The Big 12 has been around since 1996 and has had some great players in its relatively short time as a conference
There’s nothing quite like the excitement in College Football, and the Big 12 has given us plenty to celebrate. Formed in 1996 when four schools located in the state of Texas combined with the Big 8, the Big 12 has been known for its high-powered offenses — and lack of defense as of late.
While it might not be as dominant now as it once was, the Big 12 still has given us some solid teams as of late. Although they haven’t had a National Championship team since Texas in 2005, they still have had their share of elite players make it to the next level.
Here, we look back over the tenure of the Big 12 and identify the top-50 players in the conference’s history.
Big 12 Football best players of all-time: 50. Mark Andrew, TE, Oklahoma football
Currently a member of the Baltimore Ravens, Mark Andrews is doing the same thing in the NFL that he did with the Oklahoma Sooners — causing major headaches for the opposing defense. During his three seasons with the Sooners, the 6-foot-5, 254-pound Andrews lined up at both tight end and wide receiver and was a nightmare in the red zone.
He had a total of 112 receptions for 1,765 yards with 22 touchdowns but it was his 2017 campaign that put him on the map. Andrews won both the John Mackey Award and the Ozzie Newsome Award that season while also earning his second appointment to the First-Team All-Big 12. If that wasn’t enough, he was an All-American as well.
Andrews declared after his junior season and had he not done so, he surely would have shot up these boards.