Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team Announced

BATON ROUGE LA - SEPTEMBER 25: Quarterback Geno Smith #12 of the West Virginia Mountaineers looks to throw a pass against the Louisiana State University Tigers at Tiger Stadium on September 25 2010 in Baton Rouge Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The Big 12 released the preseason All-Big 12 team as voted on by the media and the Jayhawks are no where to be found. That fact isn't actually all that surprising considering the two win total from a year ago but there are a host of other interesting odds and ends from this years group.

To start, the Big 12's newest member boasts the preseason offensive player of the year. West Virginia's Geno Smith takes that honor as well as the first team quarterback distinction heading into the season. Smith is joined by his wide receiver teammate Tavon Austin. Rounding out the offensive side of the ball are two players from Baylor, three from Oklahoma, two from Oklahoma State and one each from Texas, Texas Tech and Kansas State.

On defense the Iowa State Cyclones bring back the linebacker duo of AJ Klein and Jake Knott. Both were first team selections a year ago and both return for their senior seasons. Honestly it's hard to believe these guys are still around as it seems that they've been in Ames for a decade.

Kansas State, Texas, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have two players per program on the first team defense while TCU and West Virginia each boast one. The defensive player of the year is Texas defensive end Alex Okafor. The Longhorn defense is expected to be formidable this year and that should set up a pretty interesting matchup with West Virginia who could have the most explosive offense in the league.

2012 Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team

Offensive Player of the Year: Geno Smith, West Virginia (QB, 6-3, 214, Sr/3L, Miami, Fla.)
Defensive Player of the Year: Alex Okafor, Texas (DE, 6-4, 260, Sr/3L, Pflugerville, Texas)
Newcomer of the Year: Trey Metoyer, Oklahoma (WR, 6-1, 190, Fr/HS, Whitehouse, Texas)

OFFENSE
Pos Name School Ht Wt Cl/Exp Hometown
WR Kenny Stills # Oklahoma 6-1 189 Jr/2L Encinitas, Calif.
TE Jordan Najvar Baylor 6-6 260 Jr/1L Spring, Texas
OL Gabe Ikard * Oklahoma 6-4 295 Jr/2L Oklahoma City, Okla.
OL Cyril Richardson Baylor 6-5 335 Jr/2L Fort Worth, Texas
C Ben Habern^ Oklahoma 6-4 292 Sr/3L Argyle, Texas
OL LaAdrian Waddle # Texas Tech 6-6 318 Sr/3L Columbus, Texas
OL Lane Taylor Oklahoma State 6-3 328 Sr/3L Arlington, Texas
WR Tavon Austin West Virginia 5-9 174 Sr/3L Baltimore, Md.
QB Geno Smith West Virginia 6-3 214 Sr/3L Miami, Fla.
RB Joseph Randle # Oklahoma State 6-1 200 Jr/2L Wichita, Kan.
RB Malcolm Brown Texas 6-0 213 So/1L Cibolo, Texas
PK Quinn Sharp * Oklahoma State 6-1 205 Sr/3L Mansfield, Texas
KR Tyler Lockett # Kansas State 5-11 175 So/1L Tulsa, Okla.
DEFENSE
Pos Name School Ht Wt Cl/Exp Hometown
DL Jackson Jeffcoat # Texas 6-5 250 Jr/2L Plano, Texas
DL Stansly Maponga TCU 6-2 265 Jr/2L Carrollton, Texas
DL Alex Okafor * Texas 6-4 260 Sr/3L Pflugerville, Texas
DL Jamarkus McFarland Oklahoma 6-2 296 Sr/3L Lufkin, Texas
LB Arthur Brown * Kansas State 6-1 228 Sr/3L Wichita, Kan.
LB A.J. Klein * Iowa State 6-2 244 Sr/3L Kimberly, Wis.
LB Jake Knott ^# Iowa State 6-3 239 Sr/3L Waukee, Iowa
DB Brodrick Brown * Oklahoma State 5-8 185 Sr/3L Houston, Texas
DB Kenny Vaccaro * Texas 6-1 215 Sr/3L Brownwood, Texas
DB Tony Jefferson Oklahoma 5-10 199 Jr/2L Chula Vista, Calif.
DB Nigel Malone * Kansas State 5-10 185 Sr/3L Manteca, Calif.
P Quinn Sharp ^* Oklahoma State 6-1 205 Sr/3L Mansfield, Texas
PR Tavon Austin West Virginia 5-9 174 Sr/3L Baltimore, Md.
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