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Friday, July 20, 2007

McClinton, Talib, Collins nab preseason All-Big 12 honors

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The Big 12 Conference on Friday released its preseason All-Big 12 teams, as voted upon by the media.

Three Kansas University players - senior defensive tackle James McClinton, junior cornerback Aqib Talib and junior offensive lineman Anthony Collins - earned spots on the list.

McClinton, who started all 12 games in 2006 as a junior, earned All-Big 12 honorable mention notoriety from the league's coaches a year ago, and was put on the second team by the Associated Press. As a junior, he had 51 tackles, was third in the Big 12 with 14.5 stops for loss and also led the team with three forced fumbles to go with his six sacks. This year, the Garland, Texas, product will anchor a defensive line which lost its pressure off the edges to graduation.

Talib was a no-brainer for the preseason squad, after being named a first team All-Big 12 performer a year ago by the media and the coaches. Talib, a Richardson, Texas, native, was also named as a second-team All-American by Sports Illustrated. That came on the heels of a campaign in which he led the nation in passes defended and established himself as the league's top cover corner. This year, the hype has already begun to build, having been named a Playboy All-American.

Collins, from Beaumont, Texas, started all 12 games as a sophomore, and was an honorable mention All-Big 12 performer. Collins is a holdover from an offensive line which was also picked thin by graduation, but his size and athleticism have put him on the radar as one of the league's premier hogs up front.

KU's three preseason All-Big 12 selections are the most among the six Big 12 North teams. Kansas State and Nebraska each ahd two. Texas led all Big 12 teams with seven players on the two rosters. Texas was picked by the media on Thursday as the favorite to win the South.

Both McClinton and Talib have already been chosen as 2007 team captains.

ALL-BIG 12 PRESEASON TEAMS

Offense

WR - Adarius Bowman, Sr., Oklahoma State

TE - Martin Rucker, Sr., Missouri

OL - Tony Hills, Sr., Texas

OL - Duke Robinson, Jr., Oklahoma

C - Cody Wallace, Sr., Texas A&M;

OL - Matt Slauson, Jr., Nebraska

OL - Anthony Collins, Jr., Kansas

WR - Limas Sweed, Sr., Texas

QB - Colt McCoy, So., Texas

RB - Jamaal Charles, Jr., Texas

RB - Mike Goodson, So., Texas A&M;

PK - Garrett Hartley, Sr., Oklahoma

KR - Perrish Cox, So., Oklahoma State

Defense

DL - Ian Campbell, Jr., Kansas State

DL - Frank Okam, Sr., Texas

DL - Chris Harrington, Sr., Texas A&M;

DL - James McClinton, Sr., Kansas

DL - Derek Lokey, Sr., Texas

LB - Bo Ruud, Sr., Nebraska

LB - Alvin Bowen, Sr., Iowa State

LB - Jordan Dizon, Sr., Colorado

DB - Reggie Smith, Jr., Oklahoma

DB - Aqib Talib, Jr., Kansas

DB - Marcus Watts, Sr., Kansas State

DB - Marcus Griffin, Sr., Texas

P - Matt Fodge, Jr., Oklahoma State

PR - Reggie Smith, Jr., Oklahoma

Comments

justanotherfan 10 years, 4 months ago

Too bad everyone is just going to throw away from Talib every down this year.

rolo2383 10 years, 4 months ago

I agree. I hope our new JC corner or Anthony Webb can step up to the plate on the other side.

justanotherfan 10 years, 4 months ago

They will have plenty of chances because Aquib has shown that he shouldn't be messed with. Our other two or three DB's will be challenged a lot. That will determine whether or not this defense is any good.

Kirk 10 years, 4 months ago

Would it be legal to disguise Talib under different numbers? So opposing offenses don't know they're throwing to him?

sevenyearhawk 10 years, 4 months ago

I'm hoping this is going to be a great season ...

those of you know have seen my past posts about football know about my roadtrips, for those who don't.

I went to 25 consecutive KU football games, home and away, from the Tangerine to Ft Worth Bowls.

I rode a Greyhound bus to Lubbock (a story in itself)

anyway ...

I just ordered my Texas A&M tickets today ...

This is my last stop in a tour of Big XII stadia.

I AM SO READY FOR FOOTBALL TO START!!!!!!!

Beak 'em!

William James 10 years, 4 months ago

Perhaps, he could take one of those big heads out of the student section of one of the other corners. Then tape it to the front of his helmet. Of course, he would need to poke holes in the eyes so he would still have vision to pick off the passes.

Kirk 10 years, 4 months ago

seven - My folks went to the last KU game at A&M and loved the fans, who were respectful. Their band actually plays visitors' fight songs, and the school reserves a pool of very good seasts for opposing teams' fans, around the 40 yd. line.

Nutflush21 10 years, 4 months ago

Never thought Id see the day someone would brag about attending 25 consecutive games for a subpar football team. It is impressive though. I could never put myself through that kind of agony.

I just cant see how someone could get excited about KU football right now. Our schedule is absolute garbage, and our team, once again, will suck on the road and fail to acheive a winning Big 12 record.

sevenyearhawk 10 years, 4 months ago

thanks Kirk ...

I'm looking forward to the experience there!

Every place I've gone, the fans have been great, even Manhattan and Columbia ...

Nutt,

it's because of two things, my having lived in Florida for a few years and having been bitten by the college football bug and combined with Coach Self's destruction of the KU hoops mystique with back-to-back first round exits, I had to redirect my energy somewhere ...

Dirk Medema 10 years, 4 months ago

"This year, the Garland, Texas, product will anchor a defensive line which lost its pressure off the edges to graduation."

Did I miss something? Didn't we lose the pressure off the edges 2 years ago? Was there ANY pressure from the edges last year?

For all the crap that the DB's took last year, pass coverage starts (or doesn't) up front.

The DB's were real young (a F-? & walkon-gone) early in the season when ?Webb? was injured. Wasn't Talib suspended for while also?

Webb is back, the F is now a S, they have more JC help, and Talib is becoming a leader. If there is any pressure up front, the pass defense will be fine.

William James 10 years, 4 months ago

Nuttflush- Its actually pretty simple. Its KU and its college football. How could you not get excited. KU shouldnt have to be a Top 8 program to get support from everyone.

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