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June 29, 2009

Ranking the Big 12: Top newcomers

The Big 12 Conference will have several newcomers make an impact on the field this fall. One of those players for Nebraska will be redshirt freshman linebacker Sean Fisher, who is currently projected to start at strong side linebacker this fall. Here's a complete ranking list of some of the Big 12's top newcomers heading into the 2009 season.

Other Big 12 Rankings: QB l RB l WR l TE l OL l DT l DE l LB l CB l S l KR/PR l K/P

1. Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor, 6-4, 355, Jr.
Baylor defensive tackle Phil Taylor started the final four games of the 2007 season for Penn State, but was booted from PSU after an on-campus fighting incident. Baylor assistant coach Brian Norwood lured Taylor to Waco after the fighting incident—Norwood coached Taylor at Penn State. Taylor sat out the 2008 season and now he's poised to make an impact at defensive tackle.
2. Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri, 6-5, 245, RFr.
Redshirt freshman defensive end Aldon Smith did big things for the Tigers over the last year, and now he's finally ready to show people what he's made of on the field. Many think Smith has the potential to be a high round NFL draft pick by the time his career is over.
3. Tre' Newton, RB, Texas, 6-0, 200, RFr.
Tre' Newton, the son of former NFL offensive guard Nate Newton is expected to do big things for the Texas Longhorns over the course of his career. The 6-foot, 200 pound Newton is looked at to be the replacement for running back Chris Ogbonnaya this fall.
4. Christine Michael, RB, Texas A&M, 5-11, 200, Fr.
Incoming freshman running back Christine Michael is arguably the most high profile recruit coming into the Big 12 Conference in the class of 2009. Aggie head coach Mike Sherman is feeling the heat right now in College Station, and more than likely he'll lean towards players like Michael to make an impact this fall. As a senior, Michel rushed for 1,400 yards and 25 touchdowns in nine games.
5. Sean Fisher, LB, Nebraska, 6-6, 230, RFr.
Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini redshirted 23 of 25 freshman from his 2008 recruiting class, and linebacker Sean Fisher is probably the player that's in the best position to start as a redshirt freshman this fall. Fisher actually saw time early on in 2008, but he was forced to take a medical redshirt after suffering a series of injuries. Fisher's 6-foot-6 frame and natural athletic ability make him a great fit for Pelini's defensive scheme.



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