Counting Down the Big 12's Top Players

One-by-one, counts down the Big 12's top 50 players. Athletic Texas linebacker Keenan Robinson checks in at No. 12.

12) Keenan Robinson, senior LB, Texas

Name a national defensive award that linebackers can win, and Robinson is on the preseason watch list.

The athletic senior earned those spots with a stellar junior season that saw him earn second-team All-Big 12 honors after he made 113 tackles, including eight for loss. He also had a hand in four turnovers, picking off two passes and recovering two fumbles, while he forced another. Robinson did that by churning loose his considerable athleticism — one of the league's most athletic linebackers, he won the district title in the triple jump as a high school junior — from the outside.

But now, Robinson will operate from the middle, and he's bulked up to more than 240 pounds to handle the challenge. If previous years are any indication, he'll be one of the few true sideline-to-sideline middle linebackers in the league, and a successful three-down player who can operate in a variety of situations.

The Longhorns are also expecting more from Robinson as a leader, a task that he's taken very seriously in the offseason. Robinson said at Big 12 Media Days that the Longhorns needed to assume more of a "get better day-by-day" attitude to bring the program back, and Robinson himself said he expected Texas to go back to the days of winning 10 games a season.

If Texas is to reach that point, they'll need a big season from Robinson, one of the Longhorns' most talented players. The good news is that it looks like they'll probably get one.

2010 Stats: 113 tackles, eight tackles for loss, two sacks, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble

No. 13: Oklahoma DE Frank Alexander

No. 14: Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill

No. 15: Oklahoma DB Tony Jefferson

No. 16: Texas LB Emmanuel Acho

No. 17: Oklahoma DB Demontre Hurst

No. 18: Baylor WR Kendall Wright

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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