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Baylor QB Robert Griffin
Kansas State QB Collin Klein
Oklahoma QB Landry Jones
Oklahoma State RB Joseph Randle
West Virginia QB Geno Smith
Texas RB Malcolm Brown
I refuse to bet against Griffin if he returns next year, but I believe he'll take his talents to the NFL.
Klein was the quarterback behind the surprising Kansas State team this year. But he'll have to step it up if he expects to win the Heisman. Stats simply aren't good enough in a run-first offense.
It looked like Jones was going to enter the NFL before this season started, but after a horrible year, he'll likely return. He won't have several of his weapons, but it's Oklahoma; he'll be fine and a candidate until he hits a rough patch.
Who knows if the Mountaineers will be in the Big 12 next year or not? Regardless, Smith has to be a candidate because the kid is good. He threw for nearly 4,000 yards and 25 touchdowns. With tougher opponents and less losses, he could become the next Robert Griffin.
In case you weren't paying attention, Oklahoma State didn't just have a dominant passing game. They also had a 1,000-yard rusher in Randle as well, and he finished with 23 touchdowns. With Weeden and Blackmon leaving, he becomes big boy on campus, and his name could be moving up on the Heisman watch list.
Brown was only a freshman this year, and he still had 700 yards rushing. With all of the young talent on this team, he will get a ton of touches and chances to build on a solid season.