ALL BIG 12 TEAM - OFFENSE

By at November 28, 2010 | 10:10 PM | Print


It turns out that the defensive dominance of the 2009 season in the Big 12 was merely a one-year interlude of the same old story in this league: Offense rules. Here's Husker Locker's first team:

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State I'm not typically keen on giving this award to a wide receiver, but so many of Blackmon's catches were effectively jump balls, and he roasted two of the league's best cornerbacks – NU's Prince Amukamara and Texas' Curtis Brown – in the span of a month. Blackmon isn't as dominant as his predecessor, Dez Bryant – but he's close.

OFFENSIVE FRESHMAN/NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Kenny Stills, Oklahoma Quickly became OU's No. 2 receiver in the season opener, and has never stopped being an impact player.

OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR OF THE YEAR: Dana Holgerson, Oklahoma State Combined his “Air Raid” attack with Mike Gundy's emphasis on a power running game to create one Pistol-whipping offense, the nation's best.

QUARTERBACK: Robert Griffin, Baylor Not only did he enjoy a terrific season, but he made a clear impact on his team, delivering the Bears to their first bowl game in more than a decade. He amassed 3,786 total yards and opened up his running back, Jay Finley, to easily top 1,000 yards rushing. A fine return from a devastating knee injury in 2009.

RUNNING BACK: Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma State Another great return from injury. Hunter won the league rushing crown and saved his best play for the Big 12, rushing for more than 900 yards in eight conference games. An effective receiver, too.

RUNNING BACK: Daniel Thomas, Kansas State His numbers declined during Big 12 play as teams forced KSU to pass instead, but Thomas still averaged nearly 100 yards per conference game and scored 10 touchdowns in league action. His game nicely translates to the NFL. He was nearly unstoppable as KSU went 4-0 in non-conference play.

WIDE RECEIVER: Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State Also our offensive player of the year, Blackmon is the nation's finest deep threat – and he still has room to grow as an every down receiver.

WIDE RECEIVER: Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma Mr. Dependable. Broyles played a chunk of the year injured but hardly seemed to miss a beat. Though a little undersized, he gets in and out of his breaks with fluidity and rarely drops a pass. He has more than 110 grabs for the year. Those are WAC numbers.

RB/WR: DeMarco Murray, Oklahoma Instead of rewarding Missouri's Michael Egnew for technically playing tight end – he was really just a big slot receiver – we give the nod to Murray, the Big 12's best run/receive threat in many years.

TACKLE: Nick Martinez, Oklahoma State Part of an underrated OSU line that's paved holes for Kendall Hunter and provided excellent protection for Brandon Weeden. Martinez had big shoes to fill in Russell Okung; he's done so.

GUARD: Danny Watkins, Baylor The strongest of a Bear line that carved open holes for Griffin and Finley.

CENTER: Tim Barnes, Missouri Edges out NU's Mike Caputo, Iowa State's Ben Lamaak and Oklahoma's Ben Habern in a competitive spot. Arguably the best lineman, play in and play out, in the whole league.

GUARD: Ricky Henry, Nebraska For all his flaws – he still draws too many penalties – Henry is absolutely a guy you want in the trenches, and the toughest offensive lineman in the Big 12. He's a real mean dude on power counter and trap plays; he's blown open some of NU's biggest holes this year.

TACKLE: Nate Solder, Colorado An athletic, occasionally dominant tackle who still has room to grow and polish in the NFL. CU's line was overrated throughout the year, but the Buffaloes consistently moved the ball.

KICKER: Alex Henery, Nebraska The Big 12's best – ever. Should finish his career as the most accurate kicker in NCAA history.

KICK RETURNER: William Powell, Kansas State Averaged more than 30 yards per return – the most in the Big 12 by a wide margin.

UTILITY: Taylor Martinez, Nebraska In just 297 plays, Martinez averaged 8 yards per attempt. When healthy, HE struck more fear in opposing defenses than any other player in the Big 12 not named Blackmon.

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