Now that all of the Big 12 teams have completed their spring practices, it is time to power rank the Big 12 teams heading into next fall.
The Sooners return quarterback Landry Jones, but will look to replace all time leading receiver Ryan Broyles. On defense OU has to replace Travis Lewis, Ronnell Lewis, and Frank Alexander. Although they have to replace a lot of production, OU still gets the nod at the top of the conference because of coaching and great recruiting.
2. Kansas State
K-State returns quarterback Collin Klein and most of their skill players on offense. They will have to replace most of their offensive line however. On defense, All-Big 12 linebacker Arthur Brown returns as well as shutdown cornerback Nigel Malone. Look for Bill Snyder’s Cats to play smart and not turn the ball over much in the fall.
3. West Virginia
Coming of a 70-33 win over Clemson in the Orange Bowl, West Virginia has high hopes headed into 2012. They are led by Heisman hopeful QB Geno Smith and wide receiver Tavon Austin. Look for Dana Holgerson’s offense to put up monster numbers in his second season at the helm.
Gary Patterson’s squad plays smart and is very tough on defense. Expect a somewhat rough transition into the Big 12, although quarterback Casey Paschall will keep them in games.
Mack Brown’s squad has probably the best roster in the country, if you don’t include the quarterback position. If they can get that figured out, look for them to move up these rankings quick.
6. Oklahoma State
True Freshman quarterback Wes Lunt won the job in spring ball. That raises many questions about the offense if a kid that has been on campus for 3 months wins the job. OSU has a great coach in Mike Gundy, but it will be tough to replicate the numbers that Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon put up last fall.
7. Iowa State
Iowa State has two of the three best linebackers in the league in AJ Klein and Jake Knott. Their defense will be stout as always, but their offense will be questionable.
How is Baylor going to replace RG3? They have a good secondary returning, but replacing RG3 is critical. That’s the million dollar question that will determine Baylor’s fate in 2012.
9. Texas Tech
Tech returns a lot of players including quarterback Seth Doege, but they didn’t produce much last year. It will be interesting to see what Tommy Tuberville can cook up down in Lubbock this season.
New head coach Charlie Weis takes over the reigns in Lawrence. He brought in former Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist to be his starter in 2012 which should ease the transition into his tenure at KU. Don’t expect much from the Jayhawks in 2012, however.
Sporting Kansas City Super Draft
For the third year in a row, Sporting Kansas City drafted a forward in the first round. Dom Dwyer, the Englishman, is a Generation adidas player and is thought to be one of the best forwards in this year’s draft. Dwyer has drawn comparisons to C.J. Sapong, last years draft pick. He only played one season with South Florida, but he was a two time All-American at the junior college level. Dwyer is a mix of speed and strength. Furthermore, he displayed quality finishing skills by scoring 16 goals in 21 games at South Florida. With a 4-3-3 system, Sporting can never have too many forwards. While they did not address the need in defense in the first round, Cyprian Hendrick was drafted in the second round. Hendrick was a center back for Coastal Carolina, where he was named the Big South Defensive Player of the Year. By drafting Dwyer, Sporting KC filled the final remaining international roster spot for the upcoming season.
Kansas City Royals
On Wednesday, the Kansas City Royals had their annual Awards Luncheon. Although, last year was not a great year, the luncheon brought light to the positives. The awards ranged from minor league players to the organizational personnel awards. Here is a list of what awards each player won.
- Alex Gordon won the Les Milgram player of the year award.
- Bruce Chen won the Pitcher of the year.
- Eric Hosmer notched the Joe Burke Special Achievement Award.
- Louis Lakey won the Dan Quisenberry Special Achievement Award (an outstanding member of the community).
- Eric Edelstein snatched the Matt Minker Award (an outstanding Minor League affiliate employee).
- Orlando Estevez won the Art Stewart Scout of the Year.
- Tim Melville won the Mike Sweeney Award for the player who best represents the organization.
- Anthony Seratelli won the Willie Wilson Baserunner of the Year Award.
- Mike Jirschele won the Dick Howser Player Development Person of the Year.
- Lorenzo Cain, the center fielder for next year, won the Frank White Defensive Player of the Year.
- Kelvin Herrera won the Paul Splittorff Pitcher of the Year Award.
- Johny Giavatella won the George Brett Hitter of the Year.
Campo gets complete control of Jayhawk’s D
The Kansas Jayhawks and Charlie Weis have added Veteran NFL and college coach Dave Campo less than a week after he left the Dallas Cowboys. Campo will also be in charge of coaching the Kansas defensive backs. Campo is most known for his time as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys (2000-02), he spent the past four seasons coaching the secondary in Dallas. Although the Cowboy’s secondary has been less than impressive this year, Campo has a resume that suggests he can have great success. He was also once a defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns. In addition to the Browns and Cowboys, Compo worked with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Campo spent the first 18 years of his coaching career at the college level, including two years under Jimmy Johnson at Miami where he won the national championship in 1987. He later followed Johnson to Dallas, where they teamed up to win six division titles and three Super Bowls.
As everyone knows, the Kansas Jayhawks were just 2-10 last season and 5-19 in the short Turner Gill era. Gill was fired after the season and replaced by Charlie Weis, who has had his fair share of success in the NFL.Weis made it clear during his introductory news conference that running backs coach, Reggie Mitchell, would have a job on his staff. He also kept Buddy Wyatt as defensive line coach. Charlie has remained solid to this decision. Weis has not wasted his time recruiting and hand picking his other assistant coaches. Ron Powlus, who served as his director of player development and later quarterbacks coach at Notre Dame. Powlus will be at the same position for Kansas.