AUSTIN (KXAN) — Charlie Strong has a roster loaded with young talent at Texas. That was evident when the Media’s All Big-12 Team was announced on Tuesday and Texas had four sophomores named to the team. Linebacker Malik Jefferson is the headliner, also named pre season Defensive Player of the Year. Cornerback Devante Davis, offensive tackle Connor Williams, and guard Patrick Vahe join Jefferson on that first team. Williams and Vahe will pave the way for a talented tandem of running backs in D’Onta Foreman and Chris Warren.
Jefferson started nine games his freshman season and his 61 tackles was second most on the team. Jefferson has been named 1st Team Preseason All-American by Sporting News. Davis played in all 12 games and led the team with seven pass breakups, with one interception.
Sixty of UT’s 85 scholarship players are freshmen and sophomores.
The question heading into the season is will new offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert’s new offense provide enough punch. Last year Texas was 8th in the Big-12 in scoring offense, averaging 26.4 points per game.
Oklahoma led the all conference selections with nine including quarterback Baker Mayfield (Lake Travis High School), the pre season pick of Offensive Player of the year.
Here is the complete list of All Big-12 selections.
2016 Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team
- Offensive Player of the Year: Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma, QB, Jr., Austin, Texas
- Defensive Player of the Year: Malik Jefferson, Texas, LB, So., Mesquite, Texas
- Newcomer of the Year: Kenny Hill, TCU, QB, Jr., Southlake, Texas
- QB Baker Mayfield # Oklahoma 6-1 212 Jr./1L Austin, Texas
- RB Mike Warren Iowa State 6-0 205 So./1L Lawton, Okla.
- RB Samaje Perine ^# Oklahoma 5-11 237 Jr./2L Pflugerville, Texas
- FB Winston Dimel # Kansas State 6-1 235 So./1L Manhattan, Kan.
- WR KD Cannon * Baylor 6-0 180 Jr./2L Mount Pleasant, Texas
- WR Allen Lazard Iowa State 6-5 223 Jr./2L Urbandale, Iowa
- WR James Washington * Oklahoma State 6-0 205 Jr./2L Stamford, Texas
- TE Mark Andrews # Oklahoma 6-5 244 So./1L Scottsdale, Ariz.
- OL Kyle Fuller * Baylor 6-5 310 Sr./3L Wylie, Texas
- OL Orlando Brown Oklahoma 6-8 357 So./1L Duluth, Ga.
- OL Patrick Vahe Texas 6-3 326 So./1L Nyack, N.Y.
- OL Connor Williams Texas 6-6 288 So./1L Coppell, Texas
- OL Tyler Orlosky * West Virginia 6-4 295 Sr./3L Cleveland, Ohio
- PK Clayton Hatfield Texas Tech 5-10 170 So./1L Boerne, Texas
- KR/PR KaVontae Turpin TCU 5-9 153 So./1L Monroe, La.
- DL Will Geary Kansas State 6-0 297 Jr./2L Topeka, Kan.
- DL Jordan Willis Kansas State 6-5 250 Sr./3L Kansas City, Mo.
- DL Charles Walker * Oklahoma 6-2 299 Jr./2L Garland, Texas
- DL Vincent Taylor Oklahoma State 6-3 310 Jr./2L San Antonio, Texas
- DL Josh Carraway # TCU 6-4 250 Sr./3L Flower Mound, Texas
- DL James McFarland TCU 6-3 250 Sr./3L West Monroe, La.
- DL Noble Nwachukwu West Virginia 6-2 275 Sr./3L Wylie, Texas
- LB Elijah Lee * Kansas State 6-3 218 Jr./2L Blue Springs, Mo.
- LB Jordan Evans * Oklahoma 6-2 233 Sr./3L Norman, Okla.
- LB Malik Jefferson Texas 6-3 238 So./1L Mesquite, Texas
- DB Dante Barnett Kansas State 6-1 193 Sr./3L Tulsa, Okla.
- DB Steven Parker Oklahoma 6-1 208 Jr./2L Tulsa, Okla.
- DB Jordan Thomas * Oklahoma 6-0 187 Jr./2L Klein, Texas
- DB Jordan Sterns * Oklahoma State 6-0 200 Sr./3L Cibolo, Texas
- DB Davante Davis Texas 6-2 199 So./1L Miami, Fla.
- P Austin Seibert * Oklahoma 5-10 214 So./1L Belleville, Ill.A tie in voting at DL created two additional spots.
^ – 2015 Preseason Team
# – 2015 All-Big 12 First Team selection
* – 2015 All-Big 12 Second Team selection