Friday, February 5, 2010
Which Big 12 alumni will have a Super impact?
By ESPN.com staff
Forget the quarter squares or the halftime propositions.
I've got a game we can play as we get ready for Saturday and I'm curious about readers' thoughts.
Here is a list of the former Big 12 players on Super Bowl rosters. Their playing status is based on the most recent team depth chart released by NFL.com.
SS Melvin Bullitt (Texas A&M), starter.
G Ryan Lilja (Kansas State), starter.
T Charlie Johnson (Oklahoma State), starter.
CB Jacob Lacey (Oklahoma State), backup.
DE Keyunta Dawson (Texas Tech), backup.
LS Justin Snow (Baylor), starter.
LB Cody Glenn (Nebraska), backup.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
G Carl Nicks (Nebraska), starter.
OLB Scott Shanle (Nebraska), starter.
TE David Thomas (Texas), backup.
K Garrett Hartley (Oklahoma), starter.
DT Remi Ayodele (Oklahoma), starter.
C Nick Leckey (Kansas State), backup.
QB Chase Daniel (Missouri), backup.
T Jammal Brown (Oklahoma), injured reserve.
TE Dan Campbell (Texas A&M), injured reserve.
MLB Mark Simoneau (Kansas State), injured reserve.
WR D'Juan Woods (Oklahoma State), injured reserve.
From one through five, I'm curious which Big 12 alumnus will have the biggest impact in the Super Bowl.
Here are my choices:
1. Indianapois SS Melvin Bullitt: He'll have to bring a physical, punishing presence to the Colts' secondary to keep the New Orleans receivers and Reggie Bush from running wild.
2. New Orleans G Carl Nicks: New Orleans needs to run the ball effectively to have a chance in springing the upset. Nicks is the Saints' best run-blocker and will be important in moving the pile for them.
3. Indianapolis CB Jacob Lacey: For some strange reason, I have the feeling that Lacey will be a big part of this game. I think Drew Brees will test him early and often and he'll have a chance to make some plays -- or be burned.
4. New Orleans K Garrett Hartley: He won the NFC Championship Game with a clutch kick in overtime. Who's to say he won't have another chance for another big kick or two in Sunday's game?
5. New Orleans TE David Thomas: Brees' second tight end has been a consistent and clutch third-down receiver all season. If this game is a shootout, he'll likely get a lot of playing time.
Those are my picks. How about yours?