NCAA Players to Watch: Big 12
Catch up with the part 1 of 7 here: NCAA Players to Watch: Big 10
After the Big 10, we’ll take a look at his cousin to the south, the Big 12. The usual suspects are at work again, with Oklahoma and the Texas schools producing a lot of pro prospects.
Duke Robinson – G – Oklahoma
Big Game: Oct. 11 vs Texas
This big 6-5/335 bruiser has been a load for the Sooners, as he notched almost 100 pancake blocks last year. His smart, mauling style would fit well in any pro offense, especially one from some team in New England.
Michael Crabtree – WR – Texas Tech
Big Game: Nov. 1 vs Texas
This guy just flat-out scares people. He’s a big target and people just don’t seem to be able to cover him or tackle him. Watch him every chance you get.
William Moore – S – Missouri
Big Game: Oct. 18 @ Texas
Moore is a solid safety that plays smart enough to step in on day one and contribute. His instincts are a pretty thing to watch.
Nic Harris – S – Oklahoma
Big Game: Nov 22 vs Texas Tech
In a similar fashion to Moore, Harris brings solid fundamentals and athletecism to the defensive backfield. He hits like a linebacker at times, but doesn’t cover like one — looking at you Roy Williams.
Brian Orakpo – DE – Texas
Big Game: Oct. 11 vs Oklahoma
“Rak”, seen taking down Reggie Bush as a freshman above, is a dynamic playmaker coming off the edge. At 6-4/255, this Longhorn is best suided coming off the edge in a 4-3 and getting to the quarterback. He gets to the quarterback often, but could work on finishing the sack and holding up against the run.
Sam Bradford – QB – Oklahoma
Big Game: Nov. 29 vs Oklahoma St.
After getting the chance to step in for Rhett Bomar and others, Bradford has shown that he belongs at the highest level. He will be in a small group of QB’s fighting to hear their name called in the first round next April.