NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Athlon Sports, publisher of the No. 1-selling college football magazine, continues the release of its preseason Top 25 poll at www.athlonsports.com. The countdown commences every year in early May and leads to the on-sale date of Athlon's category-leading college football preseason annuals.
To celebrate the West Virginia Mountaineers being named No. 12, AthlonSports.com
will devote an entire day to the program, including a look at the Top 10 Players for 2012, the Greatest Players since 1967 and a Team Preview. (Direct links are included below.)
Dana Holgorsen’s West Virginia Mountaineers continue the countdown at No. 12 with two preseason All-Americans and seven players selected as All-Big 12 performers. Athlon Sports predicts West Virginia will finish third in the Big 12 Conference. In the five year period from 2007-11, Athlon Sports was one of the most accurate preseason magazines in prediction accuracy.*
“Heisman candidate Geno Smith
and receivers Tavon Austin
and Stedman Bailey
will lead a prolific passing attack once again,” says Athlon Sports Managing Editor Mitch Light. “Dana Holgorsen's familiarity with the Big 12 will be beneficial in adjusting to a new league, and the Mountaineers should be in the hunt for the Big 12 title.”
Two West Virginia standouts were named preseason All-Americans. Geno Smith
was voted second-team quarterback, and Tavon Austin
was named to the second team at the all-purpose position. In addition, the WVU quarterbacks unit was ranked No. 2 nationally and best in the Big 12. The wide receivers group was rated No. 3 in the country and tops in the conference.
Seven Mountaineers earned preseason All-Big 12 honors, including Smith, wide receiver Stedman Bailey
and Austin at both wide receiver and punt returner on the first team. Offensive lineman Joe Madsen
, defensive back Terence Garvin
and kick returner Tavon Austin
were named to the second team, while offensive lineman Jeff Braun
and defensive lineman Will Clarke
garnered third-team honors.
Nashville-based Athlon Sports is a 45-year-old integrated media company. It remains a leader in sports prediction accuracy and creating the most sought-after preseason content online and in magazines at the newsstand. The company serves business-to-business and business-to-consumer clients as a publisher, content provider and sports marketer through its portfolio of websites, sports magazines, direct marketing services and events.