MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Redshirt senior defensive lineman Noble Nwachukwu and redshirt senior offensive lineman Tyler Orlosky have earned All-Big 12 Preseason honors. Nwachukwu was named to the Preseason Defensive Team while Orlosky was named to the Preseason Offensive Team.
Nwachukwu started all 13 games for the Mountaineers last season and finished with 47 tackles. The Texas native led the team in total sacks and tackles for loss with 8.5 and 13, respectively.
“Summer (conditioning) has been good,” Nwachukwu said last week. “I feel like we are getting a lot stronger and getting in shape. We are just getting ready for the season. Last year was good, but I am trying to do even better this year. I have to pick it up.”
Nwachukwu was also named to the 2016 Bednarik Award Watch List, an award presented to college football’s best defensive player.
Orlosky was named to the All-Big 12 First Team last year by ESPN and the All-Big 12 Second Team by coaches. He started all 13 games at center for the Mountaineers and was a team captain.
“You have to look at our team goals before you start looking at individual goals,” Orlosky said last week. “Our team goals are to win the Big 12’s, get a good bowl game and get a possibility to play in the playoff’s. That’s our goal for now.”
Orlosky has also been named to the 2016 Outland Trophy Watch List (for college football’s best interior lineman) and the 2016 Rimington Trophy Watch List (for college football’s best offensive center).
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