Big 12 Media Days: Adopting One Player

Over the last two weeks we previewed the Big 12 Conference, projecting each team and picking each and every game. One of the reasons I did that was to have a chance to do some fun stuff with the Big 12 Media Days. Monday was kind of a warm up day with preseason conference pick TCU on hand, but Tuesday brings Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas and Iowa State.

So, looking back at Monday, if Oklahoma State could adopt a player attending the first day of Big 12 Media Days from each team who would they take? I'm making the selections, so my criteria is, obviously, talent but also need in spots where Oklahoma State may be thin. Also, character as in a player who would justify in well with the Cowboys team.

We'll start with TCU and most would immediately think quarterback Trevone Boykin. After all, Boykin is a Heisman Trophy candidate. Instead, I chose center Joey Hunt. The 6-3, 295-pound Hunt reminds me a little of former Cowboys center Grant Garner. I think he would be a fit in personality and he is a really good center, a position the Cowboys are slightly inexperienced at entering 2015.

How about West Virginia? I went with Karl Joseph. Are you kidding, an All-American safety candidate that makes a lot of plays, can pick off passes, and plays very physical. Joseph is 5-11, 197 pounds and had 18 tackles against Alabama in the 2014 season opener.

Texas Tech is a team that I have picked eighth in the league race but De'Andre Washington is a 1,000-yard rusher who has multiple abilities and can line up outside in the slot and also be a real factor in the passing game. He is a scat back and teams can always use a scat back.

Kansas State has an all-conference safety in Tulsa native Dante Barnett and a talented corner in Morgan Burns, but my pick in purple would be offensive lineman Cody Whitehair. The Abilene, Kansas native is 6-4, 305, and can play either guard or either tackle. He is a national award watch list player that may be the best and certainly the most multiple offensive lineman in the Big 12. I thought there was a chance he was going to wind up at OSU out of high school as his uncle is Kip Racy, general manager of Cowboys Sports Properties.

Finally, there is Kansas. The Jayhawks are picked last in the Big 12 and the talent level is way down in Lawrence. I chose to go with tight end Ben Johnson. You can always find uses for a 6-5, 234-pound sophomore. Johnson has time to develop into a really good player.

Tomorrow should be a lot of fun.


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