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Baylor QB Petty, Texas DE Jeffcoat AP Big 12 players of year

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Bryce Petty celebrates scoring a touchdown against Texas on Dec. 7 in Waco.
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Bryce Petty had to wait behind a Heisman Trophy winner and then another record-setting quarterback for his turn at Baylor.

In the moments after the No. 6 Bears won their first Big 12 championship and a Fiesta Bowl berth with a decisive victory over Texas, the tears started flowing for the fourth-year junior.

"Words really couldn't describe the way that I felt, and the way this team has felt," Petty said. "I kind of just started crying uncontrollably, and I don't really do that much. But it's just been a process and it's the fact that when you put your trust in God and he's faithful, things work out. ... I have waited a long time for this."

Petty, who has thrown for 3,844 yards with 30 touchdowns and only two interceptions in his first season starting after waiting behind Robert Griffin III and Nick Florence, was named Monday as the AP Big 12 offensive player of the year.

The private school in the Big 12, the world's largest Baptist university, had never even had a winning season in the league before coach Art Briles arrived six years ago. The Bears' last outright league title before Saturday had been in the Southwest Conference in 1980.

Joining Petty on the first-team offense are two teammates who were also unanimous picks at their positions — Antwan Goodley, the Big 12 leader with 109.9 yards receiving per game, and Cyril Richardson, the 6-foot-5, 340-pound guard likely to be a top NFL draft pick in April. Big 12 rushing leader Lache Seastrunk was also a first-team pick for the Bears.

"He's sat behind some great quarterbacks, he's learned a lot," Goodley said of Petty. "It's showing on the field. He's a great leader."

Jackson Jeffcoat, who has a Big 12-leading 12 sacks and whose 75 tackles are the most by a Texas defensive end in 19 seasons, was picked as the Big 12 defensive player in the balloting by 20 media members who cover the league on a regular basis.

Jeffcoat got 11 of 20 votes for top defensive player. TCU defensive back Jason Verrett, the only other unanimous first-team pick on defense, and Oklahoma State defensive back Justin Gilbert each got three votes.

Petty, who also ran for 11 touchdowns for a Baylor team that has scored 53 points a game, got 18 of 20 votes for top offensive player. The other two went to Texas Tech's Jace Amaro, the unanimous choice for tight end after leading the league with 8.2 catches per game and ranking third with 103.3 yards per game.

With Amaro and offensive lineman Le'Raven Clark, the Red Raiders are the only team other than Baylor with multiple first-team picks among the starting 11 on offense.

Baylor, which will play UCF in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1, had a league-high six players who were first-team picks, including the offensive quartet. The Bears' other first-team picks are linebacker Eddie Lackey and punter Spencer Roth.

Seastrunk, the former Oregon transfer, was the league's top offensive newcomer last year and now the first Baylor running back with two 1,000-yard seasons. Even after getting hurt early in the Oklahoma game and missing two games after that, Seastrunk has 1,060 yards rushing (106 per game) with 11 touchdowns.

Kansas State receiver Tyler Lockett, who has 71 catches for 1,146 yards and eight TDs while averaging 25.5 yards on kickoff returns, was selected a first-team pick as a receiver and all-purpose player.

Richardson and Oklahoma senior center Gabe Ikard are first-team picks on offense for the second year in a row.

Verrett, Oklahoma defensive back Aaron Colvin and Kansas State defensive back Ty Zimmerman are first-team repeaters on defense.

Oklahoma State had a league-high three first-team picks on defense with defensive lineman Calvin Barnett, linebacker Caleb Lavey and Gilbert.

The Big 12 offensive newcomer of the year is West Virginia senior running back Charles Sims, who transferred to the Mountaineers for his final year of eligibility after graduating in May from Houston. The second-team pick at running back ran for 1,095 yards and 11 TDs with three more scores while tying for the team lead with 45 catches.

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Oklahoma freshman linebacker Dominique Alexander, who has 75 tackles, was picked the top defensive newcomer. He had 19 tackles in his first career start against Texas.

The AP will name its Big 12 coach of the year Tuesday.

2013 AP All-Big 12 Team

The 2013 Associated Press All-Big 12 team, as selected by a panel of 20 sports writers who regularly cover the league for newspapers throughout the league's five states. Players at all positions are listed alphabetically with name, school, height, weight, class and hometown. "U-" denotes unanimous selections.

FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE

Center:

Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma, 6-3, 298, Sr., Oklahoma City

Offensive line:

Le'Raven Clark, Texas Tech, 6-5, 320, Rockdale, Texas

Parker Graham, Oklahoma St., 6-7, 315, Sr., Webb City, Mo.

Trey Hopkins, Texas, 6-4, 300, Sr., Galena Park, Texas

u-Cyril Richardson, Baylor, 6-5, 340, Sr., Fort Worth, Texas

Tight end:

u-Jace Amaro, Texas Tech, 6-5, 260, Jr., San Antonio, Texas

Receivers:

u-Antwan Goodley, Baylor, 5-10, 225, Jr., Midland, Texas

Tyler Lockett, Kansas St., 5-11, 175, Jr., Tulsa, Okla.

Running backs:

Lache Seastrunk, Baylor, 5-10, 210, Jr., Temple, Texas

James Sims, Kansas, 6-0, 200, Sr., Irving, Texas

Quarterback:

u-Bryce Petty, Baylor, 6-3, 230, Jr., Midlothian, Texas

All-purpose:

Tyler Lockett, Kansas St., 5-11, 175, Jr., Tulsa, Okla.

Kicker:

Anthony Fera, Texas, 6-2, 208, Sr., Cypress, Texas

SECOND-TEAM OFFENSE:

Center:

B.J. Finney, Kansas St., 6-4, 303, Jr., Andale, Kan.

Offensive line:

Spencer Drango, Baylor, 6-5, 315, So., Cedar Park, Texas

Donald Hawkins, Texas, 6-5, 310, Sr., Tunica, Miss.

Cornelius Lucas, Kansas St., 6-9, 328, Sr., New Orleans

Quinton Spain, West Virginia, 6-5, 335, Jr., Petersburg, Va.

Tight end:

E.J. Bibbs, Iowa St., 6-3, 250, Jr., Chicago

Receivers:

Mike Davis, Texas, 6-2, 195, Sr., Dallas

Tevin Reese, Baylor, 5-10, 170, Sr., Temple, Texas

Eric Ward, Texas Tech, 6-0, 205, Sr., Wichita Falls, Texas

Running back:

Charles Sims, West Virginia, 6-0, 213, Sr., Houston

Quarterback:

Clint Chelf, Oklahoma St., 6-1, 210, Sr., Enid, Okla.

All-purpose:

Charles Sims, West Virginia, 6-0, 213, Sr., Houston

Kicker:

Mike Hunnicutt, Oklahoma, 6-1, 176, Jr., Richardson, Texas

FIRST-TEAM DEFENSE

Defensive line:

Calvin Barnett, Oklahoma St., 6-2, 300, Sr., Tulsa, Okla.

u-Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas, 6-5, 250, Sr., Plano, Texas

Ryan Mueller, Kansas St., 6-2, 245, Jr., Leawood, Kan.

Cedric Reed, Texas, 6-6, 258, Jr., Cleveland, Texas

Linebacker:

Jeremiah George, Iowa St., 5-11, 219, Sr., Clearwater, Fla.

Eddie Lackey, Baylor, 6-0, 220, Sr., Murrieta, Calif.

Caleb Lavey, Oklahoma St., 6-3, 235, Sr., Celina, Texas

Will Smith, Texas Tech, 6-3, 220, Sr., Riverside, Calif.

Defensive back:

Aaron Colvin, Oklahoma, 6-0, 192, Sr., Tulsa, Okla.

Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma St., 6-0, 200, Sr., Huntsville, Texas

u-Jason Verrett, TCU, 5-10, 176, Sr., Fairfield, Calif.

Ty Zimmerman, Kansas St., 6-1, 204, Sr., Junction City, Kan.

Punter:

Spencer Roth, Baylor, 6-4, 225, Jr., Knoxville, Tenn.

SECOND-TEAM DEFENSE

Defensive line:

Will Clarke, West Virginia, 6-7, 273, Sr., Pittsburgh

Kerry Hyder, Texas Tech, 6-2, 280, Sr., Austin, Texas

Chris McAllister, Baylor, 6-3, 255, Sr., Converse, Texas

Charles Tapper, Oklahoma, 6-4, 261, So., Baltimore

Linebacker:

Bryce Hager, Baylor, 6-2, 235, Jr., Austin, Texas

Ben Heeney, Kansas, 6-0, 230, Jr., Hutchinson, Kan.

Shaun Lewis, Oklahoma St., 5-11, 225, Sr., Missouri City, Texas

Blake Slaughter, Kansas St., 5-10, 227, Missouri City, Texas

Defensive back:

Sam Carter, TCU, 6-1, 215, Jr., Alief, Texas

Ahmad Dixon, Baylor, 6-0, 205, Sr., Waco, Texas

Chris Hackett, TCU, 6-2, 195, So., Tyler, Texas

Daytawion Lowe, Oklahoma St., 5-11, 205, Sr., Midwest City, Okla.

Punter:

Nick O'Toole, West Virginia, 6-5, 220, So., Corona, Calif.

________________________________________________________

Voters:

Ryan Aber, The Oklahoman

Tommy Birch, Des Moines Register

Jimmy Burch, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Chuck Carlton, Dallas Morning News

Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News

Tim Griffin, San Antonio Express-News/Houston Chronicle

Kevin Haskin, Topeka Capital-Journal

John E. Hoover, Tulsa World

Tom Keegan, Lawrence Journal-World

Blair Kerkhoff, Kansas City Star

Gina Mizell, The Oklahoman

Randy Peterson, Des Moines Register

Randy Riggs, Austin American-Statesman

Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle

Drew Rubenstein, The Dominion Post

John Shinn, Norman Transcript

Stefan Stevenson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Mitch Vingle, Charleston Gazette

John Werner, Waco Tribune-Herald

Don Williams, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Tagged: Virginia, West Virginia, Tulsa, Texas Christian, Baylor, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Kansas State, Kansas, Iowa State, Texas, Houston, Cyril Richardson, Gabe Ikard, Charles Sims, Bryce Petty, Ty Zimmerman, Caleb Lavey, Aaron Colvin, Will Clarke, Michael Hunnicutt, Justin Gilbert, Lache Seastrunk, James Sims, Mike Davis, Jackson Jeffcoat, Antwan Goodley, Bryce Hager, Jason Verrett, Tyler Lockett, Jace Amaro, Le'Raven Clark, Spencer Drango, Spencer Roth

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