Bob Stoops shared coach of the year honors with Texas Tech's Mike Leach, while Sam Bradford was named the league's top offensive player.
Center Jon Cooper earned lineman of the year honors and redshirt freshman linebacker Travis Lewis was the defensive freshman of the year.
Joining Bradford on the first team offense from Oklahoma were running back DeMarco Murray, fullback Matt Clapp, tight end Jermaine Gresham, tackle Phil Loadholt, tackle Trent Williams and guard Duke Robinson. Sooners on the first team defense included tackle Gerald McCoy and safety Nic Harris.
The second team offense included OU wide receiver Juaquin Iglesias and Cooper. The second team defense contained defensive end Jeremy Beal, Lewis, cornerback Dominique Franks and safety Lendy Holmes. OU's honorable mention picks were running back Chris Brown, linebacker Keenan Clayton and offensive guard Brandon Walker.
|OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Sam Bradford, Oklahoma, So., QB, Okla. City, Okla.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Brian Orakpo, Texas, Sr., DL, Houston, Texas
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State, So., PR/KR, Lufkin, Texas
OFFENSIVE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Robert Griffin, Baylor, Fr., QB, Copperas Cove, Texas
DEFENSIVE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Travis Lewis, Oklahoma, Fr., LB, San Antonio, Texas
|OFFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE
Brandon Banks, Kansas State, Jr., WR, Garner, N.C.
DEFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
McKinner Dixon, Texas Tech, Jr., DE, Lufkin, Texas
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR
Jon Cooper, Oklahoma, Sr., Fort Collins, Colo.
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR
Brian Orakpo, Texas, Sr., DL, Houston, Texas
COACHES OF THE YEAR
Bob Stoops, Oklahoma, 10th season
Mike Leach, Texas Tech, 9th season
|2008 All-Big 12 Offense - First Team|
|QB||Sam Bradford||Oklahoma||So.||Oklahoma City, Okla./Putnam City North|
|RB||DeMarco Murray||Oklahoma||So.||Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman|
|RB||Kendall Hunter||Oklahoma State||So.||Tyler, Texas/John Tyler|
|FB||Matt Clapp||Oklahoma||Jr.||Phoenix, Ariz./Paradise Valley|
|WR||Jeremy Maclin [r1]||Missouri||So.||Kirkwood, Mo./Kirkwood|
|WR||Dez Bryant||Oklahoma State||So.||Lufkin, Texas/Lufkin|
|WR||Michael Crabtree** [r1]||Texas Tech||So.||Dallas, Texas/Carter|
|TE||Jermaine Gresham||Oklahoma||Jr.||Ardmore, Okla./Ardmore|
|OL||Jason Smith||Baylor||Sr.||Dallas, Texas/W.T. White|
|OL||Phil Loadholt||Oklahoma||Sr.||Fountain, Colo./Garden City CC|
|OL||Duke Robinson [r1]||Oklahoma||Sr.||Atlanta, Ga./Washington|
|OL||Trent Williams||Oklahoma||Jr.||Longview, Texas/Longview|
|OL||Russell Okung||Oklahoma State||Jr.||Fort Bend, Texas/Bush|
|OL||Adam Ulatoski||Texas||Jr.||Southlake, Texas/Carroll|
|PK||Jeff Wolfert||Missouri||Sr.||Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley West|
|KR/PR||Dez Bryant||Oklahoma State||So.||Lufkin, Texas/Lufkin|
|2008 All-Big 12 Defense - First Team|
|DL||Ziggy Hood||Missouri||Sr.||Amarillo, Texas/Palo Duro|
|DL||Gerald McCoy||Oklahoma||So.||Oklahoma City, Okla./Southeast|
|DL||Roy Miller||Texas||Sr.||Killeen, Texas/Shoemaker|
|DL||Brian Orakpo||Texas||Sr.||Houston, Texas/Lamar|
|DL||Brandon Williams||Texas Tech||Jr.||Fort Worth, Texas/South Hills|
|LB||Joe Pawelek||Baylor||Jr.||San Antonio, Texas/Smithson Valley|
|LB||Sean Weatherspoon||Missouri||Jr.||Jasper, Texas/Jasper|
|LB||Sergio Kindle||Texas||Jr.||Dallas, Texas/Woodrow Wilson|
|DB||Jordan Lake||Baylor||Jr.||Houston, Texas/Memorial|
|DB||Darrell Stuckey||Kansas||Jr.||Kansas City, Kan./Washington|
|DB||William Moore**||Missouri||Sr.||Hayti, Mo./Hayti|
|DB||Nic Harris [r1]||Oklahoma||Sr.||Alexandria, La./Alexandria|
|DB||Darcel McBath||Texas Tech||Sr.||Gainesville, Texas/Gainesville|
|P||Justin Brantly||Texas A&M||Sr.||Sealy, Texas/Sealy|
A tie in voting created an additional offensive line spot on the first- and second-teams.
[r1] - Repeat first team selection from last season
|2008 All-Big 12 Offense - Second Team|
|QB||Colt McCoy||Texas||Jr.||Tuscola, Texas/Jim Ned|
|RB||Derrick Washington||Missouri||So.||Peculiar, Mo./Raymore-Peculiar|
|RB||Shannon Woods||Texas Tech||Sr.||McKinney, Texas/North|
|FB||Jorvorskie Lane||Texas A&M||Sr.||Lufkin, Texas/Lufkin|
|WR||Dezmon Briscoe||Kansas||So.||Dallas, Texas/Cedar Hill|
|WR||Juaquin Iglesias||Oklahoma||Sr.||Killeen, Texas/Killeen|
|WR||Jordan Shipley||Texas||Sr.||Burnet, Texas/Burnet|
|TE||Chase Coffman||Missouri||Sr.||Peculiar, Mo./Raymore-Peculiar|
|OL||Kurtis Gregory||Missouri||Jr.||Blackburn, Mo./Santa Fe|
|OL||Matt Slauson||Nebraska||Sr.||Colorado Springs, Colo./Air Force Prep|
|OL||Jon Cooper||Oklahoma||Sr.||Fort Collins, Colo./Fort Collins|
|OL||Chris Hall||Texas||Jr.||Irving, Texas/Irving|
|OL||Louis Vasquez||Texas Tech||Sr.||Corsicana, Texas/Corsicana|
|OL||Rylan Reed||Texas Tech||Sr.||Dallas, Texas/Crossett (Ark.)|
|PK||Hunter Lawrence||Texas||Jr.||Boerne, Texas/Boerne|
|KR/PR||Jordan Shipley||Texas||Jr.||Burnet, Texas/Burnet|
|2008 All-Big 12 Defense -Second Team|
|DL||George Hypolite||Colorado||Sr.||Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola|
|DL||Ian Campbell||Kansas State||Sr.||Cimarron, Kan./Cimarron|
|DL||Stryker Sulak [r2]||Missouri||Sr.||Rockdale, Texas/Rockdale|
|DL||Ndamukong Suh||Nebraska||Jr.||Portland, Ore./Grant|
|DL||Jeremy Beal||Oklahoma||So.||Carrollton, Texas/Creekview|
|LB||James Holt||Kansas||Sr.||Altus, Okla./Altus|
|LB||Travis Lewis||Oklahoma||Fr.||San Antonio, Texas/Robert E. Lee|
|LB||Andre Sexton||Oklahoma State||Jr.||Houston, Texas/Cypress Falls|
|DB||Dominique Franks||Oklahoma||So.||Tulsa, Okla./Union|
|DB||Lendy Holmes||Oklahoma||Sr.||Dallas, Texas/South Oak Cliff|
|DB||Jacob Lacey||Oklahoma State||Sr.||Garland, Texas/Naaman Forest|
|DB||Ryan Palmer||Texas||Sr.||Arlington, Texas/Bowie|
|DB||Daniel Charbonnet||Texas Tech||Sr.||The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands|
|P||Matt Fodge||Oklahoma State||Sr.||Garland, Texas/Garland|
[r2] - Repeat second team selection from last season
2008 All-Big 12 Honorable Mention
Baylor: Derek Epperson, P; Dan Gay, OL
Colorado: Cha'pelle Brown, DB; Brad Jones, LB; Daniel Sanders, OL
Iowa State: Mike Brandtner, P; Leonard Johnson, DB/KR/PR; Rashawn Parker, DL; James Smith, DB; Jesse Smith, LB; Reggie Stephens, OL; Kurtis Taylor, DL
Kansas: Caleb Blakesley, DL; Ryan Cantrell, OL; Jake Laptad, DL; Adrian Mayes, OL; Kerry Meier, WR; Mike Rivera, LB; Jake Sharp, RB
Kansas State: Brandon Banks, KR/PR/WR; Jordan Bedore, OL; Eric Childs, DL; Brandon Harold, DL; Joshua Moore, DB; Brooks Rossman, PK; Nick Stringer, OL
Missouri: Tim Barnes, OL; Jaron Baston, DL; Castine Bridges, DB; Colin Brown, OL; Brock Christopher, LB; Chase Daniel, QB; Justin Garrett, DB; Jeremy Maclin, KR/PR; Tommy Saunders, WR
Nebraska: Larry Asante, DB; Roy Helu Jr., RB; Alex Henery, PK; Jacob Hickman, OL; Zach Potter, DL; Ty Steinkuhler, DL; Nate Swift, KR/PR/WR
Oklahoma: Chris Brown, RB; Keenan Clayton, LB; Brandon Walker, OL
Oklahoma State: Jeray Chatham, DL; Perrish Cox, KR/PR; Orie Lemon, LB; Ricky Price, DB; Tonga Tea, DL
Texas: Quan Cosby, KR/PR/WR; Cedric Dockery, OL; Blake Gideon, DB; Aaron Lewis, DL; Henry Melton, DL; Roddrick Muckelroy, LB; Chris Ogbonnaya, RB; Charlie Tanner, OL; Earl Thomas, DB
Texas A&M: Jeff Fuller, WR; Trent Hunter, DB
Texas Tech: Baron Batch, RB; Brandon Carter, OL; McKinner Dixon, DL; Brian Duncan, LB; Stephen Hamby, OL; Graham Harrell, QB; Jamar Wall, DB; Colby Whitlock, DL; Marlon Williams, LB; Marlon Winn, OL
All-Big 12 Notebook
Sam Bradford is the third Oklahoma player to be named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year. Former Sooners Jason White (2003 and 2004) and Josh Heupel (2000) previously won the award. OU is now tied with Texas for the most Offensive Player of the Year winners in conference history with four.
Brian Orakpo of Texas is the third Longhorn to receive Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors. He was also named the Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2005. Orakpo is the fourth player in Big 12 history to receive both the defensive freshman and player of the year awards (Mark Simoneau, Kansas State - 1996, 2000; Derrick Johnson, Texas - 2000, 2004; Jordan Dizon, Colorado - 2004, 2007).
Bob Stoops was tabbed Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his career (2000, 2003, 2006), while Mike Leach was honored for the first time. No other coach has matched Stoops' four coaching awards in 13 years of Big 12 conference play.
Robert Griffin was named Offensive Freshman of the Year, marking Baylor's second individual award winner. Griffin joins Daniel Sepulveda, who was named Special Teams Player of the Year in 2006.
Dez Bryant of Oklahoma State, the Special Teams Player of the Year, gives the Cowboys their third individual Big 12 award in program history. Previously, Adarius Bowman was honored as Offensive Newcomer of the Year in 2006, and Bob Simmons earned Coach of the Year accolades in 1997.
Kansas State's Brandon Banks gave the Wildcats their second straight Offensive Newcomer of the Year award winner and league-leading third overall. Deon Murphy was honored in 2007, joining KSU's first honoree, Michael Bishop (1997).
Oklahoma has won the most major awards in the 13-year history of the Big 12 with 23. Texas is next with 20 winners, followed by Kansas State (14), Nebraska (9), Texas Tech (7), Colorado (6), Iowa State (6), Kansas (6) and Missouri (5).