Big 12: Ty Detmer
McCoy, who was chosen by the FWAA last season, becomes the first back-to-back All-America quarterback since Ty Detmer of BYU in 1990 and 1991.
Other Big 12 players to be selected include Oklahoma State tackle Russell Okung, Texas safety Earl Thomas and Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.
Only the Southeastern Conference had more players selected than the five Big 12 selections.
The team is led by three Alabama players and two players apiece from Texas and Florida.
Here's a link to the entire team.
It's always a lot of fun seeing college football's best dressed in their finest.
Here are a few stories from across the conference to get you ready.
- The Oklahoman’s Berry Tramel notes that despite some dubious clock management at the end of the Big 12 title game, Mack Brown is 21-4 in games settled by a field goal or less at Texas. Bob Stoops is 6-9.
- College Football News’ Pete Fiutak ranks Tommie Frazier and Vince Young as the two best skill-position players never to have won the Heisman and ranks the Heismans given to Eric Crouch and John David Crow among the five biggest Heisman mistakes.
- Fiutak also writes there’s no truth to the rumor that janitors at the Alabama practice facility were working overtime mopping up the drool as Terrence Cody watched Big 12 championship game tapes.
- Former Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer tells Lost Lettermen why he voted for Colt McCoy for the Heisman.
- But the Palm Springs Desert Sun’s John Mackovic explains that Ndamukong Suh is the nation’s best player. And the Omaha World-Herald’s Tom Shatel expects Suh to be lugging the Outland Trophy back to Nebraska after tonight.
- The Detroit Free Press’ Ben Schmitt and Shannon Shelton describe why Texas Tech will be facing a limited Michigan State team Jan. 2 in the Alamo Bowl.
- Several Buffalo players told Dugan Arnett of the Lawrence Journal-World that Turner Gill is carrying on with his usual routine and not talking about Kansas.
- Minnesota coach Tim Brewster tells the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Kent Youngblood that he hasn’t been contacted by Kansas, isn’t a candidate for the Jayhawks’ open job and plans to remain with the Gophers “for a long time.”
- Colt McCoy is strongly in favor of a college football playoff, The Dallas Morning News’ Kate Hairopoulos reports.
- The cheapest tickets to the Jan. 7 national championship game between Texas and Alabama are going for $950 apiece on Stubhub.com, Michael Casagrande of the Columbus (Ga.) Ledger-Enquirer reports.
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
The Big 12 has developed the reputation as the best conference in the nation for producing top quarterbacks in recent seasons.
That trend continued today when six Big 12 quarterbacks were named to the initial watch list for the Fort Worth-based Davey O'Brien Award.
It wasn't much of a surprise that the Big 12's top two quarterbacks -- returning Heisman finalists Colt McCoy of Texas and Oklahoma's Sam Bradford made the list. Bradford is the returning Davey O'Brien winner from last season.
The other Big 12 choice raised a few eyebrows. Texas Tech quarterback Taylor Potts was selected despite the fact he has thrown only 85 passes and never started a college game before. Members of the O'Brien's selection committee obviously feel comfortable that Potts will follow in the long line of quarterbacks for Tech coach Mike Leach who produce monster numbers once they get a chance to play.
The O'Brien Award has been presented to six previous Big 12 players since the conference began play in 1996. Big 12 winners included Kansas State's Michael Bishop in 1998, Nebraska's Eric Crouch in 2001, Oklahoma's Jason White in 2003 and 2004, Texas' Vince Youung in 2005 and Bradford last season.
Bradford will be looking to become the fourth back-to-back O'Brien Award winner. Others who have won the award in consecutive seasons were BYU's Ty Detmer in 1990-91, Florida's Danny Wuerffel in 1995-96 and White.
No other conference had more than four nominees on the watch list among the 33 players who were named.
This year's winner will be announced Dec. 10 as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show.