Top 25 players in the Big 12: No. 16

With signing day quickly approaching, it’s time to close the chapter on the 2013 season. We’re counting down the top 25 players in the Big 12 in 2013 over the next few days with a list collaboratively selected by Jake Trotter, Brandon Chatmon and Max Olson. We continue the postseason countdown with the No. 16 player in the Big 12.

No. 16: Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma

Previous ranking: Colvin was No. 6 in the blog’s preseason list of the Big 12’s top 25 players.

Making the case for Colvin: Kansas State receiver Tyler Lockett made a better case than anyone else could. With Colvin nursing injuries and playing part-time, Lockett had six receptions for 206 yards and three touchdowns in the first half against the Sooners.

The Sooners coaching staff had seen enough, inserting Colvin full-time in the second half. Lockett caught six passes for 72 yards in the second half but didn’t score another touchdown.

Colvin’s contribution to the Sooners defense was unparalleled. He brought excellence, experience and leadership to a secondary that began the season with uncertainty and with Colvin as the only returning starter playing the same position he played in 2012. A great coverage cornerback who was willing to stick his nose in the running game, Colvin did it all for OU as a senior. He finished with 55 tackles, including five tackles for loss, and one interception in 11 games.

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