Counting Down the Big 12's Top Players

One-by-one, we count down the Big 12's best players. At No. 7 is Texas defensive tackle Kheeston Randall.

7) Kheeston Randall, DT, Texas

Just a few years ago, the Big 12 was packed full of defensive tackles. But graduation (and Nebraska taking itself, and Jared Crick to the Big 10) leaves the position without a dominating presence in the middle. Other than Randall, that is.

Blessed with outstanding size, quickness and an ability to make plays in the backfield, Randall made 13 tackles for loss a year ago, the second-best mark on the Longhorn team. Still, his accomplishments were overshadowed by the Longhorns' shocking collapse to a 5-7 record.

Randall has the potential to get even better. He added about 10 pounds of muscle from last season, and plans to get to the quarterback more often than his one sack last year. The fact that he had eight hurries last year suggests that a five- or six-sack season wouldn't be out of the question.

But the Longhorns would be better served by Randall holding up his ground against the run. Texas was gashed for big plays in its run defense a year ago, and though most of it didn't have to do with Randall, he could help the situation by becoming a dominant player against the run.

If the spring was any indication, Randall is ready to make that leap. Professional scouts seem to think that he'll be able to do it as well, projecting him as a first-round draft pick.

2010 Stats: 39 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, one sack, two blocked kicks

No. 8: Iowa State OL Kelechi Osemele

No. 9: Texas A&M RB Cyrus Gray

No. 10: Oklahoma State OL Levy Adcock

No. 11: Texas A&M WR Jeff Fuller

No. 12: Texas LB Keenan Robinson

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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