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Big 12 Releases Preseason All Big 12 First Team

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Big 12 Releases Preseason All Big 12 First Team

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

We're getting closer. Football season is around the corner and we're hitting that time of year where we are inundated with preseason watch lists and awards. Today the Big 12 released the media's All Big 12 first team and no surprise, Kansas is not represented on this list. When you go 1-11 it's hard to command respect before you actually go out on the field and earn it. Perhaps the only player that could potentially have an argument would be running back James Sims or perhaps Tony Pierson, but in general Kansas has plenty of new faces and a lot of unproven talent.

Baylor running back Lache Seastruck has been named the preseason player of the year on offense, while Devonte fields from TCU has been named to that spot on the defensive side of the ball. Charles Sims, West Virginia's new running back, has been selected as the newcomer of the year.

In all eight of the ten teams in the league are represented on the list. Kansas and West Virginia are the two schools without a player named to the first team. Kansas State leads the charge with five, while Texas Tech, Texas and TCU each claim four players on the list. Does this change anyone's opinion as to who the Jayhawks might be able to look toward for that elusive Big 12 win?

2013 Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team

Offensive Player of the Year: Lache Seastrunk, Baylor, RB
Defensive Player of the Year: Devonte Fields, TCU, DL
Newcomer of the Year: Charles Sims, West Virginia, RB

OFFENSE
Pos Name School Ht Wt Cl/Exp Hometown
WR Josh Stewart Oklahoma State 5-10 185 Jr/2L Denton, Texas
TE Jace Amaro % Texas Tech 6-5 257 Jr/2L San Antonio, Texas
OL Cyril Richardson ^# Baylor 6-5 335 Sr/3L Fort Worth, Texas
OL Cornelius Lucas # Kansas State 6-9 328 Sr/2L New Orleans, La.
C Gabe Ikard ^# Oklahoma 6-4 295 Sr/3L Oklahoma City, Okla.
OL Trey Hopkins # Texas 6-4 300 Sr/3L Galena Park, Texas
OL Le'Raven Clark Texas Tech 6-5 303 So/1L Rockdale, Texas
WR Eric Ward Texas Tech 6-0 204 Sr/3L Wichita Falls, Texas
QB Casey Pachall TCU 6-5 230 Sr/3L Brownwood, Texas
RB Lache Seastrunk Baylor 5-10 210 Jr/1L Temple, Texas
RB John Hubert # Kansas State 5-7 191 Sr/2L Waco, Texas
PK Jaden Oberkrom TCU 6-3 187 So/1L Arlington, Texas
KR Tyler Lockett ^ Kansas State 5-11 175 Jr/2L Tulsa, Okla.
DEFENSE
Pos Name School Ht Wt Cl/Exp Hometown
DL Devonte Fields !# TCU 6-4 240 So/1L Arlington, Texas
DL Calvin Barnett # Oklahoma State 6-2 300 Sr/3L Tulsa, Okla.
DL Jackson Jeffcoat ^ Texas 6-5 245 Sr/3L Plano, Texas
DL Kerry Hyder % Texas Tech 6-2 281 Sr/3L Austin, Texas
LB Bryce Hager % Baylor 6-2 235 Jr/2L Austin, Texas
LB Jordan Hicks Texas 6-2 235 Jr/2L Cincinnati, Ohio
LB Shaun Lewis Oklahoma State 5-11 225 Sr/3L Missouri City, Texas
DB Ty Zimmerman # Kansas State 6-1 204 Sr/2L Junction City, Kan.
DB Jason Verrett # TCU 5-10 176 Sr/2L Fairfield, Calif.
DB Aaron Colvin # Oklahoma 6-0 181 Sr/3L Tulsa, Okla.
DB Quandre Diggs Texas 5-10 200 Jr/2L Angleton, Texas
P Kirby Van Der Kamp % Iowa State 6-4 211 Sr/3L West Des Moines, Iowa
PR Tramaine Thompson Kansas State 5-8 167 Sr/2L Jenks, Okla.

! Unanimous Selection
^ 2012 Preseason Team
# 2012 All-Big 12 First Team selection
% 2012 All-Big 12 Second Team selection