Safety Dravon Askew-Henry is West Virginia's top-rated player on the list despite missing all of last season with an injury.
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Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer
Justin Crawford commands the respect of teammates at West Virginia because of his life experience and focus on reaching his goals. Away from the field, he's driven to provide for his family. "I commend him on that part of it," WVU running back coach Tony Dews said, "because there's a lot of guys his age -- and a lot of men even older -- that are out there and may not be as responsible as he is right now."
Justin Crawford rushed for 1,184 yards in his first season with West Virginia, but his motivation begins off the field.
Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer
Justin Crawford, the Big 12 offensive newcomer of the year as a running back last season at West Virginia, said "there was no decision" to make about coming back to school as a senior in 2017. The married father of two and former juco star, who has helped mentor four younger siblings since the death of their father in 2009, wants to finish his job in Morgantown. It speaks to Crawford's tireless work ethic. "When everybody else is sitting at home, relaxing, you can be getting ahead," Crawford said Tuesday in his first interview session since arriving at WVU last summer. (The school restricts first-year players from talking to the media.)
Corey Winfield, a graduate transfer who was a two-year starter at Syracuse, figures to be a serious asset in the Mountaineers' defensive backfield.
The offenses at West Virginia and K-State seem primed for a jump, Texas Tech's unit could slide, and nobody knows what to expect from TCU and Baylor.
Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer
West Virginia announces that OL Marcell Lazard is no longer with the Mountaineers. Lazard had 12 career starts. That leaves guard Kyle Bosch as the only returning WVU offensive lineman with more than 10 career starts.
High-profile transfers join their new teams with expectations already attached, but they don't always pan out. These are the players with the best chance to make an impact right away.
In our latest mailbag, we look ahead at the Big 12's top rushers in 2017, how defenses are shaping up at Oklahoma and Texas and much more.
In Mason Rudolph, Justice Hill and James Washington, Oklahoma State appears to have the Big 12's top quarterback-running back-wide receiver trio.
It's March Madness time, so folks have college hoops and brackets on their minds. But we get around to talking some football as well.
The offense should be better in 2017 with Will Grier. But how does West Virginia reshape its offensive line?
Handing over the playcalling duties could help Dana Holgorsen and the Mountaineers the same way it helped Mike Gundy and Oklahoma State years ago.
For entertainment value (and success), West Virginia and Oklahoma State have been the Big 12's most exciting teams in football and basketball.
There have been some intriguing developments already in the Big 12 this spring, including a wide-open quarterback competition at Texas.
The Big 12 now has four sets of brothers coaching within the league, creating a potentially unusual dynamic on and off the field.
With spring practice looming, Kansas State's conference title hopes and the direction of West Virginia's offense are on the minds of Big 12 fans.
Virginia Tech in the season-opener is a must-win for the Mountaineers as the level of their competition makes a jump up by the first week of October.
Several former Big 12 standouts have a chance to raise their draft stock at the NFL combine this week, including Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes.
The Big 12 needs more participants in the NFL combine, but having only 10 teams makes it a challenge to compete with the 14-team conferences.
As spring ball kicks off in Big 12 country this week, plenty of questions abound in the league.
There are several candidates to be the Big 12's top newcomer in 2017, but the spotlight will be on QBs at West Virginia, Baylor and Kansas.
West Virginia has several important newcomers on campus, but shifty 5-foot-6 running back Tevin Bush might be the most fun to watch this spring.
As spring practice approaches, QB battles are hot topics for the teams that will be trying to knock off Big 12 favorites Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
Clemson may have the talent to replace its departing stars on offense, but its rugged September schedule will surely pose a challenge.