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Lache Seastrunk leads Preseason All-Big 12 Teams

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Baylor's electric junior RB was named the preseason Offensive Player of the Year by the Big 12 Conference this morning, joining senior OL Cyril Richardson and junior LB Bryce Hager on the All-Big 12 first teams.

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This morning, amid the hoopla surrounding the SEC Media Days, the Big 12 Conference made the curious decision to release the preseason All-Big 12 teams. 3 Baylor Bears made the list, and it was the 3 you probably expected given how preseason Watch Lists and the like have gone so far: RB Lache Seastrunk, OL Cyril Richardson, and LB Bryce Hager. My first reaction was a bit of surprise that Spencer Drango didn't make the team, but the conference only releases one on each side of the ball, and I can see the argument that he's not yet one of the best two tackles in the conference. How you put him behind Le'Raven Clark, however, is a bit puzzling.

Here are the teams:

2013 Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team

Offensive Player of the Year: Lache Seastrunk, Baylor, RB
Defensive Player of the Year: Devonte Fields, TCU, DL
Newcomer of the Year: Charles Sims, West Virginia, RB

OFFENSE
Pos Name School Ht Wt Cl/Exp Hometown
WR Josh Stewart Oklahoma State 5-10 185 Jr/2L Denton, Texas
TE Jace Amaro % Texas Tech 6-5 257 Jr/2L San Antonio, Texas
OL Cyril Richardson ^# Baylor 6-5 335 Sr/3L Fort Worth, Texas
OL Cornelius Lucas # Kansas State 6-9 328 Sr/2L New Orleans, La.
C Gabe Ikard ^# Oklahoma 6-4 295 Sr/3L Oklahoma City, Okla.
OL Trey Hopkins # Texas 6-4 300 Sr/3L Galena Park, Texas
OL Le'Raven Clark Texas Tech 6-5 303 So/1L Rockdale, Texas
WR Eric Ward Texas Tech 6-0 204 Sr/3L Wichita Falls, Texas
QB Casey Pachall TCU 6-5 230 Sr/3L Brownwood, Texas
RB Lache Seastrunk Baylor 5-10 210 Jr/1L Temple, Texas
RB John Hubert # Kansas State 5-7 191 Sr/2L Waco, Texas
PK Jaden Oberkrom TCU 6-3 187 So/1L Arlington, Texas
KR Tyler Lockett ^ Kansas State 5-11 175 Jr/2L Tulsa, Okla.
DEFENSE
Pos Name School Ht Wt Cl/Exp Hometown
DL Devonte Fields !# TCU 6-4 240 So/1L Arlington, Texas
DL Calvin Barnett # Oklahoma State 6-2 300 Sr/3L Tulsa, Okla.
DL Jackson Jeffcoat ^ Texas 6-5 245 Sr/3L Plano, Texas
DL Kerry Hyder % Texas Tech 6-2 281 Sr/3L Austin, Texas
LB Bryce Hager % Baylor 6-2 235 Jr/2L Austin, Texas
LB Jordan Hicks Texas 6-2 235 Jr/2L Cincinnati, Ohio
LB Shaun Lewis Oklahoma State 5-11 225 Sr/3L Missouri City, Texas
DB Ty Zimmerman # Kansas State 6-1 204 Sr/2L Junction City, Kan.
DB Jason Verrett # TCU 5-10 176 Sr/2L Fairfield, Calif.
DB Aaron Colvin # Oklahoma 6-0 181 Sr/3L Tulsa, Okla.
DB Quandre Diggs Texas 5-10 200 Jr/2L Angleton, Texas
P Kirby Van Der Kamp % Iowa State 6-4 211 Sr/3L West Des Moines, Iowa
PR Tramaine Thompson Kansas State 5-8 167 Sr/2L Jenks, Okla.

As far as each team goes, the unofficial count (meaning, my count that I could get wrong) has it breaking down like this:
Kansas State: 5 (3 OFF, 2 DEF)
Texas: 4 (1 OFF, 3 DEF)
Texas Tech: 4 (3 OFF, 1 DEF)
TCU: 4 (2 OFF, 2 DEF)
Baylor: 3 (2 OFF, 1 DEF)
Oklahoma State 3 (1 OFF, 2 DEF)
Oklahoma: 1 (1 DEF)
Iowa State: 1 (Punter)

I have to say that as a fan of the Big 12, I'm excited for the potential that Charles Sims has to help WVU in what might be a down year. He's going to be one of the best RBs in the conference (because he's one of the best in the country, generally) and should help them transition to a more run-based offense like the one Holgerson had at OSU from almost a pure Air Raid last season. We'll see how it works out, but I'm excited.

Also, as you probably noticed, our own Lache Seastrunk was named the preseason Offensive Player of the Year for the entire conference, a fairly high honor where you have guys like Pachall, the OSU QBs, Ash, and others hanging around. Pachall being on this list shows you how many questions there are at this point about the QBs in the conference, but I expect those questions to be answered favorably through the season.

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