We offered a few thoughts on the All-Big 12 team earlier this morning, but here's how it shook out by team.
T-1. Oklahoma -- (5)
T-1. Oklahoma State -- (5)
3. Texas -- (4)
T-4. West Virginia -- (3)
T-4. Kansas State -- (3)
T-6. Baylor -- (2)
T-6. Iowa State -- (2)
T-8. TCU -- (1)
T-8. Texas Tech -- (1)
10. Kansas -- (0)
A few thoughts:
This should be a nice reminder that even without Justin Blackmon and Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State's still going to be OK. Two of its five selections are a) the same guy, Quinn Sharp and b) in special teams, but still. Joseph Randle is the Big 12's best back to begin the season, and Brodrick Brown is a force at cornerback. Add offensive lineman Lane Taylor to the mix, and that's a solid group.
The Sooners proved they're the most talented team on paper, but they have to prove their worth in the season, too. Amazing they landed five players and their best player overall, QB Landry Jones, didn't make the team. That should tell you plenty about how good Oklahoma could be this season. Certainly a factor in the national title conversation.
Texas' streak is over! The Longhorns didn't have an offensive player on the preseason or postseason team in 2010 or 2011, after playing for the national title in 2009. That's over now. Malcolm Brown's nod made sure of that. What a crazy stretch. It'll take a lot for offensive players other than linemen to make the postseason team, at least the first team.
TCU might feel a little down about only getting one guy on the team, but it wasn't far off from landing a lot more. Matthew Tucker and Waymon James both have a case to be included on the team, and might be on it in the postseason. Receiver Josh Boyce has a case to go on ahead of Stills, too. I wouldn't do it, but he's not far off. Offensive lineman Blaize Foltz might have come close, too. If a second or third team had been listed, I'm betting the Frogs would have had a ton of selections.
Kansas still has a lot to prove, and got unsurprisingly shut out. Defensive end/linebacker Toben Opurum was probably the Jayhawk with the best case for inclusion. He probably wasn't too far off from making it on the defensive line.