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The Big 12's Top Impact Freshmen of 2012

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With college football's fall practice in full swing around the nation, it's really the first time names made famous on recruiting websites are showing up in actual practice reports. When it comes to picking which freshmen will make an impact in their first season on campus, it's really all about who can pick up the playbook the fastest and who fits a need. The Texas Longhorns know all about true freshman running backs as the No. 1 incoming freshman tailback in the nation, Malcolm Brown, finished with 742 yards and five scores last season despite missing three games. Mack Brown welcomes another No. 1 runner in Jonathan Gray to campus who should see plenty of playing time this time around too. This season will feature another class of stellar prospects who will mold the landscape in the Big 12 (listed alphabetically): 

The Big 12's Top Impact Freshmen for 2012

LaDarius Brown, WR, TCU
Casey Pachall has loads of talent to work with in the passing game. He has names like Boyce and Dawson. And he has plenty of smaller, slot guys who make big plays happen in open space near the line of scrimmage. What he would love is a 6-foot-4, 220-pound big body that can go down the field and deep over the middle. The big fella from Waxahachie, Texas, gives him a weapon like that.

Malcom Brown, DT, Texas
The No. 5-rated defensive tackle prospect in the entire nation will enter the 40 Acres for the first time with eyes on playing time. He will bolster a key area of concern for the Horns and could eventually work his way into the starting line-up. The Brenham, Texas, prospect checks in at 6-foot-4 and 285 pounds.

Quenton Bundrage, WR, Iowa State
The Cyclones offense is anything but situated and the receiving corps is a big part of that problem. The coaching staff is hoping the Sunshine State prospect is ready to produce in his first year on the field. He is a big target at 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds and could make a big difference for whichever quarterback wins the job in Ames.

La'Raven Clark, OL, Texas Tech
The biggest impact newcomer for Tech has to be this starting offensive lineman. The 6-foot-3, 310-pounder hails from Rockdale, Texas, and will be charged with protecting the team's two most valued weapons in quarterback Seth Doege and tailback Eric Stephens.

Spencer Drango, OL, Baylor
No pressure for Drango in 2012. Following the Year of the Bear, the youngster from Cedar Park, Texas, could be responsible for protecting new quarterback Nick Florence's blind side. He checks in at 6-foot-6 and 305 pounds and should benefit from playing alongside Cyril Richardson. These two give Baylor one of the biggest tackle tandems in the country.