A pretty safe choice considering Pachall might have been last year's first-teamer before he was derailed by off-the-field stuff. He, Texas quarterback David Ash and Kansas quarterback Jake Heaps are the only Big 12 QBs with double-digit starts.
Here, we come to what I consider one of the few major snubs. Seastrunk was a safe choice and was both my, and the media's, selection as the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. But Sims, who led the Big 12 in rushing yards per game last year, shouldn't have been stepped over for Hubert. Shoot, Sims out-rushed Hubert by nearly 40 yards per game — 112.6 to 72.8. I'm not sure Hubert even has a case over Sims's teammate Tony Pierson, who out-gained Hubert and averaged more yards per touch a year ago.
There are some other good receivers in the league, but in Stewart and Ward, you have the two leading returning wideouts in the league. In Ward's case, it also seems prudent to bet on even more touches with Darrin Moore gone and with Kliff Kingsbury having quarterback Michael Brewer throw it all over the yard.
TE: Jace Amaro, Texas Tech (Both)
A no-brainer. The Big 12 isn't exactly stacked at tight end, and Amaro has the chance to be a major playmaker in Texas Tech's offense.
Ikard isn't just the best center in the Big 12. He's one of the best in the entire country.
The only difference here was on the last selection. I picked Finney, who would have been the easy choice at center but for Ikard's presence. But Clark was definitely somebody I considered for that spot. Nothing wrong here.
PK: Jaden Oberkrom, TCU (Both)
Oberkrom was second in the Big 12 in field goals as a freshman last year and made all of his extra points. He could stand to be a bit more accurate — his field goal percentage was below that of Oklahoma's Mike Hunnicutt — but that should come this year.
KR: Tyler Lockett, Kansas State (Both)
Lockett was the easy pick here after averaging a league-best 32.8 yards per kick return and taking two kickoffs back for touchdowns. No other returner in the league had more than one kick return touchdown.