We talked a bit about Phil Steele's All-Big 12 team earlier this week, but with less than two weeks before the magazine hits newsstands, he rolled out his All-American teams.
Here's who made it from the Big 12:
B.J. Finney, C, Kansas State
Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor
Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
Tyler Lockett, KR, Kansas State
Gabe Ikard, C, Oklahoma
Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas
Devonte Fields, DE, TCU
Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma
Ty Zimmerman, S, Kansas State
Tramaine Thompson, PR, Kansas State
A couple quick thoughts:
It's a little crazy to see where the strength of the league lies, in terms of positions. Steele pegs the nation's two best centers in the Big 12, and you see the special teams strength. The NFL draft drain on offensive skill positions -- traditionally the strongest spots in the Big 12 -- is showing up this year. Not a single one of those guys is on the first three All-American teams. We see more strength defensively and in the special teams. Kansas State in the return game is obviously dangerous. No arguments from me on Lockett and Thompson landing on these teams.
Steele is really, really high on Moore and Williams, who were All-Big 12 first-teamers and show up on the All-American teams. I don't quite get it. Good players for sure, but All-Americans for both Sooner State skill position players seems like a little much. I'll be surprised to see either top 1,000 yards with a ton of depth at their positions on their respective teams.
What do you think?