Counting Down the Big 12's Top Players

One-by-one, counts down the Big 12's top players. At No. 20 is Oklahoma State offensive lineman Lane Taylor.

20) Lane Taylor, junior OL, Oklahoma State

Taylor's profile suggests that he likes working on cars in his spare time. It's appropriate, then, that the offensive guard helps keep the motor of the explosive Cowboy offense humming.

Martin had college size out of Arlington Martin High School, weighing 300 pounds when he reported to Stillwater. And it didn't take him long to make his mark for the Cowboys. He won the starting job against %%MATCH_37%% as a redshirt freshman and hasn't given it back since. Now weighing close to 330 pounds, Taylor is a big part of the reason the Cowboys have been able to run the ball so effectively from their spread.

Martin started all 13 games as a sophomore, winning offensive lineman of the week honors against %%MATCH_38%% and Texas Tech, and helping Oklahoma State rank among the nation's best in fewest sacks allowed, total offense and scoring offense.

Now Martin, a first-team academic All-Big 12 honoree, is tied with safety Markelle Martin for the most consecutive starts on the team. What's even scarier is that he has two more seasons to improve on that number. And that's two years longer that the Cowboys will be able to count on strong play from his guard spot.

2010 Stats: None

No. 21: Iowa State LB Jake Knott

No.22: Oklahoma State S Markelle Martin

No.23: Missouri DL Brad Madison

No. 24: Missouri WR T.J. Moe

No. 25: Texas Tech OL Mickey Okafor

No. 26: Missouri TE Michael Egnew

No. 27: Texas A&M CB Coryell Judie

No. 28: Texas DB Kenny Vaccaro

No. 29: Oklahoma DE/LB Ronnell Lewis

No. 30: Texas A&M RB Christine Michael

No. 31: Kansas OL Jeremiah Hatch

No. 32: Texas Tech OL Lonnie Edwards

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: %%MATCH_36%% State CB Leonard Johnson

No. 47: Kansas State S Ty Zimmerman

No. 48: Baylor DE/LB %%MATCH_40%%

No. 49: Kansas State DE %%MATCH_39%%

No. 50: Kansas DE %%MATCH_41%%

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