NORMAN — The Big 12 Conference released its preseason media All-Big 12 first team Wednesday, and only two Oklahoma players made the squad — senior center Gabe Ikard and senior cornerback Aaron Colvin.
This year’s team represents only the fourth time in coach Bob Stoops’ 15 seasons that Oklahoma has had this few preseason all-conference selections.
Each of those three years, though, OU exceeded expectations.
OU had no selections before Stoops’ first season in 1999, when the resurgent Sooners went 7-5; just one pick before Oklahoma’s 2000 national-title run; and two picks in 2006, before Stoops won the fourth of his now eight Big 12 titles.
Here’s a year-by-year look at Oklahoma on the media’s preseason All-Big 12 teams throughout the Stoops era:
2000: 1 (LB Rocky Calmus)
2001: 5 (LB Rocky Calmus, PK Tim Duncan, P Jeff Ferguson, OL Frank Romero, DB Roy Williams)
2002: 5 (DL Tommie Harris, LB Teddy Lehman, TE Trent Smith, DB Derrick Strait, DB Andre Woolfolk)
2003: 5 (OL Jamaal Brown, DB Brandon Everage, DL Tommie Harris, LB Teddy Lehman, DB Derrick Strait)
2004: 9 (OL Jamaal Brown, OL Vince Carter, WR Mark Clayton, DL Dan Cody, PK Trey DiCarlo, DL Dusty Dvoracek, DB Donte Nicholson, PR Antonio Perkins, QB Jason White)
2005: 5 (LB Rufus Alexander, DL Larry Birdine, DL Dusty Dvoracek, OL Davin Joseph, RB Adrian Peterson)
2006: 2 (LB Rufus Alexander, RB Adrian Peterson)
2007: 3 (PK Garrett Hartley, OL Duke Robinson, DB/PR Reggie Smith)
2008: 6 (OL Jon Cooper, DL Auston English, DB Nic Harris, OL Phil Loadholt, RB DeMarco Murray, OL Duke Robinson)
2009: 8 (DL Jeremy Beal, QB Sam Bradford, DB Dominique Franks, TE Jermaine Gresham, LB Travis Lewis, DL Gerald McCoy, RB DeMarco Murray, OL Trent Williams)
2010: 6 (DL Jeremy Beal, WR/PR Ryan Broyles, DB Quinton Carter, OL Stephen Good, LB Travis Lewis, RB DeMarco Murray)
2011: 9 (DL Frank Alexander, WR/PR Ryan Broyles, RB Roy Finch, OL Ben Habern, DB Demontre Hurst, QB Landry Jones, DL Ronnell Lewis, LB Travis Lewis)
2012: 5 (OL Ben Habern, OL Gabe Ikard, DB Tony Jefferson, DL Jamarkus McFarland, WR Kenny Stills)
2013: 2 (DB Aaron Colvin, OL Gabe Ikard)