Overachieving Reesing ranks as No. 10 among Big 12 players

April, 23, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

No. 10

Todd Reesing has been confounding skeptics during his entire college career.

After barely being recruited coming out of high school, Reesing ended up at Kansas. All he has done since he's been there is be the most productive quarterback in school history.

Reesing and the Jayhawks are poised for a big season and perhaps their first trip to the Big 12 title game in 2009. The return of Dezmon Briscoe earlier this week provides him with his top deep threat.

Will that enable the Jayhawks to crack the barrier and claim their first undisputed North title? We'll see, but Reesing's leadership and abilities are the least of Mark Mangino's concerns heading into the season.

Player: Todd Reesing
Team: Kansas
Position: Quarterback
Vitals: 5-foot-11, 200 pounds; Sr.; Austin, Texas (Lake Travis)

Why he was picked: The O'Brien Award semifinalist has developed into one of the most memorable players in school history after only three seasons. Reesing established a number of school single-season records last year in attempts (495), completions (329), yards (3,888) and 300-yard games (eight). He came within one of his own single-season record with 32 touchdowns. Most importantly, Reesing was the quarterback who led the Jayhawks to back-to-back bowl trips for the first time in school history. He also ranked in the top 10 nationally in passing yards, total offense and completions as the key player in Kansas' explosive spread offense.

What 2009 will hold: Reesing will come into the season as the overwhelming choice as easily the best quarterback in the North Division. His steady play, along with improvement in the Jayhawks' defense, could be enough to boost them into the title game. A difficult cross-division schedule will test them. But a monster season might even boost Reesing into Heisman contention if the Jayhawks can climb into the national spotlight.

The countdown:

11. Oklahoma RB-KR DeMarco Murray
12. Oklahoma State T Russell Okung
13. Texas DE-LB Sergio Kindle
14. Oklahoma T Trent Williams
15. Missouri LB Sean Weatherspoon
16. Baylor LB Joe Pawelek
17. Oklahoma State QB Zac Robinson
18. Texas WR-KR Jordan Shipley
19. Oklahoma RB Chris Brown
20. Nebraska I-back Roy Helu Jr.
21. Texas Tech DT Colby Whitlock
22. Kansas WR-KR Dezmon Briscoe
23. Oklahoma DE Jeremy Beal
24. Kansas S Darrell Stuckey
25. Texas Tech RB Baron Batch
26. Kansas QB-WR Kerry Meier
27. Texas T Adam Ulatoski
28. Oklahoma State LB Andre Sexton
29. Missouri G Kurtis Gregory
30. Missouri RB Derrick Washington
31. Texas Tech LB Brian Duncan
32. Texas S Earl Thomas
33. Kansas State WR-KR Brandon Banks
34. Oklahoma LB Keenan Clayton
35. Baylor S Jordan Lake
36. Oklahoma State CB-KR Perrish Cox
37. Texas C Chris Hall
38. Texas Tech DE-DT McKinner Dixon
39. Kansas State DE Brandon Harold
40. Oklahoma FB Matt Clapp

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