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Thursday Links O' War - July 16, 2015

Preseason awards dominate the links this morning, with Trevone Boykin getting the nod as Offensive Player of the Year.

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TCU's Boykin, Baylor's Oakman receive preseason honors - Midland Reporter

Boykin led TCU to a share of the 2014 Big 12 championship and a win over Mississippi in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. The Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year set TCU single-season records for passing yards (3,901), touchdown passes (33), touchdowns responsible for (42) and total offense (4,608). He ranked third in the nation in total offensive yards per game (354.5) and became just the third quarterback since 2009 to average at least 300 yards per game passing (300.1) and 50 rushing (54.4).

Orange Prattle: Baylor, Oklahoma State are best bets to beat TCU - Stillwater News Press

Though there may be skeptics about the defense the Bears were bring to the field, the other contenders – TCU, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma – will have defenses good enough to not only contend for the conference, but also for a spot in the College Football Playoffs.

El Campo graduate named to preseason All-Conference team - Advo Sports

Hunt is involved in a myriad of community work, including the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. He visits kids at Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth and has been a middle school speaker about the value of education and going to college. Hunt has started all 25 games for the Horned Frogs the last two seasons and has also been Academic All-Big 12 the last two years.

Predicting the 2015 season: Week 11 - ESPN

TCU 38, Kansas 10: Fresh off their loss to Oklahoma State, the Horned Frogs are fortunate to have an easy bounce-back week. Trevone Boykin gets back on track with four total TDs. After Mike Freeze has a pick-six against the Jayhawks to extend the lead to 35-0, coach Gary Patterson pulls his starters midway through the third quarter and keeps everyone fresh. Oklahoma is up next in what's practically an elimination game for the Big 12 title.

TCU's odds to win the National Championship - Doc Sports

The oddsmakers consider the Horned Frogs a slight favorite over the other Big 12 players in Baylor and Oklahoma as the team is set up to produce another outstanding year and at least be in the running for the playoff spot if it doesn't have enough clout to actually get one. The Horned Frogs are returning quite a few players from last season, which includes a trio of senior wide receivers and starting quarterback Trevone Boykin.

TCU's Boykin enjoys Manning Camp experience - Houma News

"Cooper is the funniest one. Peyton and Eli, those are the guys you want to be like. You want to learn from those guys and soak in as much information as possible, like a sponge," Boykin said. "Anything they tell you, you try to take it and add it to your game and try to elevate your game as much as you can."

TCU's Boykin named Big 12 preseason offensive player of the year - KrisTV

Doctson set TCU single-season records for receiving yards (1,018) and touchdown catches (11). His 65 receptions were one short of the TCU season mark (66, Josh Boyce, 2012). A senior from Mansfield, Texas, Doctson was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week and the College Football Performance Awards National Wide Receiver of the Week for his efforts against Oklahoma State, when he totaled seven catches for 225 yards and first-quarter touchdown grabs of 77 and 84 yards. He had back-to-back contests of at least 100 yards and a touchdown against Texas (7/115/1) and Iowa State (9/151/1). He closed the season with two scoring grabs among six receptions in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl win over Ole Miss.

Around the Big 12

Five things to watch from Briles and Baylor at Big 12 media days - Dallas Morning News

This time around, the game will take place at Amon Carter Stadium in Fort Worth. TCU seems to be the early favorite, and likely will be named the frontrunner to win the Big 12 in advance of media day. However, Art Briles and Co. have never shied away from being underdogs; Baylor has won three of the last four against TCU.

Hits and Misses from the Big 12 Preseason All Conference Team - Bleacher Report

Of Perry's 64 punts last season, only eight were returned by opponents for a combined nine yards—in the other direction. Symmank is a fantastic punter for Texas Tech, but Perry and his coverage team deserve the nod here.

Texas CB Duke Johnson is only Longhorn on preseason All-Conference team - Burnt Orange Nation

So Texas ranks No. 8 among Big 12 teams on this list, ahead of only Iowa State and Kansas, both of which failed to place a single player on the list. Baylor leads the way with seven selections, followed by TCU (five), Oklahoma (five), Oklahoma State (three), Kansas State (three), West Virginia (three), and Texas Tech (three).

How I voted in Big 12 preseason poll, awards - Fox Sports

Flip a coin between the Frogs and Bears. They're both top five teams and their meeting the Friday after Thanksgiving will probably be decided by play or two. Gary Patterson's task rebuilding the Frog defense is a little tougher than what lies ahead for Baylor, but cliche as it may be, the presence of a returning quarterback with a Big 12 title ring can't be underestimated. I expect Seth Russell to be great, but could mistakes in big spots cost Baylor a game or two? I trust Boykin to make up for any of TCU's defensive lapses more than I trust Baylor's defense to make up for any mistakes Russell is bound to make at some point.

Examining the Trends of the Big 12's top offenses - ESPN

Preventing negative plays is a key for every offense. Baylor has turned it into an art form in recent years with a 27.3 negative play percentage during the past five seasons combined. In addition, every team that finished with a negative yardage percentage of 32 or lower -- Baylor (27.2), Oklahoma (30.1), West Virginia (30.8), Kansas State (31.3) and TCU (31.9) -- had at least seven wins in 2014.