Ben Heeney named to the 2014 preseason All-Big 12 squad

On Wednesday, the media’s 2014 Preseason All-Big 12 football team was announced by the Big 12 and it was not surprising to see Kansas senior linebacker Ben Heeney on that list.

Here’s the release from Kansas Athletics on the selection:

Heeney, who was an All-Big 12 Second Team selection in 2013, is heading into 2014 as the conference’s leading returning tackler. Last year the Hutchinson, Kansas native recorded a team-high 88 tackles and finished fourth in the conference with 8.7 tackles-per-game. Heeney also recorded double-digit tackles in six of his 10 games played a season ago and is one of six active linebackers with 200 tackles and 20 tackles for loss in the last two seasons.

Heeney’s selection to the All-Big 12 team comes on the heels of six other preseason awards he has garnered in 2014 as he was named preseason All-Big 12 First Team by both Athlon Sports and Phil Steele Magazine and was selected to the preseason watch lists for the Chuck Bednarik, Butkus and Rotary Lombardi Awards, as well as the Bronko Nagurski Trophy.

Here are the All-Big 12 selections, as voted on by the media:

Offensive Player of the Year: Bryce Petty, Baylor, QB
Defensive Player of the Year: Devonte Fields, TCU, DL
Newcomer of the Year: Tyreek Hill, Oklahoma State, WR


Position Name School Ht.  Wt.  Class/Exp. Hometown
Wide Receiver ~Antwon Goodley Baylor 5-11 225 Sr/3L Midland, Texas
Tight End !E.J. Bibbs Iowa State 6-3 261 Sr/1L Chicago, Ill.
Offensive Line ~Spencer Drango Baylor 6-6 305 Jr/2L Cedar Park, Texas
Offensive Line !Cody Whitehair Kansas State 6-4 309 Jr/2L Abilene, Kan.
Center ~B.J. Finney Kansas State 6-4 303 Sr/3L Andale, Kan.
Offensive Line !Daryl Williams Oklahoma 6-6 329 Sr/3L Lake Dallas, Texas
Offensive Line ^!Le’Raven Clark Texas Tech 6-5 303 Jr/2L Rockdale, Texas
Wide Receiver ~Tyler Lockett Kansas State 5-11 175 Sr/3L Tulsa, Okla.
Quarterback ~Bryce Petty Baylor 6-3 230 Sr/3L Midlothian, Texas
Running Back Shock Linwood Baylor 5-9 200 So/1L Linden, Texas
Running Back !Malcolm Brown Texas 6-0 228 Sr/3L Cibolo, Texas
Place Kicker !Michael Hunnicutt Oklahoma 6-1 180 Sr/3L Richardson, Texas
Kick Returner ^~Tyler Lockett Kansas State 5-11 175 Sr/3L Tulsa, Okla.


Position Name School Ht.  Wt.  Class/Exp. Hometown
Defensive Line ~Ryan Mueller Kansas State 6-2 245 Sr/3L Leawood, Kan.
Defensive Line ^#Devonte Fields TCU 6-4 240 So/1L Arlington, Texas
Defensive Line ^Chucky Hunter TCU 6-1 305 Sr/3L West Monroe, La.
Defensive Line ^Cedric Reed Texas 6-6 271 Sr/2L Cleveland, Texas
Linebacker ^Bryce Hager Baylor 6-2 235 Sr/3L Austin, Texas
Linebacker !Ben Heeney Kansas 6-0 230 Sr/3L Hutchinson, Kan.
Linebacker !Eric Striker Oklahoma 6-0 221 Jr/2L Seffner, Fla.
Defensive Back Zack Sanchez Oklahoma 5-11 179 So/1L Keller, Texas
Defensive Back !Sam Carter TCU 6-1 215 Sr/3L New Orleans, La.
Defensive Back ^Quandre Diggs Texas 5-10 204 Sr/3L Angleton, Texas
Defensive Back Karl Joseph West Virginia 5-10 196 Jr/2L Orlando, Fla.
Punter ~Spencer Roth Baylor 6-4 225 Sr/3L Knoxville, Tenn.
Punt Returner Levi Norwood Baylor 6-2 200 Sr/3L State College, Pa.

^ 2013 Preseason Team
~ 2013 All-Big 12 First Team Selection
! 2013 All-Big 12 Second Team Selection
# Injured in 2013