Sooners, Longhorns loaded again

Texas linebacker Derrick Johnson, the best senior player in the nation, tops the list of talented players in the Big 12 South.

Originally Published: July 12, 2004
By Mel Kiper Jr. | Special to ESPN Insider
Editor's note:'s Mel Kiper Jr. lists the top five players on the roster of each team in the Big 12 South division (schools listed in alphabetical order).

Baylor Bears
1. Khari Long, DE, sr. -- A very athletic end who had only 1 sacks last year but could reach double figures this season.
2. Sean Bell, QB, so. -- Makes smart decisions and has a strong arm. Got some valuable experience by starting the final two games of last season.
3. Dominique Zeigler, WR, so. -- Stands 6-3 but checks in at only 170 pounds. Zeigler had only nine catches last season but is a high-jumper on the track team and should be able to go up and get plenty of balls this year.
4. Montez Murphy, DE, jr. -- Did not play last season but has good closing speed off the edge even at 6-6, 260 pounds. The staff is excited about the boost he could provide for the defense.
5. Maurice Lane, S, jr. -- Led Baylor with 129 tackles in 2003, the highest single-season total since Mike Singletary had 232 in 1978.

Mel Kiper Jr.

Football analyst
Mel Kiper has served as an NFL draft analyst for ESPN since 1984. He is a regular contributor on SportsCenter and ESPN Radio and writes weekly for ESPN Insider.