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Baker Mayfield, Kansas pass rusher headline preseason All-Big 12 team

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The Big 12 on Wednesday unveiled its 2017 preseason all-conference teams, led, of course, by Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield. The 2016 Heisman Trophy finalist was named the league’s preseason Offensive Player of the Year and preseason All-Big 12 quarterback. Kansas’s Dorance ArmstrongJr., the conference’s leading returning sack man, was named the league’s preseason Defensive Player of the Year.

Oklahoma, Texas and TCU led the conference with five selections, followed by Kansas State and Oklahoma State with four. Texas Tech and Iowa State claimed two selections, followed by West Virginia and Baylor’s one.

Yes, that adds up to 29 players.

Offensive Player of the Year: Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
Defensive Player of the Year: Dorance Armstrong Jr., Kansas
Newcomer of the Year: Will Grier, West Virginia

Offense
QB: Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
RB: Justice Hill, Oklahoma State
RB: Justin Crawford, West Virginia
FB: Winston Dimel, Kansas State
WR: Keke Coutee, Texas Tech
WR: Allen Lazard, Iowa State
WR: James Washington, Oklahoma State
TE: Mark Andrews, Oklahoma
OL: Orlando Brown, Oklahoma
OL: Zach Crabtree, Oklahoma State
OL: Dalton Risner, Kansas State
OL: Austin Schlotmann, TCU
OL: Connor Williams, Texas
K: Clayton Hatfield, Texas Tech
KR/PR: KaVontae Turpin, TCU

Defense
DL: Dorance Armstrong, Jr., Kansas
DL: Poona Ford, Texas
DL: Malcolm Roach, Texas
DL: K.J. Smith, Baylor
DL: Reggie Walker, Kansas State
LB: Travin Howard, TCU
LB: Malik Jefferson, Texas
LB: Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Oklahoma
DB: Kamari Cotton-Moya, Iowa State
DB: Tre Flowers, Oklahoma State
DB: Nick Orr, TCU
DB: D.J. Reed, Kansas State
DB: Jordan Thomas, Oklahoma
P: Michael Dickson, Texas

Iowa State sticking around with No. 14 Oklahoma at halftime

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Iowa State has been known to surprise ranked Big 12 teams at home when the weather starts to get a little chilly and the Cyclones are at least hanging around against a big time opponent in the first half.

No. 14 Oklahoma jumped out to an early lead and held onto it against a pesky Cyclones offense to head to the locker room up 28-17 after two quarters.

Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield was naturally the focal point of his offense with tailbacks Joe Mixon (suspension) and Samaje Perine (injury) both not playing in the game, throwing four touchdowns and 244 yards to balance out an interception. Freshman Abdul Adams led the team in rushing with 54 yards on five carries after getting the start in the backfield.

Wideout Dede Westbrook was having a pretty quiet night until the final few minutes of the second quarter when he did what he has been doing to every Big 12 defense this season by hauling in a 65 yard touchdown pass to keep Oklahoma in the lead.

The Iowa State offense did take advantage of solid starting field position most of the half and were able to move the ball behind starting signal-caller Jacob Park. Receiver Allen Lazard is already up to 66 yards and a touchdown on the game while backup quarterback Joel Lanning briefly gave the team a lead with a 41 yard run that came on fourth down.

It should make for a fun second half with Oklahoma a little short-handed but needing style points for the College Football Playoff Selection Committee and Iowa State focused on another late season upset as they get the ball to start the third quarter.

TCU, Texas only Big 12 teams not to have QBs at media days

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Like the SEC, the Big 12 Wednesday unveiled its list of players who will attend its upcoming media days.  Unlike the SEC, the quarterback position will be well-represented.

On the Big 12’s list of attendees, eight of the 10 teams in the conference will bring their starting quarterbacks to the July 18-19 event in Dallas.  The lone holdouts?  TCU and Texas, who, in fairness, have multiple players engaged in competitions at the position that will extend into summer camp beginning next month.

All but one Big 12 team will have at least three players, along with their head coaches, in attendance, with five — Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, West Virginia — hauling in four players apiece.  The lone team not at least at that three-player minimum?  Scandal-plagued Baylor, which will be represented by interim head coach Jim Grobe and just two players — cornerback Ryan Reid and quarterback Seth Russell.

Anyway, below is the complete list of attendees:

Monday, July 18
Iowa State: Head coach Matt Campbell, QB Joel Lanning, WR Allen Lazard, DB Kamari Cotton-Moya
Kansas: Head coach David Beaty, QB Montell Cozart, LB Joe Dineen, Jr., S Fish Smithson
Oklahoma State: Head coach Mike Gundy, QB Mason Rudolph, S Jordan Sterns, WR James Washington, LB Chad Whitener
TCU: Head coach Gary Patterson, DE Josh Carraway, TB Kyle Hicks, LB Travin Howard, C Austin Schlottmann
Texas Tech: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury, OL Baylen Brown, QB Patrick Mahomes II, DB Justis Nelson

Tuesday, July 19
Baylor: Head coach Jim Grobe, CB Ryan Reid, QB Seth Russell
Kansas State: Head coach Bill Snyder, S Dante Barnett, QB Jesse Ertz, OL Dalton Risner, DE Jordan Willis
Oklahoma: Head coach Bob Stoops, LB Jordan Evans, QB Baker Mayfield, RB Samaje Perine, DB Ahmad Thomas
Texas: Head coach Charlie Strong, TE Caleb Bluiett, DT Paul Boyette, Jr., S Dylan Haines, OL Kent Perkins
West Virginia: Head Coach Dana Holgorsen, QB Skyler Howard, OL Tyler Orlosky, DL Noble Nwachukwu, S Dravon Askew-Henry

Broken hand puts Iowa State WR Allen Lazard on sideline for spring game

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Iowa State’s top offensive player will be forced to sit out of the spring football game. Allen Lazard has a broken hand that will force him to miss next week’s spring game, although the injury is not expected to have an impact on his status for the start of the 2016 college football season.

According to Bobby La Gesse of  Ames Tribune, Lazard suffered a hairline fracture in his hand. He is not expected to have to undergo surgery for the injury and he should be available for training camp later this summer. That should be encouraging news for Iowa State fans.

Lazard led the Cyclones with 807 receiving yards and six touchdowns last fall. Lazard also had an impact on special teams with 214 punt return yards.

Iowa State’s spring game is scheduled for April 16.