Baylor senior selected for 2017 preseason All-Big 12 team

Baylor senior selected for 2017 preseason All-Big 12 team

Baylor senior selected for 2017 preseason All-Big 12 team

A native of Urbandale, Iowa, Lazard returns as one of the best receivers in the nation in 2017, recording 69 catches, 1,018 receiving yards and seven TDs en route to First-Team All-Big 12 honors in 2016.

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was voted the preseason offensive player of the year and West Virginia quarterback Will Grier, a transfer from Florida, was the preseason newcomer of the year. The Mountaineers are hoping the history following that announcement repeats itself.

In 2016, Smith caught the eyes of the All-Big 12 first team league's coaches with his 11.0 tackles for loss and 7.0 sacks during his 13 games for the Bears.

The 6-foot-4 Armstrong is also the first Kansas player to be voted a unanimous selection for the Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team. The game will feature the top two finishers in the league standings. Since 2011, the first season the Big 12 did away with a two-division format, Oklahoma has been projected as the conference favorite in four of the six seasons (2011, 2012, 2014 and 2016), second once (2013) and third once (2015). He'll be joined in the backfield by the Big 12's leading returning rusher, Justin Crawford, who was a preseason All-Big 12 pick on Wednesday.

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Riley's Sooners garnered 19 of 32 first-place votes and tallied 303 points in the poll to outpace second-place Oklahoma State (12 first-place votes) by nine points.

The preseason team poll will be announced Thursday, with the conference media days scheduled Monday and Tuesday in Frisco, Texas.

Iowa State and Kansas have been picked to finish ninth and 10th, respectively, in the preseason poll in six of the seven polls released since the Big 12 went to 10 teams.

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