Every season, every player feels they've got at least something to prove. Otherwise, the work wouldn't all be worth it. That said, some guys have more to prove than others.
These are the guys with the most to prove on their respective teams.
Next up: Kansas.
Plenty to prove: WR Justin McCay
Jake Heaps is the easy pick here, but truth be told, he showed he was capable of being a good player at time back at BYU. Kansas is hoping he's better than Dayne Crist and ushers in a new era for Kansas, but for me, Justin McCay has a whole lot more to prove.
Sometimes, careers don't work out at their first destination. The Big 12 has seen guys like Arthur Brown and Lache Seastrunk move back closer to home and revitalize their career. Brown didn't work at Miami and now finds himself in position to replace one of the greatest Hurricanes ever: Linebacker Ray Lewis on the Baltimore Ravens. It required a transfer back home to Kansas State, though.
Lache Seastrunk couldn't get on the field at Oregon, but he may be the best offensive player in the Big 12 this year. Justin McCay earned plenty of attention last year for his work on the scout team, but the one-time ESPN 150 recruit never caught a pass in two seasons at Oklahoma. The 6-foot-2, 213-pounder decided to head back home to KU, less than an hour from his hometown of Kansas City.
Can he make good on his potential? Despite Oklahoma's lack of depth at receiver when McCay was there, his lack of production was a bit of a head-scratcher. Can he join Heaps as a building block of Kansas' resurgence and a move out of the Big 12 basement?
Our scouts compared him to Michael Floyd, but we haven't had a chance to see much of this kind of stuff from him. Or really any chance, I should say:
Offensively, he uses his frame and long arms to position himself and gain an advantage, particularly on the deep ball. He is the type of player that climbs to top speed, but once he gets going, he shows very good top-end speed and can prove to be very difficult to handle one-on-one. Shows some explosiveness for a player of his size and a sneaky second gear in the open field, especially in a straight line. He is an outstanding red-zone player. Really has a feel for timing his jumps and extending above his head to attack the ball at its highest point.
That sounds to me like a guy with a whole bunch to prove. McCay's got loads of potential and should be an immediate upgrade for a KU receiving corps that infamously went all 12 games last season without a touchdown catch. Once the Jayhawks get in the red zone this season, McCay's a great possibility to end that curse.