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Mortensen, Herford named preseason all-Big 12

The Kansas football team places two Jayhawks on the preseason All-Big 12 Team today. This according to a vote by the conference's media members.

July 17, 2008

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Kansas seniors Joe Mortensen and Marcus Herford were named Thursday to the preseason all-Big 12 football team, as voted on by the media.

Mortensen, an all-Big 12 first team selection at linebacker a season ago, finished ninth in the conference in tackles per game (8.15) and tied for second in tackles for loss per game (1.15) as the Jayhakws finished 12-1 and earned their first BCS bowl victory in school history.

Herford, meanwhile, was the only other Kansas player to earn preseason all-conference honors. His 28.65 kickoff return average in '07 ranked second in the Big 12 and 15th nationally, and he was voted the Big 12's special teams player of the year following the season.

The team's only unanimous selection was Texas Tech receiver Michael Crabtree, who caught 134 passes for 1,962 yards and 22 touchdowns in '07.

Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel was voted the conference's preseason offensive player of the year. Oklahoma defensive end Auston English earned the defensive player of the year nod, and Colorado freshman running back Darrell Scott was projected as the newcomer of the year.

2008 Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team (Media Vote)

OFFENSE

WR: Michael Crabree (*), Texas Tech, sophomore

TE: Chase Coffman, Missouri, senior

OL: Duke Robinson, Oklahoma, senior

OL: Phil Loadholt, Oklahoma, senior

C: Jon Cooper, Oklahoma, senior

OL: Louis Vasquez, Texas Tech, senior

OL: Colin Brown, Missouri, senior

OL: Cedric Dockery, Texas, senior

WR: Jeremy Maclin, Missouri, sophomore.

QB: Chase Daniel, Missouri, senior.

RB: Marlon Lucky, Nebraska, senior

RB: DeMarco Murray, Oklahoma, sophomore

PK: Jeff Wolfert, Missouri, senior

KR: Marcus Herford, Kansas, senior

DEFENSE

DL: Auston English, Oklahoma, junior

DL: Ian Campbell, Kansas State, senior

DL: George Hypolite, Colorado, senior

DL: Brian Orakpo, Texas, senior

LB: Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri, junior

LB: Joe Mortensen, Kansas, senior

LB: Joe Pawelek, Baylor, junior

DB: Nic Harris, Oklahoma, senior

DB: William Moore, Missouri, senior

DB: Jamar Wall, Texas Tech, junior

DB: Jordan Lake, Baylor, junior

P: Justin Brantly, Texas A&M, senior

PR: Jeremy Maclin, Missouri, sophomore

* Denotes unanimous choice.

An extra offensive lineman was honored due to ties in the voting.

Offensive Player of the Year: Chase Daniel, Missouri (QB, 6-0, 225, Sr/3L, Southlake, Texas)

Defensive Player of the Year: Auston English, Oklahoma (DE, 6-3, 257, Jr/1L, Canadian, Texas)

Newcomer of the Year: Darrell Scott, Colorado (TB, 6-2, 215, Fr/HS, Ventura, Calif.)

Reesing lands on another watch list

Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing landed on his second watch list of the off-season Thursday when he was named as a potential contendor for the Davey O'Brien Award.

The junior from Austin, Tex., was one of 31 college quarterbacks named to the list, which annually honors the nation's top signal-caller.

Reesing threw for 3,486 yards and 33 touchdowns as a sophomore last season, while completing 61.9 percent of his passes and breaking 21 school records in the process.

Last month, Reesing was named to the watch list for the Maxwell Award.

Brown to be honored by Packers

Former Kansas lineman Gilbert Brown will be inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame during the organization's 38th induction ceremony on Saturday.

A former second-team all-Big Eight performer with the Jayhawks, Brown went on to play 10 seasons with the Packers, from 1993-99 and from 2001-2003. Brown played in 15 playoff games with the Packers, finishing his career with 292 tackles in 125 games.

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