Big 12 takes notice

Charles Sims has yet to play a down for West Virginia but already has garnered preseason attention from the media covering the Big 12 Conference.

Sims, who transfered to WVU this summer from Houston, has been named the Preseason Newcomer of the Year for the conference. He compiled 851 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground last year and caught 37 passes for 337 yards with three more scores. He was an all-conference first team pick in 2011 and second team in 2012.

Other individual honors include Baylor’s Lache Seastrunk as Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and TCU defensive lineman Devonte Fields as Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.

Seastrunk averaged 138.5 yards during the final six games of the 2012 season. He totaled 1,012 yards and seven touchdowns for the season while earning Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year and Holiday Bowl Offensive Most Valuable Player. The junior enters 2013 on a four-game streak of 100-yard rushing games.

Fields is the only unanimous selection on the media preseason team as he appeared on every ballot at the defensive line position.

The 6-4 sophomore was last season’s Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year and an All-Big 12 First Team pick after posting 53 tackles, including 34 solo stops. He had 18.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. Fields was named to numerous 2012 freshman All-America teams.

The Preseason 2013 All-Big 12 offensive team includes wide receivers Josh Stewart (Oklahoma State) and Eric Ward (Texas Tech), tight end Jace