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Chosen for Big 12 Preseason Defensive Player of the Year

13 July 2017

This nomination comes days after Smith was placed on a watch list for the 2017 Bednarik Award, which is given to the best defensive player in the country.

Coming up Thursday, the Big 12 releases its preseason poll with West Virginia expected to be middle-of-the-pack.

Earlier today it was announced that five Sooners had been named to the 2017 Preseason All-Big 12 Team and that fifth-year-senior quarterback Baker Mayfield is the conference's preseason Offensive Player of the Year.

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Hill, Crabtree and Flowers were selected to the All-Big 12 Second Team at the end of last season. An Iowa State ground game up the middle in the next game limited Armstrong to four tackles.

In 2016, Lazard landed First-Team All-Big 12 honors, while Cotton-Moya received Second-Team honors. The two-day event will also be televised live from 9 a.m., to 1 p.m., on FS2 and various FOX Sports Regional Networks, including FOX Sports Midwest and FOX Sports Kansas City. In the season finale against in-state rival K-State, Armstrong provided six stops - 3.0 of which were for negative yards.

The Big 12 named Kansas junior edge rusher Dorance Armstrong Jr. the preseason Defensive Player of the Year.

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Head coaches and select student-athletes will converge in Frisco, Texas on July 17-18 for the annual Big 12 Football Media Days. The Cowboys nabbed 12 first-place votes and totaled 294 points while Kansas State picked up the final first-place nod.

Armstrong and his KU football squad will begin the 2017 season on Saturday, September 2 with a home game against Southeast Missouri State.

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Chosen for Big 12 Preseason Defensive Player of the Year