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Preview 2008 - The Big 12 Starting Lineups

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Posted Jun 1, 2008


The projected starting lineups, and key positions to spotlight going into the fall, for all Big 12 teams.

Preview 2008

Projected Big 12 Starting Lineups


Who has the edge on a starting job going into the summer? What's the key position to watch out for and what needs to be addressed before the season starts? Here are the prjected starting lineups for every team.

Projected Starting Lineups
ACC | Big East | Big 12 | M-West
Coming Tuesday: Big Ten, C-USA, MAC, SEC

NORTH

Colorado

QB 7 Cody Hawkins, 5-11, 190, So.
RB 8 Demetrius Sumler, 5-10, 215, So.
RB 32 Maurice Cantrell, 6-0, 240, Sr.
WR 4 Patrick Williams, 6-2, 205, Sr.
WR 21 Scotty McKnight, 5-11, 180, So.
TE 33 Patrick Devenny, 6-3, 240, Jr.
OT 78 Nate Solder, 6-8, 280, So.
OG 71 Matthew Bahr, 6-4, 280, RFr.
C 75 Daniel Sanders, 6-3, 325, Sr.
OG 72 Devin Head, 6-4, 295, Jr.
OT 73 Ryan Miller, 6-7, 315, Soph.
PK 38 Jameson Davis, 5-10, 195, Fr.

DE 91 Maurice Lucas, 6-4, 260, Sr.
DT 86 George Hypolite, 6-1, 285, Sr.
NT 94 Brandon Nicolas, 6-3, 290, Sr.
DE 90 Marquez Herrod, 6-2, 270, So.
LB 54 Marcus Burton, 6-0, 255, Jr.
LB 45 Jeff Smart, 6-0, 210, Jr.
LB 40 Anthony Perkins, 5-10, 190, RFr.
CB 29 Cha’pelle Brown, 5-7, 180, Jr.
FS 46 Anthony Perkins, 5-10, 190, RFr.
SS 9 Daniel Dykes, 5-7, 180, Jr.
CB 6 Gardner McKay, 5-11, 165, Sr.

Position Spotlight:
Corner is the team's main issue. Terrence Wheatley was a good one who'll be sorely missed, and while Cha'pelle Brown appears to be fine on one side, he'll be a part of a rotation, too. The coaching staff will keep looking for a lockdown, No. 1 defender this fall.
P 14 Matt DiLallo, 6-1, 190, Jr.

Iowa State

QB 4 Austen Arnaud, 6-3, 220, So.
RB 6 Jason Scales, 5-9, 217, Sr.
FB 84 Derrick Catlett, 6-4, 251, Jr.
WR 5 R.J. Sumrall, 6-1, 200, Sr.
WR 82 Marquis Hamilton, 6-3, 221, Jr.
TE 88 Collin Franklin, 6-6, 237, So.
OT 75 Doug Dedrick, 6-3, 288, Sr.
OG 73 Reggie Stephens, 6-3, 331, Jr.
C 60 Brandon Johnson, 6-3, 311, Sr.
OG 66 Joe Blaes, 6-2, 289, Sr.
OT 63 Ben Lamaak, 6-4, 320, So.
PK 16 Zach Guyer, 6-3, 180, Fr.

DE 47 Kurtis Taylor, 6-2, 252, Sr.

Position Spotlight: Head coach Gene Chizik wants his defense to provide more pressure into the backfield and wreak more havoc. Taylor is a good, promising option, but JUCO transfer Christopher Lyle turned into major prospect by the end of spring ball and will see plenty of time in a rotation.

DT 85 Bailey Johnson, 6-2, 278, So.
NT 62 Nate Frere, 6-1, 308, Jr.
DE 29 Rashawn Parker, 6-0, 258, Jr.
LB 14 Michael Bibbs, 6-1, 223, Sr.
LB 27 Josh Raven, 5-11, 206, Jr.
LB 54 Jesse Smith, 6-0, 239, Jr.
CB 12 Allen Bell, 6-0, 181, Jr.
SS 8 Chris Brown, 5-10, 172, Sr.
FS 2 James Smith, 5-8, 191, Jr.
CB 11 Chris Singleton, 5-10, 194, Sr.
P 13 Mike Brandtner, 6-0, 206, Jr.

Kansas

QB 5 Todd Reesing, 5-11, 200, Jr.
RB 1 Jake Sharp, 5-10, 190, Jr.

Position Spotlight: Sharp was supposed to be the first option in the rotation going into last year, but he quickly gave way to Brandon McAnderson. The year before it was Jon Cornish who dominated the Big 12. Sharp is a complementary runner, but JUCO transfer Jocques Crawford could be the star when he gets to KU this fall.

WR 81 Johnathan Wilson, 6-3, 187, So.
WR 88 Dexton Fields, 6-0, 204, Sr.
WR 10 Kerry Meier, 6-3, 220, Jr.
TE 87 Bradley Dedeaux, 6-3, 249, So.
OT 74 Jeff Spikes, 6-6, 314, RFr.
OG 66 Adrian Mayes, 6-3, 305, Sr.
C 50 Ryan Cantrell, 6-3, 295, Sr.
OG 79 Chet Hartley, 6-4, 310, Sr.
OT 70 Matt Darton, 6-6, 310, Sr.
PK 14 Stephen Hoge, 6-4, 216, RFr.

DE 81 Russell Brorsen, 6-4, 240, Sr.
DT 94 Caleb Blakesley, 6-5, 290, Jr.
NG 72 Todd Haselhorst, 6-4, 29, Sr.
DE 87 John Larson, 6-3, 250, Sr.
LB 12 James Holt, 6-3, 222, Sr.
LB 8 Joe Mortensen, 6-1, 250, Sr.
LB 40 Mike Rivera, 6-3, 255, Sr.
CB 24 Kendrick Harper, 5-9, 190, Sr.
SS 25 Darrell Stuckey, 6-1, 205, Jr.
FS 46 Justin Thornton, 6-1, 202, Jr.
CB 16 Chris Harris, 6-0, 180, So.
P -- Alonso Rojas, 6-3, 220, So.

Kansas State

QB 1 Josh Freeman, 6-6, 250, Jr.
RB 9 Leon Patton, 5-7, 187, Jr.
WR 87 Deon Murphy, 5-10, 170, Sr.

Position Spotlight: Of all the JUCO transfers Kansas State brought aboard, Adrian Hilburn has the greatest upside. The Wildcats have plenty of good-looking receivers, but Hilburn could be the one who replaced Jordy Nelson. Murphy, who missed spring ball to work on his schoolwork, has work to do to get a starting gig.

WR 88 Cedric Wilson, 6-0, 181, Sr.
WR 5 Ernie Pierce, 6-3, 209, Sr.
TE 85 Jeron Mastrud, 6-6, 259, Jr.
OT 78 Alesana Alesana, 6-3, 299, Sr.
OG 74 Wade Weibert, 6-5, 300, Jr.
C 79 Jordan Bedore, 6-3, 308, Sr.
OG 73 Gerard Spexarth, 6-6, 280, Sr.
OT 63 Penisini Liu, 6-5, 308, Sr.
PK 16 Brooks, Rossman, 6-0, 178, Sr.

DE 98 Ian Campbell, 6-4, 259, Sr.
NT 92 Brandon Balkcom, 6-0, 266, Sr.
DE 97 Chidubamu Abana, 6-5, 280, Sr.
LB 56 Olu Hall, 6-3, 232, Jr.
LB 39 John Houlik, 5-11, 217, Jr.
LB 53 Reggie Walker, 6-1, 231, Sr.
LB 43 Antwon Moore, 5-10, 220, Sr.
CB 6 Blair Irvin, 5-11, 185, Jr.
SS 21 Gary Chandler, 5-11, 190, Sr.
FS 30 Chris Carney, 6-1, 190, Jr.
CB 4 Joshua Moore, 5-11, 187, So.
P 4 D.J. Fulhage, 5-9, 180, So.

Missouri

QB 10 Chase Daniel, 6-0, 225, Sr.
RB 1 Jimmy Jackson, 5-9, 200, Sr.
WR 9 Jeremy Maclin, 6-1, 200, So.
WR 84 Tommy Saunders, 6-0, 210, Sr.
WR 81 Danario Alexander, 6-5, 210, Jr.
TE 45 Chase Coffman, 6-6, 245, Sr.
OT 68 Dain Wise, 6-5, 305, Jr.
OG 76 Ryan Madison, 6-5, 305, Sr.
C 62 Tim Barnes, 6-5, 305, So.
OG 78 Kurtis Gregory, 6-5, 305, Jr.
OT 61 Colin Brown, 6-8, 325, Sr.
PK 99 Jeff Wolfert, 6-2, 185, Sr.

DE 48 Tommy Chavis, 6-2, 255, Sr.
DT 94 Ziggy Hood, 6-4, 295, Sr.
NT 96 Jaron Baston, 6-1, 300, Jr.
DE 38 Stryker Sulak, 6-5, 250, Sr.
LB 12 Sean Weatherspoon, 6-1, 235, Jr.

Position Spotlight: An expected strength is now a major problem after Marquis Booker was booted off the team, Connell Davis left, and Van Alexander tore his ACL. Weatherspoon is the leader of the corps, but he has to get healthy after suffering a shoulder injury. He can't miss any time.

LB 34 Brock Christopher, 6-2, 235, Sr.
LB 33 Luke Lambert, 6-3, 225, So.
CB 21 Castine Bridges, 6-2, 210, Sr.
SS 8 Justin Garrett, 6-2, 200, Sr.
FS 1 William Moore, 6-1, 230, Sr.
CB 19 Carl Gettis, 5-11, 200, So.
P 36 Jake Harry, 6-1, 190, Jr.

Nebraska

QB 12 Joe Ganz. 6-1, 200, Sr.
RB 5 Marlon Lucky, 6-0, 210, Sr.
FB 36 Thomas Lawson, 6-0, 240, Sr.
WR 17 Todd Peterson, 6-4, 210, Sr.
WR 87 Nate Swift, 6-2, 200, Sr.
TE 89 Hunter Teafatiller, 6-3, 230, Sr.
OT 76 Lydon Murtha, 6-7, 305, Sr.
OG 70 Matt Slauson, 6-5, 335, Sr.
C 67 Jacob Hickman, 6-4, 285, Jr.
OG 61 Mike Huff, 6-4, 300, Sr.
OT 72 Jaivorio Burkes, 6-5, 320, So.
PK 90 Alex Henery, 6-2, 170, So.

DE 99 Barry Turner, 6-3, 270, Sr.

Position Spotlight: Step one to getting the Husker defense to do what Bo Pelini wants is to generate a pass rush. He's turning the defense loose to do whatever it can to make big plays, but there needs to be a steady, consistent threat to get to the quarterback. Turner needs to be a bigger factor.

NT 56 Shukree Barfield, 6-4, 310, Sr.
DT 43 Ty Steinkuhler, 6-3, 285, Sr.
DE 98 Zach Potter, 6-7, 280, Sr.
LB 53 Tyler Wortman, 6-3, 230, Sr.
LB 34 Cody Glenn, 6-0, 230, Sr.
LB 52 Phillip Dillard, 6-1, 250, Jr.
CB 5 Armando Murillo, 6-0, 195, Sr.
S 4 Larry Asante, 6-1, 210, Jr.
S 3 Rickey Thenarse, 6-0, 190, Jr.
CB 22 Anthony West, 6-0, 195, So.
P 97 Dan Titchener, 6-0, 200, Sr.

SOUTH

Baylor

QB 10 Robert Griffin, 6-3, 200, Fr.

Position Spotlight: Who's going to run the Art Briles offense? With Miami transfer Kirby Freeman merely average this spring, and veteran Blake Szymanski a known commodity, the coaching staff could make the big call and go with Griffin. Everyone wants to win now, but Briles hasn't been afraid to start true freshmen before. Kevin Kolb was a four-year superstar for Houston.

RB 32 Jay Finley 5-11, 202, So.
WR 4 David Gettis 6-4, 206, Jr.
WR 13 Ernest Smith 6-3, 187, Jr.
WR 3 Thomas White 6-2, 204, Sr.
TE 14 Justin Akers 6-5, 231, Jr.
OT 72 Jason Smith 6-5, 298, Sr.
OG 78 Chris Griesenbeck 6-6, 268, Jr.
C 55 J.D. Walton 6-3, 302, Jr.
OG 61 James Barnard 6-4, 286, Jr.
OT 71 Dan Gay 6-5, 288, Sr.
PK 43 Shea Brewster 6-0, 167, So.

DE 49 Leon Freeman 6-2, 241, Sr.
DT 91 Vincent Rhodes 6-2, 305, Sr.
NT 97 Trey Bryant 6-3, 321, Jr.
DE 88 Jason Lamb 6-6, 260, Jr.
LB 8 Antonio Jones 6-2, 218, Jr.
LB 41 Joe Pawelek 6-3, 233, Jr.
FRITZ 45 Antonio Johnson 6-1, 206, So.
CB 1 Dwain Crawford 6-0, 197, Sr.
FS 21 Jordan Lake 6-2, 203, Jr.
HERO 4 Jeremy Williams 5-10, 205, Jr.
CB 16 Krys Buerck 6-1, 174, So.
P 38 Derek Epperson 6-3, 212, So.

Oklahoma

QB 14 Sam Bradford, 6-5, 213, So.
RB 7 DeMarco Murray, 6-0, 191, So.
FB 34 Matt Clapp, 6-2, 244, Jr.
WR 9 Juaquin Iglesias, 6-1, 201, Sr.
WR 1 Manuel Johnson, 5-11, 177, Sr.
TE 18 Jermaine Gresham, 6-6, 250, Jr.
OT 79 Phil Loadholt, 6-8, 350, Sr.
OG 72 Duke Robinson, 6-5, 330, Sr.
C 50 Jon Cooper, 6-2, 285, Sr.
OG 73 Brandon Walker, 6-3, 306, Sr.
OT 76 Branndon Braxton, 6-6, 312, Sr.
PK 17 Jimmy Stevens, 5-6, 170, RFr.

DE 33 Auston English, 6-3, 257, Jr.
DT 96 DeMarcus Granger, 6-3, 300, Jr.
DT 93 Gerald McCoy, 6-4, 289, So.
DE 44 Jeremy Beal, 6-4, 254, So.
LB 22 Kennan Clayton, 6-1, 210, Jr.
LB 8 Ryan Reynolds, 6-1, 237, Jr.

Position Spotlight: How do you replace the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year? Curtis Lofton was a tremendous all-around playmaker and a great leader for the Sooner defense, and now it'll be up to Reynolds, a talented player who can't seem to stay healthy.

LB 42 Austin Box, 6-3, 220, RFr.
CB 11 Lendy Holmes, 6-1, 196, Sr.
SS 20 Quinton Carter, 6-1, 190, Jr.
FS 5 Nic Harris, 6-3, 226, Sr.
CB 15 Dominique Franks, 5-11, 183, So.
P 13 Mike Knall, 5-9, 178, Sr.

Oklahoma State

QB 11 Zac Robinson, 6-2, 205, Jr.
RB 24 Kendall Hunter, 5-8, 190, So.
WR 85 Damian Davis, 6-5, 180, So.
WR 1 Dez Bryant, 6-2, 210, So.
WR 80 DeMarcus Conner, 6-1, 200, Jr.
TE 87 Brandon Pettigrew, 6-6, 260, Sr.
OT 76 Russell Okung, 6-5, 300, Jr.
OG 78 Michael Booker, 6-3, 210, So.
C 63 David Washington, 6-3, 305, Sr.
OG 65 Steve Denning, 6-5, 295, Sr.
OT 60 Brady Bond, 6-6, 290, Jr.
PK 95 Dan Bailey, 6-0, 205, So.

DE 91 Ugo Chinasa, 6-6, 250, SO.
DT 96 Jeray Chatham, 6-3, 280, Sr.
DT 94 Quencey Patrick, 6-3, 275, So.

Position Spotlight: The Cowboys will get a big boost for the line from the JUCO ranks. Patrick is a quick, decent prospect who should emerge with more playing time, but he'll have to hold off Swanson Miller, one of the newcomers and one of the stars of spring ball.

DE 98 Derek Burton, 6-5, 265, Jr.
LB 20 Andre Sexton, 6-1, 210, Jr.
LB 41 Orie Lemon, 6-1, 240, Jr.
LB 4 Patrick Lavine, 6-3, 225, Jr.
CB 23 Terrance Anderson, 6-0, 180, Jr.
SS 6 Ricky Price, 6-1, 195, Sr.
FS 26 Quinton Moore, 5-11, 185, Sr.
CB 16 Perrish Cox, 6-1, 190, Jr.
P 18 Matt Fodge, 6-1, 195, Sr.

Texas

QB 12 Colt McCoy, 6-3, 210, Jr.
RB 2 Vondrell McGee, 5-10, 205, So.

Position Spotlight: It might take a running back by committee approach to replace Jamaal Charles with a depth chart that's certain to be fluid all year long. McGee will end up as the starter, but Foswhitt "Fozzy" Whittaker is No. 1A, and Chris Ogbonnaya is a promising third down back.

WR 5 Brandon Collins, 6-0, 170, So.
WR 6 Quan Cosby, 5-11, 205, Sr.
WR 8 Jordan Shipley, 6-0, 195, Sr.
TE 19 Blaine Irby, 6-3, 240, So.
OT 74 Adam Ulatoski, 6-8, 310, Jr.
OG 52 Charlie Tanner, 6-4, 300, Jr.
C 71 Chris Hall, 6-4, 300, Jr.
OG 55 Cedric Dockery, 6-4, 320, Sr.
OT 64 Kyle Hix, 6-7, 320, So.
PK 39 Ryan Bailey, 6-2, 205, Sr.

DE 37 Henry Melton, 6-3, 265, Sr.
DT 99 Roy Miller, 6-2, 300, Sr.
DT 33 Lamarr Houston, 6-2, 275, Jr.
DE 98 Brian Orakpo, 6-4, 260, Sr.
LB 2 Sergio Kindle, 6-4, 239, Jr.
LB 44 Rashad Bobino, 5-11, 238, Sr.
LB 38 Roddrick Muckelroy, 6-2, 230, Jr.
CB 13 Ryan Palmer, 5-9, 190, Sr.
S 12 Earl Thomas, 5-10, 190, RFr.
S 5 Ben Wells, 6-1, 195, RFr.
CB 7 Deon Beasley, 5-10, 175, Jr.
P 17 Trevor Gerland, 6-2, 195, Jr.

Texas A&M

QB 7 Stephen McGee, 6-3, 207, Sr.
RB 3 Mike Goodson, 6-0, 196, Jr.
FB 11 Jorvorskie Lane, 6-0, 285, Sr.
WR 83 Terrence McCoy, 6-4, 198, So.
WR 6 Pierre Brown, 6-2, 197, Sr.

Position Spotlight: The running game will be a given with the combination of Goodson and Lane certain to be effective, but the new coaching staff wants to throw more. One problem: no receivers. Brown looked the part of a No. 1 man at times this spring, but can he be good enough to make the air attack shine?

TE 4 Jamie McCoy, 6-3, 224, Jr.
OT 76 Michael Shumard, 6-5, 301, Jr.
OG 74 Lee Grimes, 6-6, 339, Jr.
C 63 Kevin Matthews, 6-4, 297, Jr.
OG 61 Vincent Williams, 6-4, 314, Jr.
OT 75 Travis Schneider, 6-8, 290, Sr.
PK 7 Matt Szymanski, 6-1, 193, Jr.

DE 11 Michael Bennett, 6-4, 261, Sr.
NT 91 Kellen Heard, 6-6, 345, Jr.
DT 77 Lucas Patterson, 6-4, 297, So.
DE 49 Cyril Obiozor, 6-4, 264, Sr.
LB 46 Matt Featherston, 6-, 235, Jr.
LB 40 Von Miller, 6-3, 214, So.
LB 32 Garrick Williams, 6-2, 217, RFr.
CB 25 Jordan Pugh, 5-11, 191, Jr.
SS 27 Jordan Peterson, 5-10, 184, Jr.
FS 26 Devin Gregg, 6-0, 190, Sr.
CB 18 Arkeith Brown, 6-0, 174, Sr.
P 16 Justin Brantly, 6-3, 241, Sr.

Texas Tech

QB 6 Graham Harrell, 6-3, 203, Sr.
RB 32 Aaron Crawford, 5-11, 202, So.
WR 5 Michael Crabtree, 6-3, 208, So.
WR 12 Eric Morris, 5-8, 174, Sr.
WR 17 Detron Lewis, 6-0, 198, So.
WR 27 Edward Britton, 6-0, 183, Jr.
OT 74 Rylan Reed, 6-7, 314, Sr.
OG 65 Louis Vasquez, 6-6, 335, Sr.
C 71 Stephen Hamby, 6-3, 287, Jr.
OG 76 Brandon Carter, 6-7, 374, Jr.
OT 67 Marlon Winn, 6-6, 329, Jr.
PK 37 Cory Fowler, 5-8, 157, Sr.

Position Spotlight: Just about everything else is in place on the veteran team, but replacing Alex Trlica, the ultra-clutch kicker who saved the day several times over the last few years will be tough. Recruit Donnie Corona has the job to lose once he gets his chance, but Fowler, a walk-on, will get his chance.


DE 98 Jake Ratliff, 6-7, 247, Sr.
NT 93 Colby Whitlock, 6-2, 281, So.
DT 91 Rajon Henley, 6-3, 265, Jr.
DE 84 Brandon Williams, 6-5, 253, Jr.
LB 20 Bront Bird, 6-3, 222, So.
LB 57 Brian Duncan, 6-1, 239, So.
LB 39 Marlon Williams, 6-0, 211, Jr.
CB 3 Jamar Wall, 5-10, 194, So.
SS 23 Anthony Hines, 6-1, 212, Sr.
FS 7 Darcel McBath, 6-1, 196, Sr.
CB 28 LaRon Moore, 5-9, 186, So.
P 9 Jonathan LaCour, 6-2, 206, So.