CCM’s 2012 All Big 12 Offense Selections

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Of course our all-conference team is going to differ from others that have been published but I feel that it’s fair. The homer in me wants to put Sooners in every position but the realist in me says it’s just not logical.

Quarterback

Collin Klein is clearly the choice for the first team. There is no player in the conference who could have led Kansas State to the season that they had and he may be the toughest player in the Big 12. The debate starts with the second team nomination. The media gave it to West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith but that basically had to after all but handing him the Heisman back in September. Most of us here at CCM others would have Landry Jones placed there but logic says that it should be Baylor quarterback Nick Florence. He led the conference in total passing yards, passing yards per game, and averaged 9.1 yards per completion.

Team

Player

Comp %

Yards

Y/G

TD

INT

1st Team

Collin Klein

66.2

2,490

207.5

15

7

2nd Team

Nick Florence

61.2

4,121

343.4

31

13

Running Back

No one in the Big 12 rushed for more yards this season than Oklahoma's State's Joseph Randle. His 257 carries were also the most in the conference and proved that he is most definitely a work horse of a running back. Like the quarterback position, there is some room for debate here but I don't see how James Sims doesn't make first team all-conference as well. He's one of only two thousand yard rushers in the conference and Sims reached the mark in only nine games. The Kansas Jawhawks were awful this year, with Sims being one of the few bright spots.

Damien Williams not only lived up to the hype for Oklahoma fans, he also put the Sooner rushing attack back on the map. Look for him to be a favorite for preseason first team running back next season. John Hubert led this group in rushing touchdowns and most likely does deserve first team honors. However, I still can't take him ahead of Sims.

Team

Player

Rush Yards

Y/G

Avg

TD

1st Team

Joseph Randle

1,351

112.6

5.3

14

2nd Team

Damien Williams

905

75.4

5.7

11

1st Team

James Sims

1,013

112.6

4.6

9

2nd Team

John Hubert

892

74.3

5.2

15

Fullback

Oklahoma’s Trey Millard embodies the fullback position. He’s a punishing blocker, a bruising runner and is nimble enough to catch a pass out of the backfield and then turn it up field for a major gain. Let’s not forget his able to hurdle defenders now and then.

Oklahoma State’s Kye Staley didn’t record a single carry during the season but was a strong contributor to the Cowboys’ rushing attack through his blocking. He also averaged 13.8 yards per reception with two touchdown catches.

Team

Player

Carries

Yards

Average

Long

TD

1st Team

Trey Millard

29

170

5.9

20

0

2nd Team

Kye Staley

--

--

--

--

--

Wide Receiver

This is the most difficult position to grade because there is so much talent in the Big 12 at the receiver position. At the end of the day, I believe Baylor's Terrance Williams, along with West Virginia's Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin are the top three receivers in the conference. Both Bailey and Austin caught over a hundred passes this season and Williams led the Big 12 in yards per reception at 18.6.

Team

Player

Receptions

Yards

YPG

Average

TD

1st Team

Terrance Williams

95

1,764

147

18.6

12

2nd Team

Josh Stewart

96

1,154

96.2

12

7

1st Team

Stedman Bailey

106

1,501

125.1

14.2

23

2nd Team

Darrin Moore

81

948

86.2

11.7

13

1st Team

Tavon Austin

110

1,259

104.9

11.4

12

2nd Team

Kenny Stills

75

892

74.3

11.9

11

Tight End

Once upon a time the Big 12 had some of the most dominant tight ends in the country. Now, due to offensive philosophy shifts and attrition, the best tight end in the conference had only 23 catches and four touchdowns. I went opposite of the popular choice for first team and chose Texas Tech's Jace Amaro.

Team

Player

Receptions

Yards

YPG

Average

TD

1st Team

Jace Amaro

23

394

32.8

17.1

4

2nd Team

Travis Tannahill

22

279

23.2

12.7

1

Offensive Line

It's a down year for offensive linemen in the Big 12 this season, in my opinion. The conference just doesn't have that dominant guy upfront that you know NFL teams are drooling over and will ultimately become a franchise player. That's not to say there isn't professional talent along the lines of the Big 12 schools. There's plenty of it, and here's the best ten guys upfront in 2012.

Team

Player

School

1st Team

Cyril Richardson

Baylor

2nd Team

Tanner Hawkinson

Kansas

1st Team

Cornelius Lucas

Kansas State

2nd Team

Lane Johnson

Oklahoma

1st Team

Gabe Ikard

Oklahoma

2nd Team

Blaize Foltz

TCU

1st Team

Lane Taylor

Oklahoma State

2nd Team

Trey Hopkins

Texas

1st Team

Joe Madsen

West Virginia

2nd Team

LeAdrian Waddle

Texas Tech

So, what's your opinion? Are our all-conference selections fair? Sound off with your thoughts in the comments section.

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