A week from now, I will be in Dallas, Texas for the Big 12 Media Days event. Monday and Tuesday, all ten Big 12 coaches will be in attendance, plus a handful of players from each team to answer questions as the 2014 season approaches.
To be honest, there were some technical errors that may have prevented my ballot from being sent to headquarters, but I thought I’d share my selections anyway.
I will post my preseason poll later, but for now, here are my All-Big 12 selections, plus award winners. Keep in mind, this is a prediction of their performance this season, not a projection.
|DL||Ryan Muller||Kansas State|
|DL||Devonte Fields||Texas Christian|
|DB||Chris Hackett||Texas Christian|
|DB||Sam Carter||Texas Christian|
|P||Nick O'Toole||West Virginia|
|KR||BJ Catalon||Texas Christian|
Quick Thoughts: As you can see, I think very highly of Oklahoma and TCU’s defense. TCU’s secondary will be a great test for Trevor Knight before the Red River Showdown. However, OU has a very impressive defensive line this season, which is headlined by Charles Tapper. Also, Oklahoma’s linebackers will undoubtedly be a force in this league. Word has it that AJ McCarron still checks for Eric Striker under his bed at night.
|TE||EJ Bibbs||Iowa State|
|OL||Cody Whitehiar||Kansas State|
|OL||Quinton Spain||West Virginia|
|OL||La'Raven Clark||Texas Tech|
|WR||Tyler Lockett||Kansas State|
Quick Thoughts: Let’s be real, guys. Baylor’s offense will be just as good this season as they were last. Bryce Petty should put up monster stats, though, Kansas State’s Jake Waters and Tyler Lockett will be a deadly duo. Sadly, there’s not too many Sooners on this side of the ball. Though, if we’re being real, this is a great group of guys, and Oklahoma’s roster isn’t too far off from making a first team. There’s just so much to prove this season.
Offensive Player of the Year: Bryce Petty, Baylor
Defensive Player of the Year: Eric Striker, Oklahoma
Newcomer of the Year: Joe Mixon, Oklahoma
Quick Thoughts: Petty should be fairly unanimous amongst the media. His stats will say it all. Eric Striker seems like a reach right now, but I feel he’s going to have the type of season that launches him in to the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, assuming he bounces after his junior year. Joe Mixon wasn’t a tough sell. Oklahoma’s main run option is wide open, and Mixon will take advantage if he is as capable as they say he is.