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Big 12 Conference Announces 2017 All-Big 12 Preseason Football Team



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.

Offense 

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

Defense

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

Honorable Mention

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.

Baker Mayfield

Mayfield threw for 3,965 yards and 40 touchdowns last season. He also finished third in the Heisman Trophy race.

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.

Justin Crawford WVU

While the Mountaineers have three strong running backs, Crawford will lead the way for Dana Holgorsen’s explosive offense.

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.

 

James Washington OSU Cowboys

Look for Washington to lead the Big 12 in Receiving. 100 reception season is not out of reach.

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.

 

Dorance Armstrong Jr. Kansas Jayhawks

Even though Armstrong plays for the last placed Jayhawks, he’s one of the best defensive linemen 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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