Michael, Smith, Way head All-Big 12 freshman team

Along with my All-Big 12 team, I thought it would be fun to also pick a team made up of freshmen and redshirt freshmen.

There are a couple of gaps. There was only one center, Oklahoma's Ben Habern, on the two-deep rosters on Big 12 rosters. And there are also no kickers, either.

And I'll also go one step further. I'll pick Christine Michael of Texas A&M as my Big 12 Freshman Offensive Player of the Year, Aldon Smith of Missouri as my Big 12 Freshman Defensive Player of the Year and Tress Way of Oklahoma as my Big 12 Freshman Special Teams Player of the Year.

Here's a look at my all-freshman team for offense, defense and special teams.


QB: Landry Jones, Oklahoma

RB: Christine Michael, Texas A&M

RB: Toben Opurum, Kansas

WR: Uzoma Nwachukwu, Texas A&M

WR: Alex Torres, Texas Tech

TE: Ben Cotton, Nebraska

OL: Tanner Hawkinson, Kansas

OL: Bryce Givens, Colorado

OL: Patrick Lewis, Texas A&M

OL: Lane Taylor, Oklahoma State

C: Ben Habern, Oklahoma


DL: Aldon Smith, Missouri

DL: Jamarkus McFarland, Oklahoma

DL: Will Pericak, Colorado

LB: Kyle Manghan, Texas A&M

LB: Huldon Tharp, Kansas

LB: Sean Fisher, Nebraska

LB: Will Compton, Nebraska

DB: Cody Davis, Texas Tech

DB: Chance Casey, Baylor

DB: Dustin Harris, Texas A&M

DB: Ray Polk, Colorado

Special teams:

KR: D.J. Monroe, Texas

PR: Austin Zouzalik, Texas Tech

P: Tress Way, Oklahoma

ST: Kenny Vaccaro, Texas