The BIG-12 Championship will kickoff on Saturday at noon in Arlington, Texas. The undefeated TCU Horned Frogs ranked third in the country will be looking to close out their college football playoff bid with a win over tenth ranked Kansas State. Both teams feature a ton of firepower. Kansas State has three high level prospects and will match up well on offense against a talented TCU defense. The TCU defense on the other hand will have a strong matchup as well trying to stop the likes of Deuce Vaughn. There are a lot of matchups to like this week that will feature prospects going against each other and others simply doing what they can to up their stock.
HB Deuce Vaughn
One of the best backs in the country with elite athleticism, agility, instincts, and simply just incredibly well rounded. He’s only 5-6, 180 lbs but he has the ability to knock off tackles and speed to make up for it. He’s posted 3341 rushing yards, 32 TD, 114 receptions, 1250 yards and nine touchdowns in his career.
G Cooper Beebe
Beebe is a talented guard, he’s incredibly well rounded and should see his stock climb incredibly quick. He’s found a sweet spot at guard though his history at LT isn’t bad either. At 6-4, 322 he’s strong and quick, only allowing three sacks and 27 pressures in 943 pass blocking snaps.
EDGE Felix Anudike-Uzomah
One of the best pass rushers in college, and simply an athletic freak at edge. He’s 6-4, 255 with insane bend and great instincts in run defense. He’s put up 87 pressures, 52 hurries, 22 hits, 69 stops, 26 tackles for loss, 20 sacks, and eight forced fumbles in his career. He’s a borderline first round selection
QB Max Duggan
Duggan was just the recipient of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award after having a sensational, borderline Heisman caliber season. Duggan is great, and I can definitely see him ending up as a mid round pick with starting upside in the NFL. He’s 6-2, 210 lbs with great pocket awareness, arm strength and accuracy. He makes great reads and doesn’t risk the ball either. He put up 3070 yards, 29 touchdowns and only three interceptions on 332 attempts with a 66.6% completion rate also adding 293 rushing yards and five touchdowns. He had a career 8990 yards, 70 touchdowns, 23 interceptions, 1727 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns.
WR Quentin Johnston
Possibly the best receiver in the class, Johnston is incredibly fast with game breaking speed for a 6-5, 198 lb frame. He has natural hands and is just an incredibly well-rounded receiver. He’s posted 104 receptions, 1885 yards and 13 touchdowns in his career over 37 games.
C Steve Avila
Avilla is a long term starter. He’s incredibly well rounded, posting a career 74.5 run block grade and 75.3 pass block grade. His 6.2 yards per carry this season rank first in the B12 and fourth in the entire FBS among centers. He has history with over 300 snaps at all five offensive line positions, allowing only four sacks and 33 pressures in 1200+ snaps.
LB Dee Winters
Winters is a playmaking linebacker that is flying under the radar right now, he has a career 224 tackles, 30 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, two interceptions, 19 breakups, and two recoveries. In coverage, he has allowed a career 91.2 QBR, so he’s a strong player both in run defense and pass coverage. He has the frame, instincts, and knack for always being around the ball plus strong speed.
CB Noah Daniels
TCU has two strong corners, the first being Noah Daniels. Daniels has been playing in college since 2018 but injuries prevented him from playing a lot. He’s only recorded 550 career snaps in that time but has a career two interceptions and 11 breakups. He has all the potential in the world, he just needs to have the opportunity and stay healthy.
CB Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson
Hodges-Tomlinson is an All-Pro caliber nickel corner in the NFL. He’s only 5-9, 190 but has put up five interceptions, 31 breakups, 114 tackles and five forced fumbles in 33 career games since 2019. In 2022, he’s been targeted 68 times allowing just 26 receptions for 310 yards, one touchdown and a 39.7 QBR. He does have a massive penalty problem that needs to get fixed for the NFL but only 70 completions on 182 career targets is wildly impressive.