McCoy, Suh Lead All-Big 12 Awards

  • Thursday, December 3, 2009 10:47 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 | Missouri No. 7

  • Friday, August 21, 2009 7:09 PM
  • Written By: Jonathan Crowl

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2008 record: 9-4 overall, 5-3 Big 12 Conference, co-Big 12 North Division champions

2009 projection: Missouri takes a huge hit offensively, losing Chase Daniel, Jeremy Maclin and Chase Coffman. The schedule is packed with teams good enough to put a bowl game trip in jeopardy.

Reason to get excited: Youth is opportunity.

Reason not to get worked up: Youth will lose a lot before it learns how to win big games.

The gist: Sophomore quarterback Blaine Gabbert needs to prove he can throw well enough to make room for Derrick Washington -- possibly the best talent on MU's offense -- to run. The defense has lost eight of its starters. Even kicker Jeff Wolfert is gone from a roster that was built for a BCS title run last season but fell well short. Potential All-American Sean Weatherspoon is by leaps and bounds the team's best player, and possibly its most important. More than half of both the offensive and defensive lines will be first-time starters. Coach Gary Pinkel is leaning on new leadership at offensive and defensive coordinators. This team's in transition.

Rallying point: Weatherspoon. He's the top athlete on the stronger unit, and he'll need to keep the defense calm and communicating. When the screws start to come loose, particularly in hostile Big 12 stadiums, Weatherspoon needs to hold the defense together.

Cover your eyes: For every Big 12 game but ISU and K-State. All could be ugly losses.

For what it's worth: Missouri is a couple seasons away from competing for a Big 12 title again. I'm not sure I'd buy stock in this program. Talents like Daniel and Maclin are rare. Without a better defense -- not Pinkel's strong suit -- climbing back to where they were in 2007 seems unlikely. If that's true, Pinkel could be in trouble.