College football is upon us! Welcome back to the Big 12 Devy Preview – Part 2 this time. Here we’re going to preview the 2021 Big 12 season and the top devy assets for each team in the conference. If you missed part 1, you can read it here. Let’s begin!
Coming in at #3 in the AP Preseason Top 25 poll, The Oklahoma Sooners are the class of the conference. They’re looking to earn their 7th straight conference title and a berth in the College Football Playoff. They’ve got an electric offense with multiple top prospects and valuable devy assets.
Players to Watch
Spencer Rattler, QB, 2022 (Devy Watch ADP: 3, QB2)
Rattler quickly established himself as one of the top QBs in the nation when he took over the reins from Jalen Hurts as a redshirt freshman. He’s one of the Heisman favorites for 2021, and for good reason. His rocket for an arm jumps off the screen whenever you watch him play. He couples that with good athleticism as a runner to threaten the defense in multiple ways. Look for him to improve on his decision making and accuracy if he wants to become the #1 overall pick in the Draft.
Eric Gray, RB, 2022 (Devy Watch ADP: 16, RB7)
Gray gets a significant offense upgrade this year, transferring to the Sooners from Tennessee. His stats may not pop off the page, but when you turn on the tape and watch how he performed despite the poor team around him, you can see why he gets a lot of hype. Gray can be expected to put up great production in this offense. He has a good shot at being the RB3 in the 2022 class.
Marvin Mims, WR, 2023 (Devy Watch ADP: 22, WR7)
A true freshman in 2020, Mims led Oklahoma in receiving yards and touchdowns despite being 4th on his team in routes run. The 4-star receiver is looking to build his chemistry with Rattler and is one of the favorites to win the Biletnikoff Award in 2021. He’ll need to add some weight before he gets to the NFL, but he still has a few years to do so, and he’s already shown a skillset worthy of being a top devy asset.
Caleb Williams, QB, 2024 (Devy Watch ADP: 42, QB9)
Williams is an incoming 5-star freshman QB. He will look to take over in 2022 once Spencer Rattler goes to the NFL. He was the highest-ranked QB recruit in the class, until now Ohio State QB Quinn Ewers graduated early. We won’t see how good he is for another year, but Oklahoma has continuously turned out top NFL prospects at the QB position.
Theo Wease, WR, 2022 (Devy Watch ADP: 71, WR28)
Jadon Haselwood, WR, 2022 (Devy Watch ADP: 76, WR32)
Mike Woods, WR, 2022 (Devy Watch ADP: 179, WR71)
Austin Stogner, TE, 2022 (Devy Watch ADP N/A)
The Horned Frogs are coming off a 6-4 season and returning most starters on both sides of the ball. They aren’t going to challenge the likes of Oklahoma and Iowa State, but they could feasibly keep pace with teams like Oklahoma State and Texas. Their offense has a few bright young pieces that should make it an exciting year for devy fans to watch the team.
Players to Watch
Zach Evans, RB, 2023 (Devy Watch ADP: 20, RB10)
As a true freshman last year, 5-star recruit Zach Evans looked explosive in the touches he received. Darwin Barlow, who was ahead of him, transferred out, leaving the bulk of the backfield touches up for grabs. As long as Evans can stay out of trouble – he’s been disciplined a few times over the past few years for various off-field actions – he can be expected to run away with the backfield and put himself on the map as a strong NFL prospect.
Quentin Johnston, WR, 2023 (Devy Watch ADP: 34, WR14)
Evans wasn’t the only explosive true freshman that TCU had last year. WR Quentin Johnston measures in at 6’4”, 201 lbs, and averaged a whopping 22.1 yards per catch in 2020 (on just 22 catches, though). Should he continue to produce like that with a bigger workload this year, his value is bound to rise.
Max Duggan, QB, 2023 (Devy Watch ADP N/A)
Duggan improved in 2020, but still has a long way to go if he wants to play in the NFL. He struggles with accuracy and is unable to do much out of structure. However, he does show some mobility and arm strength, and has improved his decision making. He’s worth keeping an eye on in case he makes some noise this year.
With 4-year starter Sam Ehlinger gone to the NFL, Texas is turning a new leaf. They remain one of the better teams in the conference, while still falling short of the expectations their fans have – a conference title. They haven’t won one since 2009, and they aren’t looking the part this year. Still, they’re a decent squad with a few talented players for us to watch out for.
Players to Watch
Bijan Robinson, RB, 2023 (Devy Watch ADP: 1, RB1)
5-star recruit Bijan Robinson came into the season with high expectations from the Longhorns and their fans. Despite only getting 101 touches in the season, he smashed those expectations and made every college football fan and devy player fall in love. He is a top 3 pick in just about every devy/C2C format – often top 1 – and with good reason. He blends rare power with incredible athleticism, making him wildly difficult to tackle. His footwork and vision are solid and can only be expected to grow. He has NFL size already and has shown he can catch passes. Bijan is just about everything you want in an RB prospect. He is a must-watch player this season.
Hudson Card, QB, 2023 (Devy Watch ADP: 106, QB21)
Card has some seriously big shoes to fill, and Texas has high hopes for the redshirt freshman. We haven’t yet seen him play in college, but the 4-star showed plenty of talent in high school and has earned good reviews during his time with the Longhorns. He’s an above-average athlete with the ever-coveted ability to make plays both in and out of structure. Hudson will rise rapidly in value should he win some games for the Longhorns early this season.
The Red Raiders squad has gone 8-14 over its last 2 seasons, but things are starting to look up. The defense is getting most of its important starters back, and a transfer QB from Oregon should improve the passing attack. They aren’t going to be a powerhouse, but they could be looking at a winning season, and they have a couple of potential devy prospects to keep an eye on.
Players to Watch
Tyler Shough, QB, 2022 (Devy Watch ADP: 126, QB25)
After what some considered a disappointing run with the Ducks, Shough looks for a change of scenery. The 4-star recruit is looking to improve his resume so that he can head to the draft this year. He doesn’t quite look the part of an NFL starter – inconsistent decision making, and the lack of any game-breaking traits holds him back. However, if he fits well into the new environment, it wouldn’t be shocking to see him develop into a late Day 2 prospect.
Sarodorick Thompson, RB, 2022 (Devy Watch ADP N/A)
Redshirt junior Sarodorick Thompson has led the Red Raiders in scrimmage yards over the last 2 seasons and is poised to be a big part of the offense yet again in 2021. He has shown solid efficiency despite being in a weak offense, and he has strong elusiveness, pass-catching ability, and NFL size. He will need to prove that his contact balance will hold up in the NFL, and work on his acceleration if he wants to become a Day 2 pick.
The Mountaineers boast one of the best defenses in the Big 12 – a high bar, I know. However, their offense is not the most exciting. They’ll be an okay team that doesn’t produce the high-scoring games the conference is known for. As such, there aren’t a whole lot of exciting devy prospects on the team.
Players to Watch
Leddie Brown, RB, 2022 (Devy Watch ADP N/A)
Brown was the focal point of the offense last year, as he took 230 touches on his way to 1,212 yards and 11 TDs from scrimmage. He’s a well-rounded back, and he garnered a little attention this offseason when Mel Kiper ranked him as the 5th best running back in the 2022 class ahead of this season. However, Leddie doesn’t show a whole lot of upside with his lack of great athleticism and balance. He is a tough runner, with good patience, size, and pass-catching ability. All this should help him find a role in the NFL, but I’ll be fairly surprised if he ends up an impactful player on our dynasty rosters.
That concludes our Big 12 Conference devy preview. I hope you enjoyed, and look forward to watching with you as these talented players try to earn a spot in the NFL.
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