Thursday, August 4, 2011
Ranking the Top 25 Big 12 players: No. 18
By ESPN.com staff
The official list of the Big 12's top 25 players is locked away in a vault in an undisclosed location, but we're revealing the list day by day here on the blog. Here's a refresher on my exact criteria.
No. 18: Elvis Fisher, LT, Missouri
2010 numbers: Helped Missouri's offensive line pave the way for 2,033 rushing yards and 3,292 passing yards, while giving up just 21 sacks (fourth in the Big 12) and averaging 4.63 yards per carry.
Most recent ranking: Fisher was unranked in our postseason list of the Big 12's top 25 players.
Making the case for Fisher: Fisher was perhaps never better than he was in the Tigers' season finale, a late loss to Iowa that featured 57 pass attempts for Blaine Gabbert, adding up to 434 yards. Fisher was lined up against Adrian Clayborn, a first-round pick and preseason All-American.
Fisher, however, dominated the night (Clayborn finished with one tackle) and has been one of the Tigers' most consistent starters on the offensive line for his entire career. Fisher missed the spring with shoulder surgery, but enters the season with 40 consecutive starts at left tackle, helping protect the blind side for Chase Daniel, Blaine Gabbert and now James Franklin. By season's end, he may have the most starts of any Missouri player ever, but after seizing the starting role in his redshirt freshman camp in 2008, Fisher has only improved as the most outstanding member of Missouri's offensive line, which returns four starters.
The rest of the list:
- No. 19: Keenan Robinson, LB, Texas
- No. 20: Tony Jefferson, S, Oklahoma
- No. 21: Shaun Lewis, LB, Oklahoma State
- No. 22: Kenny Stills, WR, Oklahoma
- No. 23: Brad Madison, DE, Missouri
- No. 24: Emmanuel Acho, LB, Texas
- No. 25: Zaviar Gooden, LB, Missouri