The Missouri football team has been picked to finish second in the Big 12 Conference’s North Division in a preseason media poll.
Kansas State was picked to win the division and Oklahoma was picked to win the South Division.
Missouri quarterback Brad Smith was named to the 2004 preseason All-Big 12 offensive team, and lineman C.J. Mosely and linebacker James Kinney were named to the defensive team.
Smith tied in voting with Jason White of Oklahoma, the 2003 Heisman Trophy winner, for the quarterback spot. Smith, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound junior who has started for the Tigers the past two seasons, is No. 7 in the conference career total offense with 6,805 yards and has two consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons.
Kinney, a 6-1, 240-pound senior and team captain, was named second team All-Big 12 for 2003. He made 147 tackles, the fourth-highest single-season mark at Missouri. He ranks in the top 20 in the NCAA with 11.3 tackles per game.
Mosley, a 6-3, 305-pound junior who also was named second team All-Big 12 for 2003, had a career-high 67 tackes last season and led the team in tackles for loss with 16. In his sophomore year, he was the team’s defensive lineman of the year.
Kansas State’s Darren Sproles, a senior running back, was named Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, while Texas’ Derrick Johnson, a senior linebacker, was Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.