Friday, January 25, 2013
The Big 12's 2012 All-Interview Team
By ESPN.com staff
Excluding the shy guys, most players love interviews at first. After time, though, it does get old. Still, these are the players who made stories like mine and others great throughout the season. Players can land here for a variety of reason, but here are the guys who made the 2012 season the most interesting for folks like me, and by default, readers like you.
Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor: Seastrunk's star rose quickly, but he emerged as an entertaining personality even more quickly. He was pretty honest about his struggles at Oregon after blowing up against K-State, and applied an intriguing storyline to the 2013 season when he announced his plans to win the Heisman Trophy. He's perhaps too honest at times, but you can't fault a kid for being confident in himself.
Toben Opurum, DE, Kansas: It was a long season in Lawrence, but getting to talk to Opurum was always good. He was honest about the circumstances the Jayhawks found themselves in--there's no sugarcoating 1-11--but he was also always interesting when he talked about trying to build from that and what it was like to endure loss after loss and keep competing.
Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia: Smith wasn't a very big reason for West Virginia's struggles, but he was always insightful and I've never talked to a player who refused to settle like Smith did. Even when it was going well for WVU early this season, Smith focused on what he could still be doing better and deflected any praise to his teammates.
Gabe Ikard, OL, Oklahoma: Ikard is one of the most humorous guys on the list, but like everyone, he offered some good insight into the game. He did so from an offensive lineman's perspective, which always makes stories better. They're usually some of the easiest-going guys on the team.
Adam Davis, DE, Kansas State: Davis lands on this list for a really eye-opening interview after K-State's win at Oklahoma. Criticism is fair if it's based in fact and comes from a place of education. Davis confirmed what a lot of people thought about Landry Jones heading into the year. Get in his face, and you force him to make mistakes often. He was honest about how much K-State knew that and tailored its defensive gameplan around that. Really interesting.
Joseph Randle, RB, Oklahoma State: Randle might be the funniest guy on this list, and was always a great source for insight into the game and a quick one-liner.
Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State: Every year, a few players across the Big 12 have to do a mountain of interviews. The guys who keep doing them and keep providing good answers often go underappreciated. Klein made the All-Interview team last year for rattling off Bill Snyder's 16 Goals for Success in seconds. This year, he grabs the RG III and Brandon Weeden crown for doing more interviews than anybody else in the league.