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Ranking the Top 15 Players in the Big 12 for 2015 (Experts Poll)

Shawn Oakman

Shawn Oakman

TCU or Baylor? That’s the big question at the top of the Big 12 in 2015. The Bears and Horned Frogs shared the conference crown last season, with Baylor claiming the head-to-head victory in a 61-58 shootout in early October.

The debate between Baylor and TCU continued this offseason, and the Big 12 player rankings reflect the balance of power in the conference. In Athlon’s expert poll, the Bears and Horned Frogs claimed four of the top six spots.   

With the season right around the corner, Athlon Sports sought to answer this question: Who are the best 15 players in the Big 12 for 2015?

In order to rank the top 15 players in the Big 12 for 2015, Athlon Sports sought the insight of several experts from the conference. The voting process was simple. Using criteria such as career performance so far, 2015 potential/projection, pro outlook, recruiting ranking, value to team or overall talent, each voter was asked to rank their top 15 players for 2015.

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

David Ubben, (@DavidUbben), Fox Sports Southwest

Tony Caridi, (@TonyCaridi), MetroNews Sportsline

Chris Level, (@ChrisLevel), RedRaiderSports.com

John Helsley, (@jjhelsley), The Oklahoman

Chris Anderson, (@CMAnderson247), Eersports.com

Allen Kenney, (@BlatantHomerism), BlatantHomerism.com

Jason Kersey, (@JasonKersey), The Oklahoman

Shehan Jeyarajah, (@ShehanJeyarajah), Dallas Morning News

Garrett Cullen, (@GarrettCullen), MetroNews Sportsline

Steven Lassan, (@AthlonSteven), AthlonSports.com

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Craig Meyer, (@CraigMeyerPG), Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

J.P. Scott, (@TheJPScott), Athlon Contributor Network

David Fox, (@DavidFox615), AthlonSports.com

Ryan Gerbosi, (@RyanGerbosi), Dallas Morning News

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Ranking the Big 12's Best Players for 2015 (Experts Poll)

Rank

Player

Team

Total Points

1

Trevone Boykin, QB, TCU(18 first-place votes)

326

2

Shawn Oakman, DE, Baylor(1 first-place vote)

267

3

Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma(1 first-place vote)

248

4

Spencer Drango, OT, Baylor(1 first-place vote)

238

5

Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State

231

6

Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor(1 first-place vote)

225

7

Eric Striker, LB, Oklahoma

158

8

Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia

149

9

Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor

126

10

Le'Raven Clark, OT, Texas Tech

120

11

Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma

92

12

Josh Doctson, WR, TCU

84

13

Pete Robertson, DE, Texas Tech

50

14

Shock Linwood, RB, Baylor

45

15

Zack Sanchez, CB, Oklahoma

44

16

Kevin Peterson, CB, Oklahoma State

39

17

Dante Barnett, S, Kansas State

33

18

Nick Kwiatkoski, LB, West Virginia

20

19T

KD Cannon, WR, Baylor

19

19T

Cody Whitehair, OT, Kansas State

19

21

Davion Pierson, DT, TCU

18

22

Joey Hunt, C, TCU

17

23

Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State

16

24

Daryl Worley, CB, West Virginia

14

25

Seth Russell, QB, Baylor

13

26

Aaron Green, RB, TCU

9

27

Tyler Orlosky, C, West Virginia

6

28

Danzel McDaniel, CB, Kansas State

5

29T

Wendell Smallwood, RB, West Virginia

4

29T

Ryan Simmons, LB, Oklahoma State

4

31T

Derrick Kindred, S, TCU

1

31T

DeAndre Washington, RB, Texas Tech

1

31T

Sam Richardson, QB, Iowa State

1

* TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin ranked No. 1 or No. 2 on all 22 ballots.

* Baylor led all teams with seven selections. TCU ranked second with six picks, while West Virginia was third with five players receiving votes.

* Kansas and Texas were the only teams to not have a player receive a vote in the expert poll.

* The top 10 players receiving votes were split evenly among the offense (five) and defense (five).