Big 12: 2010 prepared teams

Who's most prepared for an injury?

June, 9, 2010
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Few teams make it through a season without getting banged up. So which units around the Big 12 are best prepared for an injury?

1. Texas Tech quarterbacks. It doesn't take much research to see the potential here. Texas Tech proved this spring it may be able to roll with four different quarterbacks. Steven Sheffield and Taylor Potts both had success in spots last season, but suffered injuries that ended their springs early. In their place came Jacob Karam and Seth Doege, who impressed coaches by stepping in and taking advantage of the opportunity. In one scrimmage this spring, the two combined for 10 touchdown passes. Doege also got plenty of playing time against Kansas and Texas A&M last season.

2. Texas cornerbacks. The Longhorns have three future NFL players in Curtis Brown, Chykie Brown and Aaron Williams. In a league that's not afraid to pass, they'll spend a lot of time on the field together, but it would take a few injuries to slow this group.

3. Nebraska running backs. Roy Helu Jr. is the most experienced of the group, but Rex Burkheadproved late last season he could be counted on for plenty of production, too. But what tips the Huskers over the edge here is rumbler Dontrayevous Robinson, a 230-pounder who should get some carries in spots in 2010. Helu topped 1,000 yards last season and Burkhead has a legitimate chance to do the same this season.

4. Baylor quarterbacks. Silver Lining City right here. No one liked seeing Robert Griffin III go down with his college career on the rise, but as a result, the Bears have a young, but seasoned backup in Nick Florence behind him. Florence struggled in stretches during his freshman season, but he also threw for 427 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in Baylor's lone conference win, an upset of Missouri in Columbia. Hardly a consolation, but Florence is a luxury for Baylor that not every team has.

5. Texas A&M receivers. The Aggies had five receivers with at least 35 catches last season. We've written about them here before, and it may happen again. Ryan Swope and Kenric McNeal may join that group this season, but don't look for Uzoma Nwachukwu, Jeff Fuller and Ryan Tannehill to leave. Between those five, Jerrod Johnson won't be lacking for targets in 2010.

6. Texas Tech running backs. Baron Batch is the headliner after rushing for 884 yards in 2010, but new offensive coordinator Neal Brown will look to run the ball more than Texas Tech usually has to utilize their depth this season. Sophomores Harrison Jeffers and Eric Stephens will give the Red Raiders plenty of options. In one scrimmage this spring, Jeffers scampered for 139 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries.

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