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The 2017 All-Big 12 Preseason Team Is Announced

In another sign that we are inching closer to football, the Big 12 has released its Preseason All-Big 12 Team, as voted on by the media.

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Heading into Big 12 Media Days, the folks that cover the conference place their votes for the media preseason All-Big 12 team, and this year’s results were just released.

Every Big 12 is represented, but the top dogs are Oklahoma and Texas, each with five players selected. Kansas State, Oklahoma State and TCU are also well represented with four selections, each.

Oklahoma and Oklahoma State combine for 6 players on the preseason All-Big 12 Offense. Bedlam is going to be must see television! Allen Lazard, who has been at Iowa State for at least 20 years now (rough estimate) enjoys his seemingly permanent residence on the All-Big 12 team.

Keep an eye on KeKe Coutee at Texas Tech. He emerged as the go to guy in the back half of last season and with the departure of leading receiver Jon Giles, he will probably remain a top target. James Washington will also be fun in the Ok. State offense. Kavontae Turpin is capable of breaking open any play, because he runs like a jack rabbit and can make everyone look very silly while doing so.

The surprise of the list might be Justice Hill as the conference’s top running back. WVU’s Justin Crawford is the leading returning back in the conference headed into 2017, while backs like TCU’s Kyle Hicks, Baylor’s Terence Williams and Texas’ Chris Warren III are proven weapons. Hill burst onto the scene last season at Oklahoma State and racked up 1142 yards to become the Cowboy’s first 1,000-yard rusher since Joseph Randle in 2012.

Kansas and Baylor are the only two schools to not represented on offense.

Texas dominates the All-Big 12 Defense with four of their own listed. Designing a running game against two Preseason all Big 12 defensive linemen and a linebacker should be a super fun task for 9 other offensive coordinators out there.

Texas Tech and West Virginia are the only schools not represented on defense.

You’ll notice Kansas was not mentioned as a school with out a name up here. Dorance Armstrong not only makes the All Big 12 Preseason Defense, but he is a unanimous selection! That just isn’t handed out. Big 12 Offensive coordinators will need to pay special attention to Dorance when playing Kansas.

I’m personally looking forward to watching Malik Jeffferson. I remember when he was a recruit and the breaking news when he committed to Texas and the dude just flat-out balls. He’s going into his junior year and it’ll be interesting to see his growth, especially under new head coach, Tom Herman.

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