Saturday, 22 July, 2017

Dorance Armstrong voted Big 12 preseason defensive player of the year

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Jan Ortega | 14 July, 2017, 00:14

West Virginia University senior running back Justin Crawford has been named to the Big 12 Preseason All-Conference team, and redshirt junior quarterback Will Grier was named preseason Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, selected by media representatives who cover the league. The 6-foot-4, 246-pound Houston native is both the first KU player named a preseason individual award victor during the school's time in the Big 12 and the first Jayhawk to be a unanimous selection for the preseason All-Big 12 team. Beginning at Big 12 Conference champion Oklahoma, Armstrong gathered a then-career-high six tackles accompanied by 2.0 tackles-for-loss and a sack.

Armstrong and four Kansas State players were named to the Preseason All-Big 12 football team in voting. He is also the first Jayhawk to be voted a unanimous selection for the Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team.

The West Virginia University football team found itself Thursday morning in a very similar spot in the Big 12 preseason poll compared to this time previous year.

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

If Oklahoma follows through and wins the 2017 league title, it will mark the Sooners' 11th Big 12 championship and third straight.

Smith is one of fourteen seniors chosen for the team and was also announced as a member of the 2017 Bednarik Award watch list on July 10.

Armstrong tallied more sacks from his defensive end position than any Jayhawk has posted in the last 15 years with an even 10.0 - all in the final nine games. FOX23 News will have live coverage from the event on both days.

The Big 12 is expecting another standout year from Kansas junior defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr.

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