Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The Big 12's top 10 players ever: No. 8
By David Ubben
Over the next couple weeks, we're counting down the top 10 players in the history of the Big 12. I'm sure you'll all agree with my selections.
See more on my criteria here.
Let's move on with the lsit:
No. 8: Jason White, QB, Oklahoma (1999-2004)
Why he's on the list: White's career was all about fighting through injuries, and there aren't many who could do what White did through major knee surgeries on both knees. That meant he had almost no mobility after 2002, but White left Oklahoma as one of the school's most decorated quarterbacks in a program that's been full of them since Bob Stoops' arrival.
White threw 40 touchdown passes and just eight interceptions and racked up 3,846 passing yards in 2003 to win the Heisman Trophy and lead Oklahoma to the national championship game after an undefeated regular season. He also collected the Davey O'Brien Award and the unanimous All-American was named the AP's Player of the Year. (For and all of Oklahoma's sake, we won't talk about that Big 12 Championship game.) His career was given another year of life after the NCAA granted him a medical hardship that allowed him to play in 2004. He led the Sooners back to the national title game and won the O'Brien Trophy again, collecting the Maxwell Award, too. He never got that elusive national title, but threw for 35 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 2004 and easily earned a status as one of the all-time greats in a storied Oklahoma program.
His knee injuries prevented him from having an NFL career, but White's moved on to a career as a successful businessman with a statue outside Owen Field for winning his Heisman and a name Sooner fans will never forget.
The rest of the list: