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Big 12 Standouts: 6 Players Dominating College Football

  • Ryan Fowler
  • September 29, 2022
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Now four weeks into the college football campaign, enough of a sample size has been provided as to who’s stood out amongst the rest. In this mini-series, I’ll be diving into six standouts (three on offense,  three on defense) for each of the Power Five conferences a month into the regular season. Next up, it’s all about the Big 12.


Max Duggan QB, TCU

Duggan has been one of the top quarterbacks not just in the Big 12 but in the entire country through TCU’s three games. Outside of the blowout of Tarleton State, he looked good against Colorado, good against SMU, and now heads into a showdown against No. 18 Oklahoma where he can really begin to draw attention to his game. He’s been extremely efficient in completing 77% of his passes in three weeks, and that’s without Quentin Johnston being Quentin Johnston on the perimeter. I like what I’ve seen from the senior signal-caller.

Jalon Daniels QB, Kansas

A third-year impact athlete for the now 4-0 Jayhawks, Daniels has progressed into one of the nation’s most enjoyable dual-threat talents to study each and every week. By no means is he expected to win the Heisman or evolve into a day-one NFL draft talent, but he’s been the hefty straw that stirs a Kansas offense that ranks fourth in the nation averaging 48.8 points per game. 

A pass-first signal-caller that uses his legs when defenses are forced to drop bodies into coverage, he’s a nightmare to defend in space.

Xavier Hutchinson WR, Iowa State

He doesn’t get the necessary attention like some of the nation’s top pass-catchers, but Hutchinson can BALL. He’s been a staple of the Cyclones’ offense for three campaigns, and he remains one of, if not the premier senior wideout in the country (alongside SMU’s Rashee Rice). A 6-foot-3 physically overpowering prospect, he leads the Big 12 in all major receiving categories.


Tyree Wilson LB/EDGE, Texas Tech

A big man at the second level, it’s not hard to spot Wilson at 6-foot-6. A versatile talent that allows Texas Tech to be multiple in their defensive schemes, Wilson has received day-two draft buzz early this fall. A transfer from Texas A&M, he’s become one of the more polarizing LB prospects in the country. He’s also amassed three sacks in four weeks.

Jaylan Ford LB, Texas

The duo of Ford and DeMarvion Overshown has progressed into one of the top second-level tandems in the country. While Ford is not afraid to stick his face in the mud when working downhill, flipping on his tape against Alabama showcased a player that looked comfortable working in space. Just a junior, he’s a name to follow.

Siaki Ika DT, Baylor

Box score scouting won’t tell you the full story of Ika, a man the size of a Suburban within the trenches. I’ll hold off on the Vita Vea comparisons for now, but his impact as not just a body to move, but a body that is able to displace guards and push the pocket is a nightmare for opposing offensive lines. He’s the anchor for a front that ranks ninth-best in the nation in rushing yards allowed per game (79.5).

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