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July 16, 2014

WVU’s Joseph named to preseason All Big 12 team

MORGANTOWN — Hard-hitting Karl Joseph of West Virginia, a junior safety, has banged his way onto the Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team selected by the media, but was the Mountaineers’ only representative.

Left guard Quinton Spain, WVU’s left guard who has earned a number of pre-season honors, was not named to the team.

WVU is coming off a 4-8 season.

Individual selections include quarterback Bryce Petty (Baylor) as Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, lineman Devonte Fields (TCU) as Preseason Defensive Player of the Year and wide receiver Tyreek Hill (Oklahoma State) as Preseason Newcomer of the Year.

Last week, Joseph was named to the watch list for the Maxwell Football Club’s Bednarik Award.

“It’s great that Karl has been recognized as one of the top players in the Big 12 Conference heading into the season,” WVU defensive coordinator Tony Gibson said. “He has played a lot of football for us in the past two years and made a lot of plays. We look forward to him making a lot of plays for us again this season.”

Joseph finished with 68 tackles as a sophomore in 2013, as well as having two forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, four pass breakups, an interception and three tackles for loss. He also ranked No. 1 in the Big 12 and No. 2 nationally in fumbles recovered. He finished with five or more tackles in seven games and five or more solo tackles in six games.

The 2014 Big 12 preseason team was dominated by upperclassmen, with 18 seniors and five juniors among the 26 honorees. Eight players were named to the 2013 All-Big 12 First Team, while 11 were on the second team.

The media Preseason Big 12 Poll will be released Thursday, followed by the annual Big 12 Football Media Days to be conducted in Dallas on July 21-22. Live video coverage, including press conferences and one-on-one interviews with a variety of guests, will be featured both days on the Big 12 Digital Network, including Big12Sports.com. The Big 12’s social media sites will also provide a unique perspective of Big 12 Football Media Days.

2014 Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team:

Offensive Player of the Year: Bryce Petty, Baylor, QB

Defensive Player of the Year: Devonte Fields, TCU, DL

Newcomer of the Year: Tyreek Hill, Oklahoma State, WR

Offense:

WR, Antwan Goodley*, Baylor, senior, 5 feet 11 inches, 225 pounds, from Midland, Texas

TE, E.J. Bibbs+, Iowa State, senior, 6 feet 3 inches, 261 pounds, from Chicago, Illinois

OL, Spencer Drango*, Baylor, junior, 6 feet 6 inches, 305 pounds, from Cedar Park, Texas

OL, Cody Whitehair+, junior, K-State, 6 feet 4 inches, 309 pounds, from Abilene, Kansas

C, B.J. Finney*, senior, K-State, 6 feet 4 inches, 303 pounds, from Andale, Kansas

OL, Daryl Williams+, senior, Oklahoma, 6 feet 6 inches, 329 pounds, from Lake Dallas, Texas

OL, Le'Raven Clark^+, junior, Texas Tech, 6 feet 5 inches, 303 pounds, from Rockdale, Texas

WR, Tyler Lockett*, senior, K-State, 5 feet 11 inches, 175 pounds, from Tulsa, Oklahoma

QB, Bryce Petty*, senior, Baylor, 6 feet 3 inches, 230 pounds, from Midlothian, Texas

RB, Shock Linwood, sophomore, Baylor, 5 feet 9 inches, 200 pounds, from Linden, Texas

RB, Malcolm Brown+, senior, Texas, 6 feet tall, 228 pounds, from Cibolo, Texas

PK, Michael Hunnicutt+, senior, Oklahoma 6 feet 1 inch, 180 pounds, from Richardson, Texas

KR, Tyler Lockett^*, senior, K-State, 5 feet 11 inches, 175 pounds, from Tulsa, Oklahoma

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