McCoy, Suh Lead All-Big 12 Awards

  • Thursday, December 3, 2009 5:47 PM
  • Written By: Jonathan Crowl

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2009 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

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

2009 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM

Offense

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.

Defense

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.

Big 12 Preview | Texas A&M No. 10

  • Monday, August 10, 2009 11:21 AM
  • Written By: Jonathan Crowl

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2008 record: 4-8 overall, 2-6 Big 12 Conference

2009 projection: Maybe coach Mike Sherman will turn it around in College Station. But it's not happening this year.

Reason to get excited: A&M has a respectable secondary, and a number of talented underclassmen gained valuable experience during the rough patch known as the 2008 season.

Reason not to get worked up: The Big 12's worst defense in 2008 (37.4 points per game) won't get make huge strides this season.

The gist: The Aggies will use a run-oriented offense led by sophomore Cyrus Gray and freshman Christine Michael. They have enough experience on offense to stay competitive in shootouts, but the offensive line is still in question. Sherman overhauled the line in the offseason, even moving former defensive lineman Lucas Patterson to left tackle. But if Texas A&M makes a jump back into Big 12 relevance, it'll be in 2010. This season's roster is too full of inexperience and question marks to rise up into the top half of the South Division.

Rallying point: Ryan Tannehill. The sophomore set school records for receptions and receiving yards as a freshman, but now he's battling for the starting job with Jerrod Johnson. Wherever he ends up, he'll bear a lot of weight on his shoulders and have the respect of his teammates. Look for his multiple talents to be used as a trick-play asset.

Cover your eyes: In the trenches. A&M's greatest weaknesses show on the offensive and defensive lines, and the running game could be rough going both ways, no matter how good the Aggies' backs are.

For what it's worth: There's more talent on A&M's squad than their 4-8 campaign last year showed. Expect a quick, agile team, but don't expect to pour in the wins yet. Hope for flashes of brilliance, maybe a big upset and dream of next season.