Campbell Named Preseason All-Big 12

IRVING, Texas Kansas State defensive end Ian Campbell has been named to the 2008 Preseason All-Big 12 football team, according to the results of the annual preseason media survey conducted by the conference office.


Campbell, the only returning two-time First Team All-Big 12 selection in the league this season, enters his senior year as one of the top defensive linemen in school history and currently has 16.0 sacks and 28.5 tackles for loss over the last two seasons. The Cimarron native, who is also a two-time team captain, tied the single-season school record with 11.5 sacks in 2006 and currently needs just two more sacks to move into seventh place on the K-State career list.

Last season, Campbell totaled 45 tackles, including a team-best 11 tackles for loss and a Big 12-best four fumble recoveries. The preseason All-America and national award candidate also recorded 4.5 sacks and one interception, in which he returned for a score in a win at No. 7 Texas.


In the preseason specialty awards, Chase Daniel (Missouri) was named Preseason Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, Auston English (Oklahoma) was selected Preseason Defensive Player of the Year and Darrell Scott (Colorado) was chosen Preseason Newcomer of the Year.


Kansas State, which was picked to finish fifth in the north in the preseason media poll, will participate in the annual Big 12 Football Media Days on Tuesday, July 22, in Kansas City, before opening the 2008 season on August 30 against North Texas. The Wildcats will be represented at Media Days next week by head coach Ron Prince, Campbell, quarterback Josh Freeman and safety Chris Carney.


The opener against the Mean Green, which will kick at 6:05 p.m., will mark the beginning of a season-long celebration of the 1998 Wildcat team that reached No. 1 in the national rankings, while the 2008 Ring of Honor class will also be recognized on August 30.


2008 Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team (Media Vote)


Offensive Player of the Year: Chase Daniel, QB, Missouri

Defensive Player of the Year: Auston English, DL, Oklahoma

Newcomer of the Year: Darrell Scott, RB, Colorado



WR Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech                                      
TE   Chase Coffman, Missouri                  
OL   Duke Robinson, Oklahoma                 
OL   Phil Loadholt, Oklahoma                  
C     Jon Cooper, Oklahoma                  
OL   Louis Vasquez, Texas Tech                
OL   Colin Brown, Missouri                  
OL   Cedric Dockery, Texas                     
WR  Jeremy Maclin, Missouri                  
QB  Chase Daniel, Missouri                  
RB   Marlon Lucky, Nebraska                  
RB   DeMarco Murray, Oklahoma                  
PK   Jeff Wolfert, Missouri                    
KR   Marcus Herford, Kansas       

DL   Auston English, Oklahoma                 
DL   Ian Campbell, Kansas State              
DL   George Hypolite, Colorado                  
DL   Brian Orakpo, Texas                    
LB   Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri                   
LB   Joe Mortenson, Kansas                   
LB   Joe Pawelek, Baylor 
DB   Nic Harris, Oklahoma                  
DB   William Moore, Missouri                   
DB   Jamar Wall, Texas Tech               
DB   Jordan Lake, Baylor                    
   P  Justin Brantly, Texas A&M                             
PR   Jeremy Maclin, Missouri