Texas Tech had one representative on the Preseason All Big 12 team and it wasn't an offensive player. No, he's not from the defense. He's a special teams...specialist.

That's right, Texas Tech sophomore place kicker Clayton Hatfield was named to the Preseason All-Big 12 team.

Hatfield, who was the lone placekicker selected to the preseason team, returns for his sophomore season after an impressive debut where he finished 53-for-54 on extra-points and 14-for-16 on field goal attempts.

The honor is a deserving one as Hatfield was one of the most accurate kickers in the country in 2015. He ranked in the top ten nationally with an 87.5 field-goal percentage, a mark that led all Big 12 kickers.

The noticeable snubs from a Texas Tech perspective would be Patrick Mahomes at QB over Baker Mayfield but his seniority and the depth of his team probably puts him ahead of Mahomes. It's arguable who deserves the spot.

Texas Tech's offensive line and skill positions are all unproven, and the defense has zero impact players, right now, that made a big enough imprint last year to be given respect in this type of preseason poll. Braeden Fehoko and Jah'Shawn Johnson will be able to be on lists like this in the future.

The rest of the preseason All-Big 12 team is below, Oklahoma led the way with nine nominations.

2016 Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team

Offensive Player of the Year: Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma, QB, Jr., Austin, Texas
Defensive Player of the Year: Malik Jefferson, Texas, LB, So., Mesquite, Texas
Newcomer of the Year: Kenny Hill, TCU, QB, Jr., Southlake, Texas
Pos Name School Ht Wt Cl/Exp Hometown
QB Baker Mayfield Oklahoma 6-1 212 Jr./1L Austin, Texas
RB Mike Warren Iowa State 6-0 205 So./1L Lawton, Okla.
RB Samaje Perine Oklahoma 5-11 237 Jr./2L Pflugerville, Texas
FB Winston Dimel Kansas State 6-1 235 So./1L Manhattan, Kan.
WR KD Cannon Baylor 6-0 180 Jr./2L Mount Pleasant, Texas
WR Allen Lazard Iowa State 6-5 223 Jr./2L Urbandale, Iowa
WR James Washington Oklahoma State 6-0 205 Jr./2L Stamford, Texas
TE Mark Andrews Oklahoma 6-5 244 So./1L Scottsdale, Ariz.
OL Kyle Fuller Baylor 6-5 310 Sr./3L Wylie, Texas
OL Orlando Brown Oklahoma 6-8 357 So./1L Duluth, Ga.
OL Patrick Vahe Texas 6-3 326 So./1L Nyack, N.Y.
OL Connor Williams Texas 6-6 288 So./1L Coppell, Texas
OL Tyler Orlosky West Virginia 6-4 295 Sr./3L Cleveland, Ohio
PK Clayton Hatfield Texas Tech 5-10 170 So./1L Boerne, Texas
KR/PR KaVontae Turpin TCU 5-9 153 So./1L Monroe, La.
Pos Name School Ht Wt Cl/Exp Hometown
DL Will Geary Kansas State 6-0 297 Jr./2L Topeka, Kan.
DL Jordan Willis Kansas State 6-5 250 Sr./3L Kansas City, Mo.
DL Charles Walker Oklahoma 6-2 299 Jr./2L Garland, Texas
DL Vincent Taylor Oklahoma State 6-3 310 Jr./2L San Antonio, Texas
DL Josh Carraway TCU 6-4 250 Sr./3L Flower Mound, Texas
DL James McFarland TCU 6-3 250 Sr./3L West Monroe, La.
DL Noble Nwachukwu West Virginia 6-2 275 Sr./3L Wylie, Texas
LB Elijah Lee Kansas State 6-3 218 Jr./2L Blue Springs, Mo.
LB Jordan Evans Oklahoma 6-2 233 Sr./3L Norman, Okla.
LB Malik Jefferson Texas 6-3 238 So./1L Mesquite, Texas
DB Dante Barnett Kansas State 6-1 193 Sr./3L Tulsa, Okla.
DB Steven Parker Oklahoma 6-1 208 Jr./2L Tulsa, Okla.
DB Jordan Thomas Oklahoma 6-0 187 Jr./2L Klein, Texas
DB Jordan Sterns Oklahoma State 6-0 200 Sr./3L Cibolo, Texas
DB Davante Davis Texas 6-2 199 So./1L Miami, Fla.
P Austin Seibert Oklahoma 5-10 214 So./1L Belleville, Ill.
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