The Media Preseason All-Big 12 team was announced Tuesday, and four Frogs found themselves on the list.
Wide receiver Jalen Reagor and tackle Lucas Niang were nominated on the offensive side of the ball, while defensive tackle Corey Bethley and cornerback Jeff Gladney got the nod on D.
Reagor was the Frogs’ best offensive player a season ago, voted as MVP by his teammates at the conclusion of a 1,000 yard receiving season. He also led TCU with nine touchdowns, including a seven-game scoring streak - a Horned Frogs’ record.
Niang was the only offensive lineman to start all 13 games; the senior had a chance to go pro after not allowing a sack in 2018 and grading out at 86.3 percent by Pro Football Focus. But he elected to return to Fort Worth for one last run at a Big 12 title.
Corey Bethley was one of the best defensive lineman in the conference, trailing only top NFL draft picks Ben Banogu and LJ Collier in sacks for the Frogs with 5.0 on the season. The Honorable Mention All-Big 12 selection is in line for a big year with the return of Ross Blacklock from injury.
Jeff Gladney is arguably the best defensive player in the country that no one talks about; the All-Big 12 selection was the highest graded player in passer rating against at 46.9. Gladney was second in the league with 13 PBUs and led the conference by allowing one reception every 16.5 coverage snaps.
Offensive Player of the Year went to quarterback Sam Ehlinger of Texas, while Oklahoma claimed both Defensive Player of the Year (LB Kenneth Murray) and Newcomer Player of the Year (QB Jalen Hurts). Oklahoma running back Kennedy Brooks was named to the first team offense despite reports coming out earlier this week that he has not been with the team since the start of summer workouts.
Several TCU players should have a chip on their shoulders after this vote; running back Sewo Olonilua deserved a nod, in my opinion - especially with Brooks and noted terrible human Pooka Williams making it above him. Defensively, linebacker Garret Wallow and safety Innis Gaines both have arguments to make on their own behalf.
You can see the entire list below:
Big 12 Media Days open Monday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. We will be reporting live from the event both days. TCU Football opens fall camp on August 1st, with their first game taking place on August 31st at Amon G. Carter Stadium.