A look at the 2012 Signing Day acquisitions that quickly helped Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and teams throughout the Big 12.
Damien Williams, RB
Most of the running back chatter heading into 2012 was about the return of Dom Whaley from a broken leg. Instead, it was Williams, a transfer from Arizona Western Community College, who became the Sooners' leading rusher, amassing 946 yards and 11 touchdowns while averaging 5.4 yards per carry.
The Heritage Hall product and son of former OU standout Derrick Shepard made four starts and ranked fourth on the team with 621 receiving yards. That total is the third-most by a freshman in school history.
Calvin Barnett, DT
Barnett, a transfer from Navarro Junior College after starring at Tulsa Washington, plugged the interior line and often got into the opponents' backfield. He finished 2012 with 30 tackles (8.5 for loss), one sack, four quarterback hurries and one pass breakup and was named the Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year.
Blake Jackson, IR
Jackson's inconsistent hands were often maddening to Cowboy fans. Still, the transfer from Scottsdale Community College finished third on the team with 598 receiving yards and found the end zone three times.
Devonte Fields, DL, TCU
The Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year had a monster first season in Fort Worth, leading the league with 18.5 tackles for loss while ranking third with 10 sacks.
Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia
On a poor Mountaineer defense, Joseph, a true freshman, was the bright spot. He tied for fifth in the conference with 104 tackles (seven for loss) and adding three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, two interceptions and six pass breakups.
Johnathan Gray, RB, Texas
Joe Bergeron was the Longhorns' scorer on the ground, but Gray led the UT with 701 rushing yards as a true freshman.
Jaden Oberkrom, K, TCU
Oberkrom made 22 of his 30 field-goal attempts, including a 53-yarder.