As one of college football's premiere conferences, the Big 12 figures to get even harder by next month's NFL draft.
In addition to record-setting quarterback Colt McCoy, Texas loses a wealth of talent, including a number of gangbusters on defense. Same goes for Nebraska and Oklahoma, each of which will have to press on without the services of its All-American defensive tackle.
Oklahoma State will have to replace the dynamic offensive trio of Zac Robinson, Dez Bryant, and Russell Okung.
Texas Tech must compensate for the departure of several impact defensive linemen. And the post-Todd Reesing era is officially underway in Lawrence, Kansas.
To be sure, the losses will not go unnoticed, but it's not as if the talent pool in the Big 12 is about to run dry. Speed, athleticism, and brawn still abound, and perhaps at no other position is this combo more evident than at linebacker, where a handful of players are geared to assume their place in the limelight.
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