KU's Daniel Wise, Joe Dineen named to Preseason All-Big 12 team

Kansas defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. (2), Kansas defensive tackle Daniel Wise (96) and Kansas linebacker Osaze Ogbebor (31) celebrate after Armstrong sacked Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) during the third quarter on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 at Memorial Stadium.

For the first time since 2009 the Kansas football program has two players on a Preseason All-Big 12 first team.

A pair of redshirt seniors for the Jayhawks’ defense, both defensive tackle Daniel Wise and linebacker Joe Dineen were among the 17 seniors, 11 juniors and one sophomore selected by a media panel as the conference’s most likely standouts this coming fall.

KU last had more than one representative on the preseason first team in 2009, when receiver Dezmon Briscoe and safety Darrell Stuckey made the cut.

A hometown linebacker from Lawrence’s Free State High, Dineen led the Big 12 in total tackles (137), tackles-for-loss (25.0) and solo tackles (93) in 2017. What’s more, the 6-foot-2 KU captain led all FBS players with 7.8 solo tackles a game and ranked third nationally with 2.1 tackles for loss per game.



Kansas linebacker Joe Dineen Jr. (29) comes in to tackle Kansas State running back Alex ...

Dineen’s 25.0 TFLs set a new KU single-season record, and he finished his redshirt junior year ranked third in the FBS in total tackles. Dineen also accounted for two pass breakups, two quarterback hurries and a forced fumble.

League coaches and media selected Dineen for the All-Big 12 second team following the 2017 season.

Wise, too, produced impressive numbers as a junior this past calendar year. A defensive tackle from Lewisville, Texas, the 6-3 lineman recorded 16.0 tackles for loss, and 7.0 sacks.

Wise accounted for 53 total tackles, one forced fumble, one pass breakup and five quarterback hurries to supplement his sacks and TFLs.

Coaches named Wise a first-team all-league defender following his redshirt junior season, while media placed him on the second team.

The Big 12 media preseason poll will be released on Thursday.

2018 Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team - media

Offensive Player of the Year: Will Grier, West Virginia, QB

Defensive Player of the Year: Ben Banogu, TCU, DL

Newcomer of the Year: Brendan Radley-Hiles, Oklahoma, DB


QB — Will Grier, West Virginia, senior

RB — David Montgomery, Iowa State, junior

RB — Rodney Anderson, Oklahoma, junior

RB — Justice Hill, Oklahoma State, junior

WR — Denzel Mims, Baylor, junior

WR — Marquisse Brown, Oklahoma, junior

WR — David Sills V, West Virginia, senior

TE — Grant Calcaterra, Oklahoma, sophomore

OL — Dalton Risner, Kansas State, senior

OL — Bobby Evans, Oklahoma, junior

OL — Ben Powers, Oklahoma, senior

OL — Marcus Keyes, Oklahoma State, junior

OL — Yodny Cajuste, West Virginia, senior

PK — Austin Seibert, Oklahoma, senior

KR/P — KaVontae Turpin, TCU, senior

*Note: a tie in voting created an extra RB position


DL — JaQuan Bailey, Iowa State, junior

DL — Daniel Wise, Kansas, senior

DL — Jordan Brailford, Oklahoma State, junior

DL — Ben Banogu, TCU, senior

DL — Breckyn Hager, Texas, senior

LB — Joe Dineen, Kansas, senior

LB — Dakota Allen, Texas Tech, senior

LB — David Long Jr., West Virginia, junior

DB — Brian Peavy, Iowa State, senior

DB — Kendall Adams, Kansas State, senior

DB — Kris Boyd, Texas, senior

DB — Jah’Shawn Johnson, Texas Tech, senior

DB — Justus Parker, Texas Tech, junior

P — Austin Seibert, Oklahoma, senior


Steven Haag

Two players that I have enjoyed watching. They both will earn college degrees and should hold their heads high. The ultimate example of what college athletics are all about

9 months, 1 week ago


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