Counting Down the Big 12's Top Players

One-by-one, we count down the Big 12's best players. At No. 5, it's 27-year-old quarterback Brandon Weeden of Oklahoma State.

5) Brandon Weeden, senior QB, Oklahoma State

Sometimes in a player's career, everything just seems to mesh up. And that's what happened to quarterback Brandon Weeden in 2010. Take a quarterback matured by extra age — the then-26-year-old Weeden was a former second-round draft pick for the New York Yankees — add in a dynamic offense run by a high octane coordinator and sprinkle an offense laden with playmakers, most notably the Big 12's best receiver since Michael Crabtree.

All those ingredients led to Weeden's explosive junior year — his first as a starting quarterback since 2001 — where he came out of nowhere to earn first-team All-Big 12 honors. A backup to long-time starter Zac Robinson his freshman and sophomore years, Weeden earned the starting job, then went out and completed almost 67 percent of his passes for 4,277 yards and 34 touchdowns to 13 interceptions.

His performance was enough to help Oklahoma State earn a three-way tie for the Big 12 South crown. Now the Cowboys enter 2011 as a potential top-10 team and a threat to win the Big 12 outright, in large part thanks to Weeden, an accurate player who has the arm to make all the throws.

2010 Stats: 342-for-511 for 4,277 yards and 34 touchdowns to 13 interceptions

No. 6: Oklahoma LB Travis Lewis

No. 7: Texas DT Kheeston Randall

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: %%MATCH_42%% 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 %%MATCH_47%%

No. 34: Oklahoma WR %%MATCH_52%%

No. 35: Texas WR %%MATCH_55%%

No. 36: Texas DE %%MATCH_43%%

No. 37: Kansas State DB %%MATCH_48%%

No. 38: Oklahoma OL %%MATCH_56%%

No. 39: Texas Tech RB %%MATCH_50%%

No. 40: Baylor OL Philip Blake

No. 41: Missouri LB %%MATCH_49%%

No. 42: Texas DL Alex Okafor

No. 43: Texas A&M DL %%MATCH_44%%

No. 44: Kansas RB %%MATCH_57%%

No. 45: Texas Tech S %%MATCH_54%%

No. 46: Iowa State CB %%MATCH_45%%

No. 47: Kansas State S %%MATCH_53%%

No. 48: Baylor DE/LB %%MATCH_51%%

No. 49: Kansas State DE %%MATCH_46%%

No. 50: Kansas DE Toben Opurum

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