Oklahoma center Gabe Ikard has a good case as the Big 12's best offensive lineman, and this week he took some time out with ESPN.com to talk about his spot in the middle of the Sooners line as well as this weekend's game against Kansas State.
about 726 days ago | David Ubben | Oklahoma Sooners
The Big 12 preseason awards have been announced. West Virginia's Geno Smith won the preseason Offensive Player of the Year Award. Texas defensive end Alex Okafor won Defensive Player of the Year and Oklahoma wide receiver Trey Metoyer won for Newcomer of the Year.
about 782 days ago | David Ubben | Texas Longhorns
The Nagurski Trophy, given annually to college football's best defender, has released its 84-man, preseason watch list. From the Big 12: Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State Brodrick Brown, CB, Oklahoma State Carrington Byndom, CB, Texas Demontre Hurst, CB, Oklahoma Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas Tony Jefferson, S, Oklahoma A.
Sept. 22, 2012: vs. Kansas State 2011 record: 10-3 | 2011 conference record: 7-2 (Big 12) OU's all-time against Kansas State: 71-17-4 Top returners: QB Collin Klein, RB John Hubert, WR Chris Harper, WR Tyler Lockett, OG Nick Puetz, DE Adam Davis, DE Meshak Williams, DT Vai Lutui, LB Arthur Brown, LB Tre Walker, CB Nigel Malone, S Ty Zimmerman Key losses: OT Zach Hanson, OT Clyde Aufner, OG Colten Freeze, DT Ray Kibble, DE Jordan Voelker, LB Emmanuel Lamur, CB David Garnett, S Tysyn Hartman 2011 statistical leaders (*returners) Rushing: Collin Klein* (1,141 yards) Passing: Collin Klein * (1,918 yards) Receiving: Chris Harper* (547 yards) Tackles: Arthur Brown* (101) Sacks: Meshak Williams* (7) Interceptions: Nigel Malone* (7) What they're saying: "We are putting more pressure on us than anyone else.
about 813 days ago | Jake Trotter | Oklahoma Sooners
We're breaking down the Big 12's benchmark performers next season, and we're on the defensive side of the ball now. For defenders, 100 tackles is the dividing line of a productive season, even though plenty of other big talents don't hit the triple digits.
about 833 days ago | David Ubben | Texas Longhorns
College football guru Phil Steele is previewing his must-read offseason magazine, and with it, he's releasing his all-conference and All-America teams. Here's who he slated as his first-team All-Big 12 squad: OFFENSE QB: Landry Jones, Oklahoma RB: Joseph Randle, Oklahoma State RB: Malcolm Brown, Texas WR: Tavon Austin, West Virginia WR: Kenny Stills, Oklahoma WR: Stedman Bailey, West Virginia TE: Jordan Najvar, Baylor C: Ben Habern, Oklahoma OL: Lane Taylor, Oklahoma State OL: Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma OL: LaAdrian Waddle, Texas Tech OL: Cyril Richardson, Baylor I'd probably go with Geno Smith ahead of Jones, but it's close.
Let's get this out of the way right now: None of these guys can win the Heisman. It's a new day, and simply put, we'll never see a defensive player win the Heisman. If Ndamukong Suh couldn't win it (and I would have voted for him if I'd had a Heisman vote that year), then nobody could.