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OU Football 2013 | Preseason All-Big 12 Team Announced, Includes Only Two Sooners

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You may or may not have picked up on what is rapidly developing into my theme for the offseason, the disturbing downward trend of talent patrolling the sidelines in Norman. This was further emphasized Wednesday morning when the Big 12 conference announced their media preseason All-Big 12 team and there were all of two Sooners included. Those players were cornerback Aaron Colvin and center Gabe Ikard, both of whom are very worthy selections.

Tuesday I had posed a question Twitter prior to today's announcement setting Oklahoma's over/under on players expected to be included at 1.5. In hindsight, that number should have been 2.5 as I forgot how obvious a pick Ikard was. However, that's really irrelevant to my point which is look over that list again and tell me how many teams have more selections than the Sooners. Actually, I'll save you the time.

I'll help you out with the math there as well. Bailey lists six of the ten teams in the league, which leaves only four teams remaining. Obviously OU is one of those teams meaning there are only three other teams that had two or fewer selections. Those teams, in order of the number of players selected, are: Iowa State (1), West Virginia (0), and Kansas (0). exactly the kind of company Oklahoma would like to be keeping.

If you haven't already quickly scrolled down to the comment section to lecture me on how meaningless something like a preseason All-Big 12 team is trust me, I get it. And you're right. Ultimately, it is meaningless.

Oklahoma could go on to have five, six, seven players on the actual All-Big 12 team once it's announced following the season.

The point is, at least as things stand today, the perception is that Oklahoma's talent level is not where it has been and not where it needs to be. You can place however much or little stock into the opinions' of the media members who compiled this team, but even if you lean towards the latter it's hard to deny that, at least to some extent, our worries were just confirmed.

Here is the full list of the Preseason All-Big 12 Team and award winners:

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


WR Josh Stewart, Oklahoma State

TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech

OL Cyril Richardson, Baylor

OL Cornelius Lucas, Kansas State

C Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma

OL Trey Hopkins, Texas

OL Le'Raven Clark, Texas Tech

WR Eric Ward, Texas Tech

QB Casey Pachall, TCU

RB Lache Seastrunk, Baylor

RB John Hubert, Kansas State

PK Jaden Oberkrom, TCU

KR Tyler Lockett , Kansas State


DL Devonte Fields, TCU

DL Calvin Barnett, Oklahoma State

DL Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas

DL Kerry Hyder, Texas Tech

LB Bryce Hager, Baylor

LB Jordan Hicks , Texas

LB Shaun Lewis, Oklahoma State

DB Ty Zimmerman, Kansas State

DB Jason Verrett, TCU

DB Aaron Colvin, Oklahoma

DB Quandre Diggs, Texas

P Kirby Van Der Kamp, Iowa State

PR Tramaine Thompson, Kansas State

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