Dec. 5, 2002
DALLAS (AP) - From the first kickoff this season, Big 12 teams were chasing the Oklahoma Sooners. The Associated Press' All-Big 12 team shows why.
The Sooners landed seven players on the 26-man first team, including three unanimous selections. No other school had more than four first-teamers.
Oklahoma had four on defense alone, and they were spread all over the field _ from lineman Tommie Harris to linebacker Teddy Lehman to defensive backs Brandon Everage and Derrick Strait. Lehman and Everage were unanimous picks; Harris received the most votes of any lineman.
OU landed three players on the offensive side, led by Quentin Griffin, a unanimous pick at running back. Tight end Trent Smith and offensive lineman Jammal Brown also were chosen.
The No. 8 Sooners (10-2) will seek a far more rewarding prize Saturday when they play No. 12 Colorado (9-3) in the Big 12 championship in Houston.
The Buffaloes had four first-teamers, three on offense. Wayne Lucier and Justin Bates made it for the holes they opened for Chris Brown, a unanimous pick at running back. Alas, Brown has a bruised sternum and won't play in the title game. The other CU player honored was punter Mark Mariscal, who also was named on all ballots.
The AP team was picked by a panel of 20 sportswriters who regularly cover the league for newspapers throughout the league's seven states.
Earlier this week, the same voters named Oklahoma State's Les Miles the Big 12 coach of the year, Texas Tech quarterback Kliff Kingsbury the offensive player of the year and Kansas State defensive back Terence Newman the defensive player of the year.
Kingsbury and Newman were unanimous picks on the all-conference team.
Sixth-ranked Kansas State (10-2) and No. 9 Texas (10-2) joined Colorado with four honorees.
And the Wildcats and Longhorns joined the Sooners by having honorees all over the defense.
For K-State, lineman Tank Reese represented the front, Terry Pierce was chosen at linebacker and Newman led the secondary. The fourth K-State honoree was center Nick Leckey.
From Texas, Cory Redding came from the line, Derrick Johnson made it at linebacker and Rod Babers was selected in the defensive backfield. The only Longhorn chosen on offense was lineman Derrick Dockery.
The defenses at Oklahoma, Kansas State and UT were so respected that there was room for only two other position players: Texas Tech linebacker Lawrence Flugence and Oklahoma State lineman Kevin Williams.
Flugence, Oklahoma's Harris and Texas' Redding were first-teamers last year. The only other repeat choice is receiver Justin Gage of Missouri.
Rounding out the offense are receiver Rashaun Woods of Oklahoma State, another unanimous pick; Texas Tech's jack-of-all-trades Wes Welker as the all-purpose selection; and Iowa State kicker Adam Benike.
Also worth noting:
Nebraska and Texas A&M did not have a first-teamer, which is far more surprising than Kansas and Baylor getting shut out. The Cornhuskers and Aggies did have three second-team picks. The Wildcats and Bears each had one.
The South had a 16-10 lead on first-teamers, up from 15-11 last season.
The best legs are in the North. North Division players claimed both first-team kicking spots and second-team kicker Josh Brown of Nebraska. A&M punter Cody Scates prevented a sweep.
There are three sophomores on the squad: OU's Harris, who was the lone freshman last year; teammate Brown; and Texas' Johnson.
The Sooners had three more defensive players on the second team, again one from each unit: lineman Jimmy Wilkerson, linebacker Lance Mitchell (the defensive newcomer of the year) and defensive back Andre Woolfolk.
Offensive newcomer of the year Brad Smith of Missouri made honorable mention at quarterback and all-purpose. Something similar happened to last year's recipient of the same award, Iowa State's Seneca Wallace. This time, Wallace was among those in the way as he was the second-team pick at QB.
Wallace was one of four Cyclones picked to the second team, which tied Kansas State for the most. Kansas State and Oklahoma State each had 10 honorable mentions.
K-State had 18 players with votes, topping Oklahoma's 16. Also reaching double digits were Texas (13), Tech and Oklahoma State (12), Missouri (11), Colorado and ISU (10).
A dozen first-teamers played high school football in Texas, including three linebackers and three defensive backs. Oklahoma was the next-best state represented, producing five first-teamers. Florida was the only other home state for multiple first-teamers; it had two.
More geography: New Hampshire, Illinois, Minnesota and Arkansas produced as many first-teamers (one each) as Big 12 states Colorado, Kansas and Missouri. League states Nebraska and Iowa were shut out.
The 2002 Associated Press All-Big 12 team, as selected by a panel of 20 sports writers who regularly cover the league for newspapers throughout the league's seven states. Players at all positions are listed alphabetically; players names preceeded by ``u-'' are unanimous selections.
AP ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM
First Team Offense
Center: Nick Leckey, Kansas State, Jr. 6-4, 285, Grapevine, Texas.
Offensive Linemen: Jammal Brown, Oklahoma, So., 6-6, 310, Lawton, Okla.; Derrick Dockery, Texas, Sr., 6-6, 345, Garland, Texas; Wayne Lucier, Colorado, Sr., 6-4, 295, Salem, N.H.; Justin Bates, Colorado, Sr., 6-4, 295, Arvada, Colo.
Tight End: Trent Smith, Oklahoma, Sr., 6-5, 230, Clinton, Okla.
Receivers: Rashaun Woods, Oklahoma State, Jr., 6-2, 190, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Justin Gage, Missouri, Sr., 6-4, 210, Jefferson City, Mo.
Running Back: u-Chris Brown, Colorado, Jr., 6-3, 220, Naperville, Ill.; u-Quentin Griffin, Oklahoma, Sr., 5-7, 190, Aldine, Texas.
Quarterback: u-Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech, Sr., 6-4, 210, New Braunfels, Texas.
All-Purpose: Wes Welker, Texas Tech, Jr., 5-9, 185, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Kicker: Adam Benike, Iowa State, Jr., 5-10, 220, Rochester, Minn.
First Team Defense
Defensive Line: Cory Redding, Texas, Sr., 6-5, 270, Houston, Texas; Tommie Harris, Oklahoma, So., 6-3, 278, Killeen, Texas; Kevin Williams, Oklahoma State, Sr., 6-5, 290, Fordyce, Ark.; Tank Reese, Kansas State, Sr., 5-11, 280, Auburndale, Fla.
Linebacker: u-Teddy Lehman, Oklahoma, Jr., 6-2, 230, Fort Gibson, Okla.; Terry Pierce, Kansas State, Jr., 6-3, 250, Fort Worth, Texas; Derrick Johnson, Texas, So., 6-4, 220, Waco, Texas; Lawrence Flugence, Texas Tech, Sr., 6-2, 244, Klein, Texas.
Defensive Back: u-Terence Newman, Kansas State, Sr. 5-11, 185, Salina, Kan.; u-Brandon Everage, Oklahoma, Jr. 6-0, 185, Granger, Texas; Derrick Strait, Oklahoma, Jr., 5-11, 191, Austin, Texas; Rod Babers, Texas, Sr., 5-10, 187, Houston, Texas.
Punter: u-Mark Mariscal, Colorado, Sr., 6-2, 200, Tallahassee, Fla.
AP ALL-BIG 12 SECOND TEAM
Second Team Offense
Center: Zach Butler, Iowa State, Sr., 6-3, 292, Iowa City, Iowa.
Offensive Line: Rex Richards, Texas Tech, Sr., 6-4, 331, Midland, Texas; Thomas Barnett, Kansas State, Sr., 6-5, 290, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Rob Droege, Missouri, Jr., 6-6, 290, St. Louis, Mo.; Bob Montgomery, Iowa State, Jr., 6-2, 306, Lincoln, Neb.
Tight End: Greg Porter, Texas A&M, Sr., 6-5, 230, Keller, Texas.
Wide Receiver: Roy Williams, Texas, Jr., 6-4, 210, Odessa, Texas; Reggie Newhouse, Baylor, Sr., 6-1, 189, Dallas, Texas.
Running Back: Darren Sproles, Kansas State, So., 5-7, 170, Olathe, Kan.; Cedric Benson, Texas, So., 6-0, 205, Midland, Texas.
Quarterback: Seneca Wallace, Iowa State, Sr., 5-10, 193, Sacramento, Calif.
All-Purpose: DeJuan Groce, Nebraska, Sr., 5-10, 190, Garfield Heights, Ohio.
Kicker: Josh Brown, Nebraska, Sr., 6-2, 190, Foyil, Okla.
Second Team Defense
Defensive Line: Andrew Shull, Kansas State, Jr., 6-5, 260, Webb City, Mo.; Keith Wright, Missouri, Sr., 6-2, 275, Sacramento, Calif.; Jordan Carstens, Iowa State, Jr., 6-5, 300, Bagley, Iowa; Jimmy Wilkerson, Oklahoma, Jr., 6-4, 252, Omaha, Texas.
Linebacker: Josh Buhl, Kansas State, Jr., 6-0, 210, Mesquite, Texas; Lance Mitchell, Oklahoma, Jr., 6-3, 245, Los Banos, Calif.; Greg Cole, Kansas, Sr., 6-2, 225, Miami, Fla.; Jarrod Penright, Texas A&M, Sr., 6-2, 240, Aldine, Texas.
Defensive Back: DeJuan Groce, Nebraska, Sr., 5-10, 190, Garfield Heights, Ohio; Nathan Vasher, Texas, Jr., 5-11, 180, Texarkana, Texas; Andre Woolfolk, Oklahoma, Sr., 6-1, 191, Denver, Colo.; Donald Strickland, Colorado, Sr., 5-10, 180, San Francisco, Calif.
Punter: Cody Scates, Texas A&M, Jr., 6-1, 194, Tyler, Texas.
AP ALL-BIG 12 THIRD TEAM
Center: John Garrison, Nebraska; A.J. Ricker, Missouri; Steve Washington, Kansas State.
Offensive Line: Sam Mayes, Oklahoma State; Richie Incognito, Nebraska; Marwan Hage, Colorado; Tillman Holloway, Texas; Robbie Doane, Texas; Vince Carter, Oklahoma; Dan Vili Waldrup, Nebraska; Cedric Fields, Baylor; Jonathan Scott, Texas; Justin Sands, Kansas; Taylor Whitley, Texas A&M; Wes Sims, Oklahoma; Kyle Eaton, Oklahoma State.
Tight End: Thomas Hill, Kansas State; Mickey Peters, Texas Tech.
Wide Receiver: Wes Welker, Texas Tech; Lane Danielson, Iowa State.
Running Back: Taurean Henderson, Texas Tech; Tatum Bell, Oklahoma State.
Quarterback: Chris Simms, Texas; Brad Smith, Missouri; Josh Fields, Oklahoma State; Ell Roberson, Kansas State.
All-Purpose: Darren Sproles, Kansas State; Terence Newman, Kansas State; Brad Smith, Missouri; Antonio Perkins, Oklahoma; Taurean Henderson, Texas Tech; Reggie Newhouse, Baylor.
Kicker: Trey DiCarlo, Oklahoma; Dusty Mangum, Texas; Luke Phillips, Oklahoma State; Michael Matheny, Missouri; Robert Treece, Texas Tech.
Defensive Line: Antwaun Bynum, Missouri; Aaron Hunt, Texas Tech; Ty Warren, Texas A&M; Chris Kelsay, Nebraska; Melvin Williams, Kansas State; Ethan Kelley, Baylor; Henry Bryant, Kansas State; Marcus Tubbs, Texas; Tyler Brayton, Colorado; LaWaylon Brown, Oklahoma State.
Linebacker: Bryan Hickman, Kansas State; Brian Gamble, Texas A&M; James Kinney, Missouri; Leo Etienne, Kansas; Sean Doyle, Missouri; Brandon Brown, Iowa State; Drew Wahlroos, Colorado; Jeremy Loyd, Iowa State; Matt Word, Iowa State; Kory Mossoni, Colorado; Terrence Robinson, Oklahoma State; Pasha Jackson, Oklahoma.
Defensive Back: Sammy Davis, Texas A&M; Medford Moorer, Colorado; Terrence Kiel, Texas A&M; JaMaine Billups, Iowa State; Brandon Shelby, Oklahoma; Elbert Craig, Oklahoma State; Ricky Sailor, Texas Tech; Chris Massey, Oklahoma State; Philip Bland, Nebraska; Bobby Walker, Kansas State; Ryan Aycock, Texas Tech; Remuise Johnson, Kansas.
Punter: Travis Brown, Kansas State; Kyle Larson, Nebraska; Cole Farden, Oklahoma State; Brock Harvey, Missouri.
AP ALL-BIG 12 HONORS
Offensive Player of the Year: QB Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech.
Defensive Player of the Year: DB Terence Newman, Kansas State.
Offensive Newcomer of the Year: QB Brad Smith, Missouri.
Defensive Newcomer of the Year: LB Lance Mitchell, Oklahoma.
Coach of the Year: Les Miles, Oklahoma State.
VOTERS: Lee Barfknecht, Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald; B.G. Brooks, Rocky Mountain News, Denver; Jimmy Burch, Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram; Bill Coats, St. Louis Post-Dispatch; Guerin Emig, Norman (Okla.) Transcript; Kim Gorum, Waco (Texas) Tribune-Herald; Tim Griffin, San Antonio Express-News; Kevin Haskin, Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal; John Helsley, The Daily Oklahoman; John Hoover, Tulsa (Okla.) World; Blair Kerkhoff, Kansas City (Mo.) Star; Dave Matter, Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune; Eric Petersen, Ames (Iowa) Tribune; Randy Peterson, Des Moines (Iowa) Register; Rick Plumlee, Wichita (Kan.) Eagle; Randy Riggs, Austin (Texas) American-Statesman; Jerome Solomon, Houston Chronicle; Adam Thompson, Denver Post; Don Williams, Lubbock (Texas) Avalanche-Journal; Keith Whitmire, The Dallas Morning News.