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Big 12 true freshman power rankings

11/4/2014

Going into the final month of the season, we've updated our Big 12 true freshman power rankings:

1. Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma (previous rank: 1): Perine is second in the league with an average of almost 96 yards rushing per game, and with a Big 12-high 11 rushing touchdowns, he remains on track for a spot on the All-Big 12 team.

2. KD Cannon, WR, Baylor (2): Cannon is still fourth in the Big 12 in receiving, and though his production has dipped in conference play, he did have six receptions for 124 yards in Baylor’s big win over TCU last month.

3. Dravon Henry, FS, West Virginia (3): Henry had two interceptions, including a pick-six, in West Virginia’s win over Oklahoma State. In Henry, safety Karl Joseph and cornerback Daryl Worley, the Mountaineers have an exciting young core in their secondary.

4. Allen Lazard, WR, Iowa State (5): Lazard has 21 receptions for 235 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Iowa State’s last three games. He’s been one of the Cyclones’ most consistent performers this season.

5. Jason Hall, S, Texas (4): Hall missed time with a minor injury, but has returned to laying wood in the Texas secondary. In time, Hall could become one of the hardest hitters in college football.

6. Corey Avery, RB, Kansas (6): Avery has been a bright spot in an anemic Kansas offense. He has gotten double-digit carries in every game but one, and is 10th in the Big 12 with 435 yards on the ground.

7. Elijah Lee, LB, Kansas State (NR): Lee leads the Wildcats with 3.5 sacks as their third-down pass rushing specialist. Lee has been a key part of the K-State defense all season.

8 (tie). Vincent Testaverde and Patrick Mahomes, QBs, Texas Tech (NR): Testaverde, a walk-on, is Tech’s only healthy quarterback. Mahomes started the Texas game in place of Davis Webb, whose status has been termed day-to-day. Either way, Testaverde and Mahomes are the only true freshman QBs to get meaningful action in the Big 12 this season.

10. James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State (9): Washington hasn’t been helped by Oklahoma State’s sluggish offense but he’s still found ways to produce, with eight receptions and 120 yards receiving in the Cowboys’ last two games.

On the radar: Nigel Bethel II, CB, Texas Tech; Michiah Quick, WR, Oklahoma; Ramon Richards, CB, Oklahoma State; Dimitri Flowers, FB, Oklahoma; Justin Stockton, RB, Texas Tech; Steven Parker II, S, Oklahoma; Poona Ford, DT, Texas; Matthew Boateng, CB, Kansas; Desmon White, WR,