Yeager's All-Big 12 Team: Offense
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Posted Dec 4, 2012

Before the All-Big 12 teams are announced on Wednesday, Joe Yeager enters his All-Big 12 team. Starting with offense.

Quarterback: Collin Klein (Kansas State)—There’s no more obvious pick than this one. Klein, the Big 12’s only serious Heisman candidate, put the Wildcats on his shoulders and led them to a conference title. He’s a rugged, old-school quarterback who willed himself to become a good passer.


Running Back: Joseph Randle (Oklahoma State)—The Big 12 sorely lacks quality running backs, so Randle wins this award almost by default. But with 1,400 rushing yards, 14 TDs and a 5.3 yards per carry average, this complete back would be a strong candidate any year.


Receiver: Terrance Williams (Baylor)—With Kendall Wright in the limelight last year, Williams sort of snuck up on folks. But his conference-leading 1,800 receiving yards and his 19 yards per catch average mark him as the Big 12’s best in 2012.


Receiver: Stedman Bailey (West Virginia)—Bailey is one half of West Virginia’s terrific receiving tandem. He’s not extremely flashy, but Bailey’s 106 receptions and 23 touchdown catches are proof of his productivity.


Receiver: Tavon Austin (West Virginia)—Tavon Austin is Bailey’s Mountaineer receiving compatriot. Few receivers in America are more dangerous with the ball in their hands, and equally few can match his 109 receptions.


Offensive Lineman: Gabe Ikard (Oklahoma)—Ikard was a preseason All Conference pick at guard. But when starting center Ben Habern went down with an injury, Ikard filled in and maintained his high level of play.


Offensive Lineman: Blaize Foltz (TCU)—The Horned Frog offensive line may have been the worst in the Big 12, but Foltz was the rock which prevented total collapse.


Offensive Lineman: Lane Taylor (Oklahoma State)—Lane Taylor was the man most responsible for hustling Joseph Randle along to his 1,400 rushing yards. He was also key to ensuring that the Cowboys’ three-headed quarterback brigade functioned effectively.


Offensive Lineman: B. J. Finney (Kansas State)—The Wildcat offensive line was strong across the board and nowhere was it stronger than at center where B. J. Finney held sway. This former walk-on played like a five-star blue-chipper.


Offensive Lineman: Cyril Richardson (Baylor)—Very few programs in the country have turned out as much superior offensive line talent in recent years as Baylor. Richardson is the latest in Bear Adonises.

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