With the flurry of awards watch lists that have been announced over the last few weeks, it is equally as exciting to hear preseason all-conference teams announced. The Big 12 announced their preseason all-conference roster on Wednesday and some of the names on the list won’t surprise you at all.
Big12sports.com released the list and it was not surprisingly dominated by upperclassmen. Of the thirty players to make the team, nineteen of them were seniors and ten were juniors, leaving only sophomore and zero freshmen on the list.
TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin was selected as the quarterback for the All-Big 12 team after a very successful junior season. He led the Horned Frogs to a 12-1 record with a win in the Peach Bowl over Ole Miss. He set multiple records in 2014 for TCU, including most passing yards with 3,901 and passing touchdowns with thirty-three. He won the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year award for his efforts.
Joining Boykin on the offense is that one sophomore, Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine. You really only have to look at one game to know why he made the list. He set the NCAA single-game rushing yards record when he ran for 427 yards against Kansas as a true freshman last season.
The offense also holds big names like younger brother of New England Patriots Rob Gronkowski and Kansas State fullback Glenn Gronkowski as well as Baylor wide receiver Corey Coleman.
The defensive side of the ball is spearheaded by a projected top five NFL draft prospect, Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman. Oakman is joined by the only Longhorn player on the list, Texas defensive back Duke Thomas.
Of the thirty members, thirteen made the 2014 All-Big 12 First Team while seven made the All-Big 12 Second Team. This season is shaping up to be a big one. With as much talent there is loaded into the Big 12, you would be hard-pressed to find a reason why the conference doesn’t deserve a spot in the College Football Playoff come January 2016.
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