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Baylor's Cyril Richardson ranks as the Big 12's top player.
The Big 12 is a league in transition in 2013. With the departure of some of the conference’s top quarterbacks, the title picture is wide open, and a case could be made for six or seven teams to be picked in the top three of the final standings.
With most teams losing some of their top talent, ranking the top 50 players is a difficult task. TCU’s Casey Pachall ranks as the No. 1 quarterback, but the senior checks in at No. 21 on the top 50 players for 2013. After sitting out most of last season due to an off-the-field incident, Pachall has a lot to prove, especially since he has not played a full year in the Big 12.
Other players such as Texas’ Jordan Hicks and Jackson Jeffcoat are difficult to rank after injuries limited both in 2012. Oklahoma State’s Jeremy Smith is due for a big season as the Cowboys’ No. 1 running back, but he has never carried a full season workload. Also, quarterbacks like Blake Bell and Bryce Petty have a lot of promise, but neither passer has started a game. Although we are projecting both players to have a good season, it’s hard to rank either above the top 40 players in the conference.
Compiling the top 50 players of any conference is never an easy task. However, Athlon established a criteria to help compile the rankings.
3. Who are the best overall players in terms of talent?
Athlon's Top 50 Big 12 Players for 2013
|8||Calvin Barnett||DT||Oklahoma State|
|9||Kerry Hyder||DT||Texas Tech|
|11||Cornelius Lucas||OT||Kansas State|
|12||BJ Finney||C||Kansas State|
|13||Eric Ward||WR||Texas Tech|
|14||Ty Zimmerman||S||Kansas State|
|15||Le'Raven Clark||OT||Texas Tech|
|17||Shaun Lewis||LB||Oklahoma State|
|19||Josh Stewart||WR||Oklahoma State|
|26||Dartwan Bush||DE||Texas Tech|
|30||Tyler Lockett||WR||Kansas State|
|32||Charles Sims||RB||West Virginia|
|33||Clint Chelf||QB||Oklahoma State|
|37||Jace Amaro||TE||Texas Tech|
|39||Jeremy Smith||RB||Oklahoma State|
|42||Karl Joseph||S||West Virginia|
|43||Parker Graham||OG||Oklahoma State|
|45||Cody Whitehair||OT||Kansas State|
|46||Justin Gilbert||CB||Oklahoma State|
|47||Jeremiah George||LB||Iowa State|
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