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WVU Football Has Two Selected for Big 12 Preseason Honors

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Will Grier prepares for his WVU debut against Virginia Tech on Sept. 3. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle) Will Grier prepares for his WVU debut against Virginia Tech on Sept. 3. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (July 12, 2017) - West Virginia University senior running back Justin Crawford has been named to the Big 12 Preseason All-Conference team and redshirt junior quarterback Will Grier was named the preseason Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, today, as selected by media representatives who cover the league.

The honorees include 14 seniors, 12 juniors and three sophomores. Only three players were unanimous selections at their position with Kansas defensive lineman Dorrance Armstrong, Oklahoma offensive lineman Orlando Brown and Oklahoma State receiver James Washington. Fourteen were named to the 2016 All-Big 12 First Team, while eight were on the second team.

Crawford returns as the Big 12’s leading rusher from 2016, finishing with 1,184 yards and four touchdowns. The 2016 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and All-Big 12 Conference performer, Crawford ran for 331 yards against Oklahoma and 201 more against Baylor.

Grier transferred to West Virginia from Florida and sat out in 2016 to fulfill NCAA residency requirements. As a redshirt freshman at Florida in 2015, he played in six games, started five and led the Gators to a 6-0 record and a Top-10 ranking. He completed 106-of-161 passes for 1,204 yards and 10 touchdowns. He threw for a season-high 283 yards and two touchdowns against Tennessee.

Selections for the preseason individual awards were quarterback Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma) as Offensive Player of the Year, lineman Dorrance Armstrong (Kansas) as Defensive Player of the Year and Grier as Newcomer of the Year.

The Big 12 media preseason poll will be released on Thursday, followed by the annual Big 12 Football Media Days to be conducted in Frisco, Texas, on July 17-18. Both days will be televised live from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. ET on FS2 and other FOX Sports affiliates. Exclusive coverage from the event will also be available on the Big 12’s digital platforms – Big12Sports.com, Twitter and Instagram (@Big12Conference). The official hashtag for the event will be #Big12FB.

2017 Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team

Offensive Player of the Year: Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma, QB, Sr., Austin, Texas

Defensive Player of the Year: Dorrance Armstrong, Kansas, DE, Jr., Houston, Texas

Newcomer of the Year: Will Grier, West Virginia, QB, Jr., Davidson, N.C.

Offense

Pos         Name                                     School                   Ht           Wt          Class      Hometown

QB          Baker Mayfield 1                 Oklahoma             6-1          218         Sr.           Austin, Texas

RB           Justice Hill 2                         Oklahoma State  5-10        185         So.          Tulsa, Okla.

RB           Justin Crawford 2              West Virginia      6-0          202         Sr.           Columbus, Ga.

FB           Winston Dimel 1                 Kansas State        6-1          235         Jr.            Manhattan, Kan.

WR         James Washington* 1        Oklahoma State  6-0          205         Sr.           Stamford, Texas

WR         Allen Lazard 1                      Iowa State            6-5          222         Sr.           Urbandale, Iowa

WR         Keke Coutee 3                     Texas Tech           5-11        180         Jr.            Lufkin, Texas

TE           Mark Andrews 1                 Oklahoma             6-5          253         Jr.            Scottsdale, Ariz.

OL           Orlando Brown* 1              Oklahoma             6-8          360         Jr.            Duluth, Ga.

OL           Connor Williams 1               Texas                     6-6          320         Jr.            Coppell, Texas

OL           Dalton Risner 1                   Kansas State        6-5          300         Jr.            Wiggins, Colo.

OL           Austin Schlottman 2           TCU                        6-6          300         Sr.           Brenham, Texas

OL           Zach Crabtree 2                  Oklahoma State  6-7          310         Sr.           Mansfield, Texas

PK           Clayton Hatfield                  Texas Tech           5-10        185         Jr.            Boerne, Texas

KR/PR    KaVontae Turpin 3             TCU                        5-9          153         Jr.            Monroe, La.

Defense

DL           Dorrance Armstrong Jr.* 1              Kansas                   6-4          246         Jr.            Houston, Texas

DL           K.J. Smith 1                                           Baylor                    6-1          260         Sr.           Frisco, Texas

DL           Reggie Walker                                     Kansas State        6-2          235         So.          Ponchatoula, La.

DL           Poona Ford 3                                        Texas                     6-0          310         Sr.           Hilton Head, S.C.

DL           Malcolm Roach 3                                Texas                     6-3          270         So.          Baton Rouge, La.

LB           Travin Howard 1                                 TCU                        6-3          213         Sr.           Longview, Texas

LB           Ogbonnia Okornkwo 2                       Oklahoma             6-1          242         Sr.           Houston, Texas

LB           Malik Jefferson                                    Texas                     6-3          240         Jr.            Mesquite, Texas

DB          D.J. Reed 1                                           Kansas State        5-9          188         Jr.            Bakersfield, Calif.

DB          Jordan Thomas 1                                 Oklahoma             6-0          186         Sr.           Klein, Texas

DB          Tre Flowers 2                                       Oklahoma State  6-3          200         Sr.           Converse, Texas

DB          Kamari Cotton-Moya 2                      Iowa State            6-2          198         Sr.           Bakersfield, Calif.

DB          Nick Orr 2                                             TCU                        6-3          187         Sr.           DeSoto, Texas

P              Michael Dickson 1                              Texas                     6-3          205         Jr.            Sydney, Australia

*Unanimous Selection to Preseason Team

1 2016 All-Big 12 First Team selection

2 2016 All-Big 12 Second Team selection

3 2016 All-Big 12 Honorable Mention

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