Phil Steele releases All-Big 12 team


College football guru and ESPN Insider Phil Steele released his All-Big 12 team on Monday.

Here it is:

QB: Trevone Boykin, TCU

RB: Samaje Perine, Oklahoma

RB: Shock Linwood, Baylor

WR: Sterling Shepard, Oklahoma

WR: Corey Coleman, Baylor

WR: Josh Doctson, TCU

OL: Spencer Drango, Baylor

OG: Sedrick Flowers, Texas

C: Kyle Fuller, Baylor

OG: Alfredo Morales, Texas Tech

OL: Le’Raven Clark, Texas Tech

DE: Shawn Oakman, Baylor

DT: Andrew Billings, Baylor

DT: Davion Pierson, TCU

DE: Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma State

LB: Ryan Simmons, Oklahoma State

LB: Nick Kwiatkoski, West Virginia

LB: Eric Striker, Oklahoma

CB: Zack Sanchez, Oklahoma

S: Karl Joseph, West Virginia

S: Orion Stewart, Baylor

CB: Duke Thomas, Texas

K: Josh Lambert, West Virginia

P: Taylor Symmank, Texas Tech

PR: Cameron Echols-Luper, TCU

KR: Alex Ross, Oklahoma

You can see Steele's Big 12 second, third and fourth-team here.

A few thoughts on his teams:

  • Steele went with Seth Russell as his second-team QB. I would have gone with Oklahoma State's Mason Rudolph, who accomplished more in three games last year than Russell or Texas Tech's Pat Mahomes.

  • No argument with Steele's first-team offensive skill players. But that second team crop is pretty stout, too.

  • No TCU offensive linemen on Steele's first team. Joey Hunt or Halapoulivaati Vaitai are certainly deserving of consideration, though. The Horned Frogs boast one of the best offensive lines in the league.

  • Linebacker is tricky. There are seven to eight players who are pretty close. Steele went with the seniors. Interestingly, Texas true freshman Malik Jefferson was named fourth team. I can't disagree with that, either.

  • After West Virginia's Karl Joseph and Oklahoma's Zack Sanchez, secondary is tricky, too. Baylor's Orion Stewart has first-team ability, though Kansas State's Dante Barnett and Oklahoma State's Jordan Sterns are coming off better seasons. The Longhorns really need Duke Thomas to perform like a first-team CB.