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Dorance Armstrong voted Big 12 preseason defensive player of the year

West Virginia players scarce on All-Big 12 preseason team Dorance Armstrong voted Big 12 preseason defensive player of the year
Vera Richards | 14 July, 2017, 01:01

The lineman, who was the lone unanimous selection on the defensive team, was a unanimous all-conference pick last season as a sophomore when he ranked No. 2 in the conference and No. 18 nationally with 10 sacks for the Jayhawks.

Coming up Thursday, the Big 12 releases its preseason poll with West Virginia expected to be middle-of-the-pack.

The Sooners, last season's conference champion, edged out Oklahoma State for the top spot in the 2017 preseason poll.

A Houston, Texas, native, Armstrong is the first Kansas player to be named a preseason individual award victor during its time playing in the Big 12 Conference.

The conference named Armstrong its Big 12 Preseason Defensive Player of the Year on Wednesday.

Also WVU will have Big 12 Preseason Newcomer of the Year Will Grier at quarterback.

Underdog programs adore playing up the disrespect narrative this time of year, and to that end, the All-Big 12 preseason team fed West Virginia a heap of talking points. On offense, they are running back and Booker T. graduate Justice Hill, wide receiver James Washington, and offensive lineman Zach Crabtree.

Cotton-Moya has 27 career starts and is ISU's active leader in tackles with 190. Texas led the way with five players - one for each UT win in 2016? - which validates something: Either the Longhorns continue to be perpetually overrated, or Charlie Strong was even more abysmal than we realized.

Placekicker: Clayton Hatfield, Texas Tech.

Defensive line: Dorance Armstrong, Kansas; K.J. Smith, Baylor; Reggie Walker, Kansas State; Poona Ford, Texas; Malcolm Roach, Texas. Injured in the preseason, Armstrong did not reach 100 percent until the third week of the season, when he began becoming a player opposing offenses game-planned around.

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