On Saturday, the Big 12 released the all-conference preseason team as voted on by the media. Mason Crosby is the lone Buff honored on the list. The junior place kicker was a unanimous first-team All-Big 12 honoree last year, after connecting on 19-of-23 field-goal attempts, including five from 50-plus yards, tying him for the NCAA lead.
Brian Iwuh is surprisingly absent from the list. The senior-to-be became the first linebacker to lead Colorado in tackles since 1999, with 98 stops last season.
DALLAS -- Adrian Peterson (Oklahoma) was named Preseason Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, Rodrique Wright (Texas) was selected Preseason Defensive Player of the Year and Zac Taylor (Nebraska) was chosen Preseason Newcomer of the Year in a poll voted on by media who cover the Big 12 Conference.
Peterson was the runner-up in last year's Heisman trophy balloting as well as the Big 12 Offensive Newcomer and Freshman of the Year. The 6-2, 210, sophomore running back was a 2004 All-Big 12 first team member while finishing second in the league in rushing with 148.1 yards per game. His 15 touchdowns for the Sooners ranked third in the conference.
Wright, a 6-5, 305, senior defensive tackle, was a member of the All-Big 12 second team and The Sporting News All-America second team in 2004. He had 36 tackles for the Longhorns last season, 18 solo and three for loss, along with seven quarterback hurries and a sack.
Taylor, a 6-2, 210, junior quarterback, joined the Huskers after transferring from Butler County Community College. He passed for close to 3,000 yards and 29 touchdowns while leading his team to the NJCAA championship game last season.