August 3, 2005

Rivals.com 2005 Preseason All-Big 12 team

It was a strange season in the Big 12 in 2004, as the conference's South Division had all of the league's top teams. A look at the Rivals.com 2005 Preseason All-Big 12 team shows that 2005 could provide more of the same.

Of the 54 players selected to the first or second team, 35 were from South Division teams. Additionally, only six of the 27 players chosen for the first team were from North Division squads.

It's also believed that this could be the year that Texas ends Oklahoma's reign as conference champion, and the Longhorns led the way with 11 preseason all-conference selections. The Sooners followed with seven players, while Texas A&M placed six players on the team but only one on the first team.

The following is the Rivals.com 2005 Preseason All-Big 12 team.

Rivals.com 2005 Preseason All-Big 12 First Team
OFFENSE DEFENSE
QB
: Vince Young

6-5, 230, Texas (Jr.)
An electrifying five-TD Rose Bowl performance capped an 11-1 season for Young, who now will look to take on a greater leadership role for the 'Horns.
DE
: Larry Birdine

6-4, 258, Oklahoma (Jr.)
Birdine put up solid numbers in 2004, 11 tackles for losses and seven sacks, while sharing time at his position. He'll be tough to deal with this fall.
RB
: Adrian Peterson

6-2, 211, Oklahoma (Soph.)
Peterson racked up more than 1,900 yards and 15 touchdowns as a true freshman, and he should be an even bigger part of the offense this season.
DE
: Tim Crowder

6-4, 255, Texas (Jr.)
An explosive athlete, Crowder is a disruptive force off the edge. He had 47 tackles, including 10 for losses, 4.5 sacks and 22 QB pressures in 2004.
RB
: Taurean Henderson

5-10, 205, Texas Tech (Sr.)
Henderson is a threat running the ball or as a receiver. He rushed for 840 yards and 16 TDs in 2004 and added 60 receptions, including two TDs.
DT
: Dusty Dvoracek

6-3, 298, Oklahoma (Sr.)
Dvoracek was kicked off the team last year after two games, but in 2003 he was an all-conference performer after piling up 16 tackles for losses.
WR
: Travis Wilson

6-3, 213, Oklahoma (Sr.)
Wilson played second fiddle to Mark Clayton last season, but he'll be the man this fall. He had 50 catches for 660 yards and 11 TDs as a junior.
DT
: Rodrique Wright

6-5, 305, Texas (Sr.)
Wright was plagued by an ankle injury last season, but when healthy, he's one of the nation's best defenders. He leads a stout Longhorns defense.
WR
: Jarrett Hicks

6-4, 209, Texas Tech (Jr.)
A big, physical target with great hands, Hicks has a nose for the end zone. Last season, he caught 76 passes, 13 of which went for TDs, for 1,177 yards.
LB
: Rufus Alexander

6-1, 219, Oklahoma (Jr.)
Alexander showed a knack for making big plays last season as he forced four fumbles, recovered three and had an interception. He also had 74 tackles.
TE
: David Thomas

6-3, 245, Texas (Sr.)
Thomas emerged as Vince Young's favorite target last season, hauling in 25 passes for 430 yards and five TDs, numbers that should improve this fall.
LB
: Nick Reid

6-4, 230, Kansas (Sr.)
The Jayhawks' defense was much-improved last season, and Reid's play was a major reason why. He recorded 109 tackles, including 15 for losses.
OT
: Davin Joseph

6-3, 306, Oklahoma (Sr.)
Joseph has started 27 consecutive games at guard for the Sooners, but he moves to tackle this year. Last season, he graded out at 82 percent.
LB
: Aaron Harris

6-0, 235, Texas (Sr.)
One of the hardest hitters in the conference, Harris is always around the ball. He recorded 118 tackles last season, including 10 for losses.
OT
: Jonathan Scott

6-7, 310, Texas (Sr.)
Scott probably will hear his name called in the opening round of the 2006 NFL draft, but first he'll try to help lead the Longhorns to a national title.
CB
: Cedric Griffin

6-2, 193, Texas (Sr.)
A starter in 31 consecutive games, Griffin has great speed and ball skills. He posted 68 tackles in 2004, as well as six pass break-ups and two picks.
OG
: Tony Palmer

6-2, 325, Missouri (Sr.)
Palmer is a devastating run blocker in the trenches or when pulling. He has started 30 career games, including all 11 at left guard last season.
CB
: Charles Gordon

5-11, 180, Kansas (Jr.)
The best cover corner in America, Gordon might not duplicate last year's seven picks because opponents will be hesitant to throw his way.
OG
: Corey Hilliard

6-5, 310, Oklahoma State (Jr.)
Big, powerful and athletic, Hilliard started all 12 games for the Cowboys last season at left tackle, but he'll move to right guard this fall.
S
: Michael Huff

6-1, 205, Texas (Sr.)
Huff's biggest strength is his coverage ability, where he can defend a tight end or a wide receiver. He had 78 tackles and two interceptions last season.
C
: Kurt Mann

6-4, 290, Nebraska (Jr.)
A great student with nearly a 4.0 GPA and the anchor of the Cornhuskers offensive line, Mann was part of a unit that allowed just 16 sacks in 2004.
S
: Daniel Bullocks

6-2, 210, Nebraska (Sr.)
Big, fast and powerful, Bullocks is a playmaker in the NU secondary. He had 58 tackles, nine pass break-ups and five interceptions last season.
SPECIAL TEAMS
P
: Daniel Sepulveda

6-3, 223, Baylor (Jr.)
Sepulveda averaged 46 yards per attempt, was second nationally with a net average of 42.5 and had 26 kicks downed inside the 20.
K
: Mason Crosby

6-2, 210, Colorado (Jr.)
One of the top college kickers in the last decade, Crosby made 19 of 23 field goals in 2004, including five from at least 50 yards and a 60-yarder.
PR
: Danny Amendola

5-11, 174, Texas Tech (Soph.)
Also a reserve receiver, Amendola was a force on special teams last season. He averaged 12.8 yards per punt return, including a 90-yarder for a TD.
KR
: Willie Andrews

5-10, 190, Baylor (Sr.)
One of the most explosive return men in the nation, Andrews averaged 24.7 yards on 30 kick returns a year ago for the Bears and had a long of 59 yards.
Utility
: Jason Carter

6-0, 202, Texas A&M (Sr.)
Carter was the Aggies' second-leading receiver last season with 468 yards, but he's also solid on kick returns. He should be a difference-maker this fall.

Rivals.com 2005 Preseason All-Big 12 Second Team
OFFENSE DEFENSE
QB
: Reggie McNeal

6-2, 206, Texas A&M (Sr.)
A lot was expected of McNeal, one of the top recruits in the nation. He showed flashes of brilliance last year and is poised for a big senior year.
DE
: Jason Jack

6-4, 277, Texas A&M (Soph.)
Quick and powerful, Jack was a Rivals.com Freshman All-American last year after recording 48 tackles, including six for losses, and two sacks.
RB
: Cory Ross

5-6, 195, Nebraska (Sr.)
Small but tough as nails, Ross gets every possible yard out of each carry. He rushed for 1,102 yards and six TD's in 2004, averaging 5.3 yards per carry.
DE
: Keyunta Dawson

6-2, 259, Texas Tech (Jr.)
The Red Raiders are known for their offense, but Dawson was force on the other side of the ball last year with nine tackles for losses and 6.5 sacks.
RB
: Stevie Hicks

6-2, 215, Iowa State (Jr.)
Hicks is the ultimate workhorse and usually delivers when the Cyclones need a tough yard. He rushed for 1,062 yards and five TDs a year ago.
DT
: Larry Dibbles

6-2, 285, Texas (Sr.)
Dibbles improved dramatically throughout last season, finishing with 49 tackles, including five for losses, and he should be even better in 2005.
WR
: Dominique Zeigler

6-3, 182, Baylor (Jr.)
Zeigler might be the most underrated player in the Big 12. He had 55 catches for 536 yards and five TDs last year, numbers that should improve this fall.
DT
: Ryan McBean

6-5, 290, Oklahoma State (Jr.)
McBean, one of the top JUCO players in the country a year ago, enrolled in the spring, was impressive in workouts and should be a major contributor.
WR
: D'Juan Woods

6-1, 210, Oklahoma State (Jr.)
Woods and his brother, quarterback Donovan, teamed up on several big plays last year, as D'Juan finished with 29 catches for 650 yards and six TDs.
LB
: Justin Warren

6-3, 231, Texas A&M (Jr.)
Warren excels in pass coverage, but he's not afraid to deliver a big hit if given the chance. He recorded 58 tackles and an interception last season.
TE
: Joe Klopfenstein

6-6, 245, Colorado (Sr.)
Klopfenstein is a solid blocker and reliable receiver. He caught 28 passes for 284 yards and four TDs last season and had a catch in 11 of 12 games.
LB
: Brandon Archer

6-2, 225, Kansas State (Jr.)
Archer, who's tremendous in pass coverage, made huge strides last year, finishing with 75 tackles and two picks, both of which he returned for TDs.
OT
: Justin Blalock

6-4, 329, Texas (Jr.)
One of the strongest players in the league, Blalock has 25 consecutive starts. He helped the 'Horns average 299 rushing yards per game in 2004.
LB
: Clint Ingram

6-1, 236, Oklahoma (Sr.)
Physical and fast, Ingram patrols the middle of the field for the Sooners. He had 50 tackles, including four for losses, and two sacks in 2004.
OT
: Jeromey Clary

6-7, 300, Kansas State (Sr.)
Clary has started 26 consecutive games at right tackle and achored a line that helped the Wildacts rush for nearly 190 yards per game in 2004.
CB
: Lorenzo Sims

5-11, 185, Colorado (Jr.)
Sims isn't the biggest or fastest corner in the league, but he just makes plays. He had 56 tackles, 11 pass break-ups and five interceptions in 2004.
OG
: Kasey Studdard

6-3, 295, Texas (Jr.)
Studdard has a motor that never quits, and his nasty disposition and toughness on the field make him one of the Big 12's best offensive linemen.
CB
: DeAndre Jackson

6-0, 185, Iowa State (Jr.)
Jackson has great size and speed and the coverage skills to shut down opposing wideouts. He had 50 tackles, 10 pass break-ups and a pick in 2004.
OG
: Kirk Elder

6-4, 305, Texas A&M (Soph.)
Other members of the Aggies' offensive line might get more attention, but the physical Elder, who started 11 games last season a freshman, is the best.
S
: Jaxson Appel

6-0, 198, Texas A&M (Sr.)
The heart and soul of the A&M defense, Appel has a nose for the ball. He led the Aggies with 85 tackles last season and also had three pass break-ups.
C
: Adam Spieker

6-3, 310, Missouri (Soph.)
A future star in Columbia, the physical and athletic Spieker started all 11 games last season and was named a Freshman All-American by Rivals.com.
S
: Jason Simpson

6-0, 205, Missouri (Sr.)
Simpson isn't a great athlete, but he's as tough as they come. He recorded 98 tackles, including 15 for losses, and six pass break-ups in 2004.
SPECIAL TEAMS
P
: John Torp

6-2, 205, Colorado (Sr.)
Torp averaged 46.3 yards per punt in 2004 and had 22 kicks of 50 yards or longer, as well as a net average of 42.4 and 22 punts downed inside the 20.
K
: Jason Ricks

6-1, 190, Oklahoma State (Soph.)
Ricks had a solid freshman season, converting 11 of 15 field goals and 46 of 48 PATs. His long was 55 yards and he was perfect from inside 40 yards.
PR
: Stephone Robinson

5-9, 185, Colorado (Soph.)
Also a reserve cornerback, Robinson averaged nearly 8 yards per punt return as a freshman a year ago, including a 48-yard TD scamper against Kansas.
KR
: Jermaine Moreira

5-11, 190, Kansas State (Jr.)
The exceptionally quick Moreira averaged 26.1 yards on kick returns last season and will get more chances this fall with Darren Sproles gone.
Utility
: Thomas Clayton

6-0, 210, Kansas State (Jr.)
A transfer from Florida State and a former prep All-American, Clayton has the skills to contribute in many ways and will be utilized more this year.

Action photos by Associated Press.




 

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