- Max Olson, Big 12 reporter
- 0 Shares
Last week, we took a shot in the dark and identified one player for each Big 12 team that might be poised for a breakout week. And we hit on a few of those picks, most notably Tyreek Hill, DeAndre Washington, Dravon Henry and Dylan Haines. So let's give this another shot. Here are 10 players we're keeping an eye on Saturday.
Baylor WR Davion Hall: The nation's best wide receiving corps will enter this weekend without the services of arguably its four best pass-catchers. That's going to mean a lot of targets for Jay Lee and K.D. Cannon, and this could be a huge week for Hall. The true freshman was hard to stop in the second half against SMU and finished with seven receptions for 86 yards on 10 targets. He could blow up against Northwestern State.
Oklahoma State DE Emmanuel Ogbah: One of the breakout stars of Week 1, Ogbah sacked Florida State's Jameis Winston twice, broke up two passes and notched six tackles. If he can do that against perhaps the best offensive line in the country, he should have no trouble matching that production against Missouri State.
Kansas RB DeAndre Mann: Corey Avery will get lots of play, but Mann seems to be the more complete and experienced back at the moment and coach Charlie Weis has high expectations for his debut. Mann was prolific at the junior college level and couldn't have picked a better situation to play right away.
Texas OT Kent Perkins: Perkins might be Texas' most talented offensive lineman (he's easily its strongest) and is more comfortable playing guard, but a switch to tackle seems imminent. It's entirely possible the suspensions of Desmond Harrison and Kennedy Estelle extend past one game, so it's crucial that Perkins gets comfortable against BYU and keep quarterback Tyrone Swoopes clean.
Texas Tech WR Cameron Batson: The true freshman earned punt return duties for his first career game and has wowed Texas Tech coaches with his quick mastery of the offense. They're pushing to get him in the lineup this week and want to use him as an outside receiver.
Kansas State RB DeMarcus Robinson: The Wildcats' backfield is still a timeshare, but you have to like what Robinson did with his reps last week. He accounted for 96 total yards on his 15 touches, and his efforts as a pass-catcher offer a useful dynamic for Jake Waters and the passing attack. Let's see more from him.
TCU CB Ranthony Texada: The redshirt freshman almost made his first big play last week against Samford on a second-quarter pass breakup, but linebacker Paul Dawson snagged his interception out of the air. That ain't right. Texada will get a pick to call his own soon.
Iowa State OT Jake Campos: Jake Gannon's abrupt and unexpected decision to quit the team on Thursday thrusts Campos into one heck of a challenge. He's expected to take over at right tackle and will be asked to hold off Kansas State's talented defensive line as best he can. Campos was a top recruit in ISU's 2013 class, and this is his big chance to break out.
Oklahoma TE Blake Bell: After the much-hyped offseason transition from quarterback, Bell did not record a reception against Louisiana Tech and wasn't targeted, either. Trevor Knight should get that fixed this week. Whenever Bell does get that first catch, he's not going to be easy to bring down.
West Virginia RB Wendell Smallwood: Rushel Shell and the rest of the Mountaineer running backs got bottled by Alabama, but Smallwood's production as a receiver -- six catches, 73 yards -- suggests he brings a versatility that makes this offense more dangerous. Against Towson, he'll have an easier time making a dent on the ground, too.
Last week, we took a shot in the dark and identified one player for each Big 12 team that might be poised for a breakout week. And we hit on a few of those picks, most notably Tyreek Hill, DeAndre Washington, Dravon Henry and Dylan Haines.