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Football Bijan Robinson named Preseason Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year




Austin, Texas Texas Football Is Running Back Bijan Robinson has been named the Preseason Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, the league office announced on Wednesday. Robinson highlighted a total of three players named to the preseason All-Big 12 Football Team, chosen by the league’s media representatives.

Robinson was one of two unanimous rosters to the preseason All-Big 12 team and is joined by a wide receiver Xavier Worthy and linebacker DeMarvion overexposed

Robinson is a third-year running back who has played in 19 games with 16 starts. The native of Tucson, Ariz. rushed 1,830 yards on 281 carries (6.5 ypc) and scored 15 touchdowns, while also catching 41 passes for 491 yards and six touchdowns. Last season, he was a first-team All-Big 12 roster and honorable mention as the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, becoming a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award, Doak Walker Award and Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award. In 10 games, he rushed for 1,127 yards on 195 carries (5.8 ypc) and scored 11 touchdowns and netted 26 receptions for 295 yards (11.3 ypr) and four touchdowns. Robinson ranked third in conference total touchdowns (15), fourth in scoring (9.0 points per game), sixth in rushing yards, rushing touchdowns and all-purpose yards (1,422), and seventh in overall points score (90). His 142.20 all-purpose yards per game and 112.7 rushing yards per game ranked third in the conference and his 5.78 yards per carry was fifth best. He surpassed 100 yards rushing six times during the season, culminating in a 35 carry, 216 rushing yards (6.2 ypc) performance on TCU. Robinson is the first Longhorn tab for the conference’s offensive player of the year award since quarterback Sam Ehlinger was selected ahead of the 2019 season.

Worthy, the 2021 Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year, had a record year for the Longhorns last season, taking top UT freshmen for one season for receptions (62), receiving yards (981) and receiving touchdown (12). The Fresno, California native was the first-ever Texas freshman wide receiver to take first-team All-Big 12 honors. He led the Big 12 in receiving touchdowns and receiving yards per game (81.1), third in receiving yards, fourth in receptions per game (5.2), fifth in yards per reception (15.82 ), sixth in receptions and seventh in total touchdowns (12). Worthy had four 100-yard receiving games, including a 261-yard appearance against Oklahoma in the Red River Showdown in which he caught nine passes and had two touchdown receptions. His outstanding season earned him AP Freshman All-American honors and Big 12 Newcomer of the Year Awards. He was an Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award semifinalist, garnered True Freshman All-American honors from ESPN and 247Sports, and selected to the Freshman All-American First Team by The Athletic.

Born in Arp, Texas, Overshown is a fifth-year linebacker who has played in 38 career games and made 22 starts. Last season, he played in and started 10 games, leading the Longhorns in total tackles (74) and solo tackles (38), while matching the team lead in assists (36) and finishing second in tackles for loss (5 ,5). Overshown, a 2021 Butkus Award semifinalist, also registered two sacks, recovered two fumbles, had two pass breakups and blocked one kick. He made at least eight tackles five times last season, including a career-high 13 (four solo) against Louisiana. The linebacker had a standout performance against Oklahoma in the Red River Showdown with eight tackles (five solo), two loss tackles, one sack, one fumble recovery, two quarterback rushes, and a blocked punt setting up a Texas touchdown.

2022 Big 12 Football Preseason Awards

Offensive Player of the Year: Bijan RobinsonTexas, RB
Defensive Player of the Year: Felix Anudike-Uzomah, Kansas State, DL
Newcomer of the year: Dillon Gabriel, Oklahoma, QBA

2022 All-Big 12 Football Preseason Team


QB Spencer Sanders, Oklahoma State
RB Bijan RobinsonTexel*

RB Deuce Vaughn, Kansas State*
FB Jared Rus, Iowa State
WR Xavier Hutchinson, State of Iowa
WR Quentin Johnston, TCU
WR Xavier WorthyTexas

TE Ben Sims, Baylor
OL Cooper Beebe, Kansas State
OL Trevor Downing, Iowa State
OL Zach Frazier, West Virginia
OL Jacob Gall, Baylor
OL Connor Galvin, Baylor
PK Casey Legg, West Virginia
KR/PR Malik Knowles, State of Kansas


DL Felix Anudike-Uzomah, State of Kansas
DL Siaki Ika, Baylor
DL Will McDonald IV, Iowa State
DL Collin Oliver, Oklahoma State
DL Dante Stills, West Virginia
LB Dillon Doyle, Baylor
LB Daniel Green, Kansas State
LB DeMarvion overexposedTexas

DB Julius Brents, Kansas State
DB Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, TCU
DB Kenny Logan Jr., Kansas
DB Jason Taylor II, Oklahoma State
DB Charles Woods, West Virginia
P Michael Turk, Oklahoma

*Unanimous selection of the preseason team




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