Four members of the University of Oklahoma football team were named to the 2014 Preseason All-Big 12 Football Teams, the conference announced Wednesday. The teams were chosen by media representatives who cover the league.
Offensively, the Sooners were led by senior offensive tackle Daryl Williams and senior kicker Michael Hunnicutt, while the defense saw junior linebacker Eric Striker and sophomore cornerback Zack Sanchez recognized.
Williams was chosen as an All-Big 12 Second Team honoree by the league’s coaches in 2013. That came after he was tabbed All-Big 12 honorable mention in 2012. Williams, who has been placed on the preseason watch list for the Outland Trophy, has played in 32 career games with 24 starts, including all 13 last season. He started the first 12 games of the season at right tackle before injuries moved him to left tackle.
Hunnicutt was also a 2013 All-Big 12 Second Team selection after setting a school record with 24 made field goals. He finished 24-27 on field goal tries during the season, 47-48 on extra points and also caught a touchdown pass in the Bedlam win at Oklahoma State to finish with a career-best 125 points. With 351 points in his career, Hunnicutt needs just 40 this season to pass former running back DeMarco Murray for the most in school history. After finishing as a semifinalist for the Groza Award a year ago, Hunnicutt is on the preseason watch list in 2014.
Like his offensive counterparts, Striker was also tabbed as an All-Big 12 Second Team honoree in 2013. He then exploded in the Allstate Sugar Bowl win over Alabama with 3.0 sacks and seven tackles to put his name on the map. Striker led the team with 10.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks a year ago, while his 50 tackles are the fourth most among the returning defensive players. So far in the preseason Striker has seen his name put on the preseason watch lists for the Nagurski Trophy and the Bednarik, Butkus and Lombardi Awards.
Sanchez earned Freshman All-American honors by the Football Writers Association of America in 2013 as he started all 13 games and led the team with 13 pass breakups and 117 interception return yards. He recorded two picks on the year, including one returned for a touchdown at Kansas State. Sanchez tallied 46 tackles on the year, including a career-high eight stops versus Texas Tech.
The four honorees for Oklahoma trailed only Baylor (7) and Kansas State (5) for the most in the league. OU also joined Baylor as the only schools to have multiple student-athletes listed on both offense and defense.
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