Junior linebacker Kenneth Murray was named the Preseason All-Big 12 Defensive Player of the year, the conference announced Tuesday.
The preseason All-Big 12 team is out.— Max Olson (@max_olson) July 9, 2019
Offensive Player of the Year: Sam Ehlinger
Defensive Player of the Year: Kenneth Murray
Newcomer of the Year: Jalen Hurts pic.twitter.com/lNGLPOVvMl
Murray was one of the lone bright spots on the Sooners' 2018 defensive unit, as he was second in the nation in total tackles with 155. He was named to the All Big 12 Second-Team defense by both the coaches and the media.
Along with Murray, redshirt sophomore running back Kennedy Brooks, junior wide receiver CeeDee Lamb, junior tight end Grant Calcaterra and sophomore center Creed Humphrey were also named to the preseason All-Big 12 First-Team. Quarterback Jalen Hurts was voted the preseason Big 12 Newcomer of the Year.