The Big 12 proved to be one of the deepest conferences in the country last season and Baylor and TCU unseated Oklahoma and Texas at the top of the conference, and it shoudl be just as exciting in 2015. Here are some of the best players that are toping to lead their team to the top:
Rudolph filled in as a true freshman for the Cowboys last season, and his play is one of the biggest reasons why many are picking Oklahoma State to finish third, behind Baylor and TCU, in the conference next season. He threw for 853 yards and six touchdowns over the last three game, and has all of his top five receivers back.
Knight fell way short of expectations in 2014 as he could back up his amazing Sugar Bowl performance against Alabama. An injury limited him last year, and he should see a lot more opportunities to pass the ball under new offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley. 2015 could be a redemption season for Knight.
Baylor will have a new starting quarterback, and Linwood will make that transition MUCH easier for whoever takes over. He ran for 1,252 yards and 16 scores in 2014, and should only put up better numbers as he gets more opportunities
2) Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma Sooners
Perine started his freshman season splitting carries with Oklahoma’s two other running backs, but he ended any thoughts of a platoon when he rushed for 427 yards against Kansas - a new FBS single-game record. That was enough to put anyone on the map, and he then continued to dominate for the rest of the season. He won’t get as many opportunities as Fournette and Chubb because he won’t have to carry the offense – Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight is still in Norman - but he’ll still make a huge impact.
Boykin was surprisingly snubbed when invites to the Heisman ceremony went out, but he did manage to finish fourth in the overall voting. He led TCU to the top of the Big 12 and nearly into the College Football Playoff, so it’s hard to imagine him having a better season…but if he and the Horned Frogs can force their way into the top four, he won’t be snubbed in 2015.
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