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Big 12 football: Preseason All-Big 12 offers a small sample of what's ahead

The reprenstatives 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.
Oklahoman Published: July 17, 2013

Defense

Defensive line: Devonte Fields, TCU; Calvin Barnett, Oklahoma State; Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas; Kerry Hyder, Texas Tech

Analysis: Fields, the reigning Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, headlines a stout group. Jeffcoat is coming off a season-ending pectoral injury.

Linebacker: Bryce Hager, Baylor; Jordan Hicks, Texas; Shaun Lewis, Oklahoma State

Analysis: New faces here after the departure of K-State's Arthur Brown and the Iowa State duo of Jake Knott and A.J. Klein. Hicks, like Jeffcoat, is a Longhorn who had his 2012 season cut short because of a hip injury.

Defensive back: Ty Zimmerman, Kansas State; Jason Verrett, TCU; Aaron Colvin, Oklahoma; Quandre Diggs, Texas

Analysis: Verrett is widely regarded as the best DB in the Big 12, and perhaps the conference's best defensive player. Zimmerman and Colvin are also returning All-Big 12 honorees.

Special Teams

Kicker: Jaden Oberkrom, TCU

Punter: Kirby Van Der Kamp, Iowa State

Analysis: Oberkrom and Van Der Kamp can thank Quinn Sharp for exhausting his eligibility.

Kick returner: Tyler Lockett, Kansas State

Punt returner: Tramaine Thompson, Kansas State

Analysis: Two Oklahoma high school products that have become dynamic special teams weapons for Bill Snyder and Co.

Individual honors

Offensive Player of the Year: Lache Seastrunk, Baylor

Defensive Player of the Year: Devonte Fields, TCU

Newcomer of the Year: Charles Sims, West Virginia

Analysis: Again, the lack of returning quarterback frees up Seastrunk — a super speedster who averaged 159.3 rushing yards over Baylor's final four games — to snag the offensive award. Hard to argue with Fields getting the defensive nod after earning the award last season. Sims, a postgraduate transfer from Houston, tallied 851 yards and 11 touchdowns last season.