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 johnehoover.com.