All-Big 12: Defense
Jeremy Beal
Jeremy Beal
Regional Recruiting Manager
Posted Dec 10, 2010

TULSA, Okla – has polled its publishers and recruiting writers to come up with the All-Big 12 selections for 2010. In the feature we break down where each player was ranked coming out of high school and how they have exceeded or met their ranking expectations. Big 12 Defensive POY


Defensive End: Jeremy BealOklahoma
Racked up 66 tackles, 18 tackles for a loss, 8.5 sacks and batted down six passes. He also forced three fumbles and recovered another.
Ranking Analysis: The lowest ranked player on the list turned out to be the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, he was only awarded a 2-star ranking and the scouts at that time thought he would grow in to a defensive tackle. He spent time at MLB before settling in at defensive end for the Sooners.

2nd Team: Aldon SmithMissouri


Defensive End: Sam AchoTexas
Had an impressive 136 tackles and forced five fumbles. He also had eight sacks.
Ranking Analysis: Acho was ranked as a 4-star recruit an as the #23 defensive end in the country coming out of St. Mark’s School in Dallas. He has prospered in his time at Texas and has grown in to a player who backed up a Top 300 ranking. He can do it all. Rush the passer and defend the run.

2nd Team: Pierre AllenNebraska


Defensive Tackle: Jared Crick – Nebraska
Pulled down 63 ball carriers and collected 9.5 sacks and 16 tackles for a loss.
Ranking Analysis: Was huge defensive end coming out of high school and despite weighing 260 pounds he was rated as a defensive end. He was considered one of the best prep stars in the state of Nebraska and earned a 3-star ranking.

2nd Team: Brad Madison – Missouri


Defensive Tackle: Phillip TaylorBaylor
Force in the middle who racked up 93 tackles and two sacks.
Ranking Analysis: This monster was a 4-star defensive tackle recruit from Gwynn Park High (Md.) who signed with Penn State coming out of high school. He would have to transfer to Baylor before living up to all of those expectations.

2nd Team: Colby WhitlockTexas Tech


Linebacker: Von MillerTexas A&M
Racked up 59 tackles, 14.5 tackles for a loss, 9.5 sacks and had an interception.
Ranking Analysis: He was a 4-star and the 6th ranked MLB coming out of DeSoto High (TX) and he may have even exceeded that ranking by a slim margin, but he was well worth the hype and all of the attention.

2nd Team: Michael Hodges – Texas A&M


Linebacker: Lavonte David – Nebraska
Tallied 145 tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, six sacks and broke up 10 passes.
Ranking Analysis: David was a 2-star recruit from Miami Northwestern High (Fla.), which is a national power. He may have been overlooked at that time, but not anymore.

2nd Team: Jake KnottIowa State


Linebacker: Orie LemonOklahoma State
Racked up 119 tackles, nine tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks and recovered two fumbles.
Ranking Analysis: Lemon was actually a really good quarterback coming out of Yates High (TX). There was debate on where he would end up in college, but he was ranked as the #66 OLB in the country and was tabbed as a 3-star.

2nd Team: Travis Lewis – Oklahoma


Corner: Prince Amukamara – Nebraska
Was lock-down and collected 58 tackles and a sack while breaking up 13 passes.
Ranking Analysis: Amukamara rushed for 2,100 yards as senior at Apollo High (Az.) and everyone though he might stick on that side of the ball, but after getting some great coaching the 3-star running back has developed in to one of the bets in the nation.

2nd Team: Jamell Fleming – Oklahoma


Corner: Andrew McGee – Oklahoma State
Has 45 tackles and five interceptions. He broke up six passes.
Ranking Analysis: McGee was a sleeper who did not qualify coming out of high school but ended up a JuCo. He earned the distinction being a three-star recruit before inking with OSU.

2nd Team: Jimmy SmithColorado


Safety: Quinton Carter – Oklahoma
Collected 92 tackles and four interceptions.
Ranking Analysis: Everyone was on DeMarco Murray, but while in town recruiting the 5-star running back the OU staff pounced on a 2-star special in Carter, who is a thunderous hitter from his spot at safety.

2nd Team: Jarrell Harrison – Missouri


Safety: Eric Hagg – Nebraska
Pulled down five interceptions and 46 tackles.
Ranking Analysis: Just like Amukamara, Hagg hails from Ariz., and was ranked as a 3-star at a position he would not play in college. Hagg was ranked as wide receiver and had never played a significant down at safety until he got to Lincoln.

2nd Team: David Sims – Iowa State


Return Man: William PowellKansas State
Led the nation with a 34.57 average per kick return.
Ranking Analysis: Played at Duncanville High (Tx.) before heading to junior college. Was never ranked coming out of either program.

2nd Team: Justin Gilbert – Oklahoma State


Punter: Kirby Van Der Kamp – Iowa State
Averaged 45.2 yards per punt.
Ranking Analysis:

2nd Team: Quinn Sharp – Oklahoma State

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