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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

KU linebacker Ben Heeney named to All-Big 12 preseason team

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Kansas linebacker Ben Heeney runs back an interception just shy of a touchdown against West Virginia during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas University senior linebacker Ben Heeney was named to the 2014 Preseason All-Big 12 football team as selected by members of the media and announced by the league office on Wednesday.

Heeney, who was an All-Big 12 Second Team selection in 2013, is heading into 2014 as the conference's leading returning tackler. Last year the Hutchinson, Kansas native recorded a team-high 88 tackles and finished fourth in the conference with 8.7 tackles-per-game. Heeney also recorded double-digit tackles in six of his 10 games in 2013 and is one of six active linebackers with 200 tackles and 20 tackles for loss in the last two seasons.

Heeney's selection to the All-Big 12 team comes on the heels of six other preseason awards he has garnered in 2014. He was named preseason All-Big 12 First Team by both Athlon Sports and Phil Steele Magazine, and was selected to the preseason watch lists for the Chuck Bednarik, Butkus and Rotary Lombardi Awards, as well as the Bronko Nagurski Trophy.

Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty was named the preseason Offensive Player of the Year, while TCU defensive lineman Devonte Fields was tabbed the Defensive Player of the Year. Oklahoma State wide receiver Tyreek Hill was selected as the Newcomer of the Year.

The annual Big 12 Football Media Days will be held in Irving, Texas, on Monday and Tuesday, with Kansas taking part on the first day. Heeney will be joined at media day by wide receiver Nick Harwell, tight end Jimmay Mundine and safety Cassius Sendish, all of whom are seniors.

2014 Preseason All-Big 12 (media)

OFFENSE

WR - Antwon Goodley, Baylor

TE - E.J. Bibbs, Iowa State

OL - Spencer Drango, Baylor

OL - Cody Whitehair, Kansas State

C - B.J. Finney, Kansas State

OL - Daryl Williams, Oklahoma

OL - Le'Raven Clark, Texas Tech

WR - Tyler Lockett, Kansas State

QB - Bryce Petty, Baylor

RB - Shock Linwood, Baylor

RB - Malcolm Brown, Texas

PK - Michale Hunnicutt, Oklahoma

KR - Tyler Lockett, Kansas State

DEFENSE

DL- Ryan Mueller, Kansas State

DL - Devonte Fields, TCU

DL - Chucky Hunter, TCU

DL - Cedric Reed, Texas

LB - Bryce Hager, Baylor

LB - Ben Heeney, Kansas

LB - Eric Striker, Oklahoma

DB - Zack Sanchez, Oklahoma

DB - Sam Carter, TCU

DB - Quandre Diggs, Texas

DB - Karl Joseph, West Virginia

P - SPencer Roth, Baylor

PR - Levi Norwood, Baylor

Comments

David A. Smith 6 years, 3 months ago

Appropriate selection. Congrats, Ben. Now, crack some heads!

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