt freshman season saw him earn honorable mention All-Big 12 honors despite only playing in nine games, starting five. Now that the 6-foot-4, 255-pound athlete from Baton Rouge is a full-time starter, he'll have a great chance to approach double digit sacks, and in doing so lay the foundation for the Big 12's up-and-coming quarterback chasers.

2010 Stats: 39 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, seven sacks, one forced fumble

No. 14: Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill

No. 15: Oklahoma DB Tony Jefferson

No. 16: Texas LB Emmanuel Acho

No. 17: Oklahoma DB Demontre Hurst

No. 18: Baylor WR Kendall Wright

No. 19: Oklahoma OL Ben Habern

No. 20: Oklahoma State OL Lane Taylor

No. 21: Iowa State LB Jake Knott

No.22: Oklahoma State S Markelle Martin

No.23: Missouri DL Brad Madison

No. 24: Missouri WR T.J. Moe

No. 25: Texas Tech OL Mickey Okafor

No. 26: Missouri TE Michael Egnew

No. 27: Texas A&M CB Coryell Judie

No. 28: Texas DB Kenny Vaccaro

No. 29: Oklahoma DE/LB Ronnell Lewis

No. 30: Texas A&M RB Christine Michael

No. 31: Kansas OL Jeremiah Hatch

No. 32: Texas Tech OL Lonnie Edwards

No. 33: Missouri DE Jacquies Smith

No. 34: Oklahoma WR Kenny Stills

No. 35: Texas WR Mike Davis

No. 36: Texas DE Jackson Jeffcoat

No. 37: Kansas State DB David Garrett

No. 38: Oklahoma OL Gabe Ikard

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No. 40: Baylor OL Philip Blake

No. 41: Missouri LB %%MATCH_43%%

No. 42: Texas DL Alex Okafor

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

No. 44: Kansas RB %%MATCH_47%%

No. 45: Texas Tech S Cody Davis

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No. 47: Kansas State S %%MATCH_46%%

No. 48: Baylor DE/LB %%MATCH_45%%

No. 49: Kansas State DE %%MATCH_42%%

No. 50: Kansas DE Toben Opurum

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