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Tyreek Hill named Big 12 Preseason Newcomer of the Year

Cody Stavenhagen Modified: July 16, 2014 at 12:05 pm •  Published: July 16, 2014
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Oklahoma State wide receiver Tyreek Hill is the Big 12's Preseason Newcomer of the Year. (Photo by Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman)
Oklahoma State wide receiver Tyreek Hill is the Big 12's Preseason Newcomer of the Year. (Photo by Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman)

The hype around Oklahoma State’s Tyreek Hill continues to grow.

Wednesday, media members voted Hill as Big 12 Preseason Newcomer of the Year. Not exactly a surprise for those who have followed Hill since he enrolled at OSU in January.

Hill, who will likely play running back and receiver for the Cowboys, made an immediate impact on offense in the spring, thanks mainly to his elite speed.

Hill transferred from Garden City Community College, where he made 32 catches for 532 yards and six touchdowns as a sophomore. He also had 101 carries for 659 yards and five scores.

“I’ve been around some special athletes, and Tyreek Hill is as dominant an athlete or football player as I’ve ever been around,” Garden City coach Matt Miller said in the spring. “I think he sky is the limit. I would not be surprised is he’s going to be All-Conference, All-American sooner rather than later. I wouldn’t be surprised if happens this year.”

A big reason Hill chose OSU was so he could also run track, and Hill wasted no time in setting school records in the 60 and 200 meters.

Hill, however, is the only Cowboy to earn preseason honors. OSU graduated 28 players last season and also lost star wide receiver Josh Stewart to the NFL, leaving star power at a minimum despite returning solid players such as James Castleman, Kevin Peterson, Jhajuan Seales and Desmond Roland.

See the complete All-Big 12 team here.