FOX Sports Southwest’s All-Big 12 Team
With the season over, it’s time to name the best of the best in the Big 12 at each position in 2013.
QB: Bryce Petty, Baylor
Threw for 3,844 yards, 30 touchdowns and just two interceptions. Ran for 11 more scores. He’s the Big 12’s best offensive player.
RB: Lache Seastrunk, Baylor
Logged a second consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season despite missing almost three games with injury. Averaged 7.52 yards a carry.
RB: James Sims, Kansas
Narrowly edged out Charles Sims with a second 1,000-yard rushing season. KU’s passing game struggled again, but Sims continued to shine.
WR: Tyler Lockett, Kansas State
He’s the best receiver in the Big 12. He caught 71 balls for 1,146 yards and eight scores in an offense that threw the ball just 286 times, 43 fewer times than any team in the Big 12.
WR: Antwan Goodley, Baylor
Earned a nod as the Big 12’s biggest surprise after leading the Big 12 in receiving with 1,319 yards and 13 scores. He had just 171 yards last season.
WR: Tevin Reese, Baylor
Narrowly edges out Eric Ward, despite missing the final three games of the regular season. Reese’s YPC of 24.97 yards is absurd. He’s the Big 12’s best deep threat.
TE: Jace Amaro, Texas Tech
Not winning the Mackey Award doesn’t change the reality that he’s the nation’s best at his position.
C: Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma
OL: Cyril Richardson, Baylor
OL: Trey Hopkins, Texas
OL: Parker Graham, Oklahoma State
OL: Donald Hawkins, Texas
Richardson and Ikard lead the way on this unit. Ikard didn’t give up a sack, graded out at 83 percent this season and averaged nearly eight knockdowns a game. Richardson also led his team in knockdowns and grading.
DE: Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas
He barely beats out Ryan Mueller for my Big 12 Defensive Player of Year, thanks to logging all 12 of his sacks in conference play. He also had 16.5 tackles for loss in those games.
DT: Calvin Barnett, Oklahoma State
Barnett’s the lone representative for defensive tackles, helping plug up the middle for the Big 12’s best defense. He had 5.5 tackles for loss and 26 total stops.
DE: Ryan Mueller, Kansas State
Mueller went from walk-on/ home landscaper to one of the Big 12’s best defenders with 18.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks, as well as four forced fumbles. Incredible.
DE: Cedric Reed, Texas
Reed doesn’t get the pub of the other three guys on this list after his breakout season. He had 15.5 tackles for loss and nine sacks, adding four fumbles and four pass breakups.
LB: Caleb Lavey, Oklahoma State
All three linebackers were in the mix for the Defensive Player of the Year, but Lavey was the Big 12’s best at the position. He had 87 stops and 12.5 tackles for loss. He also forced three fumbles and picked off four passes.
LB: Jeremiah George, Iowa State
George is the Big 12’s leader in tackles with 133 stops. He had 12 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and two interceptions.
LB: Eddie Lackey, Baylor
Lackey was a huge reason for the improvement on Baylor’s defense. He made 97 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. He returned one of his two interceptions for scores and forced a fumble.
CB: Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State
It’s neck-and-neck between Gilbert and TCU’s Jason Verrett as the Big 12’s best corner. Both could have been Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. Gilbert led the Big 12 with six interceptions and returned two for scores. He broke up seven more passes and had 40 tackles.
CB: Jason Verrett, TCU
Verrett made more big plays, but Verrett’s the best pure cover man in the Big 12. Go look at the production of some of the Big 12’s best receivers against him this year, notably Antwan Goodley and Eric Ward, who combined for one catch and 12 yards against TCU. He broke up 14 passes, intercepted two and had 3.5 tackles for loss among his 39 stops.
S: Ahmad Dixon, Baylor
Dixon’s one of the hardest hitters in the Big 12, even if a few of those hits may not exactly be executed “by the book.” He made 70 tackles, broke up six passes, forced a fumble and blocked a kick. He’s a better tackler and hitter than he is in coverage, but he’s got an NFL future.
S: Ty Zimmerman, Kansas State
Zimmerman’s a rare player who has played at an All-Big 12 level for all four seasons in Manhattan. He was as good as ever this year with 70 stops, four pass breakups and three interceptions. He returned two for scores.
K: Anthony Fera, Texas
He was the best special teams player in the Big 12 this season, making 20-of-22 kicks, including 6-of-7 attempts from beyond 40 yards.
P: Kirby Van Der Kamp, Iowa State
He dropped 27 punts inside the 20 this season (with just eight touchbacks) and had 17 punts longer than 50 yards.
KR: Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State
He’s a dangerous man and averaged 26.56 yards a return with a touchdown against Kansas and a 41-yard return against Texas.
PR: Josh Stewart, Oklahoma State
He narrowly edges out Jalen Saunders for this award. Stewart’s 95-yard touchdown return against TCU was one of the season’s best plays, and he had another score against Lamar.
Honorable mention: Charles Sims, RB, WVU; Eric Ward, WR, Texas Tech; Le’Raven Clark, OL, Texas Tech; Cornelius Lucas, OL, Kansas State; Will Clarke, DL, West Virginia; Kerry Hyder, DL, Texas Tech; Will Smith, LB, Texas Tech; Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma; Sam Carter, S, TCU; Daytawion Lowe, S, Oklahoma State; Jalen Saunders, PR, Oklahoma; Nick O’Toole, P, WVU