For a third time, Kolby Harvell-Peel’s name appears on a preseason award watch list. The most recent to feature the defender is none other than the Bronko Nagurski Trophy. Given annually to the national defensive player of the year, the Football Writers Association of America is currently considering 98 candidates in total.
Representing not on the Oklahoma State Cowboys but also the Big 12 Conference, Harvell-Peel is just one of twelve from the league to make the cut. Here are the others joining the defensive back on the list:
Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List
LB Terrel Bernard, Baylor
DE JaQuan Bailey, Iowa State
DB Greg Eisworth, Iowa State
DE Wyatt Hubert, Kansas State
DE Ronnie Perkins, Oklahoma
DB Kolby Harvell-Peel, Oklahoma State
DB Trevon Moehrig, TCU
LB Garret Wallow, TCU
LB Joseph Ossai, Texas
DB Caden Sterns, Texas
DT Dante Stills, West Virginia
DT Darius Stills, West Virginia
Accounting for 71 total tackles in 2019, Harvell-Peel cemented himself as the anchor for the secondary in Stillwater. Forcing two fumbles as well as recovering two, the safety has the ability to deliver the big hit. However, the now junior also possess natural instincts in coverage. Snagging five interceptions, opposing quarterbacks must take note of where Harvell-Peel lines up on every snap.
Clearly one of the best defenders regardless of position, big things are expected of Harvell-Peel from analysts across the nation.