(AP) - Oklahoma State junior running back Chuba Hubbard has been picked as the Big 12 preseason offensive player of the year, only weeks after the NCAA rushing leader lashed out at coach Mike Gundy and suggested he might boycott the Cowboys program. West Virginia senior defensive lineman Darius Stills was chosen as the preseason defensive player of the year, and Oklahoma redshirt freshman quarterback Spencer Rattler was the newcomer of the year. The individual picks revealed Thursday were part of the preseason All-Big 12 selections determined in voting by media who cover the league.
Hubbard was a first-team All-American and the AP Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year last season, then chose to return to school for another season despite being NFL draft-eligible. He finished eighth in the Heisman Trophy voting after rushing for 2,094 yards, the second-best single-season total in school history, trailing only Barry Sanders’ 1988 Heisman Trophy-winning season. Hubbard was third in the nation with 21 rushing touchdowns. Stills had 14 1/2 tackles for loss last season. His seven sacks tied for second-most in the Big 12, with brother and teammate Dante.