College football guru and prognosticator Phil Steele released his first-, second-, third- and fourth-team All-Big 12 selections for the 2014 preseason, sprinkled with several Red Raiders.
1st Team: WR Jakeem Grant, OT Le’Raven Clark
Two very obvious choices, but it’s still somewhat surprising to see all the buy-in on a national level for Jakeem Grant. He’s a dynamo, for sure, and he oozes quickness, but he has yet to put up the eye-popping numbers that usually push guys into the national spotlight. The other two first-teamers are Antwan Goodley and Tyler Lockett.
3rd Team: WR Bradley Marquez, OT Rashad Fortenberry
It’s very comforting to see all the faith in Tech’s offensive tackles. People are starting to take notice of all the firepower in Lubbock this year, including Bradley Marquez, but it only works if the offensive line holds up, and right now the projections look very good.
4th Team: QB Davis Webb, OG Alfredo Morales
I get the sense that Davis Webb fell to number four on Steele’s QB list by default, seeing as no other starters have been named. His first four choices (Petty, Waters, Knight) are no more experienced than Webb, and certainly don’t have as high a ceiling, but for some reason Steele just isn’t buying into Webb this year.
4th Team: LB Pete Robertson, LB Sam Eguavoen
Unsurprisingly, very little love for Tech defenders on Steele’s first three teams. And really, who can blame him. Matt Wallerstedt‘s unit was hard to watch down the stretch, and even started coming apart in the second half of the Holiday Bowl. To make things worse, Kerry Hyder, Will Smith, Terrance Bullitt and Dartwan Bush won’t be back this season.
4th Team: Returner Reginald Davis
Kliff Kingsbury failed to list a return specialist on the most recent post-spring two-deep, but it wouldn’t be a shock to see Reginald Davis’ name listed after he housed one to kickoff the second half of the Holiday Bowl.