BearsIllustrated.com unveils it's selections for the preseason Big 12 First Team Defense.
This 6-4 270 defensive end is one of the keys to the Texas Longhorns defense. With over 50 tackles, the hard-hitting end looks to finish his collegiate career with another successful season.
An integral part of the Longhorns' run to the National Championship, the 6-5 315 defensive tackle clogs the middle and finds the ball well. Recovering a fumble for a touchdown last year, Okam will look to keep up his high level of play.
As a junior, the talented Nebraska defensive tackle recorded 9.5 sacks. Carriker stands 6-6 295 and recorded 17 tackles for loss. He is not only one of the premiere defensive players in the Big 12, but he already has gained national recognition for his accomplishments on the football field.
The Iowa State defense looks to Brent Curvey as the anchor of the defensive line. He recorded 61 tackles, 7 sacks, and an interception returned for a touchdown. Curvey will once again be on the field causing havoc for opposing offenses.
The 6-1 senior looks to improve upon his stellar junior campaign. Alexander led the Oklahoma Sooner defense in tackles last year, and will surely be considered one of the best linebackers in college football.
Texas A&M linebacker Justin Warren recorded 95 tackles in only 10 games during his junior year. The talented Aggie looks to improve upon his 3 sack total from last year. Warren will be the leader of the Aggie defense as he enters his senior year.
McKeon opened up a lot of eyes last year as a sophomore. The 6-1 225 linebacker for the Nebraska Cornhuskers has a team high 98 tackles. An extremely versatile defensive player, McKeon tallied 3 interceptions in 2005 and had 22 tackles for loss. He will enter the 2006 season as a junior, and we feel his better days are ahead.
C.J. Wilson does not shy away from much, and that showed during the 2005 football season. The Baylor Bear cornerback had 5 interceptions and 45 tackles. Wilson has gained national attention and is sure to be a 2006 Thorpe Award candidate.
Texas Longhorn safety Michael Griffin does it all. Griffin led his team with 124 tackles in 2005. Recording 8 pass break-ups, 3 interceptions, and 3 fumble recoveries, Griffin also was credited with four blocked punts.
It may be a surprise to see Missouri free safety David Overstreet on the list, but we feel he is 1st team Big 12 material. He recorded 100 tackles, 2 interceptions, and 3 fumble recoveries. Moving to free safety after playing strong safety will allow Overstreet to showcase his play-making abilites.
Iowa State cornerback DeAndre Jackson tallied 5 interceptions, 8 pass break-ups, 55 tackles, and 4 forced fumbles. The extremely athletic and versatile cornerback will look to have an even bigger impact during his upcoming senior season.
Keep it tuned to BearsIllustrated.com as we will soon unveil the "Best of the Rest" from the Big 12.
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