We've had the AP awards and the media awards, but today's the day the Big 12's official awards were handed out, as voted on by the coaches. And K-State landed a couple of big ones:
Yet somehow, Mueller was beaten out for Defensive Player of the year by another defensive lineman. Look, the ways of coaches are mysterious and unfathomable to we mere mortals.
In all, K-State landed four players (in five spots) on the first team, and had a single entry on the second team, as you'll see below. Ten K-State players also received honorable mention.
In categories which aren't specifically offense or defense, Art Briles of Baylor was named Coach of the Year, while Texas Tech QB Baker Mayfield landed Freshman of the Year honors. Baylor led the way with 10 first-team selections, but had nobody on the second team; Oklahoma State had eleven players total, but only four on the first-team. K-State was, in fact, second in the league as far as first-team selections with five (although only four players). Oklahoma also had four first-team nods, while Texas had two. West Virginia, Texas Tech, and Iowa State each contributed one player to the first team; Kansas was shut out.
And with that, here are your 2013 Big 12 All-Conference Teams:
|(bold indicates unanimous selection)|
|RB||Charles Sims||West Virginia||SR|
|TE||Jace Amaro||Texas Tech||JR|
|OL||Parker Graham||Oklahoma State||SR|
|OL||B.J. FINNEY||KANSAS STATE||JR|
|KR/PR||TYLER LOCKETT||KANSAS STATE||JR|
|Offensive Player of the Year: Bryce Petty (QB), Baylor|
|Offensive Lineman of the Year: Cyril Richardson (G), Baylor|
|Offensive Newcomer of the Year: Charles Sims (RB), West Virginia|
|Offensive Freshman of the Year: Baker Mayfield (QB), Texas Tech|
It's a bit of a shock to see that both Finney and Ikard were honored with the first team, what with them both being centers and all. Not that we'll complain.
|DL||Calvin Barnett||Oklahoma State||SR|
|DL||RYAN MUELLER||KANSAS STATE||JR|
|LB||Jeremiah George||Iowa State||SR|
|LB||Shaun Lewis||Oklahoma State||SR|
|DB||Jason Verrett||Texas Christian||SR|
|DB||Justin Gilbert||Oklahoma State||SR|
Co-Defensive Players of the Year:
Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas; Jason Verrett, CB, Texas Christian
|Defensive Lineman of the Year: RYAN MUELLER (DE), KANSAS STATE|
|Defensive Newcomer of the Year: Dominique Alexander (LB), Oklahoma|
|Defensive Freshman of the Year: Isaiah Johnson (DB), Kansas|
As with the AP, Kirby Van Der Kamp didn't grab first-team honors, to our surprise.
|QB||Clint Chelf||Oklahoma State||SR|
|FB||Kye Staley||Oklahoma State||SR|
|WR||Josh Stewart||Oklahoma State||JR|
|TE||E.J. Bibbs||Iowa State||JR|
|OL||CODY WHITEHAIR||KANSAS STATE||JR|
|OL||Le'Raven Clark||Texas Tech||SO|
|KR/PR||Josh Stewart||Oklahoma State||JR|
In contrast to the AP, the K-State offensive lineman on the second team makes a little more sense. Huge difference in the second-team wide receivers, as none of the three "official" honorees made the AP squad.
|DL||Will Clarke||West Virginia||SR|
|DL||Kerry Hyder||Texas Tech||SR|
|DL||Chucky Hunter||Texas Christian||JR|
|DL||Tyler Johnson||Oklahoma State||SR|
|LB||Caleb Lavey||Oklahoma State||SR|
|DB||Daytawion Lowe||Oklahoma State||SR|
|DB||Sam Carter||Texas Christian||JR|
|DB||Jacques Washington||Iowa State||SR|
|DB||Darwin Cook||West Virginia||SR|
|P (tie)||Kirby Van Der Kamp||Iowa State||SR|
|P (tie)||Nick O'Toole||West Virginia||SO|
More big differences from the AP here, with three of the official defensive backs and two linebackers being absent from the AP nods. But hey, there's Kirby Van Der Kamp, finally.
Lastly, here are K-State's honorable mentions:
Tyler Lockett (Offensive Player of the Year)
Ty Zimmerman (Defensive Player of the Year)
Daniel Sams (QB)
John Hubert (RB)
Glenn Gronkowski (FB)
Cornelius Lucas (OL)
Tavon Rooks (OL)
Tramaine Thompson (KR/PR)
Travis Britz (DL)
Blake Slaughter (LB)
Objections, agreement, anger? Have at it, guys.