Nov. 28, 2006


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Irving, Texas - The AT&T 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.

AT&T OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Zac Taylor, Nebraska, Sr., QB, Norman, Okla.

AT&T DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Rufus Alexander, Oklahoma, Sr., LB, Baton Rouge, La.

AT&T SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Daniel Sepulveda, Baylor, Sr., P, Dallas, Texas

AT&T OFFENSIVE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Colt McCoy, Texas, QB, RF, Tuscola, Texas

AT&T DEFENSIVE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Andre Sexton, Oklahoma State, S, RF, Houston, Texas

AT&T OFFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Adarius Bowman, Oklahoma State, WR, Jr., Chattanooga, Tenn.

AT&T DEFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Misi Tupe, Texas A&M, LB, Jr., St. George, Utah

AT&T OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR
Justin Blalock, Texas, OT, Sr., Plano, Texas

AT&T DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR
Adam Carriker, Nebraska, DE, Sr., Kennewick, Wash.

AT&T COACH OF THE YEAR
Bob Stoops, Oklahoma, 8th season

All-Big 12 Honors Notebook:

  • Zac Taylor is the second player from Nebraska to be named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year.He joins two-time winner Eric Crouch (2001, 1999) in earning the honor.

     

  • Rufus Alexander is the third Oklahoma player to earn Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, following Teddy Lehman (2003) and Roy Williams (2001).

     

  • Daniel Sepulveda's Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year recognition marks the first time in conference history a Baylor player has earned a major football award.

     

  • Bob Stoops wins Coach of the Year for the third time.The total is more than any coach in league history.

     

  • Sexton and Bowman's honors mark just the second and third time in Big 12 history an Oklahoma State athlete has garnered a major award.Former Cowboy quarterback Tony Lindsay was chosen as Freshman of the Year in 1997.

     

  • Texas and Oklahoma are tied for the most major award honorees in the 11-year history of the Big 12 with 18 each.Kansas State is next with 11 winners, followed by Nebraska (9), Iowa State (6), Colorado (5) and Texas Tech (4).

     

  • Three athletes earned All-Big 12 First Team honors for the third time in their career.Mason Crosby (Colorado), Adrian Peterson (Oklahoma) and Justin Blalock were first team choices in 2006, `05 and `04.

    2006 AT&T All-Big 12 Football First Team

    OFFENSE
    Pos. Player School Class Hometown/Previous School(s)
    QB Zac Taylor Nebraska Sr. Norman, Okla./Wake Forest/Butler County CC
    RB Jon Cornish Kansas Sr. New Westminster, British Columbia/Saint Thomas More
    RB Adrian Peterson [3r] Oklahoma Jr. Palestine, Texas/Palestine
    FB Dane Todd Nebraska Sr. Lincoln, Neb./Southeast
    WR Adarius Bowman Oklahoma State Jr. Chattanooga, Tenn./Notre Dame/North Carolina
    WR Joel Filani [r] Texas Tech Sr. Phoenix, Ariz./Paradise Valley
    WR Limas Sweed Texas Jr. Brenham, Texas/Brenham
    TE Martin Rucker Missouri Jr. St. Joseph, Mo./Benton
    OL Justin Blalock [3r] Texas Sr. Plano, Texas/East
    OL Kasey Studdard Texas Sr. Lone Tree, Colo./Highlands Ranch
    OL Corey Hilliard Oklahoma State Sr. New Orleans, La./Jesuit
    OL Joel Clinger Missouri Sr. Warrenton, Mo./Warren County R-III
    OL Chris Messner Oklahoma Sr. Frederick, Okla./Frederick
    PK Mason Crosby [3r] Colorado Sr. Georgetown, Texas/Georgetown
    KR/PR Yamon Figurs Kansas State Sr. Lakeland, Fla./Garden City CC
     
    DEFENSE
    DL C.J. Ah You Oklahoma Sr. Highland, Utah/Snow CC
    DL Adam Carriker Nebraska Sr. Kennewick, Wash./Kennewick
    DL Ian Campbell Kansas State So. Cimarron, Kan./Cimarron
    DL Abraham Wright Colorado Sr. Oklahoma City, Okla./Southeast/NE Oklahoma A&M
    DL Larry Birdine Oklahoma Sr. Lawton, Okla./Eisenhower
    LB Rufus Alexander [r] Oklahoma Sr. Baton Rouge, La./Christian Life Academy
    LB Marcus Bacon Missouri Sr. Houston, Texas/Cypress Springs
    LB Bo Ruud Nebraska Jr. Lincoln, Neb./Southeast
    DB Michael Griffin Texas Sr. Austin, Texas/Bowie
    DB Aaron Ross Texas Sr. Tyler, Texas/John Tyler
    DB Aqib Talib Kansas So. Richardson, Texas/Berkner
    DB Melvin Bullitt Texas A&M Sr. Garland, Texas/Naaman Forest
    DB Terrence Wheatley Colorado Jr. Richardson, Texas/Plano East
    P Daniel Sepulveda [r04] Baylor Sr. Dallas, Texas/Highland Park

    [3r] - 3-time All-Big 12 selection (2004, `05, `06)
    [r] - Repeat selection from last season
    [r04] - Repeat selection from 2004

    2006 AT&T All-Big 12 Football Second Team

    OFFENSE
    Pos. Player School Class Hometown/Previous School(s)
    QB Chase Daniel Missouri So. Southlake, Texas/Carroll
    RB Jorvorskie Lane Texas A&M So. Lufkin, Texas/Lufkin
    RB Brandon Jackson Nebraska Jr. Horn Lake, Miss./Horn Lake
    FB Brandon McAnderson Kansas Jr. Lawrence, Kan./Lawrence
    FB Chris Alexander Texas A&M Jr. Humble, Texas/Humble
    WR Malcolm Kelly Oklahoma So. Longview, Texas/Longview
    WR Maurice Purify Nebraska Jr. Eureka, Calif./San Francisco City College
    WR Dominique Zeigler Baylor Sr. Killeen, Texas/Harker Heights
    TE Martellus Bennett Texas A&M So. Alief, Texas/Taylor
    TE Chase Coffman Missouri So. Peculiar, Mo./Raymore-Peculiar
    OL Scott Stephenson Iowa State Sr. St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall/Minnesota
    OL David Ochoa Kansas Sr. Houston, Texas/Dobie
    OL Cody Wallace Texas A&M Jr. Cuero, Texas/Cuero
    OL Lyle Sendlein Texas Sr. Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral
    OL Glenn January Texas Tech Sr. Houston, Texas/Second Baptist
    PK Garrett Hartley Oklahoma Jr. Southlake, Texas/Southlake Carroll
    KR/PR Aaron Ross Texas Sr. Tyler, Texas/John Tyler
     
    DEFENSE
    DL Keyunta Dawson Texas Tech Sr. Shreveport, La./Evangel Christian
    DL Brian Smith Missouri Sr. Denton, Texas/Ryan
    DL Tim Crowder Texas Sr. Tyler, Texas/John Tyler
    DL Victor DeGrate Oklahoma State Sr. DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto
    DL Jay Moore Nebraska Sr. Elkhorn, Neb./Elkhorn
    LB Brandon Archer Kansas State Sr. St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Durham
    LB Alvin Bowen Iowa State Jr. East Orange, N.J./Montclair/Garden City CC
    LB Joe Pawelek Baylor Fr. Spring Branch, Texas/Smithson Valley
    DB Marcus Watts Kansas State Jr. Hays, Kan./Hays
    DB Marcus Walker Oklahoma Jr. Waco, Texas/Waco
    DB David Overstreet Missouri Sr. Dallas, Texas/W.W. Samuel
    DB Nic Harris Oklahoma So. Alexandria, La./Alexandria
    DB Reggie Smith Oklahoma So. Edmond, Okla./Sante Fe
    P Matt Fodge Oklahoma State So. Garland, Texas/Garland

    Ties in the voting created additional positions on the second team for fullback and tight end.

    2006 AT&T All-Big 12 Honorable Mention Team

    Baylor: Anthony Arline, DB; Shawn Bell, QB; Dwain Crawford, DB; Ryan Havens, PK; Maurice Linguist, DB; Trent Shelton, WR; C.J. Wilson, DB
    Colorado: Brian Daniels, OL; Jordon Dizon, LB; George Hypolite, DL; Thaddaeus Washington, LB
    Iowa State: Ryan Baum, PR/KR; Todd Blythe, WR; Aaron Brant, OL; Brent Curvey, DL; Shawn Moorehead, DL
    Kansas: Jerome Kemp, DB; James McClinton, DL; Mike Rivera, LB; Bob Whitaker, OL
    Kansas State: Zach Diles, LB; Yamon Figurs, WR; Rob Jackson, DL; Jermaine Moreira, WR; Leon Patton, PR/KR; Jeff Snodgrass, PK; Greg Wafford, OL; Kyle Williams, DB
    Missouri: Will Franklin, WR; Xzavie Jackson, DL; Darnell Terrell, DB; Tony Temple, RB; Lorenzo Williams, DL; Dedrick Harrington, LB; Jeff Wolfert, PK
    Nebraska: Stewart Bradley, LB; Brett Byford, OL; Cortney Grixby, DB; Marlon Lucky, RB; Corey McKeon, LB; Andrew Shanle, DB; Matt Slauson, OL
    Oklahoma: Steven Coleman, DL; Brody Eldridge, FB; Joe Jon Finley, TE; Lendy Holmes, DB; Zach Latimer, LB; Allen Patrick, RB; George Robinson, OL; Reggie Smith, PR/KR; Paul Thompson, QB; Brandon Walker, OL; Darien Williams, DB
    Oklahoma State: Perrish Cox, PR/KR; Nathan Peterson, DL; Brandon Pettigrew, TE; Andre Sexton, DB; D'Juan Woods, WR
    Texas: Billy Pittman, WR; Tony Hills, OL; Colt McCoy, QB; Brian Robison, DL
    Texas A&M: Justin Brantly, P; Mike Goodson, RB; Kirk Elder, OL; Chris Harrington, DL; Stephen McGee, QB; Chad Schroeder, WR; Misi Tupe, LB; Justin Warren, LB
    Texas Tech: Joe Garcia, DB; Graham Harrell, QB; Chris Hudler, DL; Manuel Ramirez, OL; Jake Ratliff, DL; Alex Reyes, P; Brock Stratton, LB; Louis Vasquez, OL; Shannon Woods, RB