One-by-one, we're counting down the Big 12's best players. At No. 2, it's Oklahoma slot receiver Ryan Broyles.
2) Ryan Broyles, senior WR, Oklahoma
One of two returning consensus All-Americans in the Big 12 this year, Broyles had one of the best receiving seasons in the history of the conference, only to see it overshadowed by Justin Blackmon, who had an even better one.
When Broyles was coming out of Norman (Okla.) High School, he possessed such an abundance of raw athleticism that several teams recruited him with the hope that he would join their team as an elite cornerback.
But Broyles took his skill set to the hometown Sooners, where he was destined to star on the other side of the ball. After redshirting his first season, Broyles hit the ground running, catching seven passes for 141 yards against Cincinnati in his Sooner debut. By year's end, Broyles set a school record for the most receiving yards by a freshman receiver, and tied the school mark for the most catches.
He only got better as a sophomore, earning second-team All-Big 12 honors at wide receiver and some first-team honors at punt returner. Broyles' 89 receptions set a new Sooner record, while his 15 touchdown catches tied the top mark. His 1,120 yards were the third-best mark in school history.
But that was nothing compared to what Sooner fans saw out of Broyles a year ago. Nearly impossible to stop out of the slot, Broyles caught 131 passes for 1,622 yards — both school records — and fell just one touchdown short of his own school record for touchdown catches with 14.
It would seem impossible for Broyles to top those marks, especially with a deeper receiving corps around him. But that only serves to make him more dangerous for opponents that have to deal with him via single coverage.
2010 Stats: 131 catches for 1,622 yards and 14 touchdowns
No. 3: Baylor QB Robert Griffin III
No. 4: Oklahoma QB Landry Jones
No. 5: Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden
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
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No.22: Oklahoma State S Markelle Martin
No.23: Missouri DL Brad Madison
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No. 25: Texas Tech OL %%MATCH_45%%
No. 26: Missouri TE %%MATCH_41%%
No. 27: Texas A&M CB %%MATCH_44%%
No. 28: Texas DB %%MATCH_47%%
No. 29: Oklahoma DE/LB Ronnell Lewis
No. 30: Texas A&M RB Christine Michael
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No. 32: Texas Tech OL %%MATCH_37%%
No. 33: Missouri DE %%MATCH_40%%
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No. 35: Texas WR %%MATCH_54%%
No. 36: Texas DE %%MATCH_34%%
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No. 38: Oklahoma OL %%MATCH_55%%
No. 39: Texas Tech RB %%MATCH_46%%
No. 40: Baylor OL Philip Blake
No. 41: Missouri LB %%MATCH_43%%
No. 42: Texas DL %%MATCH_52%%
No. 43: Texas A&M DL %%MATCH_35%%
No. 44: Kansas RB %%MATCH_56%%
No. 45: Texas Tech S %%MATCH_53%%
No. 46: Iowa State CB %%MATCH_36%%
No. 47: Kansas State S %%MATCH_51%%
No. 48: Baylor DE/LB %%MATCH_48%%
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