Counting Down the Big 12's Top Players

LonghornDigest Publisher
Posted Sep 15, 2011

One-by-one, we've counted down the Big 12's best players. Now, finishing up the list at the top spot, is Oklahoma State game-breaking receiver Justin Blackmon.

1) Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

When making this list, the easiest pick was the one at the top. Blackmon holds onto this spot after winning the Biletnikoff Award and consensus All-America honors as a sophomore.

There are improvements, and then there are Blackmon improvements. As a redshirt freshman, Blackmon caught 20 passes for 260 yards and two touchdowns. He obliterated that as a sophomore, catching 111 passes for 1,782 yards and 20 touchdowns. Perhaps most impressively, he put up those numbers despite sitting out the Kansas State game via suspension. Had he not been suspended, Blackmon would have had a shot at Michael Crabtree's high marks.

He already holds the NCAA record with 12 straight games with 100 yards and a touchdown, a string that shouldn't end any time soon. His 1,782 yards marked the sixth-highest mark in NCAA history. And he did it via explosive plays, averaging 16.1 yards per catch and boasting at least a 29-yard reception in each game last year. He had eight scoring plays of longer than 40 yards, and six of 62 or more yards.

Just how dominant was he? Well, his 148.5 yards per game was 14 yards per game better than anybody else in the country. Had he not been suspended, and had the Cowboys closed out the season with a win, putting themselves in the Big 12 title game, Blackmon would have had a legitimate shot at a 2,000-yard receiving season.

Over last season, Blackmon earned comparison to the man whose records he was chasing, because of similar size and a penchant for great route-running. But while Crabtree spent the year after his huge season banged up and not quite reaching expectations, a healthy Blackmon could imprint his name all over the Big 12 record books.

2010 Stats: 111 catches for 1,782 yards and 20 touchdowns

No. 2: Oklahoma WR Ryan Broyles

No. 3: Baylor QB Robert Griffin III

No. 4: Oklahoma QB Landry Jones

No. 5: Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden

No. 6: Oklahoma LB Travis Lewis

No. 7: Texas DT Kheeston Randall

No. 8: Iowa State OL Kelechi Osemele

No. 9: Texas A&M RB Cyrus Gray

No. 10: Oklahoma State OL Levy Adcock

No. 11: Texas A&M WR Jeff Fuller

No. 12: Texas LB Keenan Robinson

No. 13: Oklahoma DE Frank Alexander

No. 14: Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill

No. 15: Oklahoma DB Tony Jefferson

No. 16: Texas LB Emmanuel Acho

No. 17: Oklahoma DB Demontre Hurst

No. 18: Baylor WR Kendall Wright

No. 19: Oklahoma OL Ben Habern

No. 20: Oklahoma State OL Lane Taylor

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No.22: Oklahoma State S Markelle Martin

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No. 29: Oklahoma DE/LB Ronnell Lewis

No. 30: Texas A&M RB Christine Michael

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