Thursday, December 6, 2012
Thoughts on All-Big 12 and league awards
By David Ubben
The Big 12 and Associated Press unveiled their respective All-Big 12 teams and annual awards.
You can see the Big 12's picks here, as voted on by the coaches.
And here are the media's picks, as voted on by a panel of 18 local media members who cover the conference.
A few thoughts:
- The biggest disagreement in the bunch? Oklahoma State receiver Josh Stewart. The Pokes' leading receiver caught 96 balls for 1,154 yards and seven scores, but wasn't given anything more than honorable mention by the coaches. The media, meanwhile, placed Stewart on the first team. The media moved Tavon Austin to an "all-purpose" spot that was occupied by Collin Klein last season, which likely freed up a spot for Stewart on the first team. All deserving.
- Tough pick to have the coaches leave Landry Jones only honorable mention. The first-team spot isn't up for debate at quarterback, but both Jones and Smith are deserving of second team. Somebody had to get axed, and you could slant the debate in any number of ways to favor the other. Such is life.
- His interception total leaves him behind the others, but how about Nick Florence. A Baylor staffer tweeted the best note on Wednesday: When was the last time the nation's leader in total offense was relegated to honorable mention in his own conference? The quarterback competition is tough out here.
- The coaches voted juco transfer Damien Williams onto the second-team, but relegated Baylor's Lache Seastrunk, an Oregon transfer, to honorable mention. Meanwhile, Seastrunk grabs the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year Award? Huh? For me, Seastrunk's finish that served as a catalyst for Baylor's run gives him the edge. An odd selection, no doubt.
- Not a fan of John Hubert edging out James Sims on the coaches' first team. Both are great running backs, but I buy into the school of thought that Hubert benefits a whole lot from defenses paying so much attention to Klein in the running game. Klein was a big threat in the passing game, too, to soften up defenses. Who's softening things up for Sims, who missed three games but still managed to be one of just two Big 12 backs to log 1,000 yards on the ground? Yards per carry doesn't tell the full story there. Sims carried Kansas' offense for much of the season.
- Third consecutive year Texas is left without a selection on the first or second teams at an offensive skill position. As alarming a trend in Austin as any. Can't win consistently in the Big 12 without that.
- If there were three spots at the position on the coaches' ballot, how in the heck is Terrance Williams not a unanimous selection at receiver? If there were only two slots on the ballot for receivers, I would disagree with it, but you could probably make the case for Austin and Stedman Bailey over Williams on an individual ballot. But who the heck would you put on there ahead of Williams? Do you really believe he's the fourth-best receiver in the league? The guy is only leading the nation in receiving yards. Sheesh.
- Why wasn't Devonte Fields a unanimous selection? That seems crazy. How could you leave him off your ballot if you're voting for four defensive linemen?
- Great to see Iowa State's Jake McDonough get recognition from the coaches. He deserves it. Quietly had a huge season for a good defense, but all too often was overshadowed by Jake Knott and A.J. Klein in Ames.
- If not for his injury, Jace Amaro might have run away with the tight end nod at first team, perhaps unanimously. Good to see coaches recognize him on the second team, though he had to settle for honorable mention from the media.
What stuck out to you?