With each passing season, fresh faces step onto the college football scene and familiar ones return to cement their legacies. The Big 12 bid farewell to quite a bit of talent last year. This was evidenced by five of the first six picks of the 2010 NFL Draft including the first four selections all being Big 12 alumni.
Whether it’s big shoes to fill such as former Nebraska Cornhusker Ndamukong Suh or a player who will have to put the entire team on his shoulders for any success, the spotlights are warming up.
For some teams in the Big 12, it’s an issue of not rebuilding, but reloading. For others it’s talented youth stepping into key positions destined to succeed. For the desperate, it’s begging for someone to step up and just make plays.
Here are 10 players to watch with the brightest of lights as the Big 12 conference as we know it takes its final bow.