One-by-one, LonghornDigest.com 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.
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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%%