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CFN's All-Time All-Big 12 Team & Top Players
Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh
Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh
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Posted Aug 14, 2011


With the Big 12 in big trouble, with Nebraska and Colorado already gone and Texas A&M and Missouri possibly leaving, we take a look back at the great conference at the greatest moments, players, teams, and games. Here's the CFN All-Time All-Big 12 Team and the 30 Greatest Players in league history.


CFN All-Time Big 12 Team

The Greatest Players


The Big 12
- Ten Greatest Big 12 Seasons | CFN All-Time Big 12 Team & Top Players
- Ten Greatest Big 12 Games | 2011 Big 12 Preview
- Classic CFN: 2006 Rose Bowl: Texas vs. USC, Stream-of-Consciousness Notes
- Classic CFN: Reader Reaction to the 2006 Rose Bowl, Texas vs. USC

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With the Big 12 in big trouble, with Nebraska and Colorado already gone and Texas A&M and Missouri possibly leaving, we take a look back at the great conference at the greatest moments, players, teams, and games.

Big 12's Greatest Offensive Player

QB Vince Young, Texas
While he'll always be known for his transcendent performance against USC in the 2006 Rose Bowl to win the national title - completing 30-of-40 passes for 267 yards, and running 19 times for 200 yards and three touchdowns - it might not have been his greatest game. In the championship season, he tore off a career-high 267 rushing yards, highlighted by an 80-yard touchdown run on the opening drive of the second half, as Texas went on a 35-0 run to blow the doors off of Oklahoma State after getting down 28-12. Not just flashy, he worked to improve his overall game coming up with the fifth most efficient passing season in Big 12 history and threw for 3,036 yards in his great 2005 season. Ricky Williams, Adrian Peterson, Colt McCoy, and Ndamukong Suh could all qualify as the greatest Big 12 player of all-time, but Young will forever be remembered as the league's signature superstar.

Big 12's Greatest Defensive Player

DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
And to think, he was considered a big-time underacheiver over his first two seasons. The light turned on and he became, arguably, the greatest defensive tackle in college football history finishing his amazing career with 215 tackles, 24 sacks, 15 broken up passes, 32 quarterback hurries, and six blocked kicks. He even took two interceptions back for touchdowns and caught a two-yard scoring pass. Even though he could've turned pro early and would've been a sure first round pick, he came back for his senior season and was the best player in America (yes, Mark Ingram fans, he was). On the big stage, he came up with a performance for the ages in the 2009 Big 12 title game with 12 tackles, 4.5 sacks, and 6.5 tackles for loss as he almost kept Texas from playing in the national championship. If you want to argue that Oklahoma safety Roy Williams, Nebraska tackle Grant Wistrom, or Texas linebacker Derrick Johnson  deserves consideration as the greatest player in Big 12 history, there's no argument.


First Team All-Time
All-Big 12 Offense

QB - Vince Young, Texas
RB - Adrian Peterson, Oklahoma
RB - Ricky Williams, Texas
WR - Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech
WR - Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma St
TE – Daniel Graham, Colorado
OL - Jammal Brown, Oklahoma
OL – Justin Blalock, Texas
OL - Andre Gurode, Colorado
OL – Dominic Raiola, Nebraska
OL - Aaron Taylor, Nebraska
PK – Mason Crosby, Colorado
KR – Perrish Cox, Oklahoma St

First Team All-Time
All-Big 12 Defense

DL - Tommie Harris, Oklahoma
DL - Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
DL – Grant Wistrom, Nebraska
DL/LB - Von Miller, Texas A&M
LB - Rocky Calmus, Oklahoma
LB - Derrick Johnson, Texas
LB - Dat Nguyen, Texas A&M
DB - Terrence Newman, Kansas St
DB - Derrick Strait, Oklahoma
DB – Nathan Vasher, Texas
DB - Roy Williams, Oklahoma
P – Daniel Sepulveda, Baylor
PR – Wes Welker, Texas Tech

Second Team All-Time
All-Big 12 Offense

QB - Colt McCoy, Texas
RB - Cedric Benson, Texas
RB - Darren Sproles, Kansas State
WR - Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma
WR - Rashaun Woods, Oklahoma St
TE – Chase Coffman, Missouri
OL – Leonard Davis, Texas
OL – Seth McKinney, Texas A&M
OL – Chris Naeole, Colorado
OL – Russell Okung, Oklahoma St
OL – Trent Williams, Oklahoma
PK – Alex Henery, Nebraska
KR – Brandon Banks, Kansas State

Second Team All-Time
All-Big 12 Defense

DL – Darren Howard, Kansas St
DL – Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma
DL – Brian Orakpo, Texas
DL – Justin Smith, Missouri
LB – Teddy Lehman, Oklahoma
LB – Mark Simoneau, Kansas St
LB - Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri
DB – Mike Brown, Nebraska
DB – Michael Huff, Texas
DB – Quentin Jammer, Texas
DB – Aqib Talib, Kansas
P – Mark Mariscal, Colorado
PR – Antonio Perkins, Oklahoma
Top 30 Greatest Big 12 Players

1. QB Vince Young, Texas
2. RB Ricky Williams, Texas
3. QB Colt McCoy, Texas
4. DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
5. QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma
6. RB Adrian Peterson, Oklahoma
7. S Roy Williams, Oklahoma
8. QB Jason White, Oklahoma
9. DT Grant Wistrom, Nebraska
10. QB Eric Crouch, Nebraska
11. RB Cedric Benson, Texas
12. LB Derrick Johnson, Texas
13. QB Chase Daniel, Missouri
14. RB Darren Sproles, Kansas St
15. DT Tommie Harris, Oklahoma
16. LB Dat Nguyen, Texas A&M
17. OT Aaron Taylor, Nebraska
18. QB Graham Harrell, Texas Tech
19. QB Brad Smith, Missouri
20. WR Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech
21. WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma St
22. QB Michael Bishop, Kansas St
23. WR Rashaun Woods, Oklahoma St
24. CB Derrick Strait, Oklahoma
25. LB Rocky Calmus, Oklahoma
26. CB Terrence Newman, Kansas State
27. WR Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma
28. DE/LB Von Miller, Texas A&M
29. WR/PR Wes Welker, Texas Tech
30. OT Jammal Brown, Oklahoma

The Big 12
- Ten Greatest Big 12 Seasons | CFN All-Time Big 12 Team & Top Players
- Ten Greatest Big 12 Games | 2011 Big 12 Preview
- Classic CFN: 2006 Rose Bowl: Texas vs. USC, Stream-of-Consciousness Notes
- Classic CFN: Reader Reaction to the 2006 Rose Bowl, Texas vs. USC