2013 Preseason All-Big 12 Team: Offense
2013 Preseason All Big 12 Team: Offense
The Big 12 lost quite a few playmakers on offense from the 2012 season. This list includes quarterback stand outs Collin Klein,Seth Doege,Landry Jones and Nick Florence along with others like Oklahoma State running back Joseph Randle and wide receivers Terrence Williams and Darrin Moore among many others.
Despite losing this talent, the conference returns quite a few offensive playmakers for the 2013 season. Some of these players are proven upperclassmen and some are players that are talented, but still have a lot left to prove on the field. Each year, irreplaceable players are in fact replaced with guys that come out of nowhere and surprise the entire conference.
Many quarterbacks and wide receivers will benefit from the Big 12 style of slinging the pigskin around all over the field as there are multiple head coaches like Mike Gundy, Art Briles and Kliff Kingsbury that love to spread the ball out. Other coaches like Mack Brown, Paul Rhodes and Gary Patterson prefer to center their offenses around a strong running game, and their running backs will likely benefit from that offensive philosophy. This list includes both skill position players and linemen, and breaks down each players achievements and what they are expected to do during the 2013 season. Some of these players are young guys that have proven last year that they can lead their teams, and some are veterans with just a year left to prove their NFL draft stock, but all are leaders on their respective teams.
Whichever offense these players are in, they're bound to rack up yards and touchdowns, and become team leaders as we prepare for another exciting Big 12 football season this fall. Below are my picks for the 2013 All-Big 12 offensive team.
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Quarterback: Casey Pachall
The Big 12 lost a lot of quarterback talent from the 2012 season, but TCU Horned Frogs quarterback Casey Pachall is one of the most experienced and talented of the bunch for the 2013 season. Despite having to sit out the majority of the 2012 season, Pachall has proven to be a talented quarterback who can rack up yardage and can be accurate while doing so. In 2011, Pachall passed for nearly 3,000 yards and 25 touchdowns while throwing just seven interceptions. He also lead the Horned Frogs to 11 wins that year including a win at No. 5 Boise State. Pachall will need to be adjusted to the tough Big 12 schedule and will have a tough introductory Big 12 game when they travel to Lubbock, Texas to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Sept. 12 this season, but will have a stingy defense and some offensive weapons to help him out.
Running Backs: Lache Seastrunk And Jonathan Gray
Baylor Bears running back Lache Seastrunk burst onto the scene in 2012 during his final six games of the season by rushing for 831 yards and six touchdowns. Seastrunk will get more carries and inevitably more yards and touchdowns in 2013 as he will be the featured running back for the Bears. Look for Seastrunk to rush for 1,500 yards if he is injury free next season.
Highly touted Texas Longhorns running back Jonathan Gray led the team in rushing yards last year as a true freshman with 701 yards and three touchdowns. Gray showed his potential in games against the Kansas Jayhawks and Texas Tech Red Raiders where he rushed for over 100 yards. Gray will share snaps with juniors Joe Bergeronand Malcolm Brown, but don't be surprised if he becomes the featured back for the Longhorns this year.
Wide Receivers: Eric Ward and Mike Davis
Texas Tech wide receiver Eric Ward surpassed the 1,000 yard mark in 2012 and will look to do so again this year as the Red Raiders featured receiver. Ward will be quarterback Michael Brewer's top target and is a physical receiver who can rack up yards after catch. I wouldn't be surprised if Ward contends for the Biletnikoff award in 2013, which goes to the nations best wide receiver.
Texas Longhorns wide receiver Mike Davis was the Longhorns leading receiver in 2012 with 939 yards and seven touchdowns. Davis should again be the top receiver for the Longhorns in 2013 and will be a great weapon for quarterback David Ash.
Tight End: Jace Amaro
Versatile tight end Jace Amaro is a big playmaker for the Texas Tech Red Raiders when he is healthy. Amaro was injured for half of the 2012 season, but when he did play, he was a force to be reckoned with. He racked up 409 yards and four touchdowns in six games last year with a break out game against West Virginia where he caught five passes for 156 yards, including a career long 61-yard touchdown reception before he was injured in the same game.
Center: BJ Finney, the Kansas State center is a 6-foot-4, 303-pound monster who was a 2011 freshman first team All-Big 12 and All-American selection. Finney should be the anchor of the offensive line for the Wildcats in 2013.
Offensive Guard/Center: red-shirt senior Gabe Ikard was a Weurffel trophy finalist last year and was named to the All-Big 12 team, academic All-Big 12 and academic All-American first team. Ikard is a fifth year senior and will be looked upon to be the vocal and play making leader for the Oklahoma Sooners in 2013.
Offensive Guard: Senior Cyril Richardson earned second team All-American honors in 2012 while playing in all 13 games for the Baylor Bears. Richardson was a big reason the Bears led the Big 12 in rushing last year with 231.7 yards per game.
Offensive Tackle: Red-shirt sophomore LeRaven Clark was a first team Freshman All-American and played in all 13 games as a red-shirt freshman in 2012. Clark helped the Texas Tech Red Raiders rush for 1,674 yards in the regular season last year, their most since 1998.
Offensive Tackle: Red-shirt sophomore Spencer Drango started all 13 games for the Baylor Bears in 2012 and was named a freshman All-American. At 6-foot-6 and 315-pounds, Drango is a hard lineman to get by for defensive linemen and will be one of the most productive offensive linemen in the Big 12 in 2013.