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ESPN.com's preseason All-Big 12 team

8/29/2012

The season is only a few days away, and it's time to unveil our official All-Big 12 team.

The criteria for this is pretty simple: I picked the best players at every position in the game, but made room for deserving players. For this league, that meant eliminating the tight end spot and sliding a more deserving Collin Klein onto the team via an all-purpose position.

The quarterbacks are solid in this league, but I'd call the cornerbacks the best and deepest position in the league. The worst? Defensive tackle. I didn't put a single one on the All-Big 12 team, electing to name four defensive ends along the defensive line. I hate doing that, but this year, it's necessary.

Without further ado, here's our team:

OFFENSE

QB: Geno Smith, West Virginia

RB: Joseph Randle, Oklahoma State

RB: Waymon James, TCU

All-Purpose: Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State

WR: Stedman Bailey, West Virginia

WR: Kenny Stills, Oklahoma

WR: Tavon Austin, West Virginia

C: Joe Madsen, West Virginia

OL: Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma

OL: Lane Taylor, Oklahoma State

OL: Cyril Richardson, Baylor

OL: Mason Walters, Texas

DEFENSE

DL: Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas

DL: Stansly Maponga, TCU

DL: Alex Okafor, Texas

DL: Meshak Williams, Kansas State

LB: A.J. Klein, Iowa State

LB: Arthur Brown, Kansas State

LB: Jake Knott, Iowa State

CB: Carrington Byndom, Texas

CB: Brodrick Brown, Oklahoma State

S: Kenny Vaccaro, Texas

S: Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma

SPECIALISTS:

K: Quinn Sharp, Oklahoma State

P: Quinn Sharp, Oklahoma State

KR: Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State

PR: Tavon Austin, West Virginia

Honorable mention/regrettable snubs: Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma; Malcolm Brown, RB, Texas; Ivory Wade, C, Baylor; LaAdrian Waddle, OL, Texas Tech; Blaize Foltz, OL, TCU; Kenny Cain, LB, TCU; Shaun Lewis, LB, Oklahoma State; Jamarkus McFarland, DL, Oklahoma; Quandre Diggs, CB, Texas; Nigel Malone, CB, Kansas State; Demontre Hurst, CB, Oklahoma; Tyler Lockett, KR, Kansas State