Friday, January 14, 2011
2010 Big 12 All-Bowl team
By David Ubben
We've spent the week wrapping up the bowls, and now that it's Friday, here's our Big 12 bowl team comprised of players who got it done individually in their bowl games.
Plenty of guys got snubbed, particularly at receiver (Sorry, Lyle Leong, Cameron Kenney and Kendall Wright!), but without further ado, here it is.
QB: Landry Jones, Oklahoma
Jones shook off an early pick-six and threw for three touchdowns and 429 yards on 34-of-49 passing in Oklahoma's 48-20 win over Connecticut in the Fiesta Bowl. It was his second consecutive 400-yard passing game in a bowl.
RB: Daniel Thomas, Kansas State
Thomas scored three touchdowns against Syracuse, and finished with 90 yards on 22 carries in the Wildcats 36-34 loss to the Orange in the Pinstripe Bowl.
RB: Eric Stephens, Texas Tech
Stephens ran for a season-high 126 yards on 14 carries and caught five passes. His 86-yard touchdown run helped push Texas Tech to a 45-38 win over Northwestern in the TicketCity Bowl.
WR: Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma
Broyles caught 13 passes for 170 yards--his second consecutive bowl game with 13 receptions--and had a highlight-reel catch for his lone touchdown on his final catch of the night.
WR: Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
Blackmon opened the game with a 71-yard touchdown catch on the Cowboys opening drive, and finished with nine catches for 117 yards and a second touchdown in OSU's 36-10 win over Arizona in the Alamo Bowl.
WR: T.J. Moe, Missouri
Moe helped quarterback Blaine Gabbert top 400 yards against a porous Iowa zone defense, finishing with a 15 catches for 152 yards, both career highs.
OL: Zach Kendall, Kansas State
Kendall helped pave the way for Kansas State's offense, which threw for 258 yards and ran for 121 more against Syracuse.
OL: Tim Barnes, Missouri
Barnes was solid as usual, getting Gabbert in rhythm with solid snaps and giving the quarterback plenty of time to throw for a season-high 434 yards.
OL: Eric Mensik, Oklahoma
Oklahoma rolled up 524 yards of offense in the Fiesta Bowl, and Mensik was one of the big guys up front who helped it happen.
OL: Lonnie Edwards, Texas Tech
Texas Tech ran the ball with uncharacteristic effectiveness, especially late in the game with a lead, and Edwards gets the nod for helping the Red Raiders run for 183 yards and throw for 369 more.
OL: Elvis Fisher, Missouri
Fisher completely eliminated Iowa defensive end Adrian Clayborn from the game, and because of it, the Tigers offense rolled for 512 yards against the Hawkeyes.
DL: Phil Taylor, Baylor
Taylor made 10 tackles in the middle of Baylor's defense responsible for slowing down Illinois' rushing offense.
DL: Jeremy Beal, Oklahoma
Beal plugged up holes for Connecticut's Jordan Todman, who averaged under a yard per carry at halftime, and finished with six tackles, a tackle for loss and a pass breakup.
DL: Jared Crick, Nebraska
Crick made seven tackles--all solo--for the Huskers in their 19-7 loss to Washington in the Holiday Bowl.
DL: Richetti Jones, Oklahoma State
Jones made five tackles, including 1.5 sacks and two tackles for loss, against Arizona's Air Raid passing attack.
LB: Von Miller, Texas A&M
Miller made nine tackles, a sack and three tackles for loss against LSU in the Aggies' 41-24 loss in the Cotton Bowl.
LB: Travis Lewis, Oklahoma
Lewis was responsible for slowing Todman, and finished with 10 tackles--all solo--and a pair of pass breakups to lead the team.
LB: Orie Lemon, Oklahoma State
Lemon led the Cowboys with 14 tackles against Arizona.
CB: Jamell Fleming, Oklahoma
Fleming made seven tackles and had a tackle for loss, but made a huge play when he intercepted a pass and returned it 55 yards for a score against the Huskies in the Fiesta Bowl.
CB: Kevin Rutland, Missouri
Rutland helped slow Iowa's passing attack led by Ricky Stanzi, making seven tackles, breaking up a pair of passes and returning an interception 25 yards.
S: Byron Landor, Baylor
Landor led the Bears with 12 tackles, and had a sack and another assist on a tackle for loss.
S: Markelle Martin, Oklahoma State
Martin made just four stops, but swung the game on his 62-yard interception for a score, and broke up a pair of passes in the win over Arizona.
P: Matt Grabner, Missouri
Grabner helped Missouri win the field position battle with a pair of punts inside the 20-yard line, a 55-yard punt and a Big 12 bowl-best average of 42 yards on his four punts.
K: Dan Bailey, Oklahoma State
Bailey made three field goals longer than 40 yards, and was flawless on his five punts after being forced into duty by a suspension.
KR: Coryell Judie, Texas A&M
Judie broke the Big 12's longest kick return on the opening kickoff of the Cotton Bowl, breaking a 69-yarder to set up a game-oepning touchdown and finished with 197 yards on seven returns.
PR: Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma
Broyles returned five punts for 92 yards, and had the longest return of the Big 12 bowl season, a 57-yarder against the Huskies.