It is important to remember that this list is not just based on talent but a combination of talent and need and the expectation level I have based on all the information and factors above that a particular player will have an impact this season.
There is one player I wanted to include in the top 10 but did not have room. I want to feature him here before we introduce number nine. That player is:
Seth Jacobs, Star LB
6-2, 220, RFr
Arroyo Grande, Calif.
Jacobs is ready to contribute. He did a fantastic job last fall as a redshirt by practicing hard, paying attention and making the most of an important year of preparation. This spring that showed up in practices.
If not for the very veteran state of the "star" linebacker position he would see a lot of time. But with seniors Shaun Lewis and Joe Mitchell ahead of Jacobs he will have another year to get his feet wet on special teams and taking some snaps at the position.
The important part of the dynamics at linebacker that Jacobs needs to be aware of is that his positions gets very young after this season, and he will need to step in like a veteran. He is a superior athlete physically, an outstanding student, and a class act off the field. Jacobs is a leader for the future in the Oklahoma State program.
Links to the previous stories:
No. 10 Brandon Sheperd