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QB BRANDON WEEDEN SENIOR
The onetime MLB pitching prospect—he was drafted by the Yankees—set single-season school records with 4,277 yards and 34 TDs in his first year as a starter. Expect more of the same from Weeden, 27, whose healed right thumb (he ruptured a tendon last year) means more snaps under center in the spread.
RT LEVY ADCOCK SENIOR
Five linemen are back from a year ago for the Pokes, but it's their 6' 6", 322-pound mountain of a right tackle who anchors the unit. Opponents had just 10 sacks in 2010, and none came against Adcock, an All--Big 12 pick.
RB JOSEPH RANDLE SOPHOMORE
Underclassman has a chance to step up in starting role
He showed flashes while spelling Kendall Hunter as a freshman last year, averaging 5.5 yards per carry, rushing for 452 yards and catching 37 passes for 427 yards. With Hunter gone, Randle should take the lead role this fall in a tandem with fellow sophomore Jeremy Smith and provide the same quality performances in greater quantity.