Big 12 football: The Oklahoman writers' preseason Big 12 player of the year selections

Our college football writers make their selections for the Big 12 Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year.
by Berry Tramel and Jenni Carlson and Ryan Aber and John Helsley and Jason Kersey and Kyle Fredrickson Published: July 20, 2014
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Our college football writers make their selections for the Big 12 Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year.

Ryan Aber

OU Beat Writer

Offensive Player of the Year: Bryce Petty, Baylor

Petty’s numbers last season were nothing short of eye-popping. He might not match those this year, but he’ll still direct the league’s most potent offense.

Defensive Player of the Year: Eric Striker, Oklahoma

With Striker’s role in Mike Stoops’ defense evolving to get him more chances to rush, Big 12 quarterbacks will be awfully uneasy against the Sooners.

Newcomer of the Year: Tyreek Hill, Oklahoma State

Hill can do a little bit of everything and does it all with rare speed.

Jason Kersey

OU Beat Writer

Offensive Player of the Year: Bryce Petty, Baylor

Another year in Art Briles’ offense will make Petty a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate in 2014.

Defensive Player of the Year: Eric Striker, Oklahoma

OU coaches said in the spring that they are expanding Striker’s role on the defense. That’s bad news for opposing offenses.

Newcomer of the Year: Tyreek Hill, Oklahoma State

The speedy Hill becomes an instant, dynamic playmaker in the Cowboys’ offense.

Kyle Fredrickson

OSU Beat Writer

Offensive Player of the Year: Bryce Petty, Baylor

A 6-foot-3, 230-pound, experienced senior leader with high-flying weapons all around him. What's not to like? Expect a monster year from Petty.

Defensive Player of the Year: Devonte Fields, TCU

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by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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by Jenni Carlson
Columnist
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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by Kyle Fredrickson
OSU beat writer
Kyle Fredrickson became the Oklahoma State beat writer for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com in July 2014. A native Coloradoan, Fredrickson attended Western State College before transferring to Oklahoma State in 2010 and graduating in 2012. Fredrickson...
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