WVU Puts Record Eight Players On All-Big 12 Teams
West Virginia has placed a record eight players on the 2018 Big 12 All-Conference team, headed by Defensive Player of the Year selection David Long. Long is the first WVU player to earn that distinction in the Mountaineers’ seven years in the league. WVU had six players on the team in both 2015 and 2017.
Teammate Yodny Cajuste was one of three offensive linemen selected as that position’s player of the year. Kansas State’s Dalton Risner and Oklahoma’s Dru Samia shared that award with the Mountaineer senior. Cajuste is WVU’s first lineman of the year pick.
Joining Long and Cajuste as first team selections were wide receiver David Sills, tight end Trevon Wesco and safety Kenny Robinson. Sills’ selection is notable, as he edged out a number of outstanding wideouts in the league this season.
Quarterback Will Grier, defensive lineman Kenny Bigelow and offensive lineman Josh Sills were second team selections.
Honorable mention picks, comprised of those receiving votes, included safety Dravon Askew-Henry, wide receiver Gary Jennings Jr., offensive lineman Colton McKivitz, defensive backs Josh Norwood and Keith Washington, and kicker Evan Staley.
Selections were made by the league’s 10 head coaches, who were not permitted to vote for their own players.