Ranking the Top 15 Players in the Big 12 for 2014 (Experts Poll)

Bryce Petty takes the No. 1 spot.

The Big 12 heads into 2014 looking to rebound on the national stage. Oklahoma is coming off a huge Sugar Bowl victory against Alabama, and Baylor is likely to rank as a top 10 team by most this preseason after winning the conference title last year. The Sooners are a threat to win the national championship, but for the Big 12 to move up in the conference pecking order, Texas has to take a step forward under first-year coach Charlie Strong.

In order to rank the top 15 players in the Big 12 for 2014, Athlon Sports sought the insight of several experts from the conference. The voting process was simple. Using criteria such as career performance so far, 2014 potential/projection, pro outlook, recruiting ranking, value to team or overall talent, each voter was asked to rank their top 15 players for 2014.

 

A point system was assigned, giving 15 points for a player with a No. 1 vote, 14 points for a No. 2 vote, 13 points for a No. 3 vote and so on.

 

The Voters:


Steven Lassan, AthlonSports.com, (@AthlonSteven)
Braden Gall, AthlonSports.com, (@BradenGall)
Chris Anderson, Eersports.com, (@CMAnderson247)
Rich Cirminiello, Campus Insiders/CFN, (@RichCirminiello)

Allen Kenney, BlatantHomerism.com, (@BlatantHomerism)
Chris Level, RedRaiderSports.com, (@ChrisLevel)
Aaron Dickens, RedRaiderSports.com, (@AaronDickens)
Jesse Newell, Topeka Capital-Journal, (@JesseNewell)
David Fox, AthlonSports.com, (@DavidFox615)
Kevin Flaherty, The Shiver, (@KFlaherty247)
Ben Kerchveal, Bleacher Report, (@BenKercheval)
Seth Jungman, Viva The Matadors, (@VivatheMatador)
Jamie Plunkett, Frogs O'War, (@TheDSportsRant)
Garrett Cullen, West Virginia MetroNews, (@GarrettCullen)
Mark Ross, AthlonSports.com, (@AthlonMarkR)
Mitch Light, AthlonSports.com, (@AthlonMitch)

 

Ranking Big 12's Best Players for 2014 (Experts Poll)

Rank Player  Team   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total Points
1 Bryce Petty, QB  13 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 228
2 Tyler Lockett, WR 2 10 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 206
3 Antwan Goodley, WR 1 1 4 3 1 2 2 0 1 0 174
4 Ryan Mueller, DE 0 1 2 4 4 0 0 1 1 1 164
5 Eric Striker, LB 0 2 4 3 2 0 2 0 1 0 163
6 Cedric Reed, DE 0 0 3 2 2 2 0 3 0 0 137
7 Spencer Drango, OT 0 0 1 0 1 1 3 0 2 0 83
8 Sam Carter, S 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 3 79
9 Davis Webb, QB 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 73
10 B.J. Finney, C 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 64
11 Le'Raven Clark, OL 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 2 1 63
12 Charles Tapper, DL 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 2 1 62
13 Trevor Knight, QB 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 1 59
14 Malcom Brown, DT 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 3 51
15 Quandre Diggs, CB 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 48
16 Malcolm Brown, RB 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 41
17 Shock Linwood, RB 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 2 35
18 Zack Sanchez, CB 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 31
19 Chucky Hunter, DT 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 26
20 Jake Waters, QB 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 21
21 Shawn Oakman, DE 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 19
22 Johnathan Gray, RB 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 19
23 Ben Heeney, LB 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 14
24 Daryl Williams, OT 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9
25 Quinton Spain, OG 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8
26 Daryl Worley, CB 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
27 Sterling Shepard, WR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
28 Matt Joeckel, QB 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
29 Bryce Hager, LB 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
30 E.J. Bibbs, TE 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
31 J.W. Walsh, QB 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
32 Desmond Roland, RB 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
33 Jakeem Grant, WR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
34 Karl Joseph, S 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
35 Levi Norwood, WR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
36 Tyreek Hill, RB/WR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
37 Chris Hackett, S 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
A Few Observations
 

* In a conference that is usually dominated by Texas and Oklahoma, the top four players in the experts poll are from Baylor and Kansas State.

* Bryce Petty recorded 13 of the 16 first-place votes.

* Only three players made an appearance on all 16 ballots: Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty, Kansas State receiver Tyler Lockett and Baylor receiver Antwan Goodley.

* Who is the No. 2 quarterback in the Big 12 this year? Some have Oklahoma’s Trevor Knight, but in this experts poll, Texas Tech’s Davis Webb ended up second in voting among quarterbacks.

* A few names to watch that could rank higher in this poll at the end of 2014: Oklahoma cornerback Zack Sanchez, Kansas State quarterback Jake Waters, West Virginia cornerback Daryl Worley and Texas running back Johnathan Gray.

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