NORMAN — Oklahoma placed a league-high seven players on the preseason All-Big 12 team, the league announced Wednesday.
Including awards, eight OU players were selected.
Running back Rodney Anderson, wide receiver Marquise Brown, tight end Grant Calcaterra, offensive tackle Bobby Evans, offensive guard Ben Powers and kicker Austin Seibert were all selected to the offensive team by reporters who cover the league.
Freshman defensive back Brendan Radley-Hiles was named preseason Big 12 newcomer of the year, nudging out other leading candidates Calvin Anderson (Texas) and receiver Jalen Hurd (Baylor), who are both transfers.
Seibert, who handles all of OU’s kicking duties, made the defensive team as a punter.
Radley-Hiles was a five-star recruit, according to Rivals, and a four-star by 247sports. The California native who attended IMG Academy (Florida) drew rave reviews during spring practice and is expected to earn a starting position.
Anderson, who rushed for 1,161 yards last season — mostly in a torrid finish down the season’s final stretch — was part of a difficult race for preseason All-Big 12 running back with Oklahoma State’s Justice Hill and Iowa State’s David Montgomery. There wound up being a tie amongst the three, so each made the team.
West Virginia’s Will Grier was named preseason offensive player of the year. TCU defensive end Ben Banogu earned the same award for defense.
The Big 12 preseason media poll will be released Thursday. OU, the three-time conference champion, is expected to top the list.
League media days are July 16-17 at The Star in Frisco, Texas. OU, Iowa State, Kansas, TCU and Texas Tech will appear on July 16.
Baylor, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Texas and West Virginia will take the stage July 17.
OU’s Big 12 opener is Sept. 15 at Iowa State.
2018 ALL-BIG 12 CONFERENCE FOOTBALL TEAMS
QB: Will Grier. West Virginia
RB: David Montgomery, Iowa State
RB: Rodney Anderson, Oklahoma
RB: Justice Hill, Oklahoma State
WR: Denzel Mims, Baylor
WR: Marquise Brown, Oklahoma
WR: David Sills V, West Virginia
TE: Grant Calcaterra, Oklahoma
OL: Dalton Risner, Kansas State
OL: Bobby Evans, Oklahoma
OL: Ben Powers, Oklahoma
OL: Marcus Keyes, Oklahoma State
OL: Yodny Cajuste, West Virginia
PK: Austin Seibert, Oklahoma
KR/PR: KaVontae Turpin, TCU
DL: JaQuan Bailey, Iowa State
DL: Daniel Wise, Kansas
DL: Jordan Brailford, Oklahoma State
DL: Ben Banogu, TCU
DL: Breckyn Hager, Texas
LB: Joe Dineen Jr., Kansas
LB: Dakota Allen, Texas Tech
LB: David Long Jr., West Virginia
DB: Brian Peavy, Iowa State
DB: Kendall Adams, Kansas State
DB: Kris Boyd, Texas
DB: Jah’Shawn Johnson, Texas Tech
DB: Justus Parker, Texas Tech
P: Austin Seibert, Oklahoma
Offensive Player of the Year: Will Grier, West Virginia, QB
Defensive Player of the Year: Ben Banogu, TCU, DL
Newcomer of the Year: Brendan Radley-Hiles, Oklahoma, DB