Crosby Named to Preason All-Big 12 Team

The Big 12 announced its 2005 preseason all-conference team, as voted on my the media, on Saturday. Junior placekicker Mason Crosby is the lone Colorado Buffalo on the squad.

Crosby was perfect from 40 yards or closer in 2004, and kicked a nation's best five field goals from 50 yards or beyond, as well. His 60-yarder vs. Iowa State was the longest kick in the college ranks last fall.

Among the 26 players chosen to the team, 18 are from teams from the Big 12 South division, led by Texas, who placed seven players on the team. Oklahoma State and Kansas State are the only two schools without a player on the team.

Adrian Peterson (Oklahoma) was named Preseason Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, Rodrique Wright (Texas) was selected Preseason Defensive Player of the Year and Zac Taylor (Nebraska) was chosen Preseason Newcomer of the Year in a poll voted on by media who cover the Big 12 Conference.

Peterson was the runner-up in last year?s Heisman trophy balloting as well as the Big 12 Offensive Newcomer and Freshman of the Year. The 6-2, 210, sophomore running back was a 2004 All-Big 12 first team member while finishing second in the league in rushing with 148.1 yards per game. His 15 touchdowns for the Sooners ranked third in the conference.

Wright, a 6-5, 305, senior defensive tackle, was a member of the All-Big 12 second team and The Sporting News All-America second team in 2004. He had 36 tackles for the Longhorns last season, 18 solo and three for loss, along with seven quarterback hurries and a sack.

Taylor, a 6-2, 210, junior quarterback, joined the Huskers after transferring from Butler County Community College. He passed for close to 3,000 yards and 29 touchdowns while leading his team to the NJCAA championship game last season.

2005 Big 12 Media Football Preseason Team (Media Vote)

Offense
Pos Name School Ht Wt Cl/Exp Hometown
WR Jarrett Hicks, Texas Tech, 6-4, 209, Jr/2L, Houston, Texas
TE David Thomas, Texas, 6-3, 245, Sr/3L, Wolfforth, Texas
OL Tony Palmer, Missouri, 6-2, 325, Sr/3L, Midwest City, Okla.
OL Davin Joseph, Oklahoma, 6-4, 312, Sr/3L, Hallandale, Fla.
C Kurt Mann, Nebraska, 6-3, 285, Jr/1L, Grand Island, Neb.
OL Justin Blalock, Texas, 6-4, 329, Jr/2L, Plano, Texas
OL Jonathan Scott, Texas, 6-7, 310, Sr/3L, Dallas, Texas
WR Todd Blythe, Iowa State, 6-5, 205, So/1L, Indianola, Iowa
QB Vince Young, Texas, 6-5, 230, Jr/2L, Houston, Texas
RB Adrian Peterson, Oklahoma, 6-2, 210, So/1L, Palestine, Texas
RB Taurean Henderson, Texas Tech, 5-10, 205, Sr/3L, Gatesville, Texas
PK Mason Crosby, Colorado, 6-2, 200, Jr/2L, Georgetown, Texas
KR Willie Andrews, Baylor, 5-10, 190, Sr/3L, Longview, Texas

Defense
Pos Name School Ht Wt Cl/Exp Hometown
DL Nick Leaders, Iowa State, 6-2, 290, Sr/3L, Omaha, Neb.
DL Larry Birdine, Oklahoma, 6-5, 251, Jr/2L, Lawton, Okla.
DL Dusty Dvoracek, Oklahoma, 6-3, 294, Sr/3L, Lake Dallas, Texas
DL Rodrique Wright, Texas, 6-5, 305, Sr/3L, Houston, Texas
LB Nick Reid, Kansas, 6-4, 230, Sr/3L, Derby, Kan.
LB Rufus Alexander, Oklahoma, 6-1, 225, Jr/1L, Baton Rouge, La.
LB Aaron Harris, Texas, 6-0, 235, Sr/3L, Mesquite, Texas
DB Charles Gordon, Kansas, 5-11, 170, Jr/RS, Carson, Calif.
DB Daniel Bullocks, Nebraska, 6-1, 205, Sr/3L, Chattanooga, Tenn.
DB Michael Huff, Texas, 6-1, 205, Sr/3L, Irving, Texas
DB Jaxson Appel, Texas A&M, 6-0, 198, Sr/3L, Friendswood, Texas
P Daniel Sepulveda, Baylor, 6-3, 222, Jr/2L, Dallas, Texas
PR Danny Amendola, Texas Tech, 5-11, 174, So/1L, The Woodlands, Texas


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