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Monday, February 14, 2011
Ranking the Big 12's best players: No. 25

By David Ubben

We're back again this postseason ranking the Big 12's best players, starting from No. 25 and working our way, day-by-day, to No. 1.

A quick rundown of my criteria for this list:
So, here we go!

No. 25: Lyle Leong, WR, Texas Tech

2009 numbers: Caught 74 passes for 926 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Most recent ranking: Leong was unranked in our preseason list of the Big 12's top 25 players.

Making the case for Leong: He was the Big 12's best version of Cris Carter in 2010: All he did was catch touchdowns. His 19 receiving touchdowns ranked second nationally, and no other receiver below him had more than 15 all year. Other receivers in the Big 12 put up better overall numbers, but he was incredibly reliable in the red zone for the Red Raiders. Considering the trouble spread offenses often have scoring close to the goal line, that's even more valuable. The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder made a living on jump balls alone, and his solid play everywhere else earns him a spot on this list.