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Sooners Dominate All-Big 12 Honors
December 02, 2008
NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma produced the coach of the year, the offensive player of the year and a total of nine first-team honorees on the 2008 All-Big 12 Conference Football Team announced Tuesday.
 
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 YEAR
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
 Pos.  Player  School  Cl.  Hometown/Previous School(s)
 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
 Pos.  Player  School  Cl.  Hometown/Previous School(s)
 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
**Unanimous Selection
 

 2008 All-Big 12 Offense - Second Team
 Pos.  Player  School  Cl.  Hometown/Previous School(s)
 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
 Pos.  Player  School  Cl.  Hometown/Previous School(s)
 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).
 
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