Counting Down the Big 12's Top Players

One at a time, we count down the Big 12's top players. Today, at No. 32, is Texas Tech offensive line stalwart Lonnie Edwards.

32) Lonnie Edwards, senior OL, Texas Tech

When Tommy Tuberville looks for pieces that will allow him to run the ball more, one of the most key players on his chess board is a mauling guard whose career as a blocker will have come full circle.

Coming out of Brownsboro High School, ranked Edwards as a four-star prospect and one of the top-20 guards in the country, following a season where Edwards put up 75 pancakes. That year, Brownsboro rushed for a whopping 3,343 yards, often barreling behind Edwards' expansive backside. But instead of inking with a run-first program out of high school, Edwards went the other direction, signing with pass-happy Texas Tech under the direction of mad bomber Mike Leach.

It didn't take the 320-pound Edwards long to get started. He appeared in six games as a redshirt freshman, then started 10 games as a left guard as a sophomore. As a junior, now under Tuberville, Edwards blossomed into arguably the Red Raiders' most dependable offensive lineman, starting all 13 games and earning All-Big 12 second-team honors.

Now, heading into his senior year, he'll be one of the keys toward Texas Tech making a successful transition from Air Raid to ground troops.

2010 Stats: None

No. 33: Missouri DE Jacquies Smith

No. 34: Oklahoma WR Kenny Stills

No. 35: Texas WR Mike Davis

No. 36: Texas DE Jackson Jeffcoat

No. 37: Kansas State DB David Garrett

No. 38: Oklahoma OL Gabe Ikard

No. 39: Texas Tech RB Eric Stephens

No. 40: Baylor OL Philip Blake

No. 41: Missouri LB Zaviar Gooden

No. 42: Texas DL Alex Okafor

No. 43: Texas A&M DL Tony Jerod-Eddie

No. 44: Kansas RB James Sims

No. 45: Texas Tech S Cody Davis

No. 46: Iowa State CB Leonard Johnson

No. 47: Kansas State S Ty Zimmerman

No. 48: Baylor DE/LB Tevin Elliot

No. 49: Kansas State DE Brandon Harold

No. 50: Kansas DE Toben Opurum

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