MORGANTOWN — Senior offensive tackle Colton McKivitz is West Virginia’s only selection to the Big 12’s 2019 Preseason All-Conference team selected by media representatives covering the league.
A year ago the Mountaineers had four players selected to the team — quarterback Will Grier, wide receiver David Sills V, offensive tackle Yodny Cajuste and linebacker David Long Jr.
McKivitz, 6-foot-7, 312 pounds from Jacobsburg, Ohio, is a three-year starter and the anchor of new coach Neal Brown’s inexperienced offensive line along with veteran guard Josh Sills.
He has started the last 35 games for WVU and is a two-time All-Big 12 Honorable Mention selection and a three-time Academic All-Big 12 Second-Team selection.
He saw action on 950 plays in 2018, with 870 of his snaps coming on offense where he helped pave the way for the Mountaineers to average 512.3 yards of total offense per game, ranking No. 2 in the Big 12 and No. 10 nationally.
Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger was honored as the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, while linebacker Kenneth Murray of Oklahoma was named to succeed Long Jr. as Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year.
Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, who transferred from Alabama to take Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray’s place, is the Newcomer of the Year.
There are 10 seniors, 12 juniors and seven sophomores on the team. Six of the members — Kansas running back Pooka Williams Jr., Oklahoma State wide receiver Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma tight end Grant Calcaterra, Iowa State defensive back Greg Ellsworth, Texas defensive back Caden Sterns and Texas Tech defensive back Adrian Frye — were part of last year’s post-season All-Big 12 team.
The Big 12 media poll will be announced on Wednesday with Media Days being held in Arlington, Texas, July 15-16.