Big 12: Will Pericak

Fresh Faces: Colorado

August, 18, 2010
Here's a few Buffaloes with relatively low profiles around the conference who you'll be hearing from in 2010.

Toney Clemons, WR

So what if we've talked about him plenty here? You should get to know the preseason Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound receiver and Michigan transfer. After topping out at 11 receptions and 101 yards as a sophomore at Michigan, he still has to prove his potential and produce. His teammates made him the first pick of the spring game, so clearly they don't need much more convincing. But he's one of three nice additions to the Colorado receiving corps alongside Scotty McKnight, joining UCLA and USC transfers Paul Richardson and Travon Patterson, respectively.

Will Pericak, DT

Pericak (pre-check) started last year and made 39 tackles as the run-clogger for the Buffaloes, adding a pair of sacks and five tackles for loss. Alongside defensive end Marquez Herrod, he'll try to improve on both of those numbers as a sophomore. He possesses nice size at 6-foot-4 and 280 pounds, but if Colorado is going to improve its rush defense, which ranked ninth in the Big 12 last season, he'll have to be a bigger contributor in 2010.

Nick Kasa, DE

He still has to earn playing time at defensive end, but if he can make it on the field, he'll get a chance to show the potential that made him the nation's No. 17 defensive end in the 2009 class. Kasa chose to stay home in Colorado over playing for Florida, where he originally committed. His debut season was derailed by a torn MCL and missed time because of mono, but he'll try to improve on his underwhelming two tackles as a freshman. If he can stay healthy, he should help a Colorado pass rush that sacked quarterbacks just 27 times in 2009, ninth-most in the Big 12.

More Fresh Faces:

Michael, Smith, Way head All-Big 12 freshman team

December, 8, 2009
Along with my All-Big 12 team, I thought it would be fun to also pick a team made up of freshmen and redshirt freshmen.

There are a couple of gaps. There was only one center, Oklahoma's Ben Habern, on the two-deep rosters on Big 12 rosters. And there are also no kickers, either.

And I'll also go one step further. I'll pick Christine Michael of Texas A&M as my Big 12 Freshman Offensive Player of the Year, Aldon Smith of Missouri as my Big 12 Freshman Defensive Player of the Year and Tress Way of Oklahoma as my Big 12 Freshman Special Teams Player of the Year.

Here's a look at my all-freshman team for offense, defense and special teams.

QB: Landry Jones, Oklahoma
RB: Christine Michael, Texas A&M
RB: Toben Opurum, Kansas
WR: Uzoma Nwachukwu, Texas A&M
WR: Alex Torres, Texas Tech
TE: Ben Cotton, Nebraska
OL: Tanner Hawkinson, Kansas
OL: Bryce Givens, Colorado
OL: Patrick Lewis, Texas A&M
OL: Lane Taylor, Oklahoma State
C: Ben Habern, Oklahoma

DL: Aldon Smith, Missouri
DL: Jamarkus McFarland, Oklahoma
DL: Will Pericak, Colorado
LB: Kyle Manghan, Texas A&M
LB: Huldon Tharp, Kansas
LB: Sean Fisher, Nebraska
LB: Will Compton, Nebraska
DB: Cody Davis, Texas Tech
DB: Chance Casey, Baylor
DB: Dustin Harris, Texas A&M
DB: Ray Polk, Colorado

Special teams:
KR: D.J. Monroe, Texas
PR: Austin Zouzalik, Texas Tech
P: Tress Way, Oklahoma
ST: Kenny Vaccaro, Texas