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Thursday, July 19, 2012
Triple option: Thoughts on All-Big 12 team

By Jake Trotter

Every weekday morning, a member of the SoonerNation gives his take on three things happening in the Sooner sports world.

1. It would be interesting to see how many more votes West Virginia's Geno Smith got over Landry Jones for preseason All-Big 12 QB. My guess is that it was close. I voted for Jones, but I can see why others would pick Smith. As one OU booster remarked to be yesterday, "Good, I like that." Being off the first team should take just a little pressure off Jones while also giving him a little bit of spit and vinegar.

2. The only real difference I had with the offense was I had Dom Whaley over Malcolm Brown, and Josh Boyce over Kenny Stills. Whaley is coming off the ankle injury, so he's a little of an unknown. And people still remember what Stills did as a true freshman. No problem with either selection.

3. The defense mostly looks solid. Jamarkus McFarland is curious pick, but the Big 12 is thin on the defensive line. McFarland obviously received a boost from his 5-star recruiting hype, because he's only been a part-time starter through his first three years. Also, I had OU's Aaron Colvin over K-State's Nigel Malone at CB. Malone had a bunch of INTs last year, but Colvin might be the most overlooked player in the Big 12. I think he's in for a big year.

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