Without even playing a game, Kansas' football team has moved up a place in the preseason Big Eight polls. Sort of.
The Jayhawks, who were picked No. 5 in the league's preseason media poll, were picked fourth in a poll of the Big Eight Skywriters, a group of media who just concluded their nine-day, eight-city tour around the league.
Nebraska, No. 1 in the preseason media poll, also was first in the Skywriters' poll. The Huskers tallied 120 points, while runner-up Colorado had 106 1/2. Oklahoma was third in the Skywriters' poll with 86 1/2 points, while KU was fourth with 73.
Kansas State, picked No. 4 in the media poll, was picked No. 5 by the Skywriters with 70 points. Missouri was sixth (40 points), followed by Iowa State (29 1/2) and Oklahoma State (22 1/2).
The Skywriters picked Nebraska quarterback Tommie Frazier as the preseason offensive player of the year, while Colorado defensive back Chris Hudson was the run-away winner for the defensive award.
Oklahoma junior college transfer QB Garrick McGee was voted the preseason offensive newcomer of the year, while a pair of defensive tackles -- OSU's Alamu Bailey and OU's Barron Tanner -- shared the defensive honor.