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John E. Hoover: Preseason All-Big 12 team heavy with Sooners, Cowboys

John E. Hoover: Preseason All-Big 12 team heavy with Sooners, Cowboys

Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson runs for his second touchdown of the first half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game against Georgia Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Seven Oklahoma Sooners and three Oklahoma State Cowboys are on the 2018 preseason All-Big 12 football team.

The squad, voted on by media who cover the conference, was announced Wednesday and is heavy with players from the three-time reining champ and likely preseason pick Oklahoma.

Running back Rodney Anderson, wide receiver Marquise Brown, tight end Grant Calcaterra, offensive linemen Bobby Evans and Ben Powers and kicker Austin Seibert represent OU on the offense, and Seibert was also picked as the All-Big 12 punter. Incoming freshman Brendan Radley-Hiles was selected as the Big 12 newcomer of the year.

Running back Justice Hill, offensive lineman Marcus Keyes and defensive tackle Jordan Brailford are OSU’s preseason All-Big 12 talent.

Projected standings as chosen by media will be revealed Thursday. The league will announce the coaches’ All-Big 12 team later.

West Virginia quarterback Will Grier was picked as offensive player of the year, while TCU defensive end Ben Banogu is the preseason defensive player of the year.

WVU had three members on the first-team offense: Grier, wideout David Sills and offensive lineman Yodny Cajuste. Mountaineers linebacker David Long also made the first team.

The All-Big 12 defensive team was something of an unexpected turnabout. Texas Tech had nobody selected on offense, but three Red Raiders were chosen to the team on defense: linebacker Dakota Allen and defensive backs Justus Parker and Jah’Shawn Johnson. Kansas (defensive lineman Daniel Wise and linebacker Joe Dineen) and Iowa State (defensive back Brian Peavy and defensive lineman JaQuan Bailey) each had two players land on the defensive team. Texas (defensive lineman Breckyn Hager and defensive back Kris Boyd) also put two on defense.

TCU, last year’s Big 12 runner-up, had just two players on the first team: return specialist KaVonte Turpin and Banogu.

Due to a tie in voting, Iowa State’s David Montgomery joined Anderson and Hill as first-team running backs, and Baylor’s Denzel Mims joined Brown and Sills as first-team wideouts.


Columnist John E. Hoover is co-host of “The Franchise Drive” every weeknight from 6-8 on The Franchise in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, and appears throughout the day on other shows on The Franchise. Listen at fm107.7 in OKC, fm107.9/am1270 in Tulsa, on The Franchise app, or click the “Listen” tab on The Franchise home page. Hoover also covers the Big 12 for Sporting News and Lindy’s magazine and is a feature writer for Sooner Spectator magazine. Visit his personal page at


2018 Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team
Offensive Player of the Year:  Will Grier West Virginia, QB, 6-2, 212, Sr., Charlotte, N.C.
Defensive Player of the Year: Ben Banogu, TCU, DL, 6-4 249, Sr., McKinney, Texas
Newcomer of the Year: Brendan Radley-Hiles, Oklahoma, DB,  5-9, 186, Fr., Inglewood, Calif.
Pos Name                              School                                  Ht                 Wt             Class        Hometown
QB Will Grier                      West Virginia                     6-2                212               Sr.         Charlotte, N.C.
RB David Montgomery     Iowa State                            5-11               216               Jr.         Cincinnati, Ohio
RB Rodney Anderson        Oklahoma                            6-1                 220              Jr.         Katy, Texas
RB Justice Hill                    Oklahoma State                5-10              185               Jr.         Tulsa, Okla.
WR Denzel Mims                Baylor                                  6-3                209               Jr.        Daingerfield, Texas
WR Marquise Brown         Oklahoma                            5-10              168               Jr.        Hollywood, Fla.
WR David Sills V                West Virginia                     6-4                 204             Sr.        Wilmington, Del.
TE Grant Calcaterra           Oklahoma                        6-4                221               So.        Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.
OL Dalton Risner                Kansas State                     6-5                300              Sr.         Wiggins, Colo.
OL Bobby Evans                   Oklahoma                         6-5                 301               Jr.         Allen, Texas
OL  Ben Powers                     Oklahoma                        6-4                 313               Sr.         Wichita, Kan.
OL  Marcus Keyes             Oklahoma State                  6-3                 309               Jr.         Port Allen, La.
OL  Yodny Cajuste              West Virginia                    6-5                  321               Sr.         Miami, Fla.
PK Austin Seibert                 Oklahoma                       5-9                  214               Sr.         Belleville, Ill.
KR KaVontae Turpin                  TCU                              5-9                   157               Sr.         Monroe, La.
DL JaQuan Bailey                Iowa State                       6-2                  251                 Jr.            Jacksonville, Fla.
DL Daniel Wise                        Kansas                          6-3                 290                Sr.           Lewisville, Texas
DL Jordan Brailford        Oklahoma State              6-3                 250                Jr.            Tulsa, Okla.
DL Ben Banogu                          TCU                             6-4                 249                Sr.            McKinney, Texas
DL Breckyn Hager                   Texas                           6-3                255                 Sr.            Austin, Texas
LB Joe Dineen Jr.                  Kansas                             6-2                235               Sr.            Lawrence, Kan.
LB Dakota Allen                  Texas Tech                       6-1                235               Sr.            Humble, Texas
LB David Long Jr.             West Virginia                     5-11                221               Jr.            Cincinnati, Ohio
DB Brian Peavy                    Iowa State                       5-9                194               Sr.            Houston, Texas
DB Kendall Adams              Kansas State                    6-1                228              Sr.             Fort Worth, Texas
DB Kris Boyd                              Texas                           6-0                195             Sr.             Gilmer, Texas
DB Jah’Shawn Johnson     Texas Tech                          5-10               185             Sr.             Ennis, Texas
DB Justus Parker                Texas Tech                       6-0                 205            Jr.              La Vernia, Texas
P    Austin Seibert                 Oklahoma                       5-9                214            Sr.              Belleville, Ill.

John Hoover

Hoover wrote for the Tulsa World for 24 years before joining The Franchise, where he's now co-host of "Further Review" on The Franchise Tulsa (weekdays 12-3, fm107.9/am1270) . In his time at the World, Hoover won numerous writing and reporting awards, including in 2011 National Beat Writer of the Year from the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work covering the Oklahoma Sooners. Hoover also covered Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Oral Roberts and the NFL as a beat writer. From 2012 to 2016, Hoover was the World's lead sports columnist. As a columnist, Hoover won national awards in 2012 and 2014 from the National Athletic Trainers Association for reporting on sports medicine and in 2015 won first place in sports columns from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists. After receiving a journalism degree from East Central University, Hoover worked at newspapers in Ada, Okmulgee, Tahlequah and Waynesville, Mo. He played football at Ada High School and grew up in North Pole, Alaska. Hoover and his family live in Broken Arrow.

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