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.
Offense 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
DEFENSE 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