The Nagurski Trophy, given annually to college football's best defender, has released its 84-man, preseason watch list. From the Big 12: Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State Brodrick Brown, CB, Oklahoma State Carrington Byndom, CB, Texas Demontre Hurst, CB, Oklahoma Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas Tony Jefferson, S, Oklahoma A.
Sept. 22, 2012: vs. Kansas State 2011 record: 10-3 | 2011 conference record: 7-2 (Big 12) OU's all-time against Kansas State: 71-17-4 Top returners: QB Collin Klein, RB John Hubert, WR Chris Harper, WR Tyler Lockett, OG Nick Puetz, DE Adam Davis, DE Meshak Williams, DT Vai Lutui, LB Arthur Brown, LB Tre Walker, CB Nigel Malone, S Ty Zimmerman Key losses: OT Zach Hanson, OT Clyde Aufner, OG Colten Freeze, DT Ray Kibble, DE Jordan Voelker, LB Emmanuel Lamur, CB David Garnett, S Tysyn Hartman 2011 statistical leaders (*returners) Rushing: Collin Klein* (1,141 yards) Passing: Collin Klein * (1,918 yards) Receiving: Chris Harper* (547 yards) Tackles: Arthur Brown* (101) Sacks: Meshak Williams* (7) Interceptions: Nigel Malone* (7) What they're saying: "We are putting more pressure on us than anyone else.
about 1730 days ago | Jake Trotter | Oklahoma Sooners
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: OFFENSE 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.
If you've missed our look back at the projections from 2011, here's what you've missed. Predicting interceptions is near impossible, so we don't even try. Don't believe me? Of the Big 12's seven leading returning ball hawks in 2011, only Iowa State LB Jake Knott (No.
about 1770 days ago | David Ubben | Texas Longhorns
We're moving on with our 2011 postseason position rankings. Today, it's time for cornerbacks. If you missed it, here's how I ranked them in the preseason. Here are the other position rankings we've done so far: Quarterbacks Running backs Receivers/tight ends Linebackers Depth is somewhat of a factor here, but I weighted it heavily toward the top two starters at the position.
about 1842 days ago | David Ubben | Texas Longhorns
Editor's Note: Tune into the "AT&T ESPN All America Team Show" on Saturday (ABC, 1:30 p.m. ET) to see who ESPN's writers and experts selected. It's been a fun season across the Big 12, with a few big names who didn't play as well as we thought, and lots of unknowns who became household names by the end of the season.
about 1931 days ago | David Ubben | Texas Longhorns
The Big 12's not so simple anymore. Maybe it's unfair, but conferences are most often judged by their top teams. Glance at Oklahoma and Texas, the two teams that won every Big 12 title since 2003, and you'll see a combined eight losses in 2011.
about 1932 days ago | David Ubben | Texas Longhorns
Here's what I'm keeping an eye on in this week's games. 1. Kansas State's secondary. The Wildcats failed their big test last week against Oklahoma and it gets just as difficult, if not more so, this week in Stillwater.
about 1967 days ago | David Ubben | Texas Longhorns