Published: Thu, July 13, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Chosen for Big 12 Preseason Defensive Player of the Year

Chosen for Big 12 Preseason Defensive Player of the Year

They were Mayfield, tight end Mark Andrews, 2016 Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year Orlando Brown, linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo and cornerback Jordan Thomas. He exploded onto the national radar after a breakthrough season in which he became Kansas football's first unanimous All-Big 12 Conference First Team member.

Oklahoma has been chosen to finish at the top of the standings for the second consecutive year in the Big 12 football preseason poll, voted on by media representatives. Injured in the preseason, Armstrong did not reach 100 percent until the third week of the season, when he began becoming a player opposing offenses game-planned around. A member of the 2017 Bednarik Award watch list, Reed tied for second on the team with 75 tackles to go along with three interceptions. An Iowa State ground game up the middle in the next game limited Armstrong to four tackles. Cotton-Moya also had a knack for turnovers, leading the team with three.

But I'll give my peers credit for forecasting West Virginia quarterback Will Grier as this year's top newcomer, something even I failed to do.

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The Big 12 Championship Game resumes in 2017 after a six-year absence, and will feature the top two finishers in the final league standings. Both days will be televised live from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. CT on FS2 and additional FOX Sports affiliates.

Risner and Reed, along with other team captains Jesse Ertz, Trent Tanking and Dayton Valentine in addition to head coach Bill Snyder, will represent K-State at 2017 Big 12 Football Media Day next Tuesday at The Star in Frisco, Texas.

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