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Kyler Murray is Oklahoma’s fourth-straight Big 12 offensive player of the year

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An Oklahoma player winning the Big 12 offensive player of the year award is beginning to be routine in Norman. Quarterback Kyler Murray continued a streak for the Sooners by being named the Big 12’s offensive player of the year on Wednesday, marking the fourth consecutive season an Oklahoma player has been recognized as the conference’s top offensive player.

Murray wins the award one year after former Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield won the award. Mayfield won the award in 2015 as well, with former Sooners wide receiver Dede Westbrook taking the award in 2016. This was Oklahoma’s eighth player in program history to win the Big 12 offensive player of the year award, joining Sam Bradford, Jason White and Josh Heupel on the list.

West Virginia linebacker David Long was recognized as the conference’s defensive player of the year. He is the first Mountaineer to win the award. Baylor wide receiver Jalen Hurd was named the Big 12 offensive newcomer of the year, and Iowa State defensive back Greg Eisworth took the defensive newcomer of the year award.

Kansas running back Pooka Williams Jr. also was recognized by the Big 12 as the offensive freshman of the year. Texas defensive back Caden Sterns was named defensive freshman of the year.

The Big 12 handed out two awards for coach of the year this season, with the honor being shared by Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley and Iowa State’s Matt Campbell.

The full list of Big 12 awards is listed below.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Kyler Murray, Oklahoma, QB, Jr., Allen, Texas

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
David Long Jr., West Virginia, LB, Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio

OFFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Jalen Hurd, Baylor, WR, Sr., Hendersonville, Tenn.

DEFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Greg Eisworth, Iowa State, DB, So., Grand Prairie, Texas

OFFENSIVE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Pooka Williams Jr., Kansas, RB, New Orleans, La.

DEFENSIVE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Caden Sterns, Texas, DB, Cibolo, Texas

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Austin Seibert, Oklahoma, K/P, Sr., Belleville, Ill.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN OF THE YEAR
Dalton Risner, K-State, Sr., Wiggins, Colo.
Dru Samia, Oklahoma, Sr., Sacramento, Calif.
Yodny Cajuste, West Virginia, Sr., Miami, Fla.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR
Charles Omenihu, Texas, Sr., Rowlett, Texas

CHUCK NEINAS COACHES OF THE YEAR
Matt Campbell, Iowa State (3rd Season)
Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma (2nd Season)

Murray was one of seven Oklahoma players named to the Big 12’s first-team all-conference offense. The Sooners quarterback beat out West Virginia’s Will Grier for the First Team spot, with the Mountaineers passer headling the All-Big 12 Second Team All-Conference roster.

You can view the entire All-Big 12 teams HERE.

Iowa State starting QB Jacob Park reportedly takes leave of absence

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On the eve of a road game against Big 12 favorite Oklahoma, Iowa State reportedly has to replace their starting quarterback. Jacob Park has taken a sudden leave of absence, according to The Des Moines Register, due to “unspecified medical concerns.” Park did not travel with the rest of the team as they prepare for a road game against the No. 3 Sooners.

It is not directly indicated by the report out of Des Moines whether those medical concerns are directly related to Park’s personal health or that of a family member or someone else, although the report does confirm Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell would not discuss medical issues related to his players (which is pretty common around college football due to privacy concerns and laws).

“Jacob is a great young man dealing with some personal medical concerns,” Campbell said in a statement. “We are committed to helping him cope, supporting him on all levels and helping him prepare to get back on the playing field with his teammates as soon as possible.”

Park has been Iowa State’s starter for all four game splayed thus far, and he has completed 61.7 percent of his attempts for 1,181 yards and nine touchdowns with five interceptions. Freshman Zeb Noland would figure to be the next man up for the Cyclones for however long is necessary. Noland has not thrown a pass since the season opener. The other option could be senior Kyle Kempt, who is listed third on the team’s official depth chart (Park was still listed at the top of the depth chart for this week’s game as of the time of this post.

Iowa State’s Matt Campbell not happy about NCAA’s satellite camp ruling

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The list of those not happy with the NCAA Division 1 Council voting to shut down satellite camp practices by college football coaches continues to grow. A day after the rule was made official, effective immediately, Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell was among the latest to share his displeasure.

It is worth noting the Big 12 was one of the four power conferences to vote in favor of the satellite camp shutdown procedure. The Big Ten was the lone dissenting voice among the Power Five conferences. The MAC, where Campbell previously coached at Toledo (who cancelled their spring game due to snow), also voted against the proposal for the shutdown.

Washington State head coach Mike Leach also went off on the decision. Again, Leach coaches in a conference that also voted in favor of the shutdown. And here we are, still waiting for any type of response from Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh has been silent on Twitter for nearly 24 hours as of this posting.

Matt Campbell era at Iowa State starts with clean slate for all

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As is often the case when a new head coach takes over a college football program, the slate has been wiped clean at Iowa State by new head coach Matt Campbell.

Everybody starts with a clean slate, with no preconceived notions,” Campbell said Tuesday. “We’ve said that from day one — allow these guys to start from scratch and really allow them to see what they look like over a period of time.”

Most teams will release a depth chart once spring football practices open, but Campbell opened his first Iowa State spring practice without releasing any such depth chart. That drives home the idea that everybody is competing for playing time and being given a true clean slate before nay decisions are made by the coaching staff.

“There are some guys that have stood out,” Campbell said of winter conditioning drills. “For me to give names right now I think is unfair until we see practice. I think some guys really did some great things in winter conditioning.”

Campbell is expected to bring a run-heavy focus to the Iowa State offense, just as he worked with at his previous stop in Toledo. That may take some time to come together though because the Cyclones are revamping their entire offensive line with the notable exception of one player. Iowa State’s offensive line loses players that started a combined 111 games and right now is working without junior Jake Campos following hip surgery. Mike Warren figures to be a key player in Iowa State’s offense again this season no matter how long it takes the offensive line to gel. As a freshman in 2015, Warren rushed for a team-high 1,339 yards and was second on the team with five rushing touchdowns. Joshua Thomas, also a freshman in 2015, contributed on the ground last season as well with a team-high seven touchdowns.

Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell is a Madden king

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Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell is on the lookout for recruits to help build a solid foundation for years to come with the Cyclones. What better way to connect with kids than by playing some video games with them, specifically Madden NFL. It just so happens Campbell is a self-proclaimed Madden king, and he is not afraid to rub it in to his victims.

The 36-year old coach apparently has some game and some Madden skills, so any recruit looking to impress the head coach at Iowa State may want to brush up on their own Madden abilities. Of course, college coaches have to resort to playing Madden with recruits because they certainly will not be getting their hands on a copy of NCAA Football any time too soon.

It was just recently Auburn let their high school recruits visiting the cmapus play some Madden NFL on the video scoreboard in Jordan Hare Stadium. It is clear coaches want to use Madden to get in tune with their recruits. It also begs the question, just how many coaches are playing Madden in their spare time? Can we set up a tournament?