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August 14, 2007

Rivals.com Preseason All-Big 12 teams

RIVALS.COM BIG 12 PREVIEW:
Overview | Conference breakdown | Preseason All-Big 12 Second Team

2007 Rivals.com Preseason All-Big 12 First Team
OFFENSEDEFENSE
QB
: Colt McCoy
Texas, So.
An unheralded redshirt freshman at the start of last season, McCoy nearly put himself in Heisman Trophy contention through the first two months of the 2006 campaign before a neck injury threw him off course. He tied an NCAA freshman-record with 29 touchdown passes while completing 68.2 percent of his attempts last year. He could be even better in his second season as a starter.
DE
: Chris Harrington
Texas A&M
Harrington was Texas A&M's most consistent linemen last year, finishing fourth on the team with 59 tackles and leading the Aggies with 7.5 sacks. No one else on the team had more than two.
RB
: Mike Goodson
Texas A&M, So.
If not for McCoy (or teammate Jorvorskie Lane), Goodson would have taken home more Big 12 freshman accolades. The explosive back led the Aggies in rushing, running for 847 yards and four touchdowns despite splitting carries with Lane.
DE
: Nathan Peterson
Oklahoma State, Sr.
Despite being hampered by injuries in his first two seasons, Peterson entered Oklahoma State's top 10 in sacks with 14.5 in his career. In Peterson's first healthy year in Stillwater, he had eight sacks.
RB
: Jamaal Charles
Texas, Jr.
After two years of splitting carries, Charles will be the featured back at Texas. He's one of the fastest backs in the Big 12, but has yet to have a breakout year. After leading the team with 831 yards and seven touchdowns, he'll have to carry the Texas running game this year without a safety net.
DT
: Derek Lokey
Texas, Sr.
Lokey returns after missing the final five games of last season with a broken leg. While Lokey was healthy, the Longhorns allowed only 45.4 rushing yards per game. The run-stuffer finished the season with four tackles for a loss in eight games.
WR
: Adarius Bowman
Oklahoma State, Sr.
The North Carolina transfer made the most of his first year in Stillwater with 1,181 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. He turned in the best day for a wide receiver last year with 300 yards and four touchdowns against Kansas.
DT
: Frank Okam
Texas, Sr.
Entering his third year as a starter, Okam spurned the NFL to return for his final season. Along with Lokey and Roy Miller, Okam led a defensive tackle group that helped Texas rank third in the country in run defense.
WR
: Malcolm Kelly
Oklahoma, Sr.
Despite uncertainty at quarterback at the start of fall camp last year, Kelly finished the season with 993 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. The 6-foot-4, 217-pound receiver will be counted on to produce similar results in 2007.
LB
: Ian Campbell
Kansas State, Jr.
A star at defensive end last year, Campbell will move to outside linebacker in 2007 with the Wildcats switching to a 3-4 scheme. He was a consensus All-Big 12 performer last year with 11.5 sacks.
TE
: Martin Rucker
Missouri, Sr.
Rucker teams with Chase Coffman for the most dangerous tight end duo in the country. A little faster and a little more polished at the position than his counterpart, Rucker caught 53 passes for 511 yards and five touchdowns in 2007 to make him the most prolific pass-catching tight end in school history.
LB
: Bo Ruud
Nebraska, Sr.
After starting the last two seasons at weakside linebacker, Ruud moves to the strongside for the 2007 campaign. Following his brother Barrett and father Tom to Nebraska, Ruud enters his senior season with 162 career tackles and 21 tackles for a loss.
OT
: Tony Hills
Texas, Sr.
Texas lost three all-conference performers on its line after 2006, meaning the Longhorns will rely more on second-year starter Hills. There's no reason to think the 6-foot-6, 305-pound Hills won't be up to the task after taking over the starting left tackle job last year.
LB
: Chris Collins
Oklahoma State, So.
Collins' promising 2006 season was derailed by a knee injury in the sixth game of the year. He was the Cowboys' leading tackler with 31 at the time of the injury, earning Rivals.com second-team freshman All-American honors.
OT
: Yemi Babalola
Texas A&M, Jr.
Babalola might have been a first-team all-conference lineman last season, but injuries limited him throughout the year. The junior was a Rivals.com freshman All-American, but the Aggies are counting on him to be healthy now that he is a veteran.
CB
: Reggie Smith
Oklahoma, Jr.
Smith split time between cornerback and safety last year and will likely start 2007 at cornerback. The quick Smith continued the strong Oklahoma defensive back tradition with three interceptions and eight pass breakups last year.
G
: Duke Robinson
Oklahoma, Jr.
Oklahoma's offensive line blossomed as the year went on in 2006, and Robinson was part of that resurgence. The powerful guard helped the Sooners' run game continue to put up big numbers even with Adrian Peterson sidelined for seven games.
CB
: Aqib Talib
Kansas, Jr.
A true shutdown corner, Talib's performance last year was lost on a team that ranked last in the country in pass defense. Even with opposing defenses avoiding this Thorpe Award candidate, Talib defended 2.8 passes per game to go with a Big 12-leading six interceptions.
G
: Matt Slauson
Nebraska, So.
No matter the back in Nebraska's four-man rushing attack last year, Slauson was a key blocker. After starting 11 games at right tackle last year, Slauson will move to guard for 2007.
S
: Marcus Watts
Kansas State, Sr.
Despite an injury-shortened season, Watts still picked up All-Big 12 honors at the end of the year. In eight games last year, Watts forced five turnovers three interceptions and two fumbles.
C
: Cody Wallace
Texas A&M, Sr.
A second-team All-Big 12 performer last year, Wallace is a Rimington Trophy candidate at center. The A&M rushing attack, which ranked eighth in the country last year, begins with the Aggies' third-year starter Wallace
S
: Darien Williams
Oklahoma, Sr.
Williams is a major reason why Oklahoma is expecting its secondary to be among the best in the nation. A senior, Williams recorded 67 tackles last year, including two sacks from his safety position.
SPECIAL TEAMS
K
: Garrett Hartley
Oklahoma, Sr.
A Lou Groza Award finalist, Hartley missed only one of his 20 field goal attempts last year, a blocked attempt as time expired in the Oregon game. He is 35 of 43 in his career.
P
: Matt Fodge
Oklahoma State, Jr.
Rivals.com named Fodge as second team All-American after he averaged 44.9 yards per punt, ranking eighth in the country and second-best in school history.
RET
: Perrish Cox
Oklahoma State, So.
A Rivals.com first-team freshman All-American, Cox averaged 12.8 yards per return to rank in the national top 15. The true freshman averaged 23.8 yard per kickoff return. He also had two interceptions as defensive back.
UTIL
: Terrence Wheatley
Colorado, Sr.
Wheatley made a strong return after missing all of 2005 following wrist surgery. In 2006, Wheatley was a second-team All-Big 12 performer in 2007 when he finished with five interceptions and 11 pass break ups. He's also excellent on the Buffs' kick coverage teams.
2007 Rivals.com Preseason All-Big 12 Second Team
OFFENSEDEFENSE
QB
: Chase Daniel
Missouri, Jr.
Daniel's play last season reassured Missouri fans that they wouldn't miss star quarterback Brad Smith too much. In his first season as a starter, Daniel was fifth in the nation in total offense with 3,527 passing yards and 379 rushing yards on a resurgent Tigers team.
DE
: Brian Orakpo
Texas, Jr.
Orakpo has started only two games over his three seasons at Texas, but he's been sitting behind Tim Crowder and Brian Robison over the last two years. He still managed to pick up 4.5 sacks, but more will be expected in his first season as a starter.
RB
: Dantrell Savage
Oklahoma State, Sr.
After an early season injury, Savage heated up over the second half of the season. He topped the 100-yard rushing mark in five of the last seven games. An underrated runner, he finished last year with 6.5 yards per carry and eight touchdowns.
DE
: Rob Jackson
Kansas State, Sr.
In the shadow of Ian Campbell at Kansas State, Jackson has still managed to put up impressive numbers. He could even surpass Campbell as a pass rusher after having 4.5 sacks last year following his transfer from junior college.
RB
: Allen Patrick
Oklahoma, Sr.
Adrian Peterson clearly wasn't the only star running back on the OU roster last year. In Patrick's first four starts following Peterson's injury, the junior ran for 603 yards and three touchdowns. This year, he'll share carries with DeMarco Murray and Chris Brown.
DT
: James McClinton
Kansas, Sr.
The anchor for the Jayhawks' defensive line, McClinton finished third in the conference in tackles for a loss (14.5) to go with six sacks. In his first year as a starter he record 41 solo tackles.
WR
: Limas Sweed
Texas, Sr.
At 6 feet 5 and 219 pounds, Sweed is a matchup nightmare for opposing cornerbacks. If he can capitalize on his combination of size and speed, he could be an All-American. He faded over the final five games last season, finishing with 801 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns.
DT
: Gerald McCoy
Oklahoma, R-Fr.
McCoy was USA Today's High School National Defensive Player of the Year and the No. 4 overall prospect in the country in 2006. He could be Oklahoma's best defensive lineman despite redshirting last year as a true freshman.
WR
: Will Franklin
Missouri, Sr.
Missouri's top targets in the passing game are the star tight ends, but Franklin gives the Tigers a good downfield option. Even with Martin Rucker and Chase Coffman catching passes, Franklin finished with 829 receiving yards and averaged 17.3 yards per catch.
LB
: Alvin Bowen
Iowa State, Sr.
A tackling machine, Bowen led the country with nearly 13 tackles per game in 2006. He finished four games last year with at least 15 stops. His career high for tackles in a game entering the 2006 season was six.
TE
: Chase Coffman
Missouri, Jr.
The counterpart to Martin Rucker in the Tigers' two-headed monster at tight end, Coffman set single-season school records for tight ends with 58 catches, 638 yards and nine touchdowns.
LB
: Jordon Dizon
Colorado, Sr.
A second-team All-Big 12 selection at the end of last season, Dizon was a bright spot in a 2-10 year for the Buffaloes. Dizon was third in the conference after averaging more than 10 tackles per game. He also recorded 11 total tackles for a loss.
OT
: David Koenig
Oklahoma State, Sr.
Koenig's spot on the line is up in the air a bit - he could play either tackle or guard. As a starter at left guard, he helped the Cowboys become one of two teams to pass for 200 yards per game and rush for 200 yards per game in 2006.
LB
: Roddrick Muckelroy
Texas, So.
Muckelroy is listed as a backup at outside linebacker but it's a good bet he will start before the end of the season. Before a season-ending finger injury last year, he had 10 tackles and three tackles for a loss in the first three games.
OT
: Adam Ulatoski
Texas, So.
As a redshirt freshman Ulatoski took over at right tackle after Cedrick Dockery moved over to guard. The 6-foot-8, 300-pound giant helped Texas average 391.5 yards per game.
CB
: Zack Bowman
Nebraska, Sr.
Injuries have derailed a promising career for Bowman, who could be a Thorpe Award candidate if healthy. After missing the 2006 season with a torn ACL, Bowman will rejoin the Huskers this season following an injury to his other knee. In his last full season in 2005, Bowman had 14 pass break-ups.
G
: Louis Vasquez
Texas Tech, Jr.
As the only returning starter on Texas Tech's offensive line, Vasquez will be relied upon to jump-start Tech's potent offense. Vasquez helped running back Shannon Woods gain 926 rushing yards and 572 receiving yards in Tech's high-powered offense.
CB
: Marcus Walker
Oklahoma, Sr.
Another member of Oklahoma's standout secondary, Walker could make a case to be the best of the bunch. He had nine pass break-ups and three interceptions last year.
G
: Kirk Elder
Texas A&M, Sr.
Another key component of the Aggies' option-based offense, Elder helped A&M accumulate nearly 400 yards of offense per game. He's also one of the Aggies' most veteran players. Elder has started 35 consecutive games.
S
: Nic Harris
Oklahoma, Jr.
Harris is the Sooners' leading returning tackler with 68. He also led the team in interceptions with four. He spent most of the season last year playing in Oklahoma's nickel package before starting the last three games at free safety.
C
: Adam Spieker
Missouri, Sr.
Missouri's offense, which ranked eighth in the country last year in yards per game, starts with Spieker at center. He's also Missouri's most veteran player with 36 consecutive starts, 12 short of the school record.
S
: Devin Gregg
Texas A&M, Jr.
Gregg is Texas A&M's returning leading tackler with 64. He also added two interceptions a year ago (both against Army). In Gregg's first year as a starter, the Aggies allowed 114 fewer passing yards per game than they did the previous year.
SPECIAL TEAMS
K
: Jeff Wolfert
Missouri, Jr.
Once a diver on the Tigers' swimming and diving team, Wolfert kicked in only one game in his high school career before taking over place-kicking duties at Missouri. He was 18 of 20 on field goals last year and enters the season converting 53 consecutive kicks 38 extra points and 15 field goals.
P
: Justin Brantly
Texas A&M, Jr.
Brantly's 44.3-yard average last year was 10th in the nation and the third-best single-season average for an Aggies punter. His career average of 43.8 yards per punt is second in school history behind Shane Lechler.
RET
: Kerry Franks
Texas A&M, Sr.
Franks finished 10th in the nation with 27.7 yards per kickoff return, including a 99-yard touchdown against Texas Tech. With Franks, A&M improved from 109th nationally in kickoff returns to No. 2.
UTIL
: Shannon Woods
Texas Tech, Jr.
Running backs at Texas Tech are asked to be true dual threats as runners and pass-catchers. Woods excelled in both departments, leading all running backs in the country with 75 receptions and 572 receiving yards. He also had 926 rushing yards.

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