Sooners Again the Pick in Big 12 Media Poll

He is coming off a season in which he registered 12 rushing touchdowns, which tied for third in the Big 12.

Earlier today it was announced that five Sooners had been named to the 2017 Preseason All-Big 12 Team and that fifth-year-senior quarterback Baker Mayfield is the conference's preseason Offensive Player of the Year. The Mountaineers are hoping the history following that announcement repeats itself. Beginning at Big 12 Conference champion Oklahoma, Armstrong gathered a then-career-high six tackles accompanied by 2.0 tackles-for-loss and a sack. Only two other players in the conference were unanimous.

The Big 12 media preseason poll will be released Thursday, followed by the annual Big 12 Football Media Days to be conducted in Frisco, Texas, on July 17-18.

Wren made his first career start against TCU in the Sooners fourth game last season and was awarded a scholarship for the first time shortly before that game. WVU was picked second that year, but finished 7-6 after losing six of its last eight games.


Hill, Crabtree and Flowers were selected to the All-Big 12 Second Team at the end of last season. Yet the Mountaineers will return safety Dravon Askew-Henry from a knee injury that kept him out of the entire 2016 campaign.

But I'll give my peers credit for forecasting West Virginia quarterback Will Grier as this year's top newcomer, something even I failed to do. He'll be joined in the backfield by the Big 12's leading returning rusher, Justin Crawford, who was a preseason All-Big 12 pick on Wednesday.

The next closest team is Texas, with three conference championships. OU earned 19 first place votes, edging out Oklahoma State with 12.


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