Momentum continues to gather for Texas defensive Breckyn Hager as one of the Big 12’s breakout stars in 2018.
Hager and cornerback Kris Boyd were named to the preseason All-Big 12 team unveiled Wednesday. Those were the only two Texas players mentioned as Oklahoma and West Virginia players dominated the field.
Hager, who has 10 career sacks, will be a senior this season. He earned All-Big 12 honorable mention status last season and has garnered preseason praise from Athlon Sports and Phil Steele.
Boyd was a second-team All-Big 12 pick last season after finishing fifth on the team with 57 tackles. He had two interceptions and 15 pass break-ups. He was also honored by Athlon and Phil Steele this preseason.
West Virginia quarterback Will Grier was named the Big 12’s preseason offensive player of the year. TCU defensive end Ben Banogu won defensive honors. Oklahoma’s Brendan Radley-Hiles was named the league’s preseason newcomer of the year.
The Big 12 preseason poll, as voted on by the media, will be released on Thursday. Media days are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday in Frisco at The Star.
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