Oklahoma may feature a new coach in 2017 but many of the same players from last year’s conference championship squad are returning to take the field with Lincoln Riley. The back-to-back defending Big 12 champs featured five players as preseason All-Conference selections.
Quarterback Baker Mayfield, was tagged as the pick for Offensive Player of the Year. Last season, he set the FBS single season pass efficiency rating record with a mark of 196.4 and also led the nation in completion percentage (70.9) and yards per pass attempt (11.1). He threw for 3,965 yards and 40 touchdowns against just eight interceptions.
Joining Mayfield, on the offensive side of the ball, are tight end Mark Andrews and offensive lineman Orlando Brown, who was one of only three players to be an unanimous selection.
Defensively, linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo and cornerback Jordan Thomas were selected, giving the Sooners a total of five selections.
2017 Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team
Offensive Player of the Year: Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma, QB
Defensive Player of the Year: Dorance Armstrong Jr., Kansas, DE
Newcomer of the Year: Will Grier, West Virginia, QB, Jr., Davidson, N.C.
QB Baker Mayfield Oklahoma
RB Justice Hill Oklahoma State
RB Justin Crawford West Virginia
FB Winston Dimel Kansas State
WR James Washington* Oklahoma State
WR Allen Lazard Iowa State
WR Keke Coutee Texas Tech
TE Mark Andrews Oklahoma
OL Orlando Brown* Oklahoma
OL Connor Williams Texas
OL Dalton Risner Kansas State
OL Austin Schlottmann TCU
OL Zach Crabtree Oklahoma State
PK Clayton Hatfield Texas Tech
KR/PR KaVontae Turpin TCU
DL Dorance Armstrong Jr.* Kansas
DL K.J. Smith Baylor
DL Reggie Walker Kansas State
DL Poona Ford Texas
DL Malcolm Roach Texas
LB Travin Howard TCU
LB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo Oklahoma
LB Malik Jefferson Texas
DB D.J. Reed Kansas State
DB Jordan Thomas Oklahoma
DB Tre Flowers Oklahoma State
DB Kamari Cotton-Moya Iowa State
DB Nick Orr TCU
P Michael Dickson Texas
*Unanimous Selection to Preseason Team