The Big 12 Conference spans across five states in the Midwest and was officially formed in 1994. Since then, the college football world has seen only three BCS National Champions come from the conference.
Nonetheless, many view teams in the Big 12 as powerhouses - not only are they talented, but many of the household names we know came from a Big 12 school. In fact, the opening day rosters of 2010 had almost 200 players from the conference.
The departures of Nebraska and Colorado starting in 2011 leave the Big 12 looking weak compared to other conferences. Regardless of how the remaining ten teams (Iowa State, Kansas State, Kansas, Missouri, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Texas) finished the 2010 season, they showcased exceptional players in every position.
30 Big 12 players may have been selected in the 2010 NFL Draft (and the first four players selected in the history of the common draft), but many worthy players are returning as well.
Here is a list of 20 of the best returning players in the Big 12, in no particular order.