Scout.com Big 12 Offensive POY
Quarterback: Brandon Weeden – Oklahoma State
Stats: Completed over 67% of his passes while throwing for an impressive 4,037 yards and 32 touchdowns.
Ranking Analysis: Because he pursued a MLB career prior to coming to college Weeden pre-dates the Scout.com rankings system. But it would have been hard to miss the 6'4 giant coming out of Santa Fe High in Edmond, Okla.
Running Back: Kendall Hunter – Oklahoma State
Stats: Hunter averaged over 126 yards a game and rushed for 1,516 yards and scored 16 touchdowns.
Ranking Analysis: Tyler has produced a lot of super star players and Hunter will go down as one of the best. Many schools took a pass on this Scout.com 3-star prospect, but he was considered as one of the Top 50 running backs in the country coming out of high school.
Wide Receiver: Justin Blackmon – Oklahoma State
Stats: Led the nation with 9.27 receptions per game. Collected 1,665 yards and scored 18 touchdowns.
Ranking Analysis: Blackmon is another Scout.com 3-star who went on to big things and he should have a bright NFL future in front of him. He was a late bloomer from a small school in Oklahoma and if he would have been in a higher traffic area he would have been a national recruit.
Wide Receiver: Ryan Broyles – Oklahoma
Stats: Broyles led the nation in receptions with 118. He had 1,452 yards and scored 13 touchdowns.
Ranking Analysis: Broyles was a two-way star coming out of high school and was actually ranked as a 4-star recruit at cornerback. He would probably be a fine corner, but he is too valuable of an offensive weapon.
Tight End: Michael Egnew – Missouri
Stats: Led all tight ends with 83 receptions. He tracked up 698 yards and scored four touchdowns.
Ranking Analysis: Missouri got a lot of bang for its recruiting buck in Egnew as he was only rated as a 2-star wide receiver coming out of high school. He would blossom with age and is an excellent pass catching tight end.
Tackle: Nate Solder – Colorado
Ranking Analysis: This guy should be a great lesson for how we should view the rankings and how a guy can mature. Coming out of Buena Vista High (Ca.) he was 6'8 and a slender 245 pound 2-star. Now that he is a fully developed man in a college program he has grown in to the best blocker in the conference. So when you look at that recruiting list and say ‘why are we taking this guy' look up Solder's 2006 profile.
2nd Team: Tim Barnes – Missouri
Tackle: Levy Adcock – Oklahoma State
Ranking Analysis: Adcock was not on any schools radar coming out of high school and was never listed one a recruiting service site. But after serving two years at Northeastern Oklahoma he was able to pull down several offers from schools like Alabama and Arkansas before selecting to stay in-state and play for OSU. No stars sat next to his name.
2nd Team: Eric Mensik – Oklahoma
Guard: Ricky Henry – Nebraska
Ranking Analysis: Henry was one of the top rated recruits in the state of Nebraska and considered as a 3-star prospect by Scout.com and was ranked as one of the Top 50 players in the Midlands. He was considered a versatile lineman who could have played any of the interior line positions.
Guard: Zach Kendall – Kansas State
Ranking Analysis: Kendall was rated as a 2-star defensive tackle coming out of Harrisonville High (Ark.) lined up a lot at defensive end coming out of high school and was originally recruited to play defense by the Wildcats. He would switch to offense after arriving at Manhattan and it paid huge dividends for him and the team.
2nd Team: Patrick Lewis – Texas A&M
Center: Mike Caputo – Nebraska
Ranking Analysis: Ask any Nebraska fan and you will find that Caputo symbolizes what it means to be a team player and he is an extremely gifted athlete, but he overcame a lot to get on the field. You see Caputo was not even offered a scholarship coming out of high school and had to fight and scrape to beat out higher ranked guys. Goes to show you how far the grind can get you.
2nd Team: Tim Barnes – Missouri
All-Purpose: DeMarco Murray – Oklahoma
Stats: Murray rushed for 1,152 yards and scored 14 touchdowns and added an additional 595 yards and eight scores through the air.
Ranking Analysis: Murray was the highest ranked player on the team as he was a 5-star running back out of powerhouse Bishop Gorman High (Nev.) and he backed that status and set a number of records in his time as a Sooner.
2nd Team: Cyrus Gray – Texas A&M
Kicker: Alex Henery – Nebraska
Stats: Averaged 43.86 yards per punt and made 18-of-19 field goals.
2nd Team: Dan Bailey – Oklahoma State