Athlon Sports, publisher of the No. 1-selling college football magazine, continues the release of its preseason Top 25 poll at www.athlonsports.com. The countdown commences every year in early May and leads to the on-sale date of Athlon's category-leading college football preseason annuals.
To celebrate the Texas Longhorns being named No. 11, AthlonSports.com will devote an entire day to the program, including a look at the Top 10 Players for 2012, the Greatest Players since 1967 and a Team Preview. (Direct links are included below.)
Mack Brown’s Texas Longhorns continue the countdown at No. 11 with two preseason All-Americans and 11 players selected as All-Big 12 performers. Athlon Sports predicts Texas will finish second in the Big 12 Conference. In the five year period from 2007-11, Athlon Sports was one of the most accurate preseason magazines in prediction accuracy.*
“Texas will be led by its outstanding defense and running game this season,” says Athlon Sports Managing Editor Mitch Light. “If the Longhorns can find some consistency at quarterback, Mack Brown's program will be back to an elite level nationally.”
Two Texas standouts were named preseason All-Americans, with defensive end Alex Okafor and defensive back Quandre Diggs both being voted to the third team. In addition, the Longhorns secondary was ranked No. 1 nationally. The defensive line was rated No. 3 in the country and best in the Big 12, while the running backs unit was tabbed No. 10 in the nation.
Eleven Longhorns earned preseason All-Big 12 honors, including Okafor, Diggs, running back Malcolm Brown, defensive lineman Jackson Jeffcoat, linebacker Jordan Hicks and defensive back Kenny Vaccaro on the first team. Offensive lineman Mason Walters and punt returner Quandre Diggs were named to the second team, while wide receiver Jaxon Shipley, defensive lineman Ashton Dorsey, linebacker Steve Edmond and defensive back Carrington Byndom garnered third-team honors.
*Stassen.com analysis of college football preseason publications.