Big 12 Football: Breakout player from each Big 12 team

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Baylor

WR Joshua Fleeks

One of the more frusturating aspects of Baylor’s offense over the past few seasons has been the touches many of talented players have not gotten. The most brought up around the Baylor camp has been Josh Fleeks.

Fleeks is a slot receiver, that oozes burst and makes the first man miss more often than not. He’s showed spurts of that since 2018, but has not been given touches to do more often.

When put in space, he can outrun just about any defensive back that is in his facinity. The problem has been getting it to him is too far and between.

Fleeks has just 60 catches in 32 games played in. With a much better offense and a set of quarterbacks that will take more shots down field, it should leave Fleeks open a few more times to create big plays.

Iowa State

FS Jaquan Amos

One of the biggest and more recent acquisitions to the Cyclone program was free safety Jaquan Amos from Villanova. He committed to the Cyclones in the later part of June, over West Virginia, Virginia Mississippi State and Kansas State.

Playing at Villanova, Amos is going to get a wake up call, playing against much different breed of talent, starting with game two against Iowa. Followed by, the rest of the Big 12 slate.

Amos was successful though, with a team-leading 57 total tackles, to go along with two tackles for loss, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and six pass deflections. His best game was against the Wildcats best opponent, with nine tackles and an interception against James Madison.

However, Amos would have a lot of familiarity around him, with 3x All-First Team Big 12 Greg Eisworth II and returning starter STAR Isheem Young in the secondary.

Amos could quickly become a house hold name and anchors a unit, that has an argument to be the best in the conference.

 

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