Football Has Two Selected for Big 12 Honors

  • By Mike Montoro
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  • July 12, 2017 10:32 AM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia University senior running back Justin Crawford has been named to the Big 12 Preseason All-Conference team and redshirt junior quarterback Will Grier was named the preseason Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, today, as selected by media representatives who cover the league.
The honorees include 14 seniors, 12 juniors and three sophomores. Only three players were unanimous selections at their position with Kansas defensive lineman Dorrance Armstrong, Oklahoma offensive lineman Orlando Brown and Oklahoma State receiver James Washington. Fourteen were named to the 2016 All-Big 12 First Team, while eight were on the second team.
Crawford returns as the Big 12’s leading rusher from 2016, finishing with 1,184 yards and four touchdowns. The 2016 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and All-Big 12 Conference performer, Crawford ran for 331 yards against Oklahoma and 201 more against Baylor.
Grier transferred to West Virginia from Florida and sat out in 2016 to fulfill NCAA residency requirements. As a redshirt freshman at Florida in 2015, he played in six games, started five and led the Gators to a 6-0 record and a Top-10 ranking. He completed 106-of-161 passes for 1,204 yards and 10 touchdowns. He threw for a season-high 283 yards and two touchdowns against Tennessee.
Selections for the preseason individual awards were quarterback Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma) as Offensive Player of the Year, lineman Dorrance Armstrong (Kansas) as Defensive Player of the Year and Grier as Newcomer of the Year.
The Big 12 media preseason poll will be released on Thursday, followed by the annual Big 12 Football Media Days to be conducted in Frisco, Texas, on July 17-18. Both days will be televised live from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. ET on FS2 and other FOX Sports affiliates. Exclusive coverage from the event will also be available on the Big 12’s digital platforms – Big12Sports.com, Twitter and Instagram (@Big12Conference). The official hashtag for the event will be #Big12FB.
2017 Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team
Offensive Player of the Year: Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma, QB, Sr., Austin, Texas
Defensive Player of the Year: Dorrance Armstrong, Kansas, DE, Jr., Houston, Texas
Newcomer of the Year: Will Grier, West Virginia, QB, Jr., Davidson, N.C.
Pos        Name                                   School                    Ht     Wt     Class    Hometown
QB          Baker Mayfield 1                  Oklahoma               6-1   218       Sr.       Austin, Texas
RB          Justice Hill 2                         Oklahoma State     5-10 185      So.      Tulsa, Okla.
RB          Justin Crawford 2                West Virginia           6-0   202       Sr.       Columbus, Ga.
FB          Winston Dimel 1                   Kansas State          6-1   235       Jr.       Manhattan, Kan.
WR         James Washington* 1          Oklahoma State      6-0   205       Sr.       Stamford, Texas
WR         Allen Lazard 1                      Iowa State               6-5   222       Sr.       Urbandale, Iowa
WR         Keke Coutee 3                     Texas Tech           5-11  180       Jr.       Lufkin, Texas
TE          Mark Andrews 1                  Oklahoma               6-5   253       Jr.       Scottsdale, Ariz.
OL          Orlando Brown* 1                Oklahoma               6-8   360       Jr.       Duluth, Ga.
OL          Connor Williams 1                Texas                      6-6   320       Jr.       Coppell, Texas
OL          Dalton Risner 1                    Kansas State          6-5   300       Jr.       Wiggins, Colo.
OL          Austin Schlottman 2             TCU                        6-6   300       Sr.       Brenham, Texas
OL          Zach Crabtree 2                  Oklahoma State      6-7   310       Sr.       Mansfield, Texas
PK          Clayton Hatfield                    Texas Tech           5-10  185       Jr.       Boerne, Texas
KR/PR    KaVontae Turpin 3               TCU                        5-9   153       Jr.       Monroe, La.
DL          Dorrance Armstrong Jr.* 1  Kansas                    6-4   246       Jr.       Houston, Texas
DL          K.J. Smith 1                          Baylor                      6-1   260       Sr.       Frisco, Texas
DL          Reggie Walker                     Kansas State          6-2   235      So.      Ponchatoula, La.
DL          Poona Ford 3                       Texas                      6-0   310       Sr.       Hilton Head, S.C.
DL          Malcolm Roach 3                 Texas                      6-3   270      So.      Baton Rouge, La.
LB           Travin Howard 1                  TCU                        6-3   213       Sr.       Longview, Texas
LB           Ogbonnia Okornkwo 2        Oklahoma               6-1   242       Sr.       Houston, Texas
LB           Malik Jefferson                    Texas                      6-3   240       Jr.       Mesquite, Texas
DB          D.J. Reed 1                          Kansas State          5-9   188       Jr.       Bakersfield, Calif.
DB          Jordan Thomas 1                Oklahoma               6-0   186       Sr.       Klein, Texas
DB          Tre Flowers 2                      Oklahoma State      6-3   200       Sr.       Converse, Texas
DB          Kamari Cotton-Moya 2         Iowa State               6-2   198       Sr.       Bakersfield, Calif.
DB          Nick Orr 2                            TCU                        6-3   187       Sr.       DeSoto, Texas
P             Michael Dickson 1               Texas                      6-3   205       Jr.       Sydney, Australia
*Unanimous Selection to Preseason Team
1 2016 All-Big 12 First Team selection
2 2016 All-Big 12 Second Team selection
3 2016 All-Big 12 Honorable Mention