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Grier named Big 12 Preseason Offensive Player of the Year

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia's Heisman hopeful is now the Big 12 Conference's Preseason Offensive Player of the Year.

Will Grier was also one of four Mountaineers named to this year's All-Big 12 Media Preseason football team, announced by the conference Wednesday.

Senior wide receiver David Sills V, redshirt senior offensive lineman Yodny Cajuste and redshirt junior linebacker David Long Jr. were each named to the preseason all-conference team, along with Grier. 

Grier is the Conference’s top returner in total offense average (328.4), passing yards per game (317.3) and passing efficiency (162.7). The 2017 Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year started 11 games for West Virginia before a season-ending hand injury in the first quarter against Texas.

Sills V earned All-America honors and was a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award after finishing with 60 catches for 980 yards and tied for the nation’s lead with 18 touchdown receptions.

Cajuste has been a two-year starter and anchors the Mountaineer offensive line at the left tackle position. He was a member of an offensive line in 2017 that only allowed 4.1 tackles for loss per game, ranking No. 8 nationally and No. 1 in the Big 12. Opponents averaged only 1.5 sacks per game, ranking No. 20 in the nation. He also was part of an offensive line that paved the way for a 1,000-yard rusher, a 3,400-yard pass and two 1,000-yard receivers.

Long Jr. played in nine games in 2017 after suffering a preseason knee injury. The ProFootballFocus All-America Second Team selection finished third on the team with 76 tackles, including  56 unassisted tackles, four sacks, a team-leading 16.5 tackles for loss, six pass breakups and a fumble recovery.

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 16-17. Stay with www.wvillustrated.com and watch our daily West Virginia Illustrated reports online and on TV for more coverage. 

2018 Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team

Offensive Player of the Year:         Will Grier, West Virginia, QB, 6-2, 212, Sr., Charlotte, N.C.       

Defensive Player of the Year:          Ben Banogu, TCU, DL, 6-4 249, Sr., McKinney, Texas 

Newcomer of the Year:                     Brendan Radley-Hiles, Oklahoma, DB, 5-9, 186, Fr., Inglewood, Calif.



Pos         Name                               School                       Ht         Wt     Class   Hometown

QB          Will Grier 3                     West Virginia          6-2       212      Sr.     Charlotte, N.C.

RB          David Montgomery 1      Iowa State               5-11       216       Jr.      Cincinnati, Ohio

RB          Rodney Anderson 2       Oklahoma                 6-1        220       Jr.      Katy, Texas

RB          Justice Hill 1                    Oklahoma State     5-10       185       Jr.      Tulsa, Okla.

WR         Denzel Mims 2                Baylor                        6-3        209       Jr.      Daingerfield, Texas

WR         Marquise Brown 3           Oklahoma                5-10       168       Jr.      Hollywood, Fla.

WR         David Sills V 1                West Virginia          6-4        204      Sr.     Wilmington, Del.

TE           Grant Calcaterra 3          Oklahoma                 6-4        221      So.     Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.

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

OL           Bobby Evans 3                Oklahoma                 6-5        301       Jr.      Allen, Texas

OL           Ben Powers 2                  Oklahoma                 6-4        313      Sr.     Wichita, Kan.

OL           Marcus Keyes                Oklahoma State       6-3        309       Jr.      Port Allen, La.                        

OL          Yodny Cajuste 2            West Virginia          6-5        321      Sr.     Miami, Fla.

PK           Austin Seibert 2               Oklahoma                 5-9        214      Sr.     Belleville, Ill.

KR/PR    KaVontae Turpin 1          TCU                           5-9        157      Sr.     Monroe, La.



DL           JaQuan Bailey 3              Iowa State                6-2        251       Jr.      Jacksonville, Fla.

DL           Daniel Wise 1                  Kansas                      6-3        290      Sr.     Lewisville, Texas

DL           Jordan Brailford 2           Oklahoma State       6-3        250       Jr.      Tulsa, Okla.

DL           Ben Banogu 1                 TCU                           6-4        249       Sr      McKinney, Texas

DL           Breckyn Hager 3             Texas                        6-3        255      Sr.     Austin, Texas

LB           Joe Dineen Jr. 2              Kansas                      6-2        235      Sr.     Lawrence, Kan.

LB           Dakota Allen 2                 Texas Tech              6-1        235      Sr.     Humble, Texas

LB          David Long Jr. 3            West Virginia         5-11       221      Jr.     Cincinnati, Ohio

DB          Brian Peavy 2                  Iowa State                5-9        194      Sr.     Houston, Texas

DB          Kendall Adams               Kansas State            6-1        228      Sr.     Fort Worth, Texas

DB          Kris Boyd                         Texas                        6-0        195      Sr.     Gilmer, Texas

DB          Jah’Shawn Johnson 2   Texas Tech             5-10       185      Sr.     Ennis, Texas

DB          Justus Parker 2               Texas Tech              6-0        205       Jr.      La Vernia, Texas

P             Austin Seibert 3               Oklahoma                 5-9        214      Sr.     Belleville, Ill.


1 2017 All-Big 12 First Team selection

2 2017 All-Big 12 Second Team selection

3 2017 All-Big 12 Honorable Mention

*A tie created an extra running back position.

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