Thursday, May 16, 2013
The 10 best Big 12 players ever: No. 2
By David Ubben
We're in the middle of 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 list:
No. 2: Ricky Williams, RB, Texas (1995-98)
Why he's on the list: Every season Ricky Williams was on the field, he made a huge impact. He arrived in Austin and started 12 games as a true freshman, winning freshman of the year in something called the Southwest Conference. The best was yet to come. By the end of his career in 1998, he had captured the NCAA record for career rushing yards, with 6,279. (Wisconsin's Ron Dayne broke it the next season.) Williams broke Tony Dorsett's record with a memorable touchdown run in an upset win over Texas A&M. He was also the all-time leader in rushing touchdowns, with 72 and had 11 200-yard games over his four-year career. He was the first player to ever win the Doak Walker Award twice as the nation's best running back, but his career peaked with an absurd 2,327 yards in 1998, averaging six yards a carry on his 391 touches. Along the way, he helped snap Nebraska's 47-game home winning streak, and easily won the Heisman Trophy. Williams earned 714 first-place votes. His closest competition, Kansas State QB Michael Bishop, received 41. Williams also won the Camp Award, the Maxwell Award and was the AP's Player of the Year. He earned All-Big 12 first team honors three times, and a status as one of the greatest Longhorns ever. His statue was unveiled in April 2012 and will always have a place outside DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium.
The rest of the list:
- No. 3: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
- No. 4: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
- No. 5: Colt McCoy, QB, Texas
- No. 6: Adrian Peterson, RB, Oklahoma
- No. 7: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
- No. 8: Jason White, QB, Oklahoma
- No. 9: Roy Williams, S, Oklahoma
- No. 10: Tavon Austin, WR/KR/RB/PR, West Virginia