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KU & K-State Football Voted in Top 4 of Preseason Big 12 Poll; Multiple Jayhawks Selected to Preseason All-Big 12 Team

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The Big 12 released their preseason Big 12 media poll and their preseason All-Big 12 team voted by the media for the upcoming football season Tuesday, July 2, with KU and K-State voted heavily favored and two defensive Jayhawks making the preseason team.

With the departure of two football powerhouses in Texas and Oklahoma as they move to the SEC, hype around the upcoming Big 12 football season has been wild. The media poll tends to agree, as five of the conference’s 16 teams earned first-place votes.

Kansas State was voted No. 2 in the preseason poll, finishing just a few points behind Utah for the top spot. The Wildcats are coming off of a 9-4 season in 2023, including a 5th place conference finish with a 6-3 record in the Big 12. K-State did not have players voted onto the preseason All-Big 12 team after having four players on the preseason team last year.

KU was voted No. 4 in the preseason poll. According to Kansas Athletics, it is their highest ranking since the Big 12 switched to a non-divisional format in 2011. The Jayhawks are off of a 9-4 season, the most since 2007, including their first bowl win since 2008. No Jayhawks on offense were selected on the preseason team, but defensive backs Cobee Bryant and Mello Dotson were announced on the team. It is the second time Bryant was on the preseason All-Big 12 team and Dotson’s first.

The poll and Preseason All-Big 12 Team are listed below. More information on the poll and the teams can be found on the Big 12’s website, which you can find HERE.


2024 Preseason Poll

  1. Utah (20) – 906
  2. Kansas State (19) – 889
  3. Oklahoma State (14) – 829
  4. Kansas (5) – 772
  5. Arizona (3) – 762
  6. Iowa State – 661
  7. West Virginia – 581
  8. UCF – 551
  9. Texas Tech – 532
  10. TCU – 436
  11. Colorado – 400
  12. Baylor – 268
  13. BYU – 215
  14. Cincinnati – 196
  15. Houston – 157
  16. Arizona State – 141

Numbers in parenthesis represent first-place votes.


2024 Preseason All-Big 12 Team

Offensive Player of the Year – RB Ollie Gordon II (Oklahoma State)

Defensive Player of the Year – DB Travis Hunter (Colorado)

Newcomer of the Year – QB KJ Jefferson (UCF)

 

Offense:

  • QB – Shedeur Sanders (Colorado)
  • RB – Ollie Gordon II (Oklahoma State)
  • RB – Tahj Brooks (Texas Tech)
  • FB – Stevo Klotz (Iowa State)
  • WR – Tetairoa McMillan (Arizona)
  • WR – Kobe Hudson (UCF)
  • WR – Jayden Higgins (Iowa State)
  • WR – Brennan Presley (Oklahoma State)
  • TE – Brant Kuithe (Utah)
  • OL – Jonah Savaiinaea (Arizona)
  • OL – Luke Kandra (Cincinnati)
  • OL – Dalton Cooper (Oklahoma State)
  • OL – Joe Michalski (Oklahoma State)
  • OL – Wyatt Milum (West Virginia)
  • K – Tyler Loop (Arizona)
  • KR/PR – Drae McCray (Texas Tech)

 

Defense:

  • DL – Tyler Batty (BYU)
  • DL – Dontay Corleone (Cincinnati)
  • DL – BJ Green II (Colorado)
  • DL – Lee Hunter (UCF)
  • DL – Junior Tafuna (Utah)
  • LB – Jacob Manu (Arizona State)
  • LB – Nick Martin (Oklahoma State)
  • LB – Collin Oliver (Oklahoma State)
  • DB – Tacario Davis (Arizona)
  • DB – Travis Hunter (Colorado)
  • DB – Jeremiah Cooper (Iowa State)
  • DB – Cobee Bryant (Kansas)
  • DB – Mello Dotson (Kansas)
  • P – Jack Bouwmeester (Utah)
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