Tracking the Class of 2014, part I

Some Big 12 squads had to lean on true freshmen to help them make it through the season while others had the luxury of redshirting the bulk of their Class of 2014.

Here's a team-by-team look at the true freshmen who played in 2014, their impact in their first season and one redshirt who may have been forgotten last fall but could become an impact player in 2015. Part I features Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State and Oklahoma.


Receiver KD Cannon: Named to multiple freshman All-American teams after finishing with 58 receptions for 1,030 yards and eight touchdowns.

Receiver Davion Hall: Looked poised to have a significant impact before injuries derailed a promising season. He finished with 15 receptions for 210 yards and one touchdown.

Tight end Jordan Feuerbacher: Played in 12 of 13 games but wasn't overly productive on offense, finishing with two receptions for 15 yards.

Cornerback Chance Waz: Played a special teams role, finishing with 10 tackles in 10 games played.

Redshirt to keep an eye on: Receiver Ishmael Zamora. The 2014 ESPN 300 member could help lessen the loss of Antwan Goodley and Levi Norwood on the outside.

Iowa State

Running back Martinez Syria: Played five games with 20 carries for 47 yards.

Receiver Jauan Wesley: Started one game as injuries riddled the Cyclones' receiver depth, finishing with 10 receptions for 107 yards.

Receiver Allen Lazard: The Cyclones' top signee didn't disappoint, starting 11 of 12 games. He finished with 45 receptions for 593 yards and three touchdowns.

Punter Colin Downing: Had a solid debut season, averaging 39.4 yards per punt after winning the punting duties.

Redshirt to keep an eye on: Defensive end Terry Ayeni. A preseason knee injury kept the junior college signee off the field in 2014. If he returns to full health in 2015, he could make a major impact.


Cornerback Matthew Boateng: Played in eight games, recording nine tackles and five pass breakups.

Running back Corey Avery: He emerged as the Jayhawks' most productive running back, rushing for a team-high 631 yards as a true freshman.

Linebacker Kyron Watson: Saw time as a special teamer, looks poised to slide into Ben Heeney's spot in 2015.

Cornerback Derrick Neal: Played receiver, cornerback and returned kicks in four games as a freshman.

Guard Junior Visinia: Played in every game, starting the last three games after Ngalu Fusimalohi was injured.

Redshirt to keep an eye on: Center Jacob Bragg. The ESPN 300 member redshirted during his first season but could be poised to become a three- or four-year starter in Lawrence, Kansas.

Kansas State

Safety Kaleb Prewett: Spent most of his freshman season as a special teamer.

Linebacker Elijah Lee: The Wildcats' best true freshman finished with 19 tackles and 4.5 sacks in 13 games.

Redshirt to keep an eye on: Running back Dalvin Warmack could be the answer to KSU's struggles to replace John Hubert.


Running back Samaje Perine: FBS single-game rushing record holder. All-Big 12 running back. Freshman All-American. Finished with 1,713 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns.

Safety Steven Parker: Emerged as a key contributor in the secondary, playing in 13 games (four starts). He had 31 tackles including two tackes for loss, one sack and six pass breakups.

Receiver Michiah Quick: Looked like OU's biggest playmaking threat in the passing game after Sterling Shepard's injury. Finished with 25 receptions for 237 yards and one touchdown in 13 games (two starts).

Receiver Jeffery Mead: Played in eight games but didn't record a catch.

Cornerback Jordan Thomas: Got thrown into the fire when injuries hit the secondary after playing a backup role early in 2014. He had 32 tackles and five pass breakups in 13 games (four starts).

Fullback Dimitri Flowers: Carved himself a role immediately, playing in 13 games (five starts). He had nine receptions for 92 yards but mostly made his impact as a blocking back.

Deep snapper Wesley Horky: It's not often scholarships are offered to deep snappers but Horky stepped right into the role with 13 games played in 2014.

Redshirt freshman to keep an eye on: Running back Joe Mixon could force himself onto the field after sitting out 2014 due to a suspension. Nixon was OU's top-rated running back and brings a versatility that could be an asset in Lincoln Riley's offense.