Big 12 Conference football media days will be held in Dallas in three weeks. Here are the list of players scheduled to attend and represent their schools during interview sessions that will be held July 22 and 23.
Monday, July 22
Oklahoma State: Wide receiver Josh Stewart, defensive tackle Calvin Barnett, linebacker Shaun Lewis.
Kansas State: Defensive back Ty Zimmerman, wide receiver Tyler Lockett, offensive lineman B.J. Finney, linebacker Tre Walker.
TCU: Safety Sam Carter, running back Waymon James, defensive eDE Jon Koontz, corner back Jason Verrett.
Kansas: Running back James Sims, quarterback Jake Heaps, linebacker Ben Heeney, safety Cassius Sendish.
Texas Tech: Defensive end Kerry Hyder, wide receiver Eric Ward, running back Kenny Williams.
Tuesday, July 23
Oklahoma: Center Gabe Ikard, fullback Trey Millard, corner back Aaron Colvin.
Texas: Quarterback David Ash, offensive lineman Trey Hopkins, defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat, corner back Adrian Phillips.
West Virginia: Defensive back Karl Joseph, defensive lineman Will Clarke, offensive lineman Quinton Spain.
Baylor: Defensive back Ahmad Dixon, offensive tackle Cyril Richardson, running back Lache Seastrunk.
Iowa State: Running back Jeff Woody, defensive back Jacques Washington, linebacker Jeremiah George.
Here are some thoughts from ESPN.com’s David Ubben, who covers the Big 12 for ESPN.com, regarding the players who have been selected for media days:
* Only two quarterbacks will be making the trip. Texas' David Ash and Kansas' Jake Heaps will be coming to Dallas. There's not many household names at QB and not many people the media will be clamoring to talk to, but both of those guys are interesting and will have major impacts on their teams building on 2012. That said, I'm a little surprised Baylor's leaving Bryce Petty behind. TCU leaving Casey Pachall at home is an obvious decision that would likely be a major distraction from the team as a whole at media days. Oklahoma State doesn't want to talk about its quarterback decision, so it's not too surprising to see them not bringing Clint Chelf.
* The biggest attraction will certainly be Lache Seastrunk. For one, he's shown he's not afraid to speak his mind, but he's also the biggest returning star in the league on offense in a league mostly devoid of offensive star power.
* Kansas officials were fawning over Cassius Sendish to me earlier this offseason, so it's no surprise to see the new cornerback in KU's travel party. I haven't had a chance to talk to him yet, but I'm definitely looking forward to it.
* Glad to see K-State is bringing Tre Walker back to media days. He was great last season and missed the second half of 2012 after a knee injury. His road back from it hasn't been easy, but he's one of the more emotional leaders of a an inexperienced defense. He'll be a great interview this August.
* My pick to steal the media day show? Last year, it was West Virginia's Joe Madsen (and the Mountaineer). This year, I'm going with Oklahoma's Gabe Ikard.