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Big XII Football Preseason Team | Who Got Snubbed?

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The Big XII Preseason Football Team was announced by the media yesterday and featured a handful of Oklahoma Sooners. However, the Baylor Bears took the prize landing seven total players on list. Where did the media go wrong we ask?

2014 Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team

Offensive Player of the Year: Bryce Petty, Baylor, QB
Defensive Player of the Year: Devonte Fields, TCU, DL
Newcomer of the Year: Tyreek Hill, Oklahoma State, WR
Pos Name School Ht Wt Cl/Exp Hometown
WR Antwan Goodley * Baylor 5-11 225 Sr/3L Midland, Texas
TE EJ Bibbs + Iowa State 6-3 261 Sr/1L Chicago, Ill.
OL Spencer Drango * Baylor 6-6 305 Jr/2L Cedar Park, Texas
OL Cody Whitehair + K-State 6-4 309 Jr/2L Abilene, Kan.
C B.J. Finney * K-State 6-4 303 Sr/3L Andale, Kan.
OL Daryl Williams + Oklahoma 6-6 329 Sr/3L Lake Dallas, Texas
OL Le'Raven Clark ^+ Texas Tech 6-5 303 Jr/2L Rockdale, Texas
WR Tyler Lockett * K-State 5-11 175 Sr/3L Tulsa, Okla.
QB Bryce Petty * Baylor 6-3 230 Sr/3L Midlothian, Texas
RB Shock Linwood Baylor 5-9 200 So/1L Linden, Texas
RB Malcolm Brown + Texas 6-0 228 Sr/3L Cibolo, Texas
PK Michael Hunnicutt + Oklahoma 6-1 180 Sr/3L Richardson, Texas
KR Tyler Lockett ^* K-State 5-11 175 Sr/3L Tulsa, Okla.
Pos Name School Ht Wt Cl/Exp Hometown
DL Ryan Mueller * K-State 6-2 245 Sr/3L Leawood, Kan.
DL Devonte Fields ^# TCU 6-4 240 So/1L Arlington, Texas
DL Chucky Hunter + TCU 6-1 305 Sr/3L West Monroe, La.
DL Cedric Reed + Texas 6-6 271 Sr/2L Cleveland, Texas
LB Bryce Hager^ Baylor 6-2 235 Sr/3L Austin, Texas
LB Ben Heeney + Kansas 6-0 230 Sr/3L Hutchinson, Kan.
LB Eric Striker + Oklahoma 6-0 221 Jr/2L Seffner, Fla.
DB Zack Sanchez Oklahoma 5-11 179 So/1L Keller, Texas
DB Sam Carter + TCU 6-1 215 Sr/3L New Orleans, La.
DB Quandre Diggs ^ Texas 5-10 204 Sr/3L Angleton, Texas
DB Karl Joseph West Virginia 5-10 196 Jr/2L Orlando, Fla.
P Spencer Roth * Baylor 6-4 225 Sr/3L Knoxville, Tenn.
PR Levi Norwood Baylor 6-2 200 Sr/3L State College, Pa.

^ 2013 Preseason Team 
* 2013 All-Big 12 First Team selection 
+ 2013 All-Big 12 Second Team selection 
# Injured in 2013

A Minor Disagreement

Let's start at the top of the list with Offensive Player of the Year. While I am not doubting the fact that Bryce Petty is the hands down favorite, a case can just as easily be made for Tyler Lockett. Yes, it is unpopular to go against a QB but hear me out. A dominant figure for the Kansas St. Wildcats, Lockett continues to rise to national prominence after recording 81 catches for 1,262 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2013. Undoubtedly, this kid is one to keep your eye on at all time as Lockett continuously provides a spark unlike any other.

On the flip side, the expectations for Petty and the Baylor offense have sky rocketed. After a few explosive seasons, this year may take a slightly different course after losing a few components. If the Bears, and more specifically Petty, falter, the voters will likely look elsewhere.

Snub #1

While this may come off as a homer pick, I can assure it is not. Charles Tapper deserved to make the cut after being tabbed a part of the All-Big XII First Team in 2013 as a sophomore. The instance marked the only defensive underclassman to receive the honor last season. Seems like an easy pick for the 2014 Preseason All-Big XII list huh? Asserting his dominance along the front seven has not only quarterbacks worried but also offensive coordinators who must account for him with every snap.

Snub #2

Quinton Spain has become a staple along the offensive line of the West Virginia Mountaineers. Left off the 2014 Preseason All-Big XII list may set a fire under this senior. As a veteran, Spain may be one of the most indispensable players in the conference. With a fifth year, this kid provides versatility seeing time at tackle as well as guard in previous years.