All-Big 12 team needs a shakeup
The Big 12 needs a makeover.
Of its all-conference team, that is.
Less than a month remains on the conference slate. That means the announcement of the all-Big 12 teams is just around the corner.
Which brings me to the area that needs a facelift — the skill positions on offense.
Right now, the first team includes a quarterback, two running backs and two wide receivers.
I have no problem with naming one quarterback to the first-team. It makes for a tough selection, but hey, tough calls make being a first-teamer a special honor.
Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel is my pick right now, by the way.
But look at the running back position. Who are the two first-teamers?
I say Dantrell Savage is a lock. The Oklahoma State tailback is as good as they come. He is averaging 124 yards a game. He is quick. He is shifty. He is tough. He is, in other words, first-team material.
But who’s the other first-team running back?
Jammal Charles at Texas is fumble prone. Marlon Lucky at Nebraska is, well, at Nebraska. Brandon McAnderson at Kansas is averaging only 86 yards rushing a game. And Oklahoma, which might have the most talented backs, is platooning Allen Patrick, DeMarco Murray and Chris Brown.
None of those guys are slam-dunk, no-doubt first teamers.
Now, look at the receiver position. Texas Tech’s Michael Crabtree and Kansas State’s Jordy Nelson are the two leading receivers in the conference, each with more than 1,000 yards receiving. They’d be my first-team picks.
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