Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield is the unanimous pick as The Associated Press Big 12 offensive player of the year for the second time in three seasons, and the Heisman Trophy finalist is also the first quarterback to be a first-team pick in the league three straight years.
The playoff-bound Sooners have six first-team picks on the AP all-league team announced Friday, a week after they won their 11th Big 12 title overall — and third in a row. That includes linebacker/defensive end Ogbonnia Okoronkwo as the league’s top defensive player.
Mayfield, the AP player of the year, was also the league’s top offensive player in 2015, when the Sooners went to the College Football Playoff in his first season as their starter. Big-play Oklahoma receiver Dede Westbrook, who caught passes from Mayfield, took the honor last year when both were Heisman finalists.
Okoronkwo was among five different players who got votes for the defensive of the year award. Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson, Iowa State linebacker Joel Lanning , TCU end and league sacks leader Mat Boesen , and Longhorns safety and Big 12 interceptions leader DeShon Elliott were all first-team picks and also got top player votes.
Iowa State’s Matt Campbell was named the top Big 12 coach in his second season with the Cyclones (7-5), whose first winning season since 2009 includes upset victories over Oklahoma and TCU, both in the top five when those games were played. Campbell got 14 of 19 votes for coach of the year. Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley got the remaining five votes in his first season succeeding five-time Big 12 top coach Bob Stoops.
West Virginia junior quarterback Will Grier, a former Florida transfer, was named the league’s top newcomer.
The 2017 AP All-Big 12 team, as selected by a panel of 19 sports writers and sportscasters who regularly cover the league, with players listed alphabetically with name, school, height, weight, class and hometown. (“u-” denotes unanimous selections):
QB— u-Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma, 6-1, 220, Sr., Austin, Texas.
RB_u-Justice Hill, Oklahoma St., 5-10, 185, So., Tulsa, Oklahoma.
RB_David Montgomery, Iowa St., 5-11, 219, So., Cincinnati.
T_u-Orlando Brown, Oklahoma, 6-8, 345, Jr., Duluth, Georgia.
T_Dalton Risner, Kansas St., 6-5, 300, Jr., Wiggins, Colorado.
G_Ben Powers, Oklahoma, 6-4, 310, Jr., Wichita, Kansas.
G_Marcus Keyes, Oklahoma St., 6-3, 300, So., Port Allen, Louisiana.
C_Erick Wren, Oklahoma, 6-1, 306, Sr., Mesquite, Texas.
TE_u-Mark Andrews, Oklahoma, 6-5, 254, Jr., Scottsdale, Arizona.
WR_James Washington, Oklahoma St., 6-0, 205, Sr., Stamford, Texas.
WR_David Sills V, West Virginia, 6-4, 203, Jr., Wilmington, Delaware.
All-Purpose: KaVontae Turpin, TCU, 5-9, 153, Jr., Monroe, Louisiana.
K_Matthew McCrane, Kansas St., 5-10, 165, Sr., Brownwood, Texas.
DE_Mat Boesen, TCU, 6-4, 240, Sr., Torrance, California.
DE_Ben Banogu, TCU, 6-4, 245, Jr. McKinney, Texas.
DT_Poona Ford, Texas, 6-0, 305, Sr., Hilton Head, South Carolina.
DT_Will Geary, Kansas St., 6-0, 306, Sr., Topeka, Kansas.
LB_Malik Jefferson, Texas, 6-3, 240, Jr., Mesquite, Texas.
LB_Joel Lanning, Iowa St., 6-2, 230, Sr., Ankeny, Iowa.
LB_Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Oklahoma, 6-1, 240, Sr., Houston.
CB_D.J. Reed, Kansas St., 5-9, 188, Jr., Bakersfield, California.
CB_Ranthony Texada, TCU, 5-10, 170, Sr., Frisco, Texas.
S_DeShon Elliott, Texas, 6-2, 210, Jr., Rockwall, Texas.
S_Kamari Cotton-Moya, Iowa St., 6-2, 198, Sr., Bakersfield, California.
P_Michael Dickson, Texas, 6-3, 205, Jr., Sydney, Australia.
QB_Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma St., 6-5, 230, Sr., Rock Hill, South Carolina.
RB_Rodney Anderson, Oklahoma, 6-2, 218, So., Katy, Texas.
RB_Justin Crawford, West Virginia, 6-0, 200, Sr., Columbus, Georgia.
T_Jake Campos, Iowa St., 6-8, 300, Sr., West Des Moines, Iowa.
T_Zachary Crabtree, Oklahoma St., 6-7, 310, Sr., Mansfield, Texas.
G_Matt Pryor, TCU, 6-7, 338, Sr., Long Beach, California.
G_Dru Samia, Oklahoma, 6-5, 302, Jr., Sacramento, California.
C_Brad Lundblade, Oklahoma St., 6-3, 300, Sr., Argyle, Texas.
TE_Ben Johnson, Kansas, 6-5, 245, Sr., Basehor, Kansas.
WR_Allen Lazard, Iowa St., 6-5, 222, Sr., Urbandale, Iowa.
WR_Keke Coutee, Texas Tech, 5-11, 180, Jr., Lufkin, Texas.
All-Purpose: D.J. Reed, Kansas St., 5-9, 188, Jr.
K_Austin Seibert, Oklahoma, 5-9, 210, Jr., Belleville, Illinois.
DE_Dorance Armstrong Jr., Kansas, 6-4, 246, Jr., Houston
DE_Jordan Brailford, Oklahoma State, 6-3, 250, So., Tulsa, Oklahoma.
DT_DeQuinton Osborne, Oklahoma St., 6-0, 305, Sr., Grand Prairie, Texas.
DT_Daniel Wise, Kansas, 6-3, 290, Jr., Lewisville, Texas.
LB_Travin Howard, TCU, 6-1, 213, Sr., Longview, Texas.
LB_Joe Dineen, Jr., Kansas, 6-2, 230, Jr., Lawrence, Kansas.
LB_Dakota Allen, Texas Tech, 6-1, 235, Jr., Humble, Texas.
CB_Kris Boyd, Texas, 6-0, 200 Jr., Gilmer, Texas.
CB_Brian Peavy, Iowa St., 5-9, 190, Jr., Houston.
S_Tre Flowers, Oklahoma St., 6-3, 200, Sr., Converse, Texas.
S_Nick Orr, TCU, 5-10, 187, Sr. S, DeSoto, Texas.
P_Nick Walsh, Kansas St., 5-11, 207, Sr., Lyndon, Kansas.
Coach of the year — Matt Campbell, Iowa State.
Offensive player of the year — Baker Mayfield, QB, Sr., Oklahoma.
Defensive player of the year — Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, DE/LB, Sr., Oklahoma.
Newcomer of the year — Will Grier, QB, Jr., West Virginia
AP All-Big 12 Voting Panel:
Ryan Aber, The Oklahoman; Tommy Birch, Des Moines Register; Kirk Bohls, Austin American-Statesman; Chuck Carlton, Dallas Morning News; Paul Catalina, ESPN Central Texas; Mark Cooper, Tulsa World; Bill Haisten, Tulsa World; Suzanne Halliburton, Austin American-Statesman; Kevin Haskin, Topeka Capital-Journal; Tom Keegan, Lawrence Journal-World; Blair Kerkhoff, Kansas City Star; Sean Manning, The Dominion Post; Carlos Mendez, Fort Worth Star-Telegram; Tyler Palmateer, Norman Transcript; Randy Peterson, Des Moines Register; Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle; Mitch Vingle, Charleston Gazette-News; John Werner, Waco Tribune-Herald; Don Williams, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.
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