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Sooners Dominate Conference Post Season Awards But I’ve Got Questions

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For the 2008 college football season Oklahoma produced a Coach of the Year award, 9 all-conference first team members and 3 individual award winners. So why am I a little frustrated? Look at the awards and see if you can figure it out. My questions will follow.

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

Why do we need two Coaches of the Year? Either give it to Stoops or Leach but not both! I bleed Crimson and Cream but I honestly would give it to Leach.

 

Why are there 16 players on offense? Yes, I know that two of them are kick and punt returners but that still leaves 14 which is clearly 3 too many. Have we reached the point where we are afraid to offend someone by leaving a player off? Have coaches protest and constant complaining reached so far that we really can’t come up with the 11 best offensive players in the conference?

 

Why are there 14 players on defense? See above argument!

 

Where is Brian Jackson? I’ll admit that he probably isn’t a first teamer but he’s got to be a second teamer, right?

 

How does the offensive lineman of the year not make the first team offense? This is my biggest complaint and the real reason that I am fired up. How does this team have any credibility at all? There’s even six offensive linemen on the team for crying out loud! Out of 14 players on offense they couldn’t find room for the offensive lineman of the year.