Thursday, March 1, 2012
Ranking the Big 12's top 25 players: No. 8
By ESPN.com staff
Our countdown of the Big 12's top 25 players continues. The official list is locked away in a vault in an undisclosed location, but we're revealing a new member every day.
Here's a quick rundown on my criteria for this list.
We're officially in the top 10 now. That means it could be a little heated from here on. Got beef? Send it to my mailbag, and we'll have a later post logging and answering your complaints.
No. 8: Levy Adcock, OT, Oklahoma State
2011 numbers: Helped protect QB Brandon Weeden in the nation's No. 2 scoring and passing offense and helped create holes for 1,200-yard rusher Joseph Randle.
Most recent ranking: Adcock was ranked No. 6 in our preseason list of the top 25 players.
Making the case for Adcock: Adcock's been a stalwart on Oklahoma State's offensive line the last two seasons, emerging as the most talented member on the line as his mullet emerged out the back of his helmet.
It's a memorable look for the juco transfer, and the Oklahoma native was a big reason for the Cowboys' first Big 12 title in school history. He held down the right tackle spot, and at 6-foot-6, 322 pounds, is a great balance of size, speed and strength, earning my nod as the Big 12's best offensive linemen.
It's no surprise, that he was part of the Big 12's best offensive line, too. OSU gave up just 12 sacks on 595 pass attempts. That total ranked as the 12th fewest nationally, even though OSU ranked fourth in pass attempts. Adcock protected Weeden's front side, and though OSU's offense is predicated upon quick release, Weeden had plenty of time all season, and rarely got his jersey dirtied.
The rest of the list:
- No. 9: A.J. Klein, LB, Iowa State
- No. 10: Sean Porter, LB, Texas A&M
- No. 11: Terrance Ganaway, RB, Baylor
- No. 12: Jake Knott, LB, Iowa State
- No. 13: Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma
- No. 14: Henry Josey, RB, Missouri
- No. 15: Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M
- No. 16: Emmanuel Acho, LB, Texas
- No. 17: Kelechi Osemele, LT, Iowa State
- No. 18: Joseph Randle, RB, Oklahoma State
- No. 19: Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State
- No. 20: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
- No. 21: Grant Garner, C, Oklahoma State
- No. 22: Ronnell Lewis, LB, Oklahoma
- No. 23: Cyrus Gray, RB, Texas A&M
- No. 24: Nigel Malone, CB, Kansas State
- No. 25: Damontre Moore, LB, Texas A&M