Quarterback Geno Smith (West Virginia), defensive end Alex Okafor (Texas) and wide receiver Trey Metoyer (Oklahoma) were picked for individual awards, highlighting the 2012 Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team, chosen by media representatives who cover the Conference.
Preseason Offensive Player of the Year was awarded to Smith while Okafor earned the nod for Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. Metoyer was chosen Preseason Newcomer of the Year.
Smith will lead West Virginia into its first season of Big 12 football. The 6-3 senior enters the 2012 campaign with 26 consecutive starts. He was an all-conference first team selection last year after leading the Mountaineers to their league title. Smith threw for 4,385 yards in 13 games, the fourth-best total in the NCAA in 2011. He earned Most Valuable Player of the Orange Bowl after setting five of the bowl’s records in WVU’s 70-33 win over Clemson.
Okafor was a unanimous All-Big 12 First Team selection last season as well as an AFCA All-American. He posted 58 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, seven sacks, three pass breakups, 17 pressures, two caused fumbles and one fumble recovery in 2011 after transitioning back to defensive end from defensive tackle.
Metoyer caught 108 passes for 1,540 yards and 23 touchdowns as a senior in 2010 at Whitehouse (Texas) High School. He had at least 15 touchdowns in three straight years of prep ball and was listed as the No. 2 wide receiver recruit in 2011 by Rivals.com.
The media Preseason Big 12 Poll will be released on Thursday, followed by the annual Big 12 Football Media Days to be conducted in Dallas on July 23-24. Live video coverage, including press conferences and one-on-one interviews with a variety of guests, will be featured both days on the Big 12 Digital Network, including Big12Sports.com.
2012 Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team
|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