Who are the 10 best players on every Big 12 roster this spring? As we do every year, it's time again to take on that question.
As a reminder, these lists won’t include junior college or freshman signees who have yet to arrive on campus. We're only looking at the players currently on their teams this spring. These rankings are sure to change after the spring, but here's our best assessment right now.
First up, the TCU Horned Frogs.
1. QB Trevone Boykin: Boykin enters 2015 as one of the nation’s most dynamic players after accounting for more than 4,600 yards and 42 touchdowns in his breakout junior season. He’s the ideal triggerman for TCU’s high-speed offense and a creative, confident decision-maker. It will be fascinating to see how his leadership skills continue to develop amid significant Heisman Trophy hype (and, with that, heightened scrutiny).
2. DT Davion Pierson: One of the conference’s most underrated players, Pierson enters his senior season with 31 career starts and a reputation for backing up his trash talk with fierce play up the middle. Last season, nearly a third of his stops came behind the line of scrimmage.
3. WR Josh Doctson: Broke TCU single-season records last season with 1,018 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns and was one yard shy of the single-game receiving record with 225. Good luck winning a jump ball against the 6-foot-4 Doctson. He’s out for the spring with a broken hand.
4. RB Aaron Green: Green accounted for 863 yards and nine touchdowns in his final seven games last season. Once the starting job was his, Green ran with it and never looked back, eluding tackles along the way. What will the former five-star recruit do with a full season in a featured role?
5. C Joey Hunt: A 26-game starter who earned second-team All-Big 12 honors last year, Hunt is one of the Frogs’ most valuable players. He makes all the calls up front for TCU’s offensive line and is a respected leader in the locker room.
6. S Derrick Kindred: He probably was overlooked with all the star power in TCU’s secondary in 2014, but Kindred took care of business as the starting free safety with 79 tackles and four interceptions.
7. CB Ranthony Texada: This should be a big season for Texada, who was targeted by opposing quarterbacks at a lot last season because opponents didn’t want to go after Kevin White. He got better as the year went on, and he’s only a redshirt sophomore.
8. OT Halapoulivaati Vaitai: Big name, big size (6-foot-6, 308 pounds), big potential. Vaitai enters his senior season with 20 career starts and a chance to prove he’s one of the best blind-side protectors in the conference.
9. WR Kolby Listenbee: A sneaky-good big-play threat, Listenbee recorded 12 catches of 30-plus yards last season. Those 12 catches resulted in 501 of his 753 receiving yards. He’s one of the fastest players in college football with a personal record of 10.23 seconds in the 100-meter dash.
10. K Jaden Oberkrom: Several others merited consideration for this top-10 list, but a reliable veteran kicker is a valuable asset. Oberkrom led all FBS kickers in scoring last year, making 22 of 27 field-goal attempts. He’ll be a four-year starter who’s converted 68 percent of his career tries.