EARLY PRESEASON ALL BIG 12 LIST HIGHLIGHTS CHALLENGES FOR OSU

Brett Deering

The conversation around Cowboys football this spring has centered on inexperience. Phil Steele's preseason All Big 12 team, while flawed, is indicative of that issue for Coach Gundy.

No 1st teamers.

Three 2nd teamers.

Seven players total. (OU, 19...Baylor, 14...Texas, 14...TCU, 13...Kansas St, 12...West Va, 10...Texas Tech, 9...Kansas, 8...Iowa St, 6)

That's right. Steele gives the Jayhawks more players on this list than OSU.

This is not the only "mystey" selection he made.

How about Jake Waters as 2nd team QB? Seriously? Walsh was a better QB during his bad season. Waters couldn't even hold down the starting job on his own team.

How about Boykin (WR) and Bell (TE) getting mentions at positions they've never previously played?

***CORRECTION*** Thanks to a reader (and a Sooner at that), I missed that Boykin actually caught 26 passes last season. That doesn't change the fact that this is still a mystery pick for me. His impact as a WR was minimal (22 rec for 7.8 ypc and no TD's) for someone who is included on this list. Nick Harwell of KU sat out last season after transferring from Miami, OH. How does that guy get listed above ANYONE? The last time he saw the field, he led the Redhawks with 68 receptions in 2012. The Jayhawks completed 154 passes in 2013, and their leading receiver was a RB (Sims) with 25 receptions.

Good luck, Nick.

How does Tyreek Hill NOT get a mention?

OFFENSE

1st TEAM

2nd TEAM

3rd TEAM

4th TEAM

QB

Bryce Petty, Baylor

Jake Waters, Kansas St

Trevor Knight, Oklahoma

Davis Webb, Texas Tech

RB

Malcolm Brown, Texas

Johnathan Gray, Texas

Keith Ford, Oklahoma

Aaron Green, TCU

RB

Shock Linwood, Baylor

Desmond Roland, Oklahoma St

Rushel Shell, West Virginia

Aaron Wimberly, Iowa St

WR

Antwan Goodley, Baylor

Nick Harwell, Kansas

Bradley Marquez, Texas Tech

(AP) Trevone Boykin, TCU

WR

Tyler Lockett, Kansas St

Jaxon Shipley, Texas

Sterling Shepard, Oklahoma

Jhajuan Seales, Oklahoma St

WR

Jakeem Grant, Texas Tech

Levi Norwood, Baylor

Quenton Bundrage, Iowa St

Mario Alford, West Virginia

TE

EJ Bibbs, Iowa St

Jimmay Mundine, Kansas

Taylor McNamara, Oklahoma

Blake Bell, Oklahoma

C

BJ Finney, Kansas St

Dominic Espinosa, Texas

Tom Farniok, Iowa St

Joey Hunt, TCU

OG

Cody Whitehair, Kansas St

Adam Shead, Oklahoma

Mark Glowinski, West Virginia

Chris Grisbhy, Oklahoma St

OG

Quinton Spain, West Virginia

Ngalu Fusimalohi, Kansas

Desmine Hilliard, Baylor

Alfredo Morales, Texas Tech

OT

Le’Raven Clark, Texas Tech

Daryl Williams, Oklahoma

Rashad Fortenberry, Texas Tech

(OG) Kent Perkins, Texas

OT

Spencer Drango, Baylor

Daniel Koenig, Oklahoma St

Tyrus Thompson, Oklahoma

Troy Baker, Baylor

DEFENSE

1st TEAM

2nd TEAM

3rd TEAM

4th TEAM

DL

Cedric Reed, Texas

Charles Tapper, Oklahoma

Andrew Billings, Baylor

Chuka Ndulue, Oklahoma

DL

Chucky Hunter, TCU

Malcom Brown, Texas

Jordan Phillips, Oklahoma

Terrell Clinkscales, Kansas St

DL

Devonte Fields, TCU

James Castleman, Oklahoma St

Desmond Jackson, Texas

Travis Britz, Kansas St

DL

Ryan Mueller, Kansas St

Shawn Oakman, Baylor

Jamal Palmer, Baylor

Cory Morrissey, Iowa St

LB

Bryce Hager, Baylor

Paul Dawson, TCU

Michael Reynolds, Kansas

Pete Robertson, Texas Tech

LB

Frank Shannon, Oklahoma

Nick Kwiatkoski, West Virginia

Jonathan Truman, Kansas St

Sam Eguavoen, Texas Tech

LB

Ben Heeney, Kansas

Steve Edmond, Texas

Dominique Alexander, Oklahoma

Ryan Simmons, Oklahoma St

LB

Eric Striker, Oklahoma

Jordan Hicks, Texas

Geneo Grissom, Oklahoma

Brandon Golson, West Virginia

CB

Quandre Diggs, Texas

Dexter McDonald, Kansas

Randall Evans, Kansas St

Daryl Worley, West Virginia

CB

Zack Sanchez, Oklahoma

Kevin White, TCU

Duke Thomas, Texas

Kevin Peterson, Oklahoma St

S

Sam Carter, TCU

Karl Joseph, West Virginia

Dante Barnett, Kansas St

Quentin Hayes, Oklahoma

S

Chris Hackett, TCU

Isaiah Johnson, Kansas

Mykkele Thompson, Texas

Julian Wilson, Oklahoma

SPECIAL TEAMS

1st TEAM

2nd TEAM

3rd TEAM

4th TEAM

K

Michael Hunnicutt, Oklahoma

Jaden Oberkrom, TCU

Josh Lambert, West Virginia

Jack Cantele, Kansas St

P

Nick O’Toole, West Virginia

Spencer Roth, Baylor

Trevor Pardula, Kansas

Ethan Perry, TCU

KR

BJ Catalon, TCU

Corey Coleman, Baylor

Tyler Lockett, Kansas St

Reginald Davis, Texas Tech

PR

Levi Norwood, Baylor

Daje Johnson, Texas

Cameron Echols-Luper, TCU

Jarvis West, Iowa St

This is one of the first of many meaningless preseason lists that generally indicate the bias of the list maker, reputation of the program, or that the list maker didn't do very thorough homework.

Outside of that, one thing is clear.

Just about every "big time" name returning for OSU is on this list.

I could go on and on about the vagaries of many of Steele's choices, but I'll leave that to you in the comments.

GO POKES!!!

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