College Football 2022: Offensive and defensive spotlight for all Big 12 teams | college football
Although this offseason has been a revolutionary whirlwind for the future of the Big-12 conference, their upcoming 2022 football season still features a variety of enticing football programs and intriguing storylines.
The Texas Longhorns will enter the second year of the Steve Sarkisian era with a highly touted freshman flagger under center quarterback Quinn Ewers. The Oklahoma Sooners will have to recover the remains left after the departure of Lincoln Riley. However, new boss Brett Venables looks up to the challenge on and off the pitch.
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Editor’s note: This analysis focuses on non-quarterbacks.
Offensive star player: OT CONNOR GALVIN
Baylor’s offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes’ plan greatly reduces the stress on his offensive line, but Galvin fits the system like a glove and his production is still quite impressive. The 2018 four-star rookie had a 91.2 blocking rating in 2021 and allowed just three total presses. On real pass sets, he lost just five reps and had the fourth highest pass blocking rating in the Power Five. Galvin also has just one penalty in 936 snaps in 2021. Don’t be surprised if he performs at an elite generalist level in 2022.
Defensive flagship player: DI JAXON PLAYER
Dave Aranda and company landed one of the best defensive players on the transfer portal in Jaxon Player, who produced at a high level in four seasons with Tulsa. He achieved PFF ratings of 74.8 and 80.6 in 2018 and 2019, respectively, as a pure nose tackler before moving into an all-around role in 2020 and 2021 and posting PFF ratings of 74.0 and 87.3. Despite playing over 100 snaps at nose, defensive tackle and edge defender in 2021, Player managed to record an 85.0 rating both as a run defender and passer. His athleticism allows him to be such a versatile piece, and that will be invaluable for Baylor’s forward in 2022.
Offensive Player Spotlight: WR XAVIER HUTCHINSON
Hutchinson wins with his ball skills and body control. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound receiver has a knack for making acrobatic catches — if the ball is close, he catches it. Hutchinson landed 95.1% of his catchable targets from beyond the line of scrimmage in 2021, the fourth-highest rate in the Power Five. He also has an elite force that shows up at the capture point and when defenders attempt to tackle him. Hutchinson has produced 17 contested catches and 27 broken tackles after the catch since 2020. He is one of the Big 12’s top possession receivers.
Defensive Player Spotlight: EDGE WILL MCDONALD IV
The 2021 season may have been McDonald’s first year as a starter for the Cyclones, but he’s always been a very productive player. Over the past three years, the 6-foot-4, 245-pound point defenseman has posted a 90.0 pass-rush rating, 21.1 percent win rate and 17.4 pressure rating. % on over 550 rushes – all of which are the best. five brands in the Big 12 in this period. And most of that production came from three-way rushes. McDonald’s 2021 campaign has been as consistent as it gets, with him counting multiple pressures with every game played.
Offensive Player Spotlight: OT EARL BOSTICK JR
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