Where’s Pierre Allen on Preseason all-Conference Team?
There were no surprises in the preseason all-Big 12 football team, although the case could be made that senior Nebraska defensive end Pierre Allen is the most underrated player in the conference.
Allen got the snub despite coming off a very good junior season.
Heading into 2010 Allen is Nebraska’s third-leading returning tackler from 2009, when he had 51 total tackles, five sacks, 12 tackles for a loss and eight quarterback hurries.
I’m calling my shot now — Pierre Allen will end up at least second-team all conference in 2010.
Nebraska defensive tackle Jared Crick and Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller were selected defensive co-players of the year, and A&M’s Jerrod Johnson was named offensive player of the year on the 2010 preseason All-Big 12 football team chosen by media representatives who cover the conference, according to the Nebraska sports information office.
Oklahoma and Texas led the balloting with six first-team all-conference players apiece, and the defending North Division champion Huskers placed four. In addition to Crick, a first-team All-Big 12 selection last year with 73 tackles and 9.5 sacks, tightend Mike McNeill, defensive back Prince Amukamara and placekicker Alex Henery earned preseason All-Big 12 first-team honors.
One of only three unanimous selections, Crick shared the preseason player of the year honor with Miller, who garnered all-Big 12 and all-America first-team accolades in 2009 when he led the nation in sacks with 17 and ranked fifth in tackles for loss (1.75/game). The hybrid linebacker/defensive end led the Big 12 in sacks, tackles for loss and forced fumbles.
Johnson was named the preseason squad’s quarterback after earning all-Big 12 second team honors in 2009. The 6-5 senior led the league in total offense with 314.2 yards a game and was fourth in passing (275.3 yards per game).
Colorado wide receiver Toney Clemons, a transfer from Michigan following the 2008 campaign, was selected the preseason Big 12 newcomer of the year.
2010 Media Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team
Offensive Player of the Year: Jerrod Johnson, Texas A&M (QB, 6-5, 243, Sr/3L, Humble, Texas)
Defensive Co-Players of the Year: Jared Crick, Nebraska (DL, 6-6, 285, Jr, 2L, Cozad, Neb.) and Von Miller, Texas A&M (DE/LB, 6-3, 240, Sr/3L, DeSoto, Texas)
Newcomer of the Year: Toney Clemons, Colorado (WR, 6-2, 205, Jr/TR, New Kensington, Pa.)
Pos Name School Ht Wt Cl/Exp Hometown
WR Ryan Broyles2 Oklahoma 5-11 178 Jr/2L Norman, Okla.
TE Mike McNeill Nebraska 6-4 235 Sr/3L Kirkwood, Mo.
OL Nate Solder1 Colorado 6-9 300 Sr/3L Buena Vista, Calif.
OL Ryan Miller Colorado 6-8 310 Jr/3L Littleton, Colo.
C Tim Barnes Missouri 6-4 310 Sr/3L Longwood, Mo.
OL Tanner Hawkinson Kansas 6-6 293 So/1L McPherson, Kan.
OL Stephen Good Oklahoma 6-6 291 Jr/2L Paris, Texas
OL Kyle Hix Texas 6-7 325 Sr/3L Aledo, Texas
WR Jeff Fuller Texas A&M 6-4 215 Jr/2L McKinney, Texas
QB Jerrod Johnson2 Texas A&M 6-5 243 Sr/3L Humble, Texas
RB Daniel Thomas1 Kansas State 6-2 228 Sr/1L Hilliard, Fla.
RB DeMarco Murray^2 Oklahoma 6-1 214 Sr/3L Las Vegas, Nev.
PK Alex Henery^2 Nebraska 6-2 175 Sr/3L Omaha, Neb.
KR Cyrus Gray Texas A&M 5-10 196 Jr/2L DeSoto, TexasDefense
DL Aldon Smith Missouri 6-5 255 So/1L Raytown, Mo.
DL Jared Crick1 Nebraska 6-6 285 Jr/2L Cozad, Neb.
DL Jeremy Beal2 Oklahoma 6-3 261 Sr/3L Carrollton, Texas
DL Sam Acho Texas 6-3 260 Sr/3L Dallas, Texas
LB Travis Lewis^1 Oklahoma 6-2 232 Jr/2L San Antonio, Texas
LB Keenan Robinson Texas 6-3 239 Jr/2L Plano, Texas
LB Von Miller1 Texas A&M 6-3 240 Sr/3L DeSoto, Texas
LB Brian Duncan Texas Tech 6-1 240 Sr/3L Baton Rouge, La.
DB Prince Amukamara1 Nebraska 6-1 205 Sr/3L Glendale, Ariz.
DB Quinton Carter2 Oklahoma 6-1 193 Sr/3L Las Vegas, Nev.
DB Aaron Williams Texas 6-1 195 Jr/2L Round Rock, Texas
DB Curtis Brown Texas 6-0 184 Sr/3L Gilmer, Texas
DB Blake Gideon Texas 6-1 205 Jr/2L Leander, Texas
P Derek Epperson1 Baylor 6-3 235 Sr/3L Southlake, Texas
PR Ryan Broyles^ Oklahoma 5-11 178 Jr/2L Norman, Okla.
^ 2009 Preseason Team
1 2009 All-Big 12 First Team selection
2 2009 All-Big 12 Second Team selection
Ties in voting created an additional spot at offensive line, defensive back and linebacker.
Unanimous selections: DL – Jared Crick (NU) and Jeremy Beal (OU); LB – Travis Lewis (OU)