K-State leads the way in All-Big 12 picks

July, 17, 2013
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The All-Big 12 team was released earlier this morning. You can see the full team here, as well as a few thoughts from yours truly.

Here's how the team ranked by each team in the Big 12:

1. Kansas State: 5
2. Texas: 4
2. TCU: 4
2. Texas Tech: 4
5. Baylor: 3
5. Oklahoma State: 3
7. Oklahoma: 2
8. Iowa State: 1
9. West Virginia: 0
9. Kansas: 0
  • First thing that jumps out to me: When was the last time Oklahoma started the season with two players on the preseason team? You don't have to look far to see evidence that Oklahoma's overall team talent has dropped in recent years, and I'd add this to the list. Gabe Ikard is the second-best offensive lineman in the Big 12 by my count, and Aaron Colvin is one of the league's best defensive backs, but the amount of elite talent on the Sooners roster is undeniably lower than it's been in a long while. The Sooners had five last season and nine in 2011. It'll be interesting to see how that translates on the field, but I definitely see a down year in Norman ahead.
  • On the flip side, interesting that two teams I have in the bottom half of the Big 12, Texas Tech and Kansas State, are in the top two of All-Big 12 selections. Tech's upside is enormous, and K-State is close to a top 25 team even if I have it at No. 6 in the Big 12, but two of K-State's selections are in the return game. Tyler Lockett is the most dangerous kick return man in the league, but between him and Tramaine Thompson in the return game, that's not a whole lot of touches over 60 minutes. That number's somewhat inflated.
  • Lots of balance across the league, but Kansas is still looking to crack the preseason All-Big 12 list. The Jayhawks haven't had an All-Big 12 preseason selection since Tanner Hawkinson in 2010. West Virginia had three last season, though Tavon Austin made the team twice as a receiver and punt returner. Oklahoma's Kenny Stills beat out Stedman Bailey for the second receiver spot.
  • Iowa State's lone selection is Kirby Van Der Kamp, who's in a league of his own among Big 12 punters.

Here's how it looks when you separate these rankings by unit:

Offense:
Texas Tech: 3
Baylor: 2
Kansas State: 2
Oklahoma State: 1
TCU: 1
Texas:1
Oklahoma: 1

Defense:
Texas: 3
Oklahoma State: 2
TCU: 2
Kansas State: 1
Oklahoma: 1
Baylor: 1
Texas Tech: 1

Specialists:
Kansas State: 2
Iowa State: 1
TCU: 1

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