LAWRENCE, KS - OCTOBER 15: Kenny Stills #4 of the Oklahoma Sooners celebrates after scoring the game's first touchdown against the Kansas Jayhawks during the game on October 15, 2011 at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
The Big XII has release their preseason all conference team and as usual Oklahoma was well represented. Five Sooners appear on the first-team and freshman Trey Metoyer was selected for an individual award. OU's heralded freshman receiver was named as the preseason Newcomer of the Year.
On the All Conference team the Sooners are broken down into three offensive and two defensive selections.
Junior wide receiver Kenny Stills, junior offensive lineman Gabe Ikard and senior center Ben Habern were all selected on the offensive side of the ball. On the defensive side of the ball, senior defensive tackle Jamarkus McFarland and junior safety Tony Jefferson were named.
One glaring omission (at least to OU fans) is Landry Jones at quarterback. Instead of Jones taking the first team it was West Virginia senior quarterback Geno Smith who got the nod. Smith was also named the preseason Offensive Player of the Year as well. Honestly I'm alright with that because Smith certainly has a strong case and we're talking about a preseason award. Landry has a lot to prove to Oklahoma fans this season and it appears that he has some to prove to the Big XII media as well. Could that serve as motivation?
Feel free to share your thoughts on the All Conference team in the comments section below.
|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)|
|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.|
|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.|
^ 2011 Preseason Team
* 2011 All-Big 12 First Team selection
# 2011 All-Big 12 Second Team selection