Big 12 Announces Postseason Football Honors

Kansas landed just one player on the All Big 12 first and second teams with Jeremiah Hatch receiving the nod as 2nd team All Big 12 at center. Really this comes as no surprise considering the struggles this season but my only gripe would be the omission of Steven Johnson. If only one Jayhawk deserves the nod, it's him in my opinion. The problem is, there are a lot of solid linebackers in the league.

Johnson did receive honorable mention along with Tim Biere, Ron Doherty, Bradley McDougald, Toben Opurum and Duane Zlatnik. All in all that list seems pretty fair and accurate when taken in the context of the season.

In the other awards department it's hard to argue with Bill Snyder for Coach of the Year. Mike Gundy really makes the only logical argument, but what Snyder has done in his second go around with Kansas State is impressive. A 10-2 record and a top 8 finish in the BCS rankings nearly landed the Wildcats in a BCS Bowl. For a team that many had ranked near the bottom third of the conference heading into the season, that is a huge coaching job.

Offensive player of the year goes to Robert Griffin who will be in attendance at the Heisman ceremony this coming weekend. Iowa State's AJ Klein and Oklahoma's Frank Alexander share the defensive honor. Kansas State landed a pair of newcomers on the list with Arthur Brown taking defensive newcomer honors and freshman Tyler Lockett taking special teams newcomer of the year honors.

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

Offensive Player of the Year
Robert Griffin III, Baylor, Jr., QB, Copperas Cove, Texas
Offensive Freshman of the Year
Tyler Lockett, Kansas State, WR, Tulsa, Okla.
Co-Defensive Players of the Year
A.J. Klein, Iowa State, Jr., LB, Kimberly, Wis.
Frank Alexander, Oklahoma, Sr., DE, Baton Rouge, La.
Defensive Freshman of the Year
Quandre Diggs, Texas, DB, Angleton, Texas
Special Teams Player of the Year
Quinn Sharp, Oklahoma State, Jr., PK/P, Mansfield, Texas
Offensive Lineman of the Year
Grant Garner, Oklahoma State, Sr., Mesquite, Texas
Offensive Newcomer of the Year
Aaron Horne, Iowa State, Jr., WR, Oakland, Calif.
Defensive Lineman of the Year
Frank Alexander, Oklahoma, Sr., DE, Baton Rouge, La.
Defensive Newcomer of the Year
Arthur Brown, Kansas State, Jr., LB, Wichita, Kan.
Coach of the Year
Bill Snyder, Kansas State, 20th Season

2011 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM
OFFENSE
Pos. Player School Class Hometown/Previous School(s)
QB Robert Griffin III Baylor Jr. Copperas Cove, Texas/Copperas Cove
RB Terrance Ganaway Baylor Sr. DeKalb, Texas/DeKalb/Houston/Texarkana College
RB Henry Josey Missouri So. Angleton, Texas/Angleton
FB Trey Millard Oklahoma So. Columbia, Mo./Rock Bridge
WR Kendall Wright** Baylor Sr. Pittsburg, Texas/Pittsburg
WR Ryan Broyles^ Oklahoma Sr. Norman, Okla./Norman
WR Justin Blackmon** ^ Oklahoma State Jr. Ardmore, Okla./Plainview
TE Michael Egnew ^ Missouri Sr. Plainview, Texas/Plainview
OL Philip Blake Baylor Sr. Toronto, Ontario, Canada/Champlain Regional Prep/Tyler (Texas) JC
OL Kelechi Osemele Iowa State Sr. Houston, Texas/Langham Creek
OL Clyde Aufner Kansas State Sr. Raymore, Mo./Raymore-Peculiar
OL Gabe Ikard Oklahoma So. Oklahoma City, Okla./Bishop McGuinness
OL Levy Adcock** ^ Oklahoma State Sr. Claremore, Okla./Sequoyah/NE Okla. A&M JC
OL Grant Garner Oklahoma State Sr. Mesquite, Texas/North Mesquite
PK Quinn Sharp Oklahoma State Jr. Mansfield, Texas/Summit
KR/PR Fozzy Whittaker Texas Sr. Houston, Texas/Pearland
DEFENSE
Pos. Player School Class Hometown/Previous School(s)
DL Ray Kibble Kansas State Sr. Houston, Texas/Navarro JC
DL Frank Alexander** Oklahoma Sr. Baton Rouge, La./Southern Lab
DL Ronnell Lewis Oklahoma Jr. Dewar, Okla./Dewar
DL Jamie Blatnick Oklahoma State Sr. Celina, Texas/Celina
DL Alex Okafor** Texas Jr. Pflugerville, Texas/Pflugerville
LB A.J. Klein Iowa State Jr. Kimberly, Wis./Kimberly
LB Arthur Brown Kansas State Jr. Wichita, Kan./Miami
LB Emmanuel Acho Texas Sr. Dallas, Texas/St. Mark's
DB Nigel Malone Kansas State Jr. Manteca, Calif./City College of San Francisco
DB Jamell Fleming Oklahoma Sr. Arlington, Texas/Seguin
DB Brodrick Brown Oklahoma State Jr. Houston, Texas/Westfield
DB Markelle Martin Oklahoma State Sr. Wichita Falls, Texas/Rider
DB Kenny Vaccaro Texas Jr. Brownwood, Texas/Early
P Quinn Sharp ^ Oklahoma State Jr. Mansfield, Texas/Summit
2011 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM
OFFENSE
Pos. Player School Class Hometown/Previous School(s)
QB Brandon Weeden Oklahoma State Sr. Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe
RB Joseph Randle Oklahoma State So. Wichita, Kan./Southeast
RB Cyrus Gray Texas A&M Sr. DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto
FB Kye Staley Oklahoma State Jr. Guthrie, Okla./Guthrie
WR Kenny Stills Oklahoma So. Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon
WR Josh Cooper Oklahoma State Sr. Mustang, Okla./Mustang
WR Ryan Swope Texas A&M Jr. Austin, Texas/Westlake
TE James Hanna Oklahoma Sr. Flower Mound, Texas/Flower Mound
OL Robert T. Griffin Baylor Sr. Euless, Texas/Trinity/Navarro College
OL Hayworth Hicks Iowa State Sr. Palmdale, Calif./Palmdale/Antelope Valley
OL Jeremiah Hatch Kansas Sr. Dallas, Texas/Carter
OL Zach Hanson Kansas State Sr. Sacramento, Calif./Sacramento CC
OL Luke Joeckel Texas A&M So. Arlington, Texas/Arlington
OL LaAdrian Waddle Texas Tech Jr. Columbus, Texas/Clumbus
PK Randy Bullock Texas A&M Sr. Klein, Texas/Klein
KR/PR Tyler Lockett Kansas State Fr. Tulsa, Okla./Booker T. Washington
DEFENSE
Pos. Player School Class Hometown/Previous School(s)
DL Nicolas Jean-Baptiste Baylor Sr. Stafford, Texas/Strake Jesuit College Prep
DL Jacquies Smith # Missouri Sr. Dallas, Texas/South Oak Cliff
DL Jackson Jeffcoat Texas So. Plano, Texas/Plano West
DL Kheeston Randall Texas Sr. Beaumont, Texas/Kelly
DL Tony Jerod-Eddie Texas A&M Sr. DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto
LB Jake Knott # Iowa State Jr. Waukee, Iowa/Waukee
LB Travis Lewis # Oklahoma Sr. San Antonio, Texas/Robert E. Lee
LB Keenan Robinson Texas Sr Plano, Texas/Plano East
DB Leonard Johnson # Iowa State Sr. Clearwater, Fla./Largo
DB Tysyn Hartman Kansas State Sr. Wichita, Kan./Kapaun Mt. Carmel
DB E.J. Gaines Missouri So. Independence, Mo./Fort Osage
DB Demontre Hurst Oklahoma Jr. Lancaster, Texas/Lancaster
DB Quandre Diggs Texas Fr. Angleton, Texas/Angleton
P Trey Barrow Missouri Jr. Moberly, Mo./Moberly
** Unanimous Selection.
^ - Repeat first team selection from last season.
# - Repeat second team selection from last season.
A tie in voting created an additional first-team offensive line spot and an additional second-team offensive line spot.
Players listed at each position alphabetically by school.
2011 ALL-BIG 12 HONORABLE MENTION
Baylor: Art Briles (CoY), Elliot Coffey (LB), Ahmad Dixon (LB), Tevin Elliott (DL), Mike Hicks (DB), Sam Holl (DB), K.J. Morton (DB), Jordan Najvar (TE), Tevin Reese (WR), Cyril Richardson (OL), Terrance Williams (WR), Erik Wolfe (FB)
Iowa State: Jared Barnett (off FoY), Jake Lattimer (DL), Kirby Van Der Kamp (P), James White (RB)
Kansas: Tim Biere (TE), Ron Doherty (P), Steven Johnson (LB), Bradley McDougald (DB), Toben Opurum (DL), Duane Zlatnik (OL)
Kansas State: Clyde Aufner (off LoY), Anthony Cantele (PK), David Garrett (DB), Ray Kibble (def. LoY), Collin Klein (off PoY & QB), Tyler Lockett (ST PofY), Ty Zimmerman (DB)
Missouri: Dominique Hamilton (def. LoY & DL), Dan Hoch (OL), Kenji Jackson (DB), Luke Lambert (LB), T.J. Moe (WR), Jayson Palmgren (OL), Sheldon Richardson (def NoY & DL), Braylon Webb (def. FoY), Austin Wuebbels (OL)
Oklahoma: Tyler Evans (OL), Roy Finch (RB), Michael Hunnicutt (PK), Tony Jefferson (DB), Corey Nelson (LB), Donald Stephenson (OL), Bob Stoops (CoY), Tress Way (P), Dominique Whaley (RB), Tom Wort (LB)
Oklahoma State: Alex Elkins (def. NoY), Justin Gilbert (P/KR), Mike Gundy (CoY), Shaun Lewis (LB), Lane Taylor (OL)
Texas: Carrington Byndom (DB), Blake Gideon (DB), Cody Johnson (FB), Jaxon Shipley (WR), David Snow (OL), Justin Tucker (PK), Kenny Vaccaro (def PoY), Mason Walters (OL), Fozzy Whittaker (ST PoY)
Texas A&M: Eddie Brown Jr. (DL), Terrence Frederick (DB), Jeff Fuller (WR), Dustin Harris (P/KR), Nehemiah Hicks (TE), Trent Hunter (DB), Steven Jenkins (def NoY), Luke Joeckel (off LoY), Michael Lamothe (FB), Patrick Lewis (OL), Jake Matthews (OL), Christine Michael (RB), Damontre Moore (LB), Spencer Nealy (DL), Sean Porter (def. PoY & LB), Jonathan Stewart (LB)
Texas Tech: Terrance Bullitt (DB), Lonnie Edwards (OL), Ryan Erxleben (P), Adam James (TE), Alex Torres (WR), Eric Ward (WR), DeAndre Washington (off FoY)
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