Irving, Texas (July 11, 2018) – Redshirt senior quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate Will Grier was named the Big 12 Conference Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, and he and three of his teammates were named to the All-Big 12 Media Preseason Football Team, today, as announced by the league office.
Grier, senior wide receiver David Sills V, redshirt senior offensive lineman Yodny Cajuste and redshirt junior linebacker David Long Jr. were the four Mountaineers named to the all-conference team.
The total team honored 17 seniors, 11 juniors and one sophomore. Seven were named to the 2017 All-Big 12 First Team while 11 were on the second team.
Other preseason individual awards went to defensive end Ben Banogu (TCU) as Defensive Player of the Year and defensive back Brendan Radley-Hiles (Oklahoma) as Newcomer of the Year.
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. Both days will be televised live from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. CT on FS2 and other FOX Sports regional 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.
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
WR Denzel Mims 2 Baylor 6-3 209 Jr. Daingerfield, Texas
WR David Sills V 1 West Virginia 6-4 204 Sr. Wilmington, Del.
OL Dalton Risner 1 Kansas State 6-5 300 Sr. Wiggins, Colo.
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
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 Kris Boyd Texas 6-0 195 Sr. Gilmer, 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
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