WVU Picked Eighth

The West Virginia football team was picked to finish in eighth place in the Big 12 Conference Thursday in the preseason poll released by the conference.

The poll was voted on by media members who cover the conference and is released every year in the week leading up to Big 12 Media Days in Dallas.

Members of the Big 12 media selected Oklahoma State as a narrow first-place winner in the preseason poll, edging out Oklahoma by just 10 points. The Cowboys won the Big 12 crown in 2011 and finished are were tied for third in the conference last season. Oklahoma State received 15 of the 43 first-place votes in the preseason poll.

TCU, which was picked to finish third in the conference, received nine first-place votes while Oklahoma and Texas both received eight votes. Baylor and Kansas State were the two other teams that media members selected to win the league, receiving two and one votes, respectively.

The Mountaineers finished with 126 points, behind seventh-place pick Texas Tech, and were 30 points ahead of Iowa State. Kansas was picked to finish last in the league, picking up just 56 points.

Sims named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year

Even though he hasn't played a game in a Mountaineer uniform yet, West Virginia running back Charles Sims is already receiving quite a bit of hype around him as the season inches near.

After being named to the Maxwell Award Watch List earlier in the week, Sims was tabbed as the Big 12 Conference's Newcomer of the Year by members of the media.

Sims comes to West Virginia after spending his last four years at Houston. He has started for three seasons at Houston and will be eligible to play immediately at WVU in 2013. For his career, Sims has run for 2,370 yards and 29 touchdowns and has been a consistent threat to catch the ball out of the backfield. At Houston, Sims caught 158 passes for an additional 1,707 yards and eight scores.

In 2012, Sims had 851 yards rushing on 142 carries with 11 touchdowns.

Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk was named the league's Offensive Player of the Year and TCU's Devonte Fields earned preseason Defensive Player of the Year honors.

No other WVU players were represented in the Big 12's preseason honors.

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