Tavon AustinWide receiver | West Virginia
Tavon Austin grabs the spot as the Big 12's most exciting player with the ball in his hands, and he plays in an offense built specifically for that. He caught 101 passes for 1,186 yards and eight scores for the Big East champion Mountaineers last season, but it's a whole new ballgame now. Austin will be playing in the Big 12, and he gets a chance to showcase his game on a bigger stage against better competition. His quarterback, Geno Smith, is the league's preseason Offensive Player of the Year and his coach, Dana Holgorsen, keeps referring to the Mountaineers star as someone who's special.
-- David Ubben