Phil Steele dishes out All-Big 12 team

College football guru Phil Steele is previewing his must-read offseason magazine, and with it, he's releasing his all-conference and All-America teams.

Here's who he slated as his first-team All-Big 12 squad:


QB: Landry Jones, Oklahoma

RB: Joseph Randle, Oklahoma State

RB: Malcolm Brown, Texas

WR: Tavon Austin, West Virginia

WR: Kenny Stills, Oklahoma

WR: Stedman Bailey, West Virginia

TE: Jordan Najvar, Baylor

C: Ben Habern, Oklahoma

OL: Lane Taylor, Oklahoma State

OL: Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma

OL: LaAdrian Waddle, Texas Tech

OL: Cyril Richardson, Baylor

  • I'd probably go with Geno Smith ahead of Jones, but it's close. You could definitely make a compelling case for both.

  • I'd also lean more toward Terrance Williams at Baylor for that third receiver spot ahead of Stills. Stills' upside is still really high, but again, it's close between those two.

  • Good grief, the tight end spot in the Big 12 is a rough. Navjar is a good selection. Travis Tannahill at Kansas State could grab that spot, too. You're almost better off picking a sixth offensive lineman or a fullback like Trey Millard at Oklahoma, who's more valuable than any of the league's tight ends.


DL: Alex Okafor, Texas

DL: Stansly Maponga, TCU

DL: Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas

DL: Jamarkus McFarland, Oklahoma

LB: Jake Knott, Iowa State

LB: Tom Wort, Oklahoma

LB: A.J. Klein, Iowa State

LB: Arthur Brown, Kansas State

CB: Nigel Malone, Kansas State

CB: Brodrick Brown, Oklahoma State

S: Kenny Vaccaro, Texas

S: Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma


P: Quinn Sharp, Oklahoma State

K: Quinn Sharp, Oklahoma State

PR: Tavon Austin, West Virginia

KR: Tyler Lockett, Kansas State

  • No complaints among the specialists, but I'd definitely have kept a more traditional three linebackers. You could afford to leave Tom Wort off that list. Not so with the other three.

  • After a sad group of cornerbacks in 2011, the position looks pretty loaded this year. There's no fewer than five guys in my book who deserve strong consideration and probably a spot on the first team. It's too bad there are only two spots. Clearly, Malone and Brown are deserving, but so are Justin Gilbert, Carrington Byndom and Quandre Diggs.

  • Safeties are both loaded. Maybe two of the best defenders in the league.

Here's who Steele tabbed as All-Americans, too.


  • Alex Okafor, DE, Texas


  • Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma

  • Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

  • Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State

  • Quinn Sharp, K, Oklahoma State


  • Kenny Stills, WR, Oklahoma

  • Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia

  • Lane Taylor, OL, Oklahoma State

  • Quinn Sharp, P, Oklahoma State

  • Tyler Lockett, KR, Kansas State


  • Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

  • Joseph Randle, RB, Oklahoma State

  • Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor

  • Gabe Ikard, OL, Oklahoma

  • Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas

  • A.J. Klein, LB, Iowa State

  • Tony Jefferson, S, Oklahoma

  • Tavon Austin, KR, West Virginia