As changes continue to shape the landscape of college football in the immediate future, players across the country are still preparing to take the field in the fall. Reaching for new heights with each subsequent season, certain members of the student-athlete community eye individual awards. One such name remains Kolby Harvell-Peel with the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
On Monday, the Maxwell Football Club announced a list of 90 candidates vying for the Badnarik Award in 2020. Each and every year, the award is handed to the nation’s premiere defender regardless of position. Harvell-Peel’s breakout performances landed him a spot amongst those being considered in the preseason.
As a sophomore, Harvell-Peel was labeled a First-Team All-Big 12 Conference member from both the coaches as well as the Associated Press. Breaking up thirteen passes, forcing and recovering two turnovers, and securing five interceptions, the safety appears primed for yet another big year in the stat book.
With the skills necessary to compete with the best of them, could Harvell-Peel join a list of impact players from years past?
Started in 1995, a player from the Big 12 Conference has claimed the Bednarik Award only three times. The first was Dat Nguyen from Texas A&M (1998) while Teddy Lehman of Oklahoma (2003) and Ndamukong Suh out of Nebraska (2009) are the most recent recipients of the honor.