My top 10 players in the Big 12 since '96 

February, 17, 2010
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This is an interesting time for the Big 12. The conference is about to send a huge batch of stars into the first round of the 2010 NFL draft. Mel Kiper's second mock draft came out today and the top two picks -- Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy -- are from the Big 12 (Nebraska Cornhuskers and Oklahoma Sooners, respectively). There's also rumblings about a potential major shake-up within the league.

In honor of all this, my top-10 list this week (I do one every Wednesday) is the 10 best players in Big 12 history -- since 1996.

1. Vince Young, Texas Longhorns QB: Greatest clutch player in the history of college football. Statistically, many have gaudier numbers, but nobody rode off into the sunset from a college career like this guy. He was 30-2 as a starter, and spectacular in UT's national title game win over USC, snapping the Trojans' 34-game win streak.

2. Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska Cornhuskers DT: He won every individual award a D-lineman can realistically win this year -- and made a run at one award (the Heisman) that a DL has virtually no shot at winning. Shocking considering he wasn't playing on a top-10 team. Suh impacted games like no other DT has. He was breaking up passes, piling up tackles and getting into the backfield constantly. He almost knocked Texas out of this year's BCS title game by himself.


Suh seems a bit high, eh? Dominant DT, for sure -- but Bradford? Ricky Williams? Crabtree? Grant Winstrom? Colt McCoy? AP? There are a lot of guys who could have that two-slot. To see where Bruce ranks everyone -- and to get in on the debate yourself -- you must be an ESPN Insider. This one'll be fun and worth it.

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