Big 12 Media Preseason All-Big 12 Team announced. What are the five things that matter about the early list?
– To absolutely no one’s surprise, Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield was named the preseason Offensive Player of the Year, but to see the hype ramped up and the expectations for Texas, Longhorn LB Malik Jefferson is the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.
– Is Kenny Hill really going to be the starting quarterback at TCU? The media thinks so naming him the Newcomer of the Year. TCU is the only Big 12 team without a starting quarterback returning.
– It’s a really, really young team. There’s a lot of overhaul on plenty of Big 12 teams, but there are also a whole lot of good young players with 11 sophomores on the team and just nine seniors.
– Talk about being loaded at running back this year in the conference, Baylor’s Shock Linwood, the Texas tandem of D’Onta Foreman and Chris Warren, West Virginia’s Rushel Shell, and Oklahoma’s Joe Mixon don’t make the cut.
– Eight Oklahoma Sooners make the team. Take a guess whick team will probably be the media favorite to win the Big 12 title?
2016 Media Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team
Offensive Player of the Year: Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma, QB, Jr.
Defensive Player of the Year: Malik Jefferson, Texas, LB, So.
Newcomer of the Year: Kenny Hill, TCU, QB, Jr.
2016 Big 12 Media Preseason Offense
QB Baker Mayfield Oklahoma 6-1 212 Jr.
RB Mike Warren Iowa State 6-0 205 So.
RB Samaje Perine Oklahoma 5-11 237 Jr.
FB Winston Dimel Kansas State 6-1 235 So.
WR KD Cannon Baylor 6-0 180 Jr.
WR Allen Lazard Iowa State 6-5 223 Jr.
WR James Washington Oklahoma State 6-0 205 Jr.
TE Mark Andrews Oklahoma 6-5 244 So.
OL Kyle Fuller Baylor 6-5 310 Sr.
OL Orlando Brown Oklahoma 6-8 357 So.
OL Patrick Vahe Texas 6-3 326 So.
OL Connor Williams Texas 6-6 288 So.
OL Tyler Orlosky West Virginia 6-4 295 Sr.
PK Clayton Hatfield Texas Tech 5-10 170 So.
KR/PR KaVontae Turpin TCU 5-9 153 So.
2016 Big 12 Media Preseason Defense
DL Will Geary Kansas State 6-0 297 Jr.
DL Jordan Willis Kansas State 6-5 250 Sr.
DL Charles Walker Oklahoma 6-2 299 Jr.
DL Vincent Taylor Oklahoma State 6-3 310 Jr.
DL Josh Carraway TCU 6-4 250 Sr.
DL James McFarland TCU 6-3 250 Sr.
DL Noble Nwachukwu West Virginia 6-2 275 Sr.
LB Elijah Lee Kansas State 6-3 218 Jr.
LB Jordan Evans Oklahoma 6-2 233 Sr.
LB Malik Jefferson Texas 6-3 238 So.
DB Dante Barnett Kansas State 6-1 193 Sr.
DB Steven Parker Oklahoma 6-1 208 Jr.
DB Jordan Thomas Oklahoma 6-0 187 Jr.
DB Jordan Sterns Oklahoma State 6-0 200 Sr.
DB Davante Davis Texas 6-2 199 So.
P Austin Seibert Oklahoma 5-10 214 So.