BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.org
STILLWATER — The preseason All-Big 12 team was released Wednesday, a list that will eventually hold as much (read: little) weight as the various preseason watch lists that have been rolling out over the past 10 days.
The representatives are largely selected based on last season's results, because that's essentially all they can be judged on in mid-July. But it does help give an overall view of the talent returning in the conference. And any college football talking point is, more or less, a good talking point as we creep closer to the start of the season.
Here's an inside look to the 2013 preseason All-Big 12 team.
Quarterback: Casey Pachall, TCU
Analysis: There's no greater indicator of the mass quarterback exit in the Big 12 than voting a guy who left in the middle last season to seek help for substance abuse as the preseason All-Conference pick. It also shows voters still aren't sold on David Ash, even though he is the most experienced quarterback in the conference entering the season. If Pachall returns to form, he'll be a solid pick here.
Running back: Lache Seastrunk, Baylor; John Hubert, Kansas State
Analysis: Kansas' James Sims has an argument to be on this list, as he was an AP All-Big 12 selection last season. But Seastrunk is arguably the conference's most explosive offensive player, while Hubert will be asked to carry more of the load with the departure of Heisman finalist Collin Klein.
Wide receiver: Josh Stewart, Oklahoma State; Eric Ward, Texas Tech
Analysis: The Big 12 also lost some big-time receivers — Terrance Williams, Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey, Kenny Stills, to name a few. But Stewart and Ward, who were both 1,000-yard receivers in 2012, are more than viable replacements.
Offensive line: Cyril Richardson, Baylor; Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma; Trey Hopkins, Texas; Le'Raven Clark, Texas Tech
Analysis: Plenty of familiar faces here, as Richardson, Ikard and Hopkins were all first-team All-Big 12 picks last season.