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PHIL STEELE 2013 PRESEASON ALL-BIG 12 TEAM: 18 Longhorns listed

Some bold predictions. And 18 of 22 Longhorn starters listed on teams 1-4.


Phil Steele has spoken. And he has an interesting perspective. His talent rankings certainly jibe with the resurgent Longhorn narrative. A few of his picks are premised more on name familiarity, cumulative starts, and inference than pure evaluation, so I'll offer some of my thoughts as well.


1st TEAM 2nd TEAM 3rd TEAM 4th TEAM
QB Bryce Petty, Baylor Casey Pachall, TCU David Ash, Texas Blake Bell, Oklahoma
RB Damien Williams, Oklahoma John Hubert, Kansas St Andrew Buie, West Virginia Malcolm Brown, Texas
RB Lache Seastrunk, Baylor James Sims, Kansas Johnathan Gray, Texas Jeremy Smith, Oklahoma St
WR Mike Davis, Texas Eric Ward, Texas Tech Sterling Shepard, Oklahoma Jordan Thompson, West Virginia
WR Tracy Moore, Oklahoma St Jalen Saunders, Oklahoma Brandon Carter, TCU LaDarius Brown, TCU
WR Josh Stewart, Oklahoma St Tevin Reese, Baylor Jaxon Shipley, Texas Tyler Lockett, Kansas St
TE (FB) Trey Millard, Oklahoma Jace Amaro, Texas Tech Blake Jackson, Oklahoma St Ernst Brun, Iowa St
C BJ Finney, Kansas St Dominic Espinosa, Texas Eric Tausch, TCU Tom Farniok, Iowa St
OG (C) Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma Trey Hopkins, Texas Adam Shead, Oklahoma Parker Graham, Oklahoma St
OG Cyril Richardson, Baylor Mason Walters, Texas Cody Whitehair, Kansas St Bronson Irwin, Oklahoma
OT Cornelius Lucas, Kansas St Daryl Williams, Oklahoma Quinton Spain, West Virginia Tayo Fabuluje, TCU
OT Le’Raven Clark, Texas Tech Spencer Drango, Baylor Josh Cochran, Texas Kyle Lichtenberg, Iowa St


Steele is positively disposed to the overall depth of the Longhorn offense, with 9 of 11 starters listed in the first four teams, but only WR Mike Davis is listed on the 1st team. Espinosa on the 2nd team is sure to spark some debate. As will Mason Walters. He certainly expects good things from our offensive line. There are 50 starting offensive linemen in the Big 12. Steele thinks we have 4 of the top 15.

Notable that Steele's first two QB selections are a brand new starter and a guy returning from Celebrity Rehab. And it's not really that crazy. However, listing Trey Millard over Tech's Jace Amaro is. I'd be very surprised to see OSU's Tracy Moore earn 1st team WR. I like the ballsiness of the Bryce Petty selection. Steele is making an argument about the Baylor offense, namely that it's a machine on automatic pilot. Hard to disagree.

Interesting hedge on Blake Bell at 4th team, IMO.


1st TEAM 2nd TEAM 3rd TEAM 4th TEAM
DE Devonte Fields, TCU Cedric Reed, Texas Chuka Ndulue, Oklahoma Tyler Johnson, Oklahoma St
DT (DE) Kerry Hyder, Texas Tech Chucky Hunter, TCU Jordan Phillips, Oklahoma Marquel Combs, Kansas
DT Calvin Barnett, Oklahoma St Ashton Dorsey, Texas Davion Pierson, TCU James Castleman, Oklahoma St
DE Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas Delvon Simmons, Texas Tech (DT) Will Clarke, West Virginia Chris McAllister, Baylor
LB Jordan Hicks, Texas Caleb Lavey, Oklahoma St Ben Heeney, Kansas Will Smith, Texas Tech
LB Steve Edmond, Texas Corey Nelson, Oklahoma Jeremiah George, Iowa St Peter Jinkens, Texas
LB Shaun Lewis, Oklahoma St Eddie Lackey, Baylor Joel Hasley, TCU Frank Shannon, Oklahoma
LB Bryce Hager, Baylor (S) Sam Carter, TCU Isaiah Bruce, West Virginia (S) Sam Holl, Baylor
CB Aaron Colvin, Oklahoma Quandre Diggs, Texas Carrington Byndom, Texas Randall Evans, Kansas St
CB Jason Verrett, TCU Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma St Joe Williams, Baylor (S) Chris Hackett, TCU
S Ty Zimmerman, Kansas St Elisha Olabode, TCU Ahmad Dixon, Baylor Jacques Washington, Iowa St
S Daytawion Lowe, Oklahoma St Karl Joseph, West Virginia Shamiel Gary, Oklahoma St Adrian Phillips, Texas


Texas places 9 selections on the first four teams: 3 on the 1st, 3 on the 2nd, 1 on the 3rd, 2 on the 4th. Steele is predicting a vastly improved Longhorn defense and his Steve Edmond (1st team LB) & Cedric Reed (2nd team DE) picks should be hotly debated.

Steele clearly thinks Texas, TCU, and Oklahoma State are the class of the conference talent-wise. Steele contends that we have 6 of the best 22 defenders in the league. Out of a possible 110 defensive starters.

TCU's Devonte Fields is a shoe-in at 1st team DE if he gets his act together. No guarantee, there. Meanwhile, Steele is short-changing Devonte's TCU teammate, the excellent Chucky Hunter, with a 2nd team listing.

Baylor's Bryce Hager will have to improve dramatically to be a 1st team LB, preferably racking up his tackle numbers nearer the line of scrimmage. I'm also not sold on WVU's Karl Joseph at 2nd team safety. Iowa State's Jacques Washington is listed on the 4th team at safety - he's 1st or 2nd team caliber IMO.

How much of all of these teams are predicated on name recognition and returning starts? What team is most likely to leapfrog some of these familiar names with new blood?

Special Teams

1st TEAM 2nd TEAM 3rd TEAM 4th TEAM
K Jaden Oberkrom, TCU Edwin Arceo, Iowa St Aaron Jones, Baylor Michael Hunnicutt, Oklahoma
P Kirby Van Der Kamp, Iowa St Ethan Perry, TCU Spencer Roth, Baylor Ron Doherty, Kansas
KR Tyler Lockett, Kansas St Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma St Jakeem Grant, Texas Tech Brennan Clay, Oklahoma
PR Tramaine Thompson, Kansas St Levi Norwood, Baylor Deante’ Gray, TCU Quandre Diggs, Texas