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Kansas State and the two Oklahoma schools dominate All-Big 12 football honors

With 11 selections to the All-Big 12 football first and second teams, Kansas State led all conference schools in postseason honors named by the 10 league coaches, including Offensive Player, Defensive Player and Coach of the Year awards.

With the college football regular season now in the books for most of the county, the Big 12 co-champion Kansas State Wildcats have carried over their successful 11-win season on the field to the postseason awards, earning seven places on the All-Big 12 first team, including the top three individual awards.

Wildcat senior quarterback Colin Klein, who was fifth in the conference this season in rushing and sixth in passing and is in New York City as one of the finalist for the 2012 Heisman Trophy, was named by a panel of Big 12 coaches as Offensive Player of the Year. His teammate, Arthur Brown, a linebacker, was named Defensive Player of the Year. And Bill Snyder, who guided the Wildcats to their third Big 12 championship and a spot in the Fiesta Bowl, probably the second most prestigious of the national bowl lineup this season, was named the conference's Coach of the Year. This is the fourth time Snyder has won the award and the second straight year.

In addition to their two senior leaders, Klein and Brown, other Kansas State players named to the first team are junior running back John Hubert, senior tight end Travis Tannahill, junior offensive lineman Cornelius Lucas, senior defensive lineman Meshak Williams and junior defensive back Ty Zimmerman. Williams also was honored as Defensive Lineman of the Year.

Oklahoma State placed the next most players on the all-conference first team with five, followed by Oklahoma with four and TCU, Iowa State and Big 12 newcomer West Virginia with three each.

Kansas State placed four players on the second team for a total of 11 all told. Oklahoma was next with nine named to the first and second teams, and Oklahoma State and TCU both placed seven players on the first two teams.

Junior defensive tackle Calvin Barnett of Oklahoma State was named Defensive Newcomer of the Year, and Devonte Fields, a defensive end for TCU, was the unanimous choice as Defensive Freshman of the Year. Offensive Lineman of the Year honors went to junior Cyril Richardson of Baylor; the Offensive Newcomer of the Year was Lache Seastrunk, a sophomore running back for Baylor; Offensive Freshman of the Year went to quarterback J.W. Walsh of Oklahoma State, and senior Nick Florence, quarterback at Baylor is the Scholar Athlete of the Year. Seniors Quinn Sharp, the punter and placekicker for Oklahoma State, and the speedy Tavon Austin, wide receiver for West Virginia, shared the Special Teams Players of the Year award.

2012 All-Big 12 Football First Team


QB - Colin Klein, senior, Kansas State

RB - Joseph Randle, junior, Oklahoma State

RB - John Hubert, junior, Kansas State

FB - Trey Millard, junior, Oklahoma

WR - Terrance Williams, senior, Baylor

WR - Tavon Austin, senior, West Virginia

WR - Stedman Bailey, junior, West Virginia

TE - Travis Tannahill, senior, Kansas State

OL - Cyril Richardson, junior, Baylor

OL - Cornelius Lucas, junior, Kansas State

OL - Gabe Ikard, junior, Oklahoma

OL - Lane Taylor, senior Oklahoma State

OL - LaAdrian Waddle, senior, Texas Tech

PK - Quinn Sharp, senior, Oklahoma State

KR/PR - Tavon Austin, senior West Virginia


DL - Jake McDonough, senior, Iowa State

DL - Meshak Williams, senior, Kansas State

DL - Calvin Barnett, junior, Oklahoma State

DL - Davonte Fields, freshman, TCU

DL - Stanley Maponga, junior, TCU

DL - Alex Okafor, senior, Texas

LB - A.J. Klein. Senior, Iowa State

LB - Jake Knott, senior, Iowa State

LB - Arthur Brown, senior, Kansas State

DB - Ty Zimmerman, junior, Kansas State

DB - Aaron Colvin, junior, Oklahoma

DB - Tony Jefferson, junior, Oklahoma

DB - Jason Verett, junior, TCU

DB - Kenny Vaccaro, senior, Texas

P - Quinn Sharp, senior, Oklahoma State

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