McCoy, Suh Lead All-Big 12 Awards

  • Thursday, December 3, 2009 10:47 PM
  • Written By: Jonathan Crowl



Coach of the Year Mack Brown, Texas

Offensive Lineman of the Year Russell Okung, Oklahoma State

Defensive Lineman of the Year Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska

Offensive Freshman of the Year Christine Michael, Texas A&M

Defensive Freshman of the Year Aldon Smith, Missouri

Special Teams Player of the Year Brandon Banks, Kansas State

Defensive Newcomer of the Year David Sims, Iowa State

Offensive Newcomer of the Year Daniel Thomas, Kansas State

Defensive Player of the Year Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska

Offensive Player of the Year Colt McCoy, Texas



Pos. Player School Class

QB Colt McCoy Texas Sr.

RB Daniel Thomas Kansas State Jr.

RB Keith Toston Oklahoma State Sr.

FB Bryant Ward Oklahoma State Jr.

WR Jordan Shipley Texas Sr.

WR Danario Alexander Missouri Sr.

WR Dezmon Briscoe Kansas Jr.

TE Jeron Mastrud Kansas State Sr.

OL Russell Okung Oklahoma State Sr.

OL Trent Williams Oklahoma Sr.

OL Nick Stringer Kansas State Sr.

OL Brandon Carter Texas Tech Sr.

OL Nate Solder Colorado Jr.

PK Grant Ressel Missouri So.

KR/PR Brandon Banks Kansas State Sr.


DL Ndamukong Suh Nebraska Sr.

DL Gerald McCoy Oklahoma Jr.

DL Von Miller Texas A&M Jr.

DL Brandon Sharpe Texas Tech Sr.

DL Jared Crick Nebraska So.

LB Sean Weatherspoon Missouri Sr.

LB Jesse Smith Iowa State Sr.

LB Travis Lewis Oklahoma So.

DB Earl Thomas Texas So.

DB Perrish Cox Oklahoma State Sr.

DB Dominique Franks Oklahoma Jr.

DB Prince Amukamara Nebraska Jr.

DB Larry Asante Nebraska Sr.

P Derek Epperson Baylor Jr.

Houston Spoils Big 12 Sweep

  • Monday, September 28, 2009 11:48 AM
  • Written By: Jonathan Crowl


The one game I got wrong had me punching the coffee table. Hindsight makes it easy to say Houston was the right call, but wasn't the evidence there beforehand? It wasn't just Houston's upset of Oklahoma State that was convincing, it was the way they outscored the Cowboys 21-0 to rally and win. Underdog teams don't do that -- the script almost always has them running out to a lead and seeing if they can hold on. Houston got punched in the mouth, and it responded.

And that had just been its most recent big win under coach Kevin Sumlin. The man has a Mike Tomlin demeanor on the sideline, and he just doesn't lose when the spotlight's on him. Nevertheless, I bet against the Cougars, and I got burned.

That was the final game out of 10 Big 12 contests this weekend, most of which went as planned. Nebraska and Kansas State get kudos for exceptional performances after losses -- signs of great coaching.

Week 2 record: 9-1

Overall record: 31-11, 1-0 Big 12 Conference


Missouri 31, Nevada 21 (Friday): Nevada's not terrible, but if Missouri were good, they would have made the Wolfpack look terrible. Final verdict on Missouri: middling.

Texas A&M 56, UAB 19: The Aggies got off to a slow start but piled it on UAB. Then they got unexpected good news that will likely improve their standing at the end of the season (see Baylor below).

Kansas 38, Southern Miss 28: Didn't expect the Jayhawks to be tied entering the fourth, and they needed most of their 433 yards to pull out the win. Running back Jake Sharp was injured, but it was the defense that looked sluggish in KU's final nonconference game.

Kansas State 49, Tennesee Tech 7: I really, honestly thought the Wildcats would win by 10 or 15. They hadn't done much this season offensively, and Carson Coffman still isn't impressing as K-State's quarterback, but the running game was solid and Brandon Banks' two kickoff returns for touchdowns provided a spark.

Texas 64, UTEP 7: Another week, another big win rolled out by Texas. If Tim Tebow's concussion forces him out of multiple games, Colt McCoy has to be the Heisman frontrunner. Texas A&M 56, UAB 19: The Aggies got off to a slow start but piled it on. Next up is Arkansas, a border state representative in a similar rebuilding mode as TAMU.

Baylor 68, Northwestern State 13: There's no amount of points or margin of victory that could make this game good for Baylor. Robert Griffin suffered a season-ending knee injury over the weekend and is out for the season. And thus, the big jump Baylor was expected to take is stuck in the mud.

Oklahoma 56, Grambling 6: Another mindless blowout for which there is little to say except: that was expected.

Iowa State 31, Army 10: I really thought Iowa State's defense played well in this game. Army's not a good team, but they're not miserable, either, and they threw a couple different quarterbacks with different strengths at the Cyclones. Pitching a second-half shutout was a strong performance for a team that's mostly looking to improve as the season goes on.

Nebraska 55, Louisiana-Lafayette 0: Nebraska scores its first shutout since 2006 over a team that beat Kansas State earlier this season. The Huskers are currently third nationally in points per game allowed, trailing only Oklahoma and South Florida. And I think Virginia Tech's melee of Miami illustrates how good the Huskers might actually be.


Houston 29, Texas Tech 28: Case Keenum is the real deal. Houston's the real deal. If you didn't catch that last scoring drive of the game, you missed a beautiful series. Keenum threw for 435 yards but ran a quarterback draw four yards for a touchdown and the win over Houston's former Southwestern Conference foe.

Big 12 Preview | Kansas State No. 11

  • Saturday, August 8, 2009 12:28 PM
  • Written By: Jonathan Crowl


2008 record: 5-7 overall, 2-6 Big 12 Conference

2009 projection: They'll duke it out with Iowa State at the bottom of the standings. At the end of the day, they'll have capable coaching and better players.

Reason to get excited: Bill Snyder's name rings holy throughout central and western Kansas. He's got talent, and he's done more with less.

Reason not to get worked up: The past eight months have sent the Wildcats into a downward spiral. Even leveling off and stopping the bleeding will be a big task. At 69, Snyder may not be able to maintain the workload and intensity to win consistently in a major conference. He seems excited and upbeat, but even he doesn't expect great things.

The gist: Snyder has one of the most difficult jobs in college football -- again. Twenty years after he first took the job, Snyder is back at the helm to provide stability within the program and help preserve what remains of his masterful job building a program. Ron Prince is out after three seasons, numerous internal issues, and a money scandal left in his wake. The offense has fresh, young talent on the offensive line and 2008 Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year Brandon Banks, but the wide receiver will likely find catches and yards harder to come by on the receiving end of Carson Coffman's passes. Former quarterback Josh Freeman, like Nebraska's Jammal Lord earlier in the decade, will be appreciated more when his absence reveals how little surrounding talent he had to work with. The defense is a mental mess, with Prince installing a 3-4 and later switching to 4-3. Snyder seems set to run a 4-2-5 nickel and minimize the team's weakness at linebacker.

Rallying point: Snyder. He's a college football legend.

Cover your eyes: Coffman. The quarterback from Peculiar, Missouri, seems to have earned Snyder's trust, but doesn't have the look of a Big 12 leader. Says one reporter at Big 12 Media Days: "A picture is worth 1,000 words, and every one of them says Kansas State isn't going anywhere with him."

For what it's worth: If all Snyder does is calm the waters, win a few games, and bring in some strong recruits, his tenure will be a success. Expect 2-3 years out of Snyder and enjoy it while it lasts.

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