IRVING, Texas (AP) — Baylor senior quarterback Bryce Petty and TCU defensive end Devonte Fields have been tabbed as the Big 12 preseason players of the year.
It is the second consecutive year that Fields and a standout offensive player from Baylor have been the league’s top preseason picks.
The league released its preseason All-Big 12 teams Wednesday as selected by media members who cover the conference.
Petty set 17 school records last season as the Bears won their first Big 12 title and played in their only BCS bowl. Petty was the Big 12 offensive player of the year after passing for 4,200 yards and 32 TDs with only three interceptions. He also ran for 14 scores.
Bears running back Lache Seastrunk was the preseason offensive player of the year last season, then led the Big 12 in rushing with 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior. But he bypassed his senior season for the NFL, and was a sixth-round draft pick by Washington in May.
Fields had only four tackles without a sack while playing only three games last season. He missed the season opener and parts of two other games for an unspecified violation of university and team rules before a season-ending foot injury that required surgery.
Oklahoma State receiver Tyreek Hill was tabbed as the preseason newcomer of the year.
Hill transferred from Garden City Community College where he made 32 catches for 532 yards and six touchdowns, and ran for 659 yards and five scores as a sophomore. After transferring to Oklahoma State in the spring, he helped Oklahoma State men to the Big 12 indoor track and field championship. He won the 200 meters and was second in the 60 meters.