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Big 12 Key Offensive and Defensive Players and Units

By Tony George

In my continued series on the Big 12,  I thought I would break down the top players at positions headed into the 2010 season.  There is talent galore in the Big 12, many players having national attention this season and I thought I would highlight the best of the best in this article. 

Big 12 Offensive Key Players

Quarterbacks

1.        Jarrod Johnson Texas AM -  Over 3500 Yards passing, over 500 yards rushing, 30 TD passes and only 8 picks.  He can kill you in many ways, is elusive and can manage a game.  No question the best QB in the Big 12 this season.

2.        Blaine Gabbert,  Mizzou – Over 3500 yards in 2009, 24 TD passes and 9 picks.  Lost his key WR to graduation and played on a bum ankle all last year after the Nebraska game, but out of the spread attack with mobility he can hurt you.  Big time arm.

3.       Robert Griffen, Baylor – A very exciting dual threat QB for the Bears, and off a torn ACL word is he is 100%.  This guy can do it all, and will keep Baylor in games as long as he is healthy

4.       Laundry Jones, Oklahoma – Although he threw 14 interceptions last year, as a freshman forced into a starting role he shined with over 3100 yards and 26 TDs.  With Murray eating up yards for OU at RB, he should have a very good follow up year.

Also rans – Steve Sheffield Texas Tech, Austen Arnaud Iowa State

Running Backs

1.        Demarco Murray, Oklahoma – Any dangerous as any back in the Big 12, speed and power in one, and over 4600 all purpose yards in 3 years at OU.

2.        Daniel Thomas, Kansas State – A huge year on a bad team for a JUCO transfer, over 1200 yards in 2009, his entire OL is back and K State will run him a ton this year with no passing game.

3.       Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma State – Remember he was an All American 2 seasons ago, but was injury riddled all of 2009.  A major talent who can catch and run as well, a huge threat for OSU this year

4.       Roy Helu Jr., Nebraska – A solid back for Nebraska who is backed by my Rex Burkhead who is also a stud, so always well rested and catch also kill opponents catching it, 1147 yards last year with a bum shoulder!

Also rans – Christine Michaels Texas AM,  Rex Burkhead Nebraska

Wide Recievers

1.  Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma - A game breaker, 15 TDS last year and makes plays, dangerous is an understatement.

2.  Jeff Fuller, Texas AM - A tough guy to cover at 6"4", and can come down with balls in traffic, and has a great QB throwing to him.

3.  Kendall Wright, Baylor -  This guy could play for any team in the country, and with QB Griffen back healthy, he is a dangerous weapon and play maker.  Speed Galore.

4.  Jerrell Jackson, Missouri - Heady ballplayer, makes plays and has size over cover corners

Also Rans - Niles Paul Nebraska, Scotty McKnight Colorado, Malcomb Williams Texas

Kickers

Alex Henrey Nebraska (also a top punter in the Big 12), Grant Ressel Mizzou

Defensive Line

1.  Jared Crick, Nebraska -  Now that Suh is gone, the spotlight returns to this second team All American.  A major force at pass rush from tjhe line and serious run stopper.  NFL caliber 1st round pick as a Junior

2.  Jeremy Beal Oklahoma -  Huge issue for opposing QBs, 11 sacks last year and a great run stopper

3.  Sam Acho Texas -  10 Sacks, 4 fumble recoveries last year, and a guy who can dominate the game in the trenches.

 Also Rans - Aldon Smith Mizzou, Adrian Taylor Oklahoma, Pierre Allen Nebraska

Linebackers

1.  Travis Lewis Okalhoma - A terror on running backs, broke the Boz frosh record in tackles, the best by far in the Big 12.

2.  Von Miller Texas AM - 17 sacks last year at linebacker.  A  run stopper and big hitter.

3.  Keenan Robinson Texas -  74 tackles last year, great speed and another big hitter.

Also rans - Will Ebner Mizzou, Brian Duncan Texas Tech

Secondary

1.  Prince Amukamara Nebraska - A first round NFLer for sure, big hitter than does it all, you plan defenses around him, 5 picks, 64 tackles, can cover anyone and 11 pass breakups.  A real stud for the Huskers

2. Earl Thomas Texas - All around of the best, and a huge special teamer and ball hawk

2.  Blake Gideon Texas - Another stud for the Longhorns, 6 picks last year and always around the ball, great in run support

Also rans - Quinton Carter Oklahoma, Eric Hagg Nebraska, Tysyn Hartman Kansas State

Best Units overall in order

Offense - Texas AM, Oklahoma, Missouri

Defense- Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas

 

Big 12 South report coming out next Week..Is it OU or texas this year in the South?  I have the answers next week.  Tony George

Tony George is a professional Handicapper and well respected Brand Name nationally and amongst his peers, and a radio personality nationwide as well. In business since 1992, Winner of over 51 Top 10 national... Read more

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