KU’s Andrew Parchment, Pooka Williams Jr. named preseason all-Big 12
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Kansas football senior Andrew Parchment and junior Pooka Williams Jr. were two of the 15 players named to the Big 12 Conference’s preseason all-Big 12 offense, league officials announced Thursday.
The Jayhawks were one of five Big 12 programs to put multiple players on the preseason all-conference offensive team. Baylor, TCU and West Virginia did not have any.
The teams, which included 15 players on offense and 15 on defense, were voted on by media members who cover the conference.
Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard was named the preseason offensive player of the year and West Virginia defensive lineman Darius Stills was named the preseason defensive player of the year.
Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler, a redshirt freshman from Phoenix, was projected as the conference’s newcomer of the year.
The preseason honor is the second in a row for Williams, a dynamic junior from Louisiana who has delivered back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons for the Jayhawks.
As a sophomore in 2019, Williams ran for 1,061 yards and two touchdowns on 203 carries. He also added 214 yards on 27 receptions, giving him 115.9 all-purpose yards per game on the season.
Those numbers earned Williams a spot on the Associated Press and Big 12 all-conference teams. Williams also was named to the all-Big 12 first team following his freshman season, when he was named AP offensive freshman of the year and AP newcomer of the year.
Parchment is making his first appearance on the all-conference preseason team after earning honorable mention all-Big 12 honors and honorable mention offensive newcomer of the year in 2019.
Earlier in the day, the senior from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was also named to the preseason watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, given annually to the best receiver in college football.
Parchment’s 65 receptions last season, in an up-tempo, high-octane Kansas offense under new offensive coordinator Brent Dearmon, led the team and were the seventh most by a KU wideout in a single season in program history.
His 831 yards are the second most among returning Big 12 receivers, and Parchment also ranked second on the 2019 Jayhawks with seven touchdowns. He finished fourth in the Big 12 last season in receptions per game (5.4) and receiving yards per game (69.3).
2020 Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team
Offensive Player of the Year: Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State, RB
Defensive Player of the Year: Darius Stills, West Virginia, DL
Newcomer of the Year: Spencer Rattler, Oklahoma, QB
QB – Sam Ehlinger, Texas
RB – Pooka Williams Jr., Kansas
RB – Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State
FB – Nick Lenners, Kansas State
WR – Andrew Parchment, Kansas
WR – Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State
WR – Charleston Rambo, Oklahoma
TE – Charlie Kolar, Iowa State
OL – Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma
OL – Adrian Ealy, Oklahoma
OL – Samuel Cosmi, Texas
OL – Jack Anderson, Texas Tech
OL – Teven Jenkins, Oklahoma State
PK – Gabe Brkic, Oklahoma
KR/PR – Joshua Youngblood, Kansas State
DL – Wyatt Hubert, Kansas State
DL – JaQuan Bailey, Iowa State
DL – Ronnie Perkins, Oklahoma
DL – Eli Howard, Texas Tech
DL – Darius Stills, West Virginia
LB – Terrel Bernard, Baylor
LB – Garret Wallow, TCU
LB – Joseph Ossai, Texas
DB – Greg Eisworth, Iowa State
DB – Kolby Harvell-Peel, Oklahoma State
DB – Trevon Moehrig, TCU
DB – D’Shawn Jamison, Texas
DB – Caden Sterns, Texas
P – Austin McNamara, Texas Tech