LAWRENCE — Kansas running back James Sims finished off a breakout junior season by being selected second-team All-Big 12, leading a group of five KU players honored by the Big 12 coaches.
By RUSTIN DODD
Kansas City Star
Senior offensive tackle Tanner Hawkinson, senior safety Bradley McDougald and sophomore linebacker Ben Heeney were also selected second-team All-Big 12, while sophomore running back Tony Pierson was an honorable-mention selection.
Sims was also voted second-team All-Big 12 by the league's media, a slightly higher honor because the AP Big 12 team only featured one running back on the first and second teams. Hawkinson and Heeney were also selected second team by the media, while McDougald, Pierson, senior offensive lineman Duane Zlatnik and tight end Jimmay Mundine were voted AP All-Big 12 honorable mention.
Sims led KU with 1,013 rushing yards this season, becoming the first Jayhawk rusher to surpass 1,000 yards since 2007. He accomplished the feat despite missing the first three games of the season. His best performance came against Texas on Oct. 27, when he ran for 176 yards on 28 carries.
Heeney, a native of Hutchinson, led Kansas with 112 tackles, while McDougald had 92 tackles and three interceptions. Hawkinson, a McPherson native, set a new KU record by starting 48 consecutive games in his career.
Selections were made by the league’s coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own players.