Today, the Big 12 Conference announced their 2017 All-Big 12 Preseason football team as well as the Big 12 preseason individual award winners. The votes were cast by selected members of the media who regularly cover Big 12 football all year long. Three players were unanimous selections to the team in Oklahoma State receiver James Washington, Texas offensive lineman Orlando Brown, and Kansas defensive lineman Dorance Armstrong Jr. Every school in the conference is represented between individual awards and the All-Big 12 preseason football team. Below are the players selected to the 2017 All-Big 12 Preseason football team.
parenthesis denotes first team or second team
QB: Baker Mayfield (1) – Oklahoma Sooners
RB: Justice Hill (2) – Oklahoma State Cowboys
RB: Justin Crawford (2) – West Virginia Mountaineers
FB: Winston Dimel (1) – Kansas State Wildcats
WR: James Washington (1) – Oklahoma State Cowboys
WR: Allen Lazard (1) – Iowa State Cyclones
TE: Mark Andrews (1) – Oklahoma Sooners
OL: Orlando Brown (1) – Oklahoma Sooners
OL: Connor Williams (1) – Texas Longhorns
OL: Dalton Risner (1)- Kansas State Wildcats
OL: Austin Schlottmann (2) – TCU Horned Frogs
OL: Zach Crabtree (2) – Oklahoma State Cowboys
PK: Clayton Hatfield (1) – Texas Tech Red Raiders
DL: Dorance Armstrong Jr. (1) – Kansas Jayhawks
DL: K.J. Smith (1) – Baylor Bears
DL: Reggie Walker (2) – Kansas State Wildcats
LB: Travin Howard (1) – TCU Horned Frogs
LB: Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (2) – Oklahoma Sooners
LB: Malik Jefferson (2) – Texas Longhorns
DB: D.J. Reed (1) – Kansas State Wildcats
DB: Jordan Thomas (1) – Oklahoma Sooners
DB: Tre Flowers (2) – Oklahoma State Cowboys
DB: Kamari Cotton-Moya (2) – Iowa State Cyclones
DB: Nick Orr (2) – TCU Horned Frogs
P: Michael Dickson (1) – Texas Longhorns
WR: Keke Coutee – Texas Tech Red Raiders
KR/PR: KaVontae Turpin (1) – TCU Horned Frogs
DL: Poona Ford – Texas Longhorns
DL: Malcolm Roach – Texas Longhorns
Offensive Player of the Year:
QB: Baker Mayfield – Oklahoma Sooners
Defensive Player of the Year:
DL: Dorance Armstrong Jr. – Kansas Jayhawks
Newcomer of the Year:
QB: Will Grier – West Virginia Mountaineers
Baker Mayfield was a 2016 Heisman Trophy finalist and leads the way of all Big 12 quarterbacks as the Sooners are looking to win their third straight Big 12 Football Championship. Mayfield led all of college football last season in efficiency with a 196.4 passer rating. Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph is also at the top of the Big 12 quarterbacks with Mayfield. Rudolph returns as the Big 12 leading passer throwing for 4,091 yards last season. Both quarterbacks are two of the best returning quarterbacks in all of college football, but they should face some competition with WVU quarterback Will Grier in the mix. Grier was cleared to play this season by the NCAA after sitting out last season due to transferring from Florida. In 2015, Grier was at the helm of an undefeated Florida Gators before being suspended in week 6 by the NCAA for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. Look for Grier to fit in well with Dana Holgorsen’s passing attack.
WVU running back Justin Crawford returns as the Big 12 leading rusher running for 1,184 yards last season with the Mountaineers. Crawford was also the 2016 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year. Oklahoma State running back Justice Hill is destined for another great season with the Cowboys. As a freshman, Hill rushed for 1,142 yards and averaged 5.5 yards per carry. Look for both running backs to finish at the to of the Big 12 for the 2017 college football season.
Oklahoma State wide receiver James Washington was a FBS top ten receiver in the 2016 season with 1,380 receiving yards and 10 touchdown receptions. Allen Lazard continues to get better and better for Iowa State. As a junior, the Cyclones receiver broke the 1,000 receiving yard barrier and will be looking to make the statement that Iowa State does have some solid offensive performers.
While the Big 12 hasn’t been known for their defense in recent years, there are some big hitters to watch out for. Dorance Armstrong Jr. was a unanimous All-Big 12 preseason team selection for the second straight year. As a sophomore, the Kansas defensive lineman recorded 10 sacks, 56 tackles, and 20 tackles for a loss. Armstrong is the one bright spot for a lackluster Jayhawks team. Linebacker Travin Howard recorded 130 tackles last season for TCU and can compete on the same level as any linebacker in the country.
The Big 12 will release their 2017 media preseason poll on Thursday. Then, the conference will hold their Big 12 Media Football Days on July 17-18 in Frisco, TX. Fox Sports will broadcast live both days of the event starting 9 a.m. CT.