Football season is close when you start seeing preseason awards pop up.
And the newly svelte Big 12 jumped into the fray today, announcing its 2011 Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team list.
Topping the list of names is Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon, reeling in the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year award. He also claimed one of the two wide receiver slots on the award list. The 2010 Biletnikoff Award winner, Blackmon was clutch for the Cowboys last season, piling up 1,782 yards and 20 touchdowns.
He wasn't the only Poke on the list, however.
Also appearing with Blackmon on the offensive side is offensive lineman Levy Adcock. Both were 2010 All-Big 12 First Team selections. Defensive back Markelle Martin and punter Quinn Sharp also made the preseason list.
That's a total of four Cowpokes on the list overall. That's tied with Texas A&M, which won four slots, though one player holds two of those -Coryell Judie at both kick returner and defensive back. Oklahoma led the way with nine slots, including Ryan Broyles at the other wideout slot (he also won punt returner) and Landry Jones at quarterback. Texas only posted at three spots - none on offense. Missouri had three as well, followed by Iowa State at two and Kansas State and Texas Tech with one apiece. Baylor and Kansas did not feature a player on the list.
WR - Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma
TE - Michael Egnew, Missouri
OL - Kelechi Osemele, Iowa State
OL - Levy Adcock, Oklahoma State
C - Ben Habern, Oklahoma
OL - Luke Joeckel Texas A&M
OL - Lonnie Edwards, Texas Tech
WR - Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
QB - Landry Jones, Oklahoma
RB - Bryce Brown, Kansas State
RB - Roy Finch, Oklahoma
RB - Cyrus Gray, Texas A&M
PK - Grant Ressel, Missouri
KR - Coryell Judie, Texas A&M
DL - Brad Madison, Missouri
DL - Frank Alexander, Oklahoma
DL - Ronnell Lewis, Oklahoma
DL - Kheeston Randall, Texas
LB - Jake Knott, Iowa State
LB - Travis Lewis, Oklahoma
LB - Keenan Robinson, Texas
DB - Markelle Martin, Oklahoma State
DB - Demontre Hurst, Oklahoma
DB - Blake Gideon, Texas
DB - Coryell Judie, Texas A&M
P - Quinn Sharp, Oklahoma State
PR - Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma