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.
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.
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.
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