Big 12: Big 12\'s 40 best

Kansas State DE Brandon Harold is Big 12's 39th best player

March, 25, 2009
3/25/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Another day, another player.

Harold
Kansas State defensive end Brandon Harold was one of the most underrated players in the Big 12, developing into one of the nation's top freshman pass rushers last season and a pillar of the Wildcat defense.

Here's more about today's addition to the list, the conference's 39th best player.

Player: Brandon Harold
Team: Kansas State
Position: Defensive end
Vitals: 6-foot-6, 264 pounds, So., East St. Louis, Ill.

Why he was picked: Developed last season as one of only seven true freshmen on the Wildcats' roster last season. He became the Wildcats' most consistent pass rusher, leading the team with 10.5 tackles for loss. Campbell also produced 47 tackles, three sacks and tied for the team's lead with two forced fumbles.

What 2009 will hold: Ian Campbell is gone from the other side of the KSU defense, meaning that opposing teams will focus on Harold on a more consistent basis. Will he be able to duplicate his stellar freshman numbers? The Wildcats' bowl hopes might depend on it.

The countdown:

40. Oklahoma FB Matt Clapp

39. Kansas State DE Brandon Harold

The Big 12's top 40 players begins today

March, 24, 2009
3/24/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Forty days seemed like a nice, round figure to count down the best players in the Big 12 heading into the upcoming season.

We're 40 days away from the conclusion of all Big 12 spring practices with Kansas State's spring game on May 2. As such, today starts our countdown of the Big 12's best this spring.

Here's our first installment, the 40th best player in the Big 12

Player: Matt Clapp
Team: Oklahoma
Position: Fullback
Vitals
: 6-foot-3, 234 pounds, Sr., Phoenix, Ariz. (Paradise Valley High School)

Why he was picked
: Universally considered one of the most underrated players in the conference because of his blocking and pass-catching abilities. He earned first-team honors last season as the conference's top fullback with nine catches for 92 yards and three TD receptions. He also had seven carries for 21 yards last season, but blocking was why he was picked.

What 2009 will hold: Likely, a lot more blocking. Look for Clapp to be busy as the Sooners break in four new offensive linemen in front of him.

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