STILLWATER — Five Oklahoma players and four Oklahoma State players were named to the preseason All-Big 12 team announced Wednesday, while OU receiver Trey Metoyer was tabbed as the conference’s preseason Newcomer of the Year.
Receiver Kenny Stills, offensive lineman Gabe Ikard, center Ben Habern, defensive lineman Jamarkus McFarland and safety Tony Jefferson were the Sooners named to the team voted on by media members who cover the conference. OSU was represented by running back Joseph Randle, offensive lineman Lane Taylor, cornerback Brodrick Brown and Quinn Sharp at both kicker and punter.
Metoyer, a freshman from Whitehouse, Texas, is expected to play a significant role this season for an OU receiving corps that must replace departed senior Ryan Broyles, as well as Jaz Reynolds, Trey Franks and Kameel Jackson, who were suspended indefinitely in May for violating team rules. Metoyer was a five-star prospect coming out of high school in 2011 before spending a year at Hargrave Military Academy because he had not yet qualified academically at OU.
Stills, a second-team All-Big 12 selection a season ago, was the Sooners’ second-leading receiver last season with 849 yards and eight touchdowns.
Ikard, who made the All-Big 12 first team in 2011, and Habern are expected to anchor the OU offensive line this season.
Jefferson, who has bounced between safety and linebacker during his career, ranked third on the team with 74 tackles in 2011 and led the Sooners with four interceptions. He is projected to play free safety this season.