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Senior Bowl 2016: 10 Big 12 candidates for next year's game

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TCU's Trevone Boykin will enter the 2015 season as one of the top Heisman Trophy candidates.

The 2015 Reese's Senior Bowl is over, which means, of course, that it is time to look ahead to the 2016 version of the game.

Here is a league-by-league look at seniors-to-be who very well could be in Mobile, Ala., next year for the Senior Bowl. We limited it to 10 players per league for each of the Power Fiver conferences and listed 10 players total for the non-Power Five leagues.

Here's a look at 10 players from the Big 12 (listed in alphabetical order).

Reese's Senior Bowl coverage:



TCU QB Trevone Boykin

The buzz: The Horned Frogs' signal-caller likely heads into 2015 as one of the favorites to win the Heisman Trophy after a phenomenal season in which he went from being labeled an athlete playing quarterback to one of the best at the position in the country.

Texas Tech OL Le'Raven Clark

The buzz: Not a well-known name outside of Big 12 circles, Clark is a well-established presence for the Red Raiders and among the most underrated players nationally along the offensive line. Big and athletic, his best trait might be the significant expertise he has in the trenches.

TCU WR Josh Doctson

The buzz: Trevone Boykin's favorite target in the Horned Frogs' vertical passing game, Doctson can beat anybody deep when he's not trying to turn a short pass into a big gain. He's got solid size and the tools to turn into one of the premier guys in the Big 12 heading into his final year in college.

Baylor OL Spencer Drango

The buzz: A key part of back-to-back Big 12 title winners, Drango is the rock up front for the offensive line and will likely draw first-round talk based on how athletic and strong he is. The Bears are loaded once again in 2015, and getting Drango back for another season is a big reason why.

TCU RB Aaron Green

The buzz: Thanks to the departure of B.J. Catalon, Green figures to be the lead tailback for the Horned Frogs after a successful audition down the stretch in 2014. A shifty, fast runner who is a threat in the passing game, there's not much he can't do with the ball in his hands.

WVU safety Karl Joseph

The buzz: One of the hardest hitters in the country, Joseph patrols the Mountaineers' secondary like a hawk and punishes any receiver who dares to come over the middle. He can get out of place at times, so refining his coverage even more is one reason why he returned for his senior season. Still, he's already one of the top players at his position.

Baylor DL Shawn Oakman

The buzz: Oakman is big. Oakman is fast. Oakman is pretty much a monster, as any Bears opponent is likely to tell you. The mammoth defensive lineman still needs to show more consistency but is already one of the best in the country in the trenches and is poised to get even better in a senior year full of promise.

Oklahoma WR Sterling Shepard

The buzz: Whenever the Sooners' passing attack was operating well last year, chances are the productive Sterling was in the lineup drawing the attention of opposing defense. The savvy route runner will be leaned on heavily and could be on track for another quality season.

Oklahoma LB Eric Striker

The buzz: The nation became well acquainted with Striker when he laid waste to Alabama in the Sugar Bowl two seasons ago, and he's only continued to get better. Big enough to play the run while being one of the best blitzing linebackers in his class, Striker will be all over the field making plays for the Sooners.

Oklahoma DL Charles Tapper

The buzz: The athletic defender has the ability to play a number of spots along the line and had considered declaring early and entering the 2015 NFL Draft. Instead, he opted to return to Norman to refine his technique, which could be key in reigniting his production and turning him into an early-round pick.

Follow Bryan Fischer on Twitter @BryanDFischer.



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