Phoenix staff, wire reports
IRVING, Texas — Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk and TCU defensive end Devonte Fields are the Big 12 preseason players of the year.
The preseason All-Big 12 teams were released Wednesday as selected by media members who cover the conference. Three Oklahoma State players — wide receiver Josh Stewart, defensive lineman Calvin Barnett and linebacker Shaun Lewis — made the team as well as a pair of Oklahoma Sooners — center Gabe Ikard and defensive back Aaron Colvin.
Seastrunk, the former Oregon transfer who will be a junior, averaged 139 yards rushing over the last six games in 2012 and was the conference’s top offensive newcomer.
Fields was the Big 12 defensive player of the year last season as a freshman, when he had 10 sacks. TCU coach Gary Patterson said in May that Fields is suspended for the first two games this season for an unspecified violation of university and team policies.
Stewart, of Denton, Texas, had 1,210 receiving yards in making first team AP All-Big 12 in 2012. Barnett, who played at Tulsa Washington and Navarro (Texas) Junior College, had 30 tackles, including 24 solos, and was a Big 12 coaches defensive newcomer of the year and first-team pick in 2012. Lewis, out of Missouri City, Texas, was a second-team all-league pick last season after finishing the year with 58 tackles and 7.5 tackles for loss.
Colvin and Ikard were also named All-Big 12 first-team selections by AP and the coaches in 2012 with Ikard a two-time selection. The Jenks product who graduated this month with a 4.0 GPA, has had 37 starts on the line. Colvin, an Owasso native, led the team with 11 pass breakups and was third in tackles.
West Virginia’s Charles Sims, a transfer from Houston, is the preseason newcomer of the year.
Also on the team are two former Oklahoma high school players now at Kansas State. Both are specialists — punt returner Tramaine Thompson from Jenks and kick returner Tyler Lockett, who played at Tulsa Washington.
WR Josh Stewart, Oklahoma State
TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech
OL Cyril Richardson, Baylor
OL Cornelius Lucas, Kansas State
C Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma
OL Trey Hopkins, Texas
OL Le’Raven Clark, Texas Tech
WR Eric Ward, Texas Tech
QB Casey Pachall, TCU
RB Lache Seastrunk, Baylor
RB John Hubert, Kansas State
PK Jaden Oberkrom, TCU
KR Tyler Lockett, Kansas State
DL Devonte Fields, TCU
DL Calvin Barnett, Oklahoma State
DL Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas
DL Kerry Hyder, Texas Tech
LB Bryce Hager, Baylor
LB Jordan Hicks, Texas
LB Shaun Lewis, Oklahoma State
DB Ty Zimmerman, Kansas State
DB Jason Verrett, TCU
DB Aaron Colvin, Oklahoma
DB Quandre Diggs, Texas
P Kirby Van Der Kamp, Iowa State
PR Tramaine Thompson, Kansas State
Offensive Player of the Year: Lache Seastrunk, Baylor
Defensive Player of the Year: Devonte Fields, TCU
Newcomer of the Year: Charles Sims, West Virginia