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Originally published May 27, 2011 at 12:45p.m., updated May 28, 2011 at 01:01a.m.

Six Jayhawks named preseason all-Big 12 by analyst Phil Steele

TE Tim Biere tops list with 2nd-team nod

Kansas University kick returner D.J. Beshears (20) is cheered on by the student section as he breaks free for a 96-yard touchdown return in this 2010 file photo. Beshears is listed as a preseason third-team All-Big 12 selection by analyst Phil Steele.

Kansas University kick returner D.J. Beshears (20) is cheered on by the student section as he breaks free for a 96-yard touchdown return in this 2010 file photo. Beshears is listed as a preseason third-team All-Big 12 selection by analyst Phil Steele.

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College football analyst Phil Steele tapped six Kansas University football players to his preseason All-Big 12 teams Friday, but none to Steele’s first team.

Senior tight end Tim Biere received the highest praise from Steele, as he was named to the second team, behind Missouri standout Michael Egnew.

Junior wide receiver D.J. Beshears was named to the third team as a kick returner, and offensive linemen Jeremiah Hatch and Tanner Hawkinson, along with sophomore running back James Sims and senior linebacker Steven Johnson, all were dubbed fourth-teamers.

Biere, a three-year starter from Omaha, Neb., led KU in touchdown receptions (four) during the 2010 season and was tied for third on the team in receptions (19) and fourth in receiving yards (228).

Beshears, an All-Big 12 honorable-mention selection last year, broke a school record in 2010 with 922 kickoff return yards on 36 returns. He also had one touchdown, a 96-yard TD return against New Mexico State. His 25.6 average ranked 40th in the nation.

Sims’ 742 yards rushing (on 168 carries) were the most by a KU freshman since Clark Green ran for 813 yards in 2002. Sims ranked ninth nationally among all freshmen in rushing yards.

Sims added nine TDs on the ground and 134 yards and another touchdown on 19 receptions to finish with nearly 1,000 yards of total offense and 10 TDs.

Hatch, a center from Dallas, and Hawkinson, a tackle from McPherson, have logged 59 career starts between them, and Johnson, the heart and soul of KU’s defense in 2010, was the team’s leading tackler a season ago with 95. In addition, he logged 41⁄2 tackles for loss, three pass breakups, two sacks, two quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery.

Comments

ahpersecoachingexperience 11 years, 1 month ago

In a related story, Phil Steele was arrested for smoking crack.

JayDocMD 11 years, 1 month ago

While amusing (honestly, it did make me chuckle) it should be noted that you have moved on from belittling the coach to making fun of the players (and the best ones at that.) Good for you.

ahpersecoachingexperience 11 years, 1 month ago

Sorry. No harm or malice to the players. Post was a knee jerk reaction to the headline.

I do bet TB wishes he knew who his starting qb was so he could get in some work over the summer.

Andy Tweedy 11 years, 1 month ago

While I often find your negativity frustrating, you do occasionally throw in a comedy killer. This made me LOL!!!

baldwinjhawk 11 years, 1 month ago

Why don't you spend more time on your homer site.. Is it catbacker or pussypacker? please we are all dying to know.. lol

Dirk Medema 11 years, 1 month ago

Matt - Did they push you for a deadline so bad that you weren't able to do your normally stellar research? A little perspective would have been wonderful. What was the prediction/preseason list last year? What were the predictions over the past 5 (?) years?

Even without the comparison, it would seem encouraging for a better team this year.

Ben Kane 11 years, 1 month ago

"led KU in touchdown receptions (4) during the 2010 season"

that's a depressing stat.

Randy Bombardier 11 years, 1 month ago

That is what I was thinking. This is going to be a real test this year. The conference is so tough now. Everyone is getting better. We need to get much better to have a chance.

ahpersecoachingexperience 11 years, 1 month ago

We have 1 player in (essentially) the top 50 on the defensive side of the ball. OUCH!

TwistedFish31 11 years, 1 month ago

"We..."? whatever Mary. No one believes you're a Jayhawk fan ahpslikhasdfgnaiugh.

Cmill1221 11 years, 1 month ago

You can be a Jayhawk Fan without liking the current coach or the former d-bag athletic director.

waywardJay 11 years, 1 month ago

Actually, He/She was quite the Basketball fan. I can attest to that.

Still think that 1 person in the top 50 on the defensive side ifsnot a fair statement.... I don't know what we have in several of those players that swapped sides of the field. I think Macdougald, Terry, Opurum, THarp, Bakare, Augustinho, Brown and Johnson have potential to be ALL American type players,It's just what happens to them after the summer turns to fall.

Kman_blue 11 years, 1 month ago

I don't know about All-American, but I'd be surprised if Opurum, Tharp, Terry, Brown, MacDougald, Johnson, and Patmon don't get some honors this year on the D side.

Mike Suellentrop 11 years, 1 month ago

Because we all know championships are won with preseason player rankings. What an idiot.

Kman_blue 11 years, 1 month ago

True, these preseason things, especially this early, are never accurate. Steele got about 1/4 of his picks right last year and completely wiffed on over 1/2 of the players he picked.

actorman 11 years, 1 month ago

Are you sure that four teams are enough? Why not have 10 teams so every Big XII minus 2 starter can be named?

Having six players named is not exactly impressive when four of them are on the fourth team. Then again, it's hard to expect much else with the low expectations for this year.

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