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Big 12 Player Rankings: The Top 50 Players for 2013

Cyril Richardson

Cyril Richardson

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. 

Here are six factors that contributed to the criteria for the rankings:

1. Projection on 2013 Performance 

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2. Importance to team
3. Who are the best overall players in terms of talent?

4. Positional importance

5. NFL Draft stock

6. Career performance 

Athlon's Top 50 Big 12 Players for 2013

Rank

Player

Position

Team

1

Cyril Richardson

OG

Baylor

2

Devonte Fields

DE

TCU

3

Lache Seastrunk

RB

Baylor

4

Jackson Jeffcoat

DE

Texas

5

Jason Verrett

CB

TCU

6

Aaron Colvin

CB

Oklahoma

7

Trey Millard

FB

Oklahoma

8

Calvin Barnett

DT

Oklahoma State

9

Kerry Hyder

DT

Texas Tech

10

Gabe Ikard

OL

Oklahoma

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

16

Bryce Hager

LB

Baylor

17

Shaun Lewis

LB

Oklahoma State

18

Quandre Diggs

CB

Texas

19

Josh Stewart

WR

Oklahoma State

20

Casey Pachall

QB

TCU

21

Jordan Hicks

LB

Texas

22

James Sims

RB

Kansas

23

Tevin Reese

WR

Baylor

24

Jalen Saunders

WR

Oklahoma

25

Carrington Byndom

CB

Texas

26

Dartwan Bush

DE

Texas Tech

27

Sam Carter

S

TCU

28

Trey Hopkins

OG

Texas

29

Mike Davis

WR

Texas

30

Tyler Lockett

WR

Kansas State

31

Johnathan Gray

RB

Texas

32

Charles Sims

RB

West Virginia

33

Clint Chelf

QB

Oklahoma State

34

Damien Williams

RB

Oklahoma

35

Chucky Hunter

DT

TCU

36

Ben Heeney

LB

Kansas

37

Jace Amaro

TE

Texas Tech

38

Ahmad Dixon

S

Baylor

39

Jeremy Smith

RB

Oklahoma State

40

Spencer Drango

OT

Baylor

41

Mason Walters

OG

Texas

42

Karl Joseph

S

West Virginia

43

Parker Graham

OG

Oklahoma State

44

Daryl Williams

OT

Oklahoma

45

Cody Whitehair

OT

Kansas State

46

Justin Gilbert

CB

Oklahoma State

47

Jeremiah George

LB

Iowa State

48

Jaxon Shipley

WR

Texas

49

Blake Bell

QB

Oklahoma

50

Bryce Petty

QB

Baylor


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