Counting Down the Big 12's Top Players

One-by-one, counts down the Big 12's top 50 players. Checking in at No. 18 is one of the league's top slot receivers, Baylor standout Kendall Wright.

18) Kendall Wright, senior WR, Baylor

It's tough being a receiver in the Big 12.

How else can you explain the lack of notice for Wright, one of the most dangerous slot receivers in the nation, and a player who already owns or shares five school receiving records, including career and single-season reception marks? But while Wright has been able to win most battles with Big 12 defensive backs, he's left wanting in publicity battles against players like Justin Blackmon and Ryan Broyles.

Still, barring disaster, Wright should finish his career with four straight seasons of 50 or more catches. He started the trend as a true freshman out of Pittsburg, Texas, grabbing 50 catches for 649 yards and five touchdowns in his first year on campus. Those numbers included a 55-yard touchdown against in-state rival Texas.

He was even better as a sophomore, catching 66 throws for 740 yards and four scores, despite playing most of the year without injured star quarterback Robert Griffin III. He also showed he was a threat on the ground his first two years, rushing for a combined 300 yards and two touchdowns on 40 carries.

But he really came into his own as a junior, catching 78 passes for 952 yards and seven touchdowns. While his rushing numbers decreased, Wright completed two of two passes for 59 yards and a touchdown. But because of the seasons by both Broyles and Blackmon, Wright earned second-team All-Big 12 honors from the coaches, and was only a honorable mention selection by the AP.

He might not be able to overcome those receivers in 2011, either, but he remains a tough matchup for defensive backs, thanks to his speed, quickness and athleticism. A former member of the Baylor basketball team with a 42-inch vertical, Wright has thrived in Baylor's spread and figures to do so again this year.

2010 Stats: 78 receptions, 952 yards, seven touchdowns, eight rushes for 53 yards, 2-2 passing, 59 yards, one touchdown

No. 19: Oklahoma OL Ben Habern

No. 20: Oklahoma State OL Lane Taylor

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: 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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