2011 Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team Announced
Big 12 Conference Press Release
July 19, 2011
Wide Receiver Justin Blackmon (Oklahoma State), linebacker Travis Lewis (Oklahoma) and running back Malcolm Brown (Texas) were picked for individual awards, highlighting the 2011 Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team, chosen by media representatives who cover the Conference.
Preseason Offensive Player of the Year was awarded to Blackmon while Lewis earned the nod for preseason Defensive Player of the Year. Brown was chosen preseason Newcomer of the Year.
In 2010, Blackmon became the first receiver to garner Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and was also an All-Big 12 First Team selection. The 6-1 junior was a unanimous All-American last season and won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top receiver. Blackmon set an NCAA record with 12 straight games with 100 receiving yards and a touchdown. He also claimed the NCAA sophomore record with 1,782 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns.
Lewis was an All-Big 12 Second Team pick in 2010 and OU's leading tackler with 109 stops, good for 12th in the Conference. He produced three takeaways in the Sooners' Big 12 Championship win with one interception and two fumble recoveries. The 6-2 senior recorded double-digit tackles in four games last season.
Brown joins the Longhorns after completing his prep career at Steele High School in Cibola, Texas. The 6-0 true freshman earned All-America First Team honors from USA Today, CBS College Sports, RivalsHigh.com, ESPN RISE All-America and Parade Magazine. He was two-time first-team all-state, three-time first-team all-district and a three-year starter at running back.
2011 Media Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team
Offensive Player of the Year: Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State (WR, 6-1, 215, Jr/2L, Ardmore, Okla.)
Defensive Player of the Year: Travis Lewis, Oklahoma (LB, 6-2, 233, Sr/3L, San Antonio, Texas)
Newcomer of the Year: Malcolm Brown, Texas (RB, 6-0, 215, Fr/HS, Cibolo, Texas/Steele)
^ - 2010 Preseason Team
# - 2010 All-Big 12 First Team selection
% - 2010 All-Big 12 Second Team selection
Ties in voting created an additional spot at running back.