2008 All-Big 12 Football Awards Announced
Courtesy: Big12Sports.com
          Release: 12/02/2008
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The All-Big 12 Conference football teams and individual award winners have been announced. Selections are made by the league’s 12 head coaches, who are not permitted to vote for their own players.

All-Big 12 Honors Notebook:

  • Sam Bradford is the third Oklahoma player to be named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year. Former Sooners Jason White (2003 and 2004) and Josh Heupel (2000) previously won the award. OU is now tied with Texas for the most Offensive Player of the Year winners in conference history with four.
  • Brian Orakpo of Texas is the third Longhorn to receive Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors. He was also named the Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2005. Orakpo is the fourth player in Big 12 history to receive both the defensive freshman and player of the year awards (Mark Simoneau, Kansas State - 1996, 2000; Derrick Johnson, Texas - 2000, 2004; Jordan Dizon, Colorado - 2004, 2007).
  • Bob Stoops was tabbed Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his career (2000, 2003, 2006), while Mike Leach was honored for the first time. No other coach has matched Stoops’ four coaching awards in 13 years of Big 12 conference play.
  • Robert Griffin was named Offensive Freshman of the Year, marking Baylor’s second individual award winner. Griffin joins Daniel Sepulveda, who was named Special Teams Player of the Year in 2006.
  • Dez Bryant of Oklahoma State, the Special Teams Player of the Year, gives the Cowboys their third individual Big 12 award in program history. Previously, Adarius Bowman was honored as Offensive Newcomer of the Year in 2006, and Bob Simmons earned Coach of the Year accolades in 1997.
  • Kansas State’s Brandon Banks gave the Wildcats their second straight Offensive Newcomer of the Year award winner and league-leading third overall. Deon Murphy was honored in 2007, joining KSU’s first honoree, Michael Bishop (1997).
  • Oklahoma has won the most major awards in the 13-year history of the Big 12 with 23. Texas is next with 20 winners, followed by Kansas State (14), Nebraska (9), Texas Tech (7), Colorado (6), Iowa State (6), Kansas (6) and Missouri (5).

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    OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
    Sam Bradford, Oklahoma, So., QB, Oklahoma City, Okla. Brian Orakpo, Texas, Sr., DL, Houston, Texas
    SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR COACHES OF THE YEAR
    Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State, So., PR/KR, Lufkin, Texas Bob Stoops, Oklahoma, 10th season
    Mike Leach, Texas Tech, 9th season
    OFFENSIVE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR DEFENSIVE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
    Robert Griffin, Baylor, Fr., QB, Copperas Cove, Texas Travis Lewis, Oklahoma, Fr., LB, San Antonio, Texas
    OFFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR DEFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
    Brandon Banks, Kansas State, Jr., WR, Garner, N.C. McKinner Dixon, Texas Tech, Jr., DE, Lufkin, Texas
    OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR
    Jon Cooper, Oklahoma, Sr., Fort Collins, Colo. Brian Orakpo, Texas, Sr., DL, Houston, Texas

    2008 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
    Pos. Player School Class Hometown/Previous School(s)
    QB Sam Bradford Oklahoma So. Oklahoma City, Okla./Putnam City North
    RB DeMarco Murray Oklahoma So. Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman
    RB Kendall Hunter Oklahoma State So. Tyler, Texas/John Tyler
    FB Matt Clapp Oklahoma Jr. Phoenix, Ariz./Paradise Valley
    WR Jeremy Maclin [r1] Missouri So. Kirkwood, Mo./Kirkwood
    WR Dez Bryant Oklahoma State So. Lufkin, Texas/Lufkin
    WR Michael Crabtree** [r1] Texas Tech So. Dallas, Texas/Carter
    TE Jermaine Gresham Oklahoma Jr. Ardmore, Okla./Ardmore
    OL Jason Smith Baylor Sr. Dallas, Texas/W.T. White
    OL Phil Loadholt Oklahoma Sr. Fountain, Colo./Garden City CC
    OL Duke Robinson [r1] Oklahoma Sr. Atlanta, Ga./Washington
    OL Trent Williams Oklahoma Jr. Longview, Texas/Longview
    OL Russell Okung Oklahoma State Jr. Fort Bend, Texas/Bush
    OL Adam Ulatoski Texas Jr. Southlake, Texas/Carroll
    PK Jeff Wolfert Missouri Sr. Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley West
    KR/PR Dez Bryant Oklahoma State So. Lufkin, Texas/Lufkin
     
    2008 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
    Pos. Player School Class Hometown/Previous School(s)
    DL Ziggy Hood Missouri Sr. Amarillo, Texas/Palo Duro
    DL Gerald McCoy Oklahoma So. Oklahoma City, Okla./Southeast
    DL Roy Miller Texas Sr. Killeen, Texas/Shoemaker
    DL Brian Orakpo Texas Sr. Houston, Texas/Lamar
    DL Brandon Williams Texas Tech Jr. Fort Worth, Texas/South Hills
    LB Joe Pawelek Baylor Jr. San Antonio, Texas/Smithson Valley
    LB Sean Weatherspoon Missouri Jr. Jasper, Texas/Jasper
    LB Sergio Kindle Texas Jr. Dallas, Texas/Woodrow Wilson
    DB Jordan Lake Baylor Jr. Houston, Texas/Memorial
    DB Darrell Stuckey Kansas Jr. Kansas City, Kan./Washington
    DB William Moore** Missouri Sr. Hayti, Mo./Hayti
    DB Nic Harris [r1] Oklahoma Sr. Alexandria, La./Alexandria
    DB Darcel McBath Texas Tech Sr. Gainesville, Texas/Gainesville
    P Justin Brantly Texas A&M Sr. Sealy, Texas/Sealy
    A tie in voting created an additional offensive line spot on the first- and second-teams.
    [r1] - Repeat first team selection from last season
    **Unanimous Selection
     
    2008 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
    Pos. Player School Class Hometown/Previous School(s)
    QB Colt McCoy Texas Jr. Tuscola, Texas/Jim Ned
    RB Derrick Washington Missouri So. Peculiar, Mo./Raymore-Peculiar
    RB Shannon Woods Texas Tech Sr. McKinney, Texas/North
    FB Jorvorskie Lane Texas A&M Sr. Lufkin, Texas/Lufkin
    WR Dezmon Briscoe Kansas So. Dallas, Texas/Cedar Hill
    WR Juaquin Iglesias Oklahoma Sr. Killeen, Texas/Killeen
    WR Jordan Shipley Texas Sr. Burnet, Texas/Burnet
    TE Chase Coffman Missouri Sr. Peculiar, Mo./Raymore-Peculiar
    OL Kurtis Gregory Missouri Jr. Blackburn, Mo./Santa Fe
    OL Matt Slauson Nebraska Sr. Colorado Springs, Colo./Air Force Prep
    OL Jon Cooper Oklahoma Sr. Fort Collins, Colo./Fort Collins
    OL Chris Hall Texas Jr. Irving, Texas/Irving
    OL Louis Vasquez Texas Tech Sr. Corsicana, Texas/Corsicana
    OL Rylan Reed Texas Tech Sr. Dallas, Texas/Crossett (Ark.)
    PK Hunter Lawrence Texas Jr. Boerne, Texas/Boerne
    KR/PR Jordan Shipley Texas Jr. Burnet, Texas/Burnet
     
    2008 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
    Pos. Player School Class Hometown/Previous School(s)
    DL George Hypolite Colorado Sr. Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola
    DL Ian Campbell Kansas State Sr. Cimarron, Kan./Cimarron
    DL Stryker Sulak [r2] Missouri Sr. Rockdale, Texas/Rockdale
    DL Ndamukong Suh Nebraska Jr. Portland, Ore./Grant
    DL Jeremy Beal Oklahoma So. Carrollton, Texas/Creekview
    LB James Holt Kansas Sr. Altus, Okla./Altus
    LB Travis Lewis Oklahoma Fr. San Antonio, Texas/Robert E. Lee
    LB Andre Sexton Oklahoma State Jr. Houston, Texas/Cypress Falls
    DB Dominique Franks Oklahoma So. Tulsa, Okla./Union
    DB Lendy Holmes Oklahoma Sr. Dallas, Texas/South Oak Cliff
    DB Jacob Lacey Oklahoma State Sr. Garland, Texas/Naaman Forest
    DB Ryan Palmer Texas Sr. Arlington, Texas/Bowie
    DB Daniel Charbonnet Texas Tech Sr. The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands
    P Matt Fodge Oklahoma State Sr. Garland, Texas/Garland
    [r2] - Repeat second team selection from last season

    2008 ALL-BIG 12 HONARABLE MENTION

    Baylor: Derek Epperson, P; Dan Gay, OL
    Colorado: Cha’pelle Brown, DB; Brad Jones, LB; Daniel Sanders, OL
    Iowa State: Mike Brandtner, P; Leonard Johnson, DB/KR/PR; Rashawn Parker, DL; James Smith, DB; Jesse Smith, LB; Reggie Stephens, OL; Kurtis Taylor, DL
    Kansas: Caleb Blakesley, DL; Ryan Cantrell, OL; Jake Laptad, DL; Adrian Mayes, OL; Kerry Meier, WR; Mike Rivera, LB; Jake Sharp, RB
    Kansas State: Brandon Banks, KR/PR/WR; Jordan Bedore, OL; Eric Childs, DL; Brandon Harold, DL; Joshua Moore, DB; Brooks Rossman, PK; Nick Stringer, OL
    Missouri: Tim Barnes, OL; Jaron Baston, DL; Castine Bridges, DB; Colin Brown, OL; Brock Christopher, LB; Chase Daniel, QB; Justin Garrett, DB; Jeremy Maclin, KR/PR; Tommy Saunders, WR
    Nebraska: Larry Asante, DB; Roy Helu Jr., RB; Alex Henery, PK; Jacob Hickman, OL; Zach Potter, DL; Ty Steinkuhler, DL; Nate Swift, KR/PR/WR
    Oklahoma: Chris Brown, RB; Keenan Clayton, LB; Brandon Walker, OL
    Oklahoma State: Jeray Chatham, DL; Perrish Cox, KR/PR; Orie Lemon, LB; Ricky Price, DB; Tonga Tea, DL
    Texas: Quan Cosby, KR/PR/WR; Cedric Dockery, OL; Blake Gideon, DB; Aaron Lewis, DL; Henry Melton, DL; Roddrick Muckelroy, LB; Chris Ogbonnaya, RB; Charlie Tanner, OL; Earl Thomas, DB
    Texas A&M: Jeff Fuller, WR; Trent Hunter, DB
    Texas Tech: Baron Batch, RB; Brandon Carter, OL; McKinner Dixon, DL; Brian Duncan, LB; Stephen Hamby, OL; Graham Harrell, QB; Jamar Wall, DB; Colby Whitlock, DL; Marlon Williams, LB; Marlon Winn, OL

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