The AP Preseason All-American Team has been announced and three Big 12 players have been named. All three made the first team.
- Orlando Brown – T – Oklahoma
- Connor Williams – T – Texas
- James Washington – WR – Oklahoma State
Orlando Brown, who finished as a 2nd-Team AP All-American last season, returns to a very talented Oklahoma offensive line and is poised for another big season. Connor Williams, a consensus 1st-Team All-American by the Football Writers Association of American and USA Today and 2nd-Team AP All-American as a sophomore, will also be playing along one of the better offensive lines in the conference. And then there’s James Washington. He finished last season as a Biletnikoff semi-finalist with 71 receptions for 1,380 yards and 10 touchdowns. He’s considered to be the best receiver in the country this season.
Of course a case could be made for several more Big 12 players, but the most glaring omission may be that of Oklahoma State punter Zach Sinor. He downed more punts inside the 20 than any other punter in the country last season, and it wasn’t even close. He’s a true weapon for the Cowboys as the opposing offenses continually found themselves starting with a long field in front of them. Plus, how many punters do you know that have their own Heisman campaigns?
The Big 12 would have liked to have more players named, but making the preseason All-American Team doesn’t mean a hill of beans by the end of the year. I expect the conference will have a few more names added by then.