Oklahoma State, Nebraska dominate
Friday, December 3, 2010
Nebraska and Oklahoma State dominated the All-Big 12 team released Thursday by the Associated Press with six players each.
Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden, receiver Justin Blackmon, running back Kendall Hunter and lineman Levy Adcock were selected from an Oklahoma State offense that’s averaging 537.6 yards per game, second-best in the country.
Blackmon, Hunter and Adcock were unanimous selections. Blackmon leads the nation in receiving with 154.8 yards per game and Hunter is sixth in rushing at 126.3.
Weeden, a 27-year-old former minor-league baseball player, is second in the country in yards passing per game with 336.4. He’s 16th in passer rating, tops in the conference.
Linebacker Orie Lemon and punter Quinn Sharp round out the honorees from No. 16 Oklahoma State. Lemon was unanimous; Sharp and Blackmon were the only sophomores chosen.
For No. 10 Nebraska, lineman Jared Crick, linebacker Lavonte David and defensive backs Prince Amukamara and Eric Hagg were chosen from a defense that’s fifth-best in the country, allowing 291.2 yards per game. The Cornhuskers have the nation’s second-best defense against the pass.
Crick and David were unanimous picks. Offensive lineman Ricky Henry and kicker Alex Henery also were chosen from Nebraska, the North division champions.
The Cornhuskers will face No. 13 Oklahoma in the conference championship Saturday night at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Oklahoma tied Oklahoma State and No. 19 Texas A&M for the South title, and advanced on a tiebreaker based on the BCS standings.
The Sooners had four first-teamers — two on offense, two on defense.
Missouri and Baylor were the only other programs with multiple first-teamers. Missouri had three, Baylor two.
Colorado, Kansas State, Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech each had one honoree on the all-conference team selected by a panel of 20 voters who regularly cover the Big 12 for newspapers across the league’s seven states.
Ten of the 26 honorees were listed on every ballot. That group includes Blackmon and Oklahoma defensive lineman Jeremy Beal, who on Wednesday were named the offensive and defensive players of the year by the same voters.
Other unanimous picks include Colorado offensive lineman Nate Solder, Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller and Texas defensive lineman Sam Acho.
Joining Beal as first-teamers from Oklahoma were receiver Ryan Broyles, all-purpose standout DeMarco Murray and defensive back Jamell Fleming. Broyles leads the nation with 9.6 receptions per game. Murray ran for 1,053 yards, had 535 yards receiving and 249 yards returning kickoffs.
Missouri’s honorees were tight end Michael Egnew, center Tim Barnes and linebacker Andrew Gachkar.
Kansas State’s Daniel Thomas was picked at running back, and Texas Tech’s Colby Whitlock was picked at defensive line.
Last year, every school had a first-teamer. This year, Kansas and Iowa State missed out.