Thursday, August 25, 2011
The Big 12 Twitter must-follows for 2011
By ESPN.com staff
The season is upon us, and things have started heating up everywhere. That includes cyberspace, too. Not just the gridiron. For those of you on Twitter (which really, should be all of you) here are the best Tweeters in the Big 12, in no particular order.
You can, of course, follow me on Twitter here.
Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State (@bweeden3)
Weeden, a walk-on for the Cowboys top-tier golf program, will periodically make you jealous with tweets from the golf course during the middle of the week in the offseason. He'll also make you laugh more than most in the league and tweets back at his fans constantly. Also, his dog is awesome, and is known to sport his owner's OSU jersey.
Sample tweet: Me & the Duke man have the place to ourselves this weekend. @MelanieWeeden is n Vegas so were gonna hold the fort down! http://yfrog.com/kfb6fsbj
Tony Jefferson, S, Oklahoma (@TonyJefferson1)
Jefferson will make you laugh, too, and he's been known to (somewhat harmlessly) stir the pot with his tweets from time to time, specifically with a few aimed in Oklahoma State's direction.
Sample tweet: It's not fun being broke. But it's crazy how yu fight through and try to find ways to make it work. Mamma always told me work with wat u got
Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State (@JustBlack81)
Unlike his efforts on the field, Blackmon isn't the most consistent tweeter, but you've got to get a look inside the life of the game's best receiver, right?
Sample tweet: 1st day of class...hope all my #OkState fam has a good 1st day
T.J. Moe, WR, Missouri (@TJMoe28)
Moe is a good mix of insight, life lessons and comedy, mixed with general observations of college life and football. Check him out.
Sample tweet: I try to stay away from desserts, but when there is carrot cake in the dining hall, I have no hope.
Kenny Stills, WR, Oklahoma (@KStills4)
Stills endured a Bob Stoops-induced hiatus from the site in the offseason, but he's back with an entertaining vengeance this fall. His argument on the site that his teammate, Ryan Broyles, was a better receiver than Justin Blackmon got blown completely out of proportion, but he's not shy about his opinions, and loves saying hello to his best friends on campus: Compliance.
Sample tweet: Got some twitter tips for student athletes in my locker.. Lol the last tip is dont let the rules prevent you from having fun w your twitter.
By the way, here's that list, if you're curious. All good advice.
Cyrus Gray, RB, Texas A&M (@CyrusGray32)
Gray's got the best avatar of the bunch, a styling photo from a trip with former teammate Von Miller to the NFL draft in April. He'll retweet fans that tweet at him more than any other player in the league.
Sample tweet: Find something that pushes you harder each day! Before you have Pleasure you got to go through Pain!
Drew Allen, QB, Oklahoma (@DrewAllen1)
Allen is Landry Jones' backup, but his account far surpasses that of the Sooners' starter. (That's @LandryJones12, by the way.) Allen's got a strong case as the league's most humorous tweeter.
Sample tweet 1: My teacher... Mr. Swagg http://lockerz.com/s/132495156
Sample tweet 2: For obvious reasons RT @txsportzfan: @DrewAllen1 why did you take a pic of your teacher?
Trent Hunter, S, Texas A&M (@TrentHunter01)
Hunter is good about giving fans a look inside the life of a senior Aggie, and hey, it doesn't hurt when he retweets articles from yours truly.
Sample tweet: Day 1 starts in 10 minutes. I can't even think about sleep right now lol
Jake Knott, LB, Iowa State (@jknott20)
Knott's account requires him to approve you to follow him, but he's still one of the league's most entertaining tweeters.
Sample tweet (from before Big 12 Media Days): all members of the media sporting any ISU gear will have an in n out burger in their hands by the end of the day.
The remains of AJ Steward (@Jizzle_11) and Daymond Patterson (@DP4Heisman), Kansas receivers
Both players are off the site per team rules, and Patterson's account is suspended. However, their offseason video efforts (and ensuing Twitter promotional blitz) landed the pair on College Football Live.
Sample tweet: The person I'm looking most forward to going up against during camp is @TOTrey5. Gotta love a good challenge. We'll make each other better
Elvis Fisher, LT, Missouri (@ElvisFisher72)
Fisher is out for the season with a knee injury, but he's most likely to carry on the Missouri tradition of tweeting photos of himself after he's caught a fish, a Blaine Gabbert Twitter staple.
Sample tweet: My college degree! http://twitpic.com/65kpbl
Quandre Diggs, CB, Texas (@qdiggs28)
Diggs, a true freshman, could be a rising star in this league. For now, he gives you a look inside what it's like being a freshman Longhorn.
Sample tweet: Just had a nice karaoke night with the team! I love our team!
Eric Stephens, RB, Texas Tech (@EricStephens24)
Stephens may be a household name in the Big 12 this time next year. You'd be best served to follow him while he does it.
Sample tweet: I need to find something else I love to do besides football