The Big 12 announced the media’s preseason all-conference teams as well as individual awards on Wednesday, and three Cowboys were recognized.
Justice Hill, Marcus Keyes and Jordan Brailford made the media’s Preseason all-conference squad, and all three made PFB’s ballot as well.
Hill, the league’s leading rusher from a year ago was a shoo-in but tied with Iowa State’s David Montgomery making a third RB spot available for Oklahoma’s Rodney Anderson.
Coming off of that 1,467-yard, 15-TD season, Hill will be an even bigger focus in OSU’s offense as Mike Gundy and Co. try to replace a trio of NFL Draftees in Mason Rudolph, James Washington and Marcell Ateman in the passing game.
Marcus Keyes has been maybe the most consistent and talented member of OSU offensive line that’s been mostly influx during his tenure. The good news? He’s still got two more years of eligibility.
Keyes started all 13 games both as a freshman and as a sophomore last season and helped take the Cowboys’ running game from obsolete, to decent, to productive.
Brailford has been one of the more dynamic pass rushers in Stillwater the last few years — when he’s been healthy. With a new-look defense (and crossed fingers) Brailford should be ready to feast on the Big 12’s QBs.
Brailford is OSU’s leading returner in sacks (5.0), tackles for loss (11.0) and grabbed both and interception and forced a fumble in 2017.
A look around the league reveals West Virginia’s Will Grier tabbed as the Offensive Player of the Year, TCU’s Ben Banogu is the Defense Player of the Year and Oklahoma DB, Brendan Radley-Hiles, was voted Preseason Newcomer of the Year.