wnol.info January 22 2018

Sooners are favorites to win Big 12

January 22 2018, 08:25 | Van Peters

Dorance Armstrong voted Big 12 preseason defensive player of the year

West Virginia players scarce on All-Big 12 preseason team

The lineman, who was the lone unanimous selection on the defensive team, was a unanimous all-conference pick last season as a sophomore when he ranked No. 2 in the conference and No. 18 nationally with 10 sacks for the Jayhawks.

The Big 12 has its eyes on four Oklahoma State football players before the season begins on August 31 against Tulsa.

Armstrong was also the only unanimous selection for defense for the Preseason All-Big 12 First Team.

A Houston, Texas, native, Armstrong is the first Kansas player to be named a preseason individual award victor during its time playing in the Big 12 Conference.

The West Virginia University football team found itself Thursday morning in a very similar spot in the Big 12 preseason poll compared to this time a year ago. Since 2011, the first season the Big 12 did away with a two-division format, Oklahoma has been projected as the conference favorite in four of the six seasons (2011, 2012, 2014 and 2016), second once (2013) and third once (2015).

Also WVU will have Big 12 Preseason Newcomer of the Year Will Grier at quarterback.

Hill led all freshman running backs with 1,142 yards.

K-State players named to the preseason team were fullback Winston Dimel, offensive tackle Dalton Risner, defensive end Reggie Walker and cornerback D.J. Reed.

Fullback: Winston Dimel, Kansas State.

Tight end: Mark Andrews, Oklahoma.

Kick/punt returner: KaVontae Turpin, TCU.

Five players for the Texas Longhorns made the list - offensive lineman Connor Williams, defensive linemen Poona Ford and Malcolm Roach, linebacker Malik Jefferson and punter Michael Dickson.

Defensive Player of the Year: Dorance Armstrong, DL, Kansas.

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