Power Ranking Top 10 Big 12 College Football Players For 2015 Season
2015 College Football Season
August 5, 2015
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As we get closer to the 2015 college football season, let’s take a look at the top 10 players in the Big 12.
1. Trevone Boykin, QB, TCU Horned Frogs - Trevone Boykin may be the best quarterback in the country after throwing for 3,901 yards and 33 touchdowns last season. Boykin leads arguably the best offense in the land and has to be a Heisman favorite.
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2. Shawn Oakman, DE, Baylor Bears - Shawn Oakman is a playmaking defensive end who has racked up 32 tackles for loss his last two seasons and is coming off an 11-sack performance. Oakman had at least one sack in each of his last four games last season and is one of the reasons Baylor is a dark horse Big 12 winner this season.
3. Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma Sooners - Samaje Perine rushed for 1,713 yards and 21 touchdowns despite getting just 32 combined carries in his first three games. Perine has the potential to takeover games as we saw when he faced Kansas, and he combined for 10 touchdowns his last four games. Perine is probably OU’s top back since some guy named Adrian Peterson.
4. Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State Cowboys - Emmanuel Ogbah has combined for 15 sacks and 22.5 tackles for loss his first two seasons for Oklahoma State. Ogbah had a stretch last season in which he had at least one sack in six straight games. Ogbah is a player every offensive line needs to be aware of on every play this season.
5. Eric Striker, LB, Oklahoma Sooners - Eric Striker is one of the more complete linebackers in the country, as he defends well in pass coverage and against the run. Striker has 27.5 tackles for loss and 15.5 sacks his last two seasons. Striker gives the Sooners that edge on the defensive side of the ball.
6. Spencer Drango, OT, Baylor Bears - Spencer Drango probably could have bolted last season for the NFL, as he’s one of the better tackles in all of college. Drango is strong in both run and pass protection, and he was part of a Baylor line that allowed 24 sacks in 13 games. Drango is a first round pick once he graduates this season.
7. Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia Mountaineers - Karl Joseph has developed into an all-around safety who is probably quite underrated from a national standpoint. Joseph is coming off a season in which he had 90 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles. Joseph has improved each season with West Virginia and is probably in store for his best season yet given his upward trend.
8. Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma Sooners - Sterling Shepard caught 51 passes last season for 970 yards and five touchdowns. That was while catching just two passes his last six games after dealing with a groin injury. Shepard has combined for 102 receptions his last seasons and is due for his best year yet as long as he can stay healthy.
9. Kevin Peterson, CB, Oklahoma State Cowboys - Kevin Peterson turned some heads last season after shutting down Kevin White and holding him under 30 receiving yards. Peterson finished that year with 59 tackles, two interceptions and 11 pass deflections. Peterson is the best cover guy in the Big 12, and I’m not sure it’s close.
10. Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor Bears - Corey Coleman finished 19th in the country last season with 1,119 receiving yards, and that’s with missing the first three games due to a hamstring injury. Coleman was seventh with an average of 111.9 receiving yards per game, and he caught a touchdown in every game but one. Fair to say Baylor is once again loaded at the wide receiver position.