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2009 Nov 29
Big 12 Postseason Awards!
BIG 12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Colt McCoy. McCoy edges out his teammate, Jordan Shipley, through the excellence of his play over the last seven games. Here's the line during that time: 154-209, 1,791 yards, 16 TDs, 2 INTs, 277 rushing yards. That's your winner.
Runners up: Shipley, KSU's Daniel Thomas, Missouri's Danario Alexander
ALL BIG 12 OFFENSE
WR: Dez Briscoe, KU
TE: Riar Geer, CU
T: Russel Okung, OSU
T: Adam Ulatoski, UT
G: Brandon Carter, Tech
G: Reggie Stephens, ISU
C: Chris Hall, UT
BIG 12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Ndamukong Suh. The league's best player, period. Had an impact on opponents' running, passing and special teams games. Plus – to account for him, teams had to devote two offensive linemen to block. Nobody else – not even Von Miller, who had gaudy stats for an awful defense – could consistently claim that.
Runners up: Miller, UT's Earl Thomas
ALL BIG 12 DEFENSE
DE: Aldon Smith, Mizzou
DT: Gerald McCoy, OU
DE: Brandon Sharpe, Tech
LB: Joe Pawelek, BU
CB: Prince Amukamara, NU
CB: Dominique Franks, OU
CB: Perrish Cox, OSU
Nickel/DB: Brian Jackson, OU
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYERS OF THE YEAR: Alex Henery and Brandon Banks. Too hard to select here. Henery had another excellent year kicking field goals, but he added a bonus gift for downing punts inside the 10-yard line to his repertoire. He arguably was the difference in wins over Oklahoma and Colorado. Banks, meanwhile, returned four kickoffs for touchdowns.
ALL BIG 12 SPECIAL TEAMS:
K: Grant Ressel, Mizzou
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Aldon Smith, Mizzou. A dominant defensive end with a funky number (No. 85) Smith has a great first move and better speed.
COACH OF THE YEAR: Paul Rhoads, ISU. The Cyclones have the worst talent in the Big 12, and still managed to get to a bowl. Yeah, Iowa State was lucky vs. Nebraska – but equally unlucky vs. Kansas State and Kansas. Rhoads' positive attitude gives him the edge for this year.
GAME OF THE YEAR (Non-Conference): Texas Tech's last-second, heart-stopper of a loss to Houston - 29-28 Cougars - will be best remembered for Mike Leach suspending his players' Twitter accounts after the game.
GAME OF THE YEAR (Conference): Missouri 41 Kansas 39. Two rich and arrogant schools playing for bragging rights in the Big 12 North's cultural hub (KC) to the tune of more than 1,100 total yards? We'll take it. Call it the “Bo Beat Us” Bowl from this point forward.
WORST GAME OF THE YEAR (Non-Conference): Oklahoma's 64-0 pasting of Idaho State. Never again, OU.
WORST GAME OF THE YEAR (Conference): Kansas State's 62-14 pounding of Texas A&M was utterly inexplicable, given the talent level of the two teams. A&M had five turnovers, of course, but still.
UPSET OF THE YEAR: Iowa State's improbable 9-7 win over Nebraska, thanks to eight turnovers (including five fumbles).
BEST SINGLE OFFENSIVE PLAY: Has to be Missouri's Alexander's 80-yard catch-and-run vs. Kansas State. Speed, moves and toughness, all in one play.
BEST SINGLE DEFENSIVE PLAY: Suh's sack and strip of Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who hurt his ankle on the play and wasn't the same for weeks.
BEST UNIFORMS: Still the good stuff - Texas, Oklahoma and Nebraska. Although we're not opposed to Baylor's all-white look. The Missouri "Beast Mode" Nike outfit is sure to split new and old school folks - but we really liked it.
WORST UNIFORMS: The Arena League look Kansas sported for the Missouri game. Colorado's uniforms have become tacky and overdone, as well. Oklahoma should retired the all-orange look and go back to black.
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