Iowa State football: E.J. Bibbs on ESPN’s preseason All-Big 12 team


Another All-Big 12 team is released before the season, and another tight end position was locked up by Iowa State’s E.J. Bibbs.

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ESPN’s Big 12 blog released their All-Big 12 lineup for the 2014 season, and predictably, the only Cyclone that made the cut was Bibbs at TE. Here’s what they said about him.

"With Jace Amaro gone, Bibbs takes over as the top receiving tight end threat in the league. Only Amaro had more catches and yards than Bibbs among Big 12 tight ends the past season."

In general, the list is on par with the rest of the All-Big 12 lists. The Cyclones and Kansas (LB Ben Heeney) gets one entry, West Virginia got three in on defense (CB Darryl Worley, FS Karl Joseph, P Nick O’Toole), and Baylor had the most with five overall and four on offense (QB Bryce Petty, RB Shock Linwood, WR Antwan Goodley, OT Spencer Drango). Oklahoma State had no votes, further adding to the reasoning that without standouts, the team could be destined for a disappointing year.

I’m surprised to see Oklahoma’s Charles Tapper not on the list. Despite recognition from the Big 12 blog that Tapper was snubbed from the Big 12’s All-Big 12 team back during media days, he still got snubbed in the voting process with Cedric Reed from Texas picked over him.

As the season gets close to beginning, we’re just about done with all the preseason lists and predictions. Arguments for other Cyclones? Tom Farniok is one at center for sure. Nigel Tribune may be a year off, but he’s on the verge of a breakout year and we may see him soon.

What other Cyclones do you believe deserves to be on the All-Big 12 team?