The regular season is over and the Big 12 conference championship between Texas (12-0) and Nebraska (9-3) is on Saturday. You know what that means?
All-Big 12 team announcements. YAY!
Ndamukong Suh and Colt McCoy were the only unamimous selections to the first team. Here’s the list with comments:
Coach of the Year: Mack Brown, Texas
I think this was a good call and although there had been a lot of talk about giving the award to Bill Snyder at Kansas State or Mike Gundy at Oklahoma State, this made more sense. Yes, I know Texas was picked as one of the big three teams to go to the National Championship and it would have been too easy to pick him, but the man went undefeated. Never stumbled, never let his team get outplayed and with a win on Saturday, he will lead his team to the Rose Bowl as the last game in January. Bill Snyder did not make a bowl game and Mike Gundy couldn’t quite live up to expectations for the second year in a row.
Offensive Lineman of the Year: Russell Okung, Oklahoma State
Defensive Lineman of the Year: Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
I had a chance to see Suh play on a rainy Thursday at Missouri and I must say: this guy is the real deal. Definitely a top 5 pick with incredible awareness and speed.
Offensive Freshman of the Year: Christine Michael, Texas A&M
Defensive Freshman of the Year: Aldon Smith, Missouri
Freak of nature. That is all.
Special Teams Player of the Year: Brandon Banks, Kansas State
Was one of the main reasons the Wildcats were able to get to six wins (although played two FCS teams and not bowl eligible). Hit gaps on returns and gave K-State favorable field position regularly. Four touchdowns and 1127 kickoff return yards.
Defensive Newcomer of the Year: David Sims, Iowa State
Offensive Newcomer of the Year: Daniel Thomas, Kansas State
Defensive Player of the Year: Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
See above. Amazing player.
Offensive Player of the Year: Colt McCoy, Texas
3328 yards passing with 27 touchdowns and only nine interceptions. Didn’t run as much (368 yards) but also didn’t need to. This was a no-brainier.
QB: Colt McCoy, Texas
RB: Daniel Thomas, Kansas State
RB: Keith Toston, Oklahoma State
FB: Bryant Ward, Oklahoma State
WR: Dezmon Briscoe, Kansas
WR: Jordan Shipley, Texas
WR: Danario Alexander, Missouri
TE: Jeron Mastrud, Kansas State
OL: Russell Okung, Oklahoma State
OL: Trent Williams, Oklahoma
OL: Nick Stringer, Kansas State
OL: Brandon Carter, Texas Tech
OL: Nate Solder, Colorado
K: Grant Ressel, Missouri
KR/PR: Brandon Banks, Kansas State
DL: Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
DL: Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma
DL: Von Miller, Texas A&M
DL: Brandon Sharpe, Texas Tech
DL: Jared Crick, Nebraska
LB: Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri
LB: Jesse Smith, Iowa State
LB: Travis Lewis, Oklahoma
DB: Earl Thomas, Texas
DB: Perrish Cox, Oklahoma State
DB: Larry Asante, Nebraska
DB: Prince Amukamara, Nebraska
P: Derek Epperson, Baylor