AUSTIN (KXAN/AP) - West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith is the Big 12 preseason Offensive Player of the Year, beating out Oklahoma's Landry Jones.
The league on Wednesday released its preseason All-Big 12 teams, selected by media members who cover the conference.
Texas lineman Alex Okafor is the preseason Defensive Player of the Year and is one of three Longhorn defenders selected to the All-League team.
Oklahoma State's Joseph Randle and Texas's Malcolm Brown earned nods at running back, with Oklahoma's Kenny Stills picked at wide receiver.
Iowa State's linebacker duo of Jake Knott and A.J. Klein both made the cut along with Kansas State's Arthur Brown.
Freshman wide receiver Trey Metoyer of Oklahoma is the preseason Newcomer of the Year.
2012 Preseason All-Big 12 Team
Offensive Player of the Year: Geno Smith, West Virginia (QB, 6-3, 214, Sr/3L, Miami, Fla.)
Defensive Player of the Year: Alex Okafor, Texas (DE, 6-4, 260, Sr/3L, Pflugerville, Texas)
Newcomer of the Year: Trey Metoyer, Oklahoma (WR, 6-1, 190, Fr/HS, Whitehouse, Texas)
WR Kenny Stills # Oklahoma 6-1, 189, Jr/2L Encinitas, Calif.
TE Jordan Najvar Baylor 6-6, 260, Jr/1L Spring, Texas
OL Gabe Ikard * Oklahoma 6-4, 295, Jr/2L Oklahoma City, Okla.
OL Cyril Richardson Baylor 6-5, 335, Jr/2L Fort Worth, Texas
C Ben Habern^ Oklahoma 6-4, 292, Sr/3L Argyle, Texas
OL LaAdrian Waddle # Texas Tech 6-6, 318, Sr/3L Columbus, Texas
OL Lane Taylor Oklahoma State 6-3, 32,8 Sr/3L Arlington, Texas
WR Tavon Austin West Virginia 5-9, 174, Sr/3L Baltimore, Md.
QB Geno Smith West Virginia 6-3, 214, Sr/3L Miami, Fla.
RB Joseph Randle # Oklahoma State 6-1, 200, Jr/2L Wichita, Kan.
RB Malcolm Brown Texas 6-0, 213, So/1L Cibolo, Texas
PK Quinn Sharp * Oklahoma State 6-1, 205, Sr/3L Mansfield, Texas
KR Tyler Lockett # Kansas State 5-11, 175, So/1L Tulsa, Okla.
DL Jackson Jeffcoat # Texas 6-5, 250, Jr/2L Plano, Texas
DL Stansly Maponga TCU 6-2, 265, Jr/2L Carrollton, Texas
DL Alex Okafor * Texas 6-4, 260, Sr/3L Pflugerville, Texas
DL Jamarkus McFarland Oklahoma 6-2, 296, Sr/3L Lufkin, Texas
LB Arthur Brown * Kansas State 6-1, 228, Sr/3L Wichita, Kan.
LB A.J. Klein * Iowa State 6-2, 244, Sr/3L Kimberly, Wis.
LB Jake Knott ^# Iowa State 6-3, 239, Sr/3L Waukee, Iowa
DB Brodrick Brown * Oklahoma State 5-8, 185, Sr/3L Houston, Texas
DB Kenny Vaccaro * Texas 6-1, 21,5 Sr/3L Brownwood, Texas
DB Tony Jefferson Oklahoma 5-10, 199, Jr/2L Chula Vista, Calif.
DB Nigel Malone * Kansas State 5-10, 18,5 Sr/3L Manteca, Calif.
P Quinn Sharp ^* Oklahoma State 6-1, 20,5 Sr/3L Mansfield, Texas
PR Tavon Austin West Virginia 5-9, 174, Sr/3L Baltimore, Md.
^ 2011 Preseason Team
* 2011 All-Big 12 First Team selection
# 2011 All-Big 12 Second Team selection
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The freezing and near-freezing rain that swooped into Central Texas overnight prompted numerous school closings and delays and made for a harrowing morning commute on Friday.
A man is expected to survive after being stabbed in the head at the Salvation Army shelter in Downtown Austin at about 3:45 a.m. Friday.
Investigators are looking into an overnight fire that left one woman with third-degree burns.
Caldwell County residents gathered Thursday evening to organize their fight against a proposed landfill that they say poses a hazard that they don't need.
The pastor of the Austin church attended by the teacher who was killed Thursday in Benghazi remembered him as a spiritual friend dedicated to improving the lives of others.
As the Austin area prepares itself for an impending winter storm on Friday, Dec. 6, many schools have already announced delays.