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December 5, 2012

Big 12 announces team honors: Heisman finalist, TCU defender get top honors


Associated Press

— Collin Klein set a slew of records while helping the seventh-ranked Kansas State Wildcats to an 11-win season, the third conference title in school history and a berth opposite Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl.

On Wednesday, the Heisman Trophy finalist became the first player from Kansas State to be voted the Associated Press’ Big 12’s Offensive Player of the Year. He received 14 of the 18 votes from members of the media who regularly cover the Big 12, while West Virginia’s Tavon Austin got three votes and Terrance Williams of Baylor received the other one.

Klein’s coach, Bill Snyder, was voted Big 12 coach of the year for the third time on Tuesday.

“He deserves all the compliments he can have,” Snyder said. “He’s awfully good at what he does, and he’s awfully good as a leader and he’s awfully good as a field manager, and he’s awfully good in all the physical aspects of the game — and he’s a tremendous person.”

Defensive end Devonte Fields of Big 12 newcomer TCU was voted AP’s defensive player of the year. He received seven votes to beat out Kansas State’s Arthur Brown (four), Horned Frogs teammate Jason Verrett (three), Iowa State’s A.J. Klein (two), and Aaron Colvin and Tony Jefferson of Oklahoma (one each).

Fields was also the runaway winner of defensive newcomer of the year, while Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk was voted the conference’s top newcomer on offense.

Kansas State led the league with six first-team All-Big 12 selections: Klein, Brown, offensive lineman B.J. Finney, tight end Travis Tannahill, defensive lineman Meshak Williams and defensive back Ty Zimmerman. The Wildcats also had five second-team selections and eight honorable mentions.

Oklahoma State had the second-most first-team selections with five: running back Joseph Randle, wide receiver Josh Stewart, offensive lineman Lane Taylor and Quinn Sharp, who made it as both a punter and kicker.

Fields was joined on the first team by Verrett and TCU teammate Kenny Cain.

Oklahoma’s Jefferson and Colvin were joined by Gabe Ikard on the first team. Baylor’s Williams and Cyril Richardson, Texas Tech’s LaAdrian Waddle and Kerry Hyder, West Virginia’s Austin and Stedman Bailey, Iowa State linebackers Klein and Jake Knott and Texas’ Alex Okafor also made the first team.

Klein, who threw for 2,490 yards and 15 touchdowns and ran for 890 yards and 22 more TDs,  has already won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, and is up for several other national awards this week. He’s one of three finalists for the Heisman, along with Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o, which will be handed out Saturday night in New York.

Klein is also the first player in the BCS era to have consecutive seasons with at least 10 touchdown passes and 20 touchdown runs, and the other three to even accomplish the feat once all won the Heisman: Auburn’s Cam Newton in 2010, Florida’s Tim Tebow in 2007 and Eric Crouch of Nebraska in 2000.



AP All-Big 12



“u-” denotes unanimous selections.

Offensive player of the year

Collin Klein, Kansas State

Defensive player of the year

Devonte Fields, TCU

Offensive newcomer of the year

Lache Seastrunk, Baylor

Defensive newcomer of the year

Devonte Fields, TCU

Coach of the year

u-Bill Snyder, Kansas State

FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE

Center: Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma, 6-3, 288, Jr., Oklahoma City

Offensive line: B.J. Finney, Kansas State, 6-4, 303, Soph., Andale, Kan.; Cyril Richardson, Baylor, 6-5, 335, Jr., Fort Worth, Texas; Lane Taylor, Oklahoma State, 6-3, 328, Sr., Arlington, Texas; LaAdrian Waddle, Texas Tech, 6-6, 330, Sr., Columbus, Texas

Tight end: Travis Tannahill, Kansas State, 6-3, 253, Sr., Overland Park, Kan.

Receiver: Stedman Bailey, West Virginia, 5-10, 194, Jr., Miramar, Fla.; Josh Stewart, Oklahoma State, 5-10, 178, Soph., Denton, Texas; u-Terrance Williams, Baylor, 6-2, 205, Sr., Dallas;

Running back: Joseph Randle, Oklahoma State, 6-1, 200, Jr., Wichita, Kan.

Quarterback: Collin Klein, Kansas State, 6-5, 226, Sr., Loveland, Colo.

All-purpose: Tavon Austin, West Virginia, 5-9, 171, Sr., Baltimore

Kicker: Quinn Sharp, Oklahoma State, 6-1, 205, Sr., Mansfield, Texas

SECOND-TEAM OFFENSE

Center: Joe Madsen, West Virginia, 6-4, 305, Sr., Chardon, Ohio

Offensive line: Blaize Foltz, TCU, 6-4, 310, Sr., Rose Hill, Kan.; Tanner Hawkinson, Kansas, 6-5, 300, Sr., McPherson, Kan.; Cornelius Lucas, Kansas State, 6-9, 324, Jr., New Orleans; Ivory Wade, Baylor, 6-4, 310, Sr., Dickinson, Texas

Tight end: Trey Millard, Oklahoma, 6-2, 256, Jr., Columbia, Mo.

Receiver: (tie) Tavon Austin, West Virginia, 5-9, 171, Sr., Baltimore; Darrin Moore, Texas Tech, 6-4, 216, Sr., Irving, Texas; Kenny Stills, Oklahoma, 6-1, 190, Jr., Encinitas, Calif.; Eric Ward, Texas Tech, 6-0, 204, Jr., Wichita Falls, Texas

Running back — James Sims, Kansas, 6-0, 200, Jr., Irving, Texas

Quarterback: (tie) Landry Jones, Oklahoma, 6-4, 218, Sr., Artesia, N.M.; Geno Smith, West Virginia, 6-3, 220, Sr., Miami

All-purpose — Tyler Lockett, Kansas State, 5-11, 175, Soph., Tulsa, Okla.

Kicker — Anthony Cantele, Kansas State, 5-10, 183, Sr., Wichita, Kan.

FIRST-TEAM DEFENSE

Defensive line: u-Devonte Fields, TCU, 6-4, 240, Fr., Arlington, Texas; Kerry Hyder, Texas Tech, 6-2, 281, Jr., Austin, Texas; Alex Okafor, Texas, 6-4, 265, Sr., Pflugerville, Texas; u-Meshak Williams, Kansas State, 6-3, 245, Sr., Sylvester, Ga.

Linebacker: u-Arthur Brown, Kansas State, 6-1, 231, Sr., Wichita, Kan.; Kenny Cain, TCU, 6-1, 225, Sr., Metairie, La.; u-A.J. Klein, Iowa St., 6-2, 248, Sr., Kimberly, Wis.; Jake Knott, Iowa State, 6-3, 252, Sr., Waukee, Iowa.

Defensive back: Aaron Colvin, Oklahoma, 6-0, 181, Jr., Owasso, Okla.; Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma, 5-11, 212, Jr., Chula Vista, Calif.; Jason Verrett, TCU, 5-10, 180, Jr., Fairfield, Calif.; Ty Zimmerman, Kansas State, 6-1, 203, Jr.,  Junction City, Kan.

Punter: Quinn Sharp, Oklahoma State, 6-1, 205, Sr., Mansfield, Texas

SECOND-TEAM DEFENSE

Defensive Line: Calvin Barnett, Oklahoma State, 6-2, 299, Jr., Tulsa, Okla.; Dartwan Bush, Texas Tech, 6-1, 256, Jr., Clute, Texas; Adam Davis, Kansas State, 6-0, 247, Sr., Folkston, Ga.; Stansly Maponga, TCU, 6-2, 265, Jr., Carrollton, Texas

Linebacker: Bryce Hager, Baylor, 6-1, 235, Soph., Austin, Texas; Ben Heeney, Kansas, 6-0, 225, Soph.,  Hutchinson, Kan.; Eddie Lackey, Baylor, 6-0, 220, Jr., Murrieta, Calif.; Shaun Lewis, Oklahoma State, 5-11, 225, Jr., Missouri City, Texas

Defensive back: Sam Carter, TCU, 6-1, 220, Soph., Alief, Texas; Durrell Givens, Iowa State, 6-0, 210, Sr., Long Beach, Calif.; Kenny Vaccaro, Texas, 6-1, 218, Sr., Brownwood, Texas; Nigel Malone, Kansas State, 5-10, 180, Sr., Manteca, Calif.

Punter: Alex King, Texas, 6-2, 205, Sr., Winston-Salem, N.C.

HONORABLE MENTION

Offensive line: Jeff Braun, West Virginia; Carter Bykowski, Iowa State; Le’Raven Clark, Texas Tech; Pat Eger, West Virginia; Tom Farniok, Iowa State; Trey Hopkins, Texas; Bronson Irwin, Oklahoma; Lane Johnson, Oklahoma; Cameron Kaufhold, Baylor; Tavon Rooks, Kansas State; Jonathan Rush, Oklahoma State; Adam Shead, Oklahoma; Eric Tausch, TCU; Mason Walters, Texas; Daryl Williams, Oklahoma; Duane Zlatnik, Kansas

Tight end: Jace Amaro, Texas Tech; Ernst Brun, Iowa State; Blake Jackson, Oklahoma State; Jimmay Mundine, Kansas; Jordan Najvar, Baylor; Braden Wilson, Kansas State

Receiver: Josh Boyce, TCU; Mike Davis, Texas; Chris Harper, Kansas State; Tyler Lockett, Kansas State

Running back: John Hubert, Kansas State; Lache Seastrunk, Baylor; Damien Williams, Oklahoma

Quarterback: Nick Florence, Baylor

All-purpose: Justin Brown, Oklahoma; Collin Klein, Kansas State; Tony Pierson, Kansas; Lache Seastrunk, Baylor

Kicker: Michael Hunnicutt, Oklahoma

Defensive line: Will Clarke, West Virginia; Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas; David King, Oklahoma; Jake McDonough, Iowa State; Jamarkus McFarland, Oklahoma; Nigel Nicholas, Oklahoma State; Chuka Ndulue, Oklahoma

Linebacker: Isaiah Bruce, West Virginia; Jarell Childs, Kansas State; Ahmad Dixon, Baylor; Steve Edmond, Texas; Alex Elkins, Oklahoma State; Josh Francis, West Virginia; Terence Garvin, West Virginia; Joel Hasley, TCU; Will Smith, Texas Tech

Defensive back: Cody Davis, Texas Tech; Javon Harris, Oklahoma; Demontre Hurst, Oklahoma; Karl Joseph, West Virginia; Daytawion Lowe, Oklahoma State; Bradley McDougald, Kansas; Elisha Olabode, TCU; Joe Williams, Baylor

Punter: Ryan Doerr, Kansas State; Ethan Perry, TCU; Kirby Van Der Kamp, Iowa State.