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December 1, 2009

Thomas among Cats honored by Big 12

Kansas State running back Daniel Thomas continued a trend for Wildcat offensive players becoming the third consecutive Wildcat named Offensive Newcomer of the Year by the Big 12 Conference. The junior standout was also one of three Wildcats to be tabbed to the all-conference first team by the league's coaches.

Thomas was joined on the first team offense by tight end Jeron Mastrud, offensive lineman Nick Stringer and kick returner Brandon Banks. Banks also was tabbed for second-team honors as a wide receiver.

The newcomer honor for Thomas followed similar awards the past two seasons by Banks (2008) and Deon Murphy (2007).

The All-Big 12 Conference football teams and individual award winners have been announced. Selections are made by the league's 12 head coaches, who are not permitted to vote for their own players.

All-Big 12 Honors Notebook:
- Colt McCoy is the fourth Texas player to be named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, and third UT quarterback to win the honor. Former Longhorns Vince Young (2005), Major Applewhite (1999) and Ricky Williams (1998 and 1997) previously won the award. Texas has the most Offensive Player of the Year winners in Conference history with five.

- Ndamukong Suh of Nebraska is the second Cornhusker to receive Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors (Grant Winstrom, 1997 and 1996). Suh is the second player in Big 12 history to receive both the Defensive Player and Lineman of the Year awards in the same season (Brian Orakpo, Texas - 2008) He is also one of two unanimous first-team selections, joining Colt McCoy.

- Mack Brown was tabbed Coach of the Year for the second time in his career (2005). Brown becomes the fourth coach in league history to win the award multiple times (Bob Stoops - OU, Bill Snyder - KSU, Frank Solich - NU).

- David Sims becomes the fourth first year Iowa State player to be recognized. He joins former Cyclones Tim Dobbins (2004) and Jess Beckom (1998) in winning Defensive Newcomer of the Year honors, to go along with Jason Berryman's Defensive Freshman of the Year award in 2003.

- Kansas State's Daniel Thomas gave the Wildcats their third straight Offensive Newcomer of the Year award winner and league-leading fourth overall. Brandon Banks and Deon Murphy were honored in 2008 and 2007, respectively, joining KSU's first honoree, Michael Bishop (1997).

- Oklahoma has won the most major awards in the 14-year history of the Big 12 with 23. Texas is next with 22 winners, followed by Kansas State (16); Nebraska (11), Iowa State and Texas Tech (7); Colorado, Kansas, and Missouri (6); Oklahoma State and Texas A&M (5) and Baylor (2).

- For the first time in Conference history all 12 teams are represented on the first-team All-Conference squad.

Coach of the Year Mack Brown, Texas
Offensive Lineman of the Year Russell Okung, Oklahoma State
Defensive Lineman of the Year Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
Offensive Freshman of the Year Christine Michael, Texas A&M
Defensive Freshman of the Year Aldon Smith, Missouri
Special Teams Player of the Year Brandon Banks, Kansas State
Defensive Newcomer of the Year David Sims, Iowa State
Offensive Newcomer of the Year Daniel Thomas, Kansas State
Defensive Player of the Year Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
Offensive Player of the Year Colt McCoy, Texas

Pos. Player School Class Hometown/Previous School(s)
QB Colt McCoy ** Texas Sr. Tuscola, Texas/Jim Ned
RB Daniel Thomas Kansas State Jr. Hilliard, Fla./NW Mississippi CC
RB Keith Toston Oklahoma State Sr. Angleton, Texas/Angleton
FB Bryant Ward Oklahoma State Jr. Stillwater, Okla./Stillwater
WR Jordan Shipley Texas Sr. Burnet, Texas/Burnet
WR Danario Alexander Missouri Sr. Marlin, Texas/Marlin
WR Dezmon Briscoe Kansas Jr. Dallas, Texas/Cedar Hill
TE Jeron Mastrud Kansas State Sr. Beaverton, Ore./Southridge
OL Russell Okung ^ Oklahoma State Sr. Houston, Texas/Bush
OL Trent Williams ^ Oklahoma Sr. Longview, Texas/Longview
OL Nick Stringer Kansas State Sr. Topeka, Kan./Hayden
OL Brandon Carter Texas Tech Sr. Longview, Texas/Spring Hill
OL Nate Solder Colorado Jr. Buena Vista, Colo./Buena Vista
PK Grant Ressel Missouri So. Jackson, Mo./Jackson
KR/PR Brandon Banks Kansas State Sr. Garner, N.C./Bakersfield College
DL Ndamukong Suh ** Nebraska Sr. Portland, Ore./Grant
DL Gerald McCoy ^ Oklahoma Jr. Oklahoma City, Okla./Southeast
DL Von Miller Texas A&M Jr. DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto
DL Brandon Sharpe Texas Tech Sr. Lyons, Ga./Fresno City CC
DL Jared Crick Nebraska So. Cozad, Neb./Cozad
LB Sean Weatherspoon ^ Missouri Sr. Jasper, Texas/Jasper
LB Jesse Smith Iowa State Sr. Altoona, Iowa/Southeast Polk
LB Travis Lewis Oklahoma So. San Antonio, Texas/Robert E. Lee
DB Earl Thomas Texas So. Orange, Texas/West Orange Stark
DB Perrish Cox Oklahoma State Sr. Waco, Texas/University
DB Dominique Franks Oklahoma Jr. Tulsa, Okla./Union
DB Prince Amukamara Nebraska Jr. Glendale, Ariz./Apollo
DB Larry Asante Nebraska Sr. Alexandria, Va./Hayfield/Coffeyville CC
P Derek Epperson Baylor Jr. Southlake, Texas/Keller
** - Unanimous Selection
^ - Repeat first team selection from last season.

Pos. Player School Class Hometown/Previous School(s)
QB Jerrod Johnson Texas A&M Jr. Humble, Texas/Humble
RB Roy Helu Jr. Nebraska Jr. Danville, Calif./San Ramon Valley
RB DeMarco Murray Oklahoma Jr. Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman
FB Jamie McCoy Texas A&M Sr. Midland, Texas/Lee
WR Ryan Broyles Oklahoma So. Norman, Okla./Norman
WR Kerry Meier Kansas Sr. Pittsburg, Kan./Pittsburg
WR Brandon Banks Kansas State Sr. Garner, N.C./Bakersfield College
TE Riar Geer Colorado Sr. Grand Junction, Colo./Fruita-Monument
OL J.D. Walton Baylor Sr. Allen, Texas/Allen/Arizona State
OL Chris Hall # Texas Sr. Irving, Texas/Irving
OL Kurtis Gregory # Missouri Sr. Blackburn, Mo./Santa Fe
OL Adam Ulatoski Texas Sr. Southlake, Texas/Carroll
OL Brody Eldridge Oklahoma Sr. La Cygne, Kan./Prairie View
OL Lee Grimes Texas A&M Sr. Brownwood, Texas/Brownwood
PK Alex Henery Nebraska Jr. Omaha, Neb./Burke
KR/PR Perrish Cox Oklahoma State Sr. Waco, Texas/University
DL Sergio Kindle Texas Sr. Dallas, Texas/Woodrow Wilson
DL Lamarr Houston Texas Sr. Colorado Springs, Colo./Doherty
DL Jeremy Beal # Oklahoma Jr. Carrollton, Texas/Creekview
DL Jaron Baston Missouri Sr. Blue Springs, Mo./Blue Springs
DL Daniel Howard Texas Tech Sr. Wichita, Kan./Butler County CC
LB Joe Pawelek Baylor Sr. San Antonio, Texas/Smithson Valley
LB Roddrick Muckelroy Texas Sr. Hallsville, Texas/Hallsville
LB Phillip Dillard Nebraska Sr. Tulsa, Okla./Jenks
DB Jamar Wall Texas Tech Sr. Plainview, Texas/Planview
DB Quinton Carter Oklahoma Jr. Las Vegas, Nev./Cheyenne
DB Brian Jackson Oklahoma Sr. De Soto, Texas/De Soto
DB Jordan Lake Baylor Sr. Houston, Texas/Memorial
DB Cha'pelle Brown Colorado Sr. La Puente, Calif./Los Altos
DB Trent Hunter Texas A&M So. Katy, Texas/Katy
P Tress Way Oklahoma Fr. Tulsa, Okla./Union
A tie in voting created an additional second-team offensive line and defensive back spot.
# - Repeat second team selection from last season.

Baylor Justin Akers, TE; David Gettis, WR; Jason Lamb, DL; J.D. Walton, Off. Lmn of Yr.; Kendall Wright, WR
Colorado Jake Behrens, FB; Jalil Brown, DB; Benjamin Burney, DB; Marquez Herrod, DL; Scotty McKnight, WR; Ryan Miller, OL; Jeff Smart, LB; Jimmy Smith, DB; Rodney Stewart, RB
Iowa State Michael Brandtner, P; Kelechi Osemele, OL; Paul Rhoads, Coach of Yr.; Alexander Robinson, RB; Reggie Stephens, OL
Kansas Tanner Hawkinson, OL; Jake Laptad, DL; Todd Reesing, QB; Alonso Rojas, P; Darrell Stuckey, DB
Kansas State Jeffrey Fitzgerald, DL; Tysyn Hartman, DB; Joshua Moore, DB; Bill Snyder, Coach of Yr
Missouri Danario Alexander, Off. Ply. of Yr.; Carl Gettis, DB; Jake Harry, P; Dan Hoch, OL; Jared Perry, WR; Kevin Rutland, DB; Jasper Simmons, DB & Def Nwcmr. of Yr.; Aldon Smith, DL; Derrick Washington, RB
Nebraska Dejon Gomes, DB & Def Nwcmr. of Yr.; Eric Hagg, DB; Alex Henery, P; Jacob Hickman, OL; Mike McNeill, TE; Matt O'Hanlon, DB; Niles Paul, WR; Barry Turner, DL
Oklahoma Jeremy Beal, Def Ply of Yr.; Chris Brown, RB; Ryan Broyles, PR/KR; Keenan Clayton, LB; Auston English, DL; Landry Jones, Off. Fr. of Yr.; Jonathan Nelson, DB; Gerald McCoy Def. Lmn. of Yr. & Def Ply of Yr.; Ryan Reynolds, LB; Adrian Taylor, DL; Trent Williams, Off. Lmn of Yr
Oklahoma State Hubert Anyiam, WR; Ugo Chinasa, DL; Patrick Lavine, LB; Swanson Miller, DL; Zac Robinson, QB; Andre Sexton, LB; Quinn Sharp, P
Texas Emmanuel Acho, LB; Sam Acho, DL; Curtis Brown, DB; Blake Gideon, DB; Kyle Hix, OL; Michael Huey, OL; Sergio Kindle, Def. Lmn. of Yr.; Hunter Lawrence, PK; Alex Okafor, Def. Fr. of Yr.; Keenan Robinson, LB; Jordan Shipley, PR/KR; Charlie Tanner, OL
Texas A&M Ryan Epperson, P; Jeff Fuller, WR; Cyrus Gray, RB & PR/KR; Michael Hodges Def Nwcmr. of Yr.; Jerrod Johnson, Off. Ply. of Yr.; Patrick Lewis, OL; Kevin Matthews, OL; Jamie McCoy, TE; Von Miller Def. Lmn. of Yr. & Def Ply of Yr.; Uzoma Nwachukwu, WR & Off. Fr. of Yr.; Jordan Pugh, DB; Ryan Tannehill, WR; Garrick Williams, LB
Texas Tech Baron Batch, RB; Bront Bird, LB; Cody Davis, Def. Fr. of Yr.; Alex Torres, Off. Fr. of Yr.; Colby Whitlock, DL; Marlon Winn, OL


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