Oklahoma football was well represented on the 2019 Preseason All-Big 12 Team with five Sooners earning six different spots on the team.
The awards were headlined with OU’s leading tackler, Kenneth Murray, being named Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.
Seeing an OU player receive this award may shock some people, as OU hasn’t been known for defensive production recently. But Murray is expected to be given a large role in the new Sooner defense being directed by new defensive coordinator Alex Grinch.
The offensive side of the ball was also recognized. Jalen Hurts was named Preseason Big 12 Newcomer of the Year as the hype around this graduate transfer keeps growing.
Hurts didn’t get a spot on the Preseason All-Big 12 team. Instead, Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger was named to the team and also was named Preseason Offensive Player of the Year.
Five Sooners were recognized on the All-Big 12 Team with four of them coming from the offensive side of the ball.
Sooners on the All-Big 12 offensive team include running back Kennedy Brooks, who gained over 1,000 rushing yards as a redshirt freshman a year ago; tight end Grant Calcaterra; center Creed Humphrey, the lone returning starter from the Sooner offensive line ranked as the best in college football last season, and CeeDee Lamb was named to the team both as a wide receiver and as a punt- and kick-return specialist.
Kenneth Murray was the lone Sooner to be recognized on the defensive side.
It wasn’t much of a surprise that the Sooners were well represented, given that they have won the Big 12 title four straight years and have a history of having multiple players earning spots on the All-Big 12 Team.
Last year, seven Sooners were recognized on the Preseason All-Big 12 Team and Brendan Radley-Hiles was named Preseason Newcomer of the Year.