Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor: Broke out in the final half of the season, highlighted by a 185-yard game in a win over then-No. 1 Kansas State. He's the Big 12's most explosive player and racked up an average of 138 yards a game over the final six games of the season. Can he continue that?
Damien Williams, RB, Oklahoma: Williams rushed for at least 90 yards in six games last season and broke huge runs against UTEP and Texas. He's got great balance and vision, and the juco transfer could springboard to a productive NFL career with one more solid season in Norman.
John Hubert, RB, Kansas State: Hubert has been rock solid over the past two seasons in Manhattan, topping 950 yards twice as Collin Klein's right-hand man on the way to a Big 12 title last season. Klein is gone, but Hubert's carries are sure to go up with Bill Snyder's ground-based offense.
James Sims, RB, Kansas: Sims isn't short on touches as the only consistent member of Kansas' offense for the past two seasons. He's the Big 12's leading returning rusher and received at least 18 carries in every Kansas game he played in last season. He was suspended for the first three games and still logged a 1,000-yard season, and had five games with at least 27 carries in 2012.
The field: Lots of great candidates here who could break out for a big year. Would you vote for them? Oklahoma State's Jeremy Smith tops this list for me, but could one of Texas' talented backs earn your vote or another at West Virginia, despite the depth? Send me an e-mail here and make your case for another Big 12 back.
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