5 best Big 12 defensive players against WVU

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D.J. Reed

He is one of the top underclassmen in the country. D.J. Reed broke onto the scene as a freshman with Kansas State in 2016.

Reed is on a number of preseason watch lists including the  Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Award and Jim Thorpe Award. He was honored as the 2016 Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year.

Last year against West Virginia, Reed had five total tackles and a pass breakup as the WVU football team earned a slim 17-16 win over the Wildcats.

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According to SI.com, he is the No. 83 player in the country. The website said, “His 19 passes defended landed him in a tie for fifth in the country last season, and despite his 5’9”, 188-pound frame, he was fearless in the open field, finishing second on the team with 75 total tackles.”

Kansas State has been one of the most consistent teams in the conference. This year, the Wildcats plan on being one of the best.