Friday, December 9, 2011
Looking back on the 2011 ESPNU 150
By ESPN.com staff ESPN.com
It's always fun to keep track of the ESPNU 150, the list of the nation's top recruits. Last year, we took a look back at what each had done before the 2011 season, and now, with a year under their belts, here's how the 2011 ESPNU 150 did in their first year on campus, courtesy of ESPN Recruiting.
Also, here's how the last few years of Big 12 ESPNU 150 recruits shaped up:
Texas' Malcolm Brown rushed for 707 yards in nine games as a freshman.
No. 7: Malcolm Brown, RB, Texas: Brown led the Longhorns in rushing with 707 yards despite playing in just nine games because of various injuries. Brown averaged 4.4 yards per carry and scored five touchdowns. Clearly, Brown showed he can be a go-to tailback at Texas, but he'll need to get bigger and stronger to withstand a full season in the Big 12. Knee and toe injuries affected his productivity late in the season.
No. 21: Quandre Diggs, CB, Texas: Diggs led the Longhorns in interceptions with three and tied for the team lead in passes defended with 16. He also had 43 tackles, including four for loss, and two forced fumbles. Diggs was the Longhorns' kick returner, with 17 returns for 324 yards, and returned 8 punts for 181 yards and a 22.6-yard average "You just keep adding more and more [to Diggs' responsibilities], and he seems to be handling it all," secondary coach Duane Akina told the Austin Statesman. "All of this is on top of him being a very productive defensive player in a very explosive offensive conference."
No. 31: Desmond Jackson, DT, Texas: Jackson was originally planning to redshirt in order to add some size to his 6-foot-1, 280-pound frame but ended up playing in all 11 games. Jackson had a big fall camp and was able to get into the rotation at tackle, although he was never able to crack the starting lineup. He finished the year with eight tackles and a sack and is expected to compete for a starting job next fall.
No. 35: Brandon Williams, RB, Oklahoma: Williams was able to graduate high school early and enrolled at OU in time for spring ball. His playing time increased each game this year and he finished the year with 46 carries for 219 yards, averaging almost 5 yards a carry. He had his breakout game against Iowa State, rushing 11 times for 80 yards.
No. 51: Trey Metoyer, WR, Oklahoma: Metoyer, who committed to Oklahoma, was declared academically ineligible for the 2011 season and played at Hargrave Military Academy this fall.
No. 55: Steve Edmond, LB, Texas: Playing in 10 games, Edmond was an ace on Texas' special teams. He made five tackles on the unit, which was fourth on the team. He also forced a fumble and had two tackles for loss this season for the Longhorns.
No. 64: Danzel Williams, ATH, Oklahoma: Ranked as an athlete, Williams is at Oklahoma playing running back, a position the Sooners have always stockpiled with talent. Fellow freshman back Brandon Williams did see some time this season for the Sooners, so Danzel Williams will be a little behind the eight ball, as the Sooners aren't scheduled to lose any of their backs going into next season.
No. 87: Josh Turner, ATH, Texas: Turner was recruited as an athlete, and he has found a home as a defensive back and special teams contributor. As a gunner, Turner has blocked a punt, which was returned for a touchdown, and has six tackles and a fumble recovery.
No. 93: Sedrick Flowers, OL, Texas: Flowers has played in three games for the Longhorns, and he is expected to compete for a starting job next season. It won't be easy, though, as Texas will lose only three of its 18 linemen to graduation at the end of the year.
No. 101: Nathan Hughes, DE, Oklahoma: Hughes redshirted for the Sooners.
No. 103: Jordan Wade, DT, Oklahoma: Wade was academically cleared in October and will be in Norman, Okla., in January.
No. 119: Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma: Phillips, who wasn't cleared to play until just before the start of the season, redshirted this year.
No. 124: Herschel Sims, RB, Oklahoma State: Sims played in eight games, and finished as the Cowboys' third-leading rusher with 242 yards and two touchdowns. He was also a standout on special teams.
No. 133: Leroy Scott, CB, Texas: Scott played in eight games, mostly special teams, and had 10 tackles and a blocked punt.