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.
First up, the Baylor Bears.
Plenty to prove: RB Lache Seastrunk
Is there a player in the entire Big 12 with this much to prove? It boils down to two things, really. Among things that really matter, it's a need for Seastrunk to prove that his six-game outburst to close the season was more than just a flash in the pan. Seastrunk absolutely has the physical attributes, but he averaged 138 yards a game over that stretch. How does that compare to what we can expect to see from Seastrunk next season? He's explosive and is the league's most dangerous player with the ball in his hands. Seastrunk being even more productive for 13 games next season isn't out of the question. Still, Seastrunk struggled to get on the field for the first half of the season and left Oregon after a frustrating season buried on the depth chart.
He toted his confidence back to Texas and enrolled at Baylor, less than 100 miles from his hometown of Temple, Texas, and he made big headlines and gave himself even more to prove when he dropped this choice quote to Sporting News back in December before the bowl game:
"I feel like there's no back who can do what I do," he told the publication. "I know I'm the fastest back in the country. I know I'm the best back in the country. Nobody's going to work harder. ... "I'm going to win the Heisman. I'm going to win it in 2013. If I don't, I'm going to get very close. I'm shooting for that goal. I will gladly say it."
Art Briles knows that's Seastrunk's personality and reiterated several times to ESPN.com and in other interviews that he doesn't want players on his team with any other attitude.
We'll see how close Seastrunk gets to a Heisman this year or next year, but there's no doubt about it: Nobody on Baylor's roster has more to prove this fall.