Athlon Recognizes Half Dozen WVU Football Student-Athletes

West Virginia defensive lineman Darius Stills exhorts teammates to keep the pressure on
West Virginia defensive lineman Darius Stills exhorts teammates to keep the pressure on

Six Mountaineers have earned recognition from Athlon Sports as part of its 2020 all-Big 12 preseason team, but that put WVU tied for last in the total number of selections in the ten-team league.

Senior defensive lineman Darius Stills was a first-team selection. He was the only WVU player to earn first-team notice from Athlon this year.

Sophomore wide receiver Sam James and junior defensive lineman Dante Stills were second-team picks, while senior offensive lineman James Gmiter, junior linebacker Josh Chandler and sophomore safety Tykee Smith were fourth-team choices.

With a half dozen picks to Athlon’s four 2020 preseason teams, West Virginia tied Kansas for the fewest selections. Oklahoma had the most with 18, followed by Iowa State (17), Texas (16), Oklahoma State (14), Texas Tech (10), TCU (9), Baylor (8) and Kansas State (7).

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Athlon Sports Big 12 Football 2020 All-Conference Team

First-Team Offense  
QB       Sam Ehlinger, Texas
RB       Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State
RB       Kennedy Brooks, Oklahoma
AP       Pooka Williams, Kansas
WR      Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State
WR      Charleston Rambo, Oklahoma
TE       Charlie Kolar, Iowa State
C         Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma
OL       Sam Cosmi, Texas
OL       Teven Jenkins, Oklahoma State
OL       Adrian Ealy, Oklahoma
OL       Jack Anderson, Texas Tech

First-Team Defense
DL       Darius Stills, West Virginia
DL       Ronnie Perkins, Oklahoma
DL       Wyatt Hubert, Kansas State
DL       Eli Howard, Texas Tech
LB        Garret Wallow, TCU
LB        Joseph Ossai, Texas
LB        Terrel Bernard, Baylor
CB       Anthony Johnson, Iowa State
CB       D’Shawn Jamison, Texas
S         Trevon Moehrig, TCU
S         Kolby Harvell-Peel, Oklahoma State

First-Team Specialists
K         Gabe Brkic, Oklahoma
P         Austin McNamara, Texas Tech
KR       Joshua Youngblood, Kansas State
PR       Dillon Stoner, Oklahoma State

Second-Team Offense
QB       Brock Purdy, Iowa State
RB       Breece Hall, Iowa State
RB       SaRodorick Thompson, Texas Tech
AP       Sam James, West Virginia
WR      Brennan Eagles, Texas
WR      Tarique Milton, Iowa State
TE       Pro Wells, TCU
C         Dawson Deaton, Texas Tech
OL       Trevor Downing, Iowa State
OL       Dylan Galloway, Oklahoma State
OL       Connor Galvin, Baylor
OL       Marquis Hayes, Oklahoma

Second-Team Defense
DL       Jalen Redmond, Oklahoma
DL       JaQuan Bailey, Iowa State
DL       Dante Stills, West Virginia
DL       Ochaun Mathis, TCU
LB       Mike Rose, Iowa State
LB        Amen Ogbongbemiga, Oklahoma State
LB        Riko Jeffers, Texas Tech
CB       Rodarius Williams, Oklahoma State
CB       Raleigh Texada, Baylor
S         Caden Sterns, Texas
S         Greg Eisworth, Iowa State

Second-Team Specialists
K         Cameron Dicker, Texas
P          Kyle Thompson, Kansas
KR       Kene Nwangwu, Iowa State
PR       D’Shawn Jamison, Texas

West Virginia wide receiver Sam James tries to avoid Texas tacklers on a kickoff return
West Virginia wide receiver Sam James tries to avoid Texas tacklers on a kickoff return

Third-Team Offense
QB       Spencer Rattler, Oklahoma
RB       John Lovett, Baylor
RB       Keaontay Ingram, Texas
AP       Stephon Robinson, Kansas
WR      Erik Ezukanma, Texas Tech
WR      Tyquan Thornton, Baylor
TE       Chase Allen, Iowa State
C          Derek Kerstetter, Texas
OL       Josh Rivas, Kansas State
OL       Bryce Bray, Oklahoma State
OL       Josh Sills, Oklahoma State
OL       Coy McMillon, TCU

Third-Team Defense
DL       Trace Ford, Oklahoma State
DL       Corey Bethley, TCU
DL       Ta’Quon Graham, Texas
DL       Zach Petersen, Iowa State
LB        Malcolm Rodriguez, Oklahoma State
LB        O’Rien Vance, Iowa State
LB        Dashaun White, Oklahoma
CB       AJ Parker, Kansas State
CB       B.J. Foster, Texas
S          Tre Sterling, Oklahoma State
S          Ar’Darius Washington, TCU

Third-Team Specialists
K         Blake Lynch, Kansas State
P          Reeves Mundschau, Oklahoma
KR       D’Shawn Jamison, Texas
PR       Tarique Milton, Iowa State

Fourth-Team Offense
QB       Charlie Brewer, Baylor
RB       Darwin Barlow, TCU
AP/WR Taye Barber, TCU
WR      Andrew Parchment, Kansas
WR      Theo Wease, Oklahoma
WR      T.J. Vasher, Texas Tech
WR      Jake Smith, Texas
C         Colin Newell, Iowa State
OL       Junior Angilau, Texas
OL       James Gmiter, West Virginia
OL       Malik Clark, Kansas
OL       Tyrese Robinson, Oklahoma

Fourth-Team Defense
DL       Cameron Murray, Oklahoma State
DL       Keondre Coburn, Texas
DL       Chidi Ogbonnaya, Baylor
DL       Eyioma Uwazurike, Iowa State
LB        LaRon Stokes, Oklahoma
LB        Josh Chandler, West Virginia
LB        Elijah Sullivan, Kansas State
LB        Caleb Kelly, Oklahoma
LB        Dru Prox, Kansas
CB       Tre Brown, Oklahoma
CB       Adrian Frye, Texas Tech
S          Delarrin Turner-Yell, Oklahoma
S          Tykee Smith, West Virginia
S          Lawrence White, Iowa State

Fourth-Team Specialists
K         Trey Wolff, Texas Tech
P          Issac Power, Baylor
KR       Tre Brown, Oklahoma
PR       Phillip Brooks, Kansas State




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    Six Mountaineers have earned recognition from Athlon Sports as part of its 2020 all-Big 12 preseason team, but that put WVU tied for last in the total
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    Tied with Kansas for last place.  What an honor.😟

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    Tied with Kansas for last place.  What an honor.😟

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    With the caveat that I don’t get too tied up in preseason (and even some postseason) honors because they are often voted on by people with no day-to-day coverage or knowledge of the players in question, this is a little concerning.

    There are a couple of players I might have added to this list from WVU, but I think overall it does point out some of the issues that the program still has to overcome in the next year or two. Getting a couple of skill position players and another OL or blocker that attracts notice wold be a nice indicator of some progress.

    That said, I think one of Neal Brown’s strengths is using what he has to create the best possible results. Are there enough of those this year to get to a bowl or better?

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