Kansas State University

Three K-State football players are all-Big 12 first-teamers

Updated: 2013-12-09T23:20:35Z


The Kansas City Star

Kansas State put six players on the Associated Press’ All-Big 12 teams announced Monday, including three first-teamers.

Wildcats junior Tyler Lockett led the way with first-team selections as a receiver and as an all-purpose player. Lockett, who caught 71 passes for 1,146 yards and eight touchdowns, was joined by junior defensive end Ryan Mueller and senior safety Ty Zimmerman.

Mueller, a St. Thomas Aquinas grad from Leawood, led K-State with 11 1/2 sacks. He also made 61 tackles, and was considered a candidate for Big 12 defensive player of the year, which went to Texas end Jackson Jeffcoat.

Zimmerman made 69 tackles and three interceptions before ending his season early with an injury against TCU. Zimmerman has now received all-conference accolades of some form in four straight years.

K-State senior linebacker Blake Slaughter, junior center B. J. Finney and senior left tackle Cornelius Lucas were second-team selections.

Kansas placed two players on All-Big 12 teams. Senior James Sims was a first-team running back, and junior Ben Heeney was a second-team linebacker.

Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty was chosen offensive player of the year and West Virginia running back Charles Sims and Oklahoma linebacker Dominique Alexander were the newcomers of the year. The AP’s Big 12 coach of the year will be announced Tuesday.

Associated Press All-Big 12 team

First-team offense

•  Receivers: u-Antwan Goodley, Baylor, 5-10, 225, Jr.; Tyler Lockett, Kansas State, 5-11, 175, Jr.

•  Offensive line: Le’Raven Clark, Texas Tech, 6-5, 320; Parker Graham, Oklahoma State, 6-7, 315, Sr.; Trey Hopkins, Texas, 6-4, 300, Sr.; u-Cyril Richardson, Baylor, 6-5, 340, Sr.

•  Center: Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma, 6-3, 298, Sr.

•  Tight end: u-Jace Amaro, Texas Tech, 6-5, 260, Jr.

•  Quarterback: u-Bryce Petty, Baylor, 6-3, 230, Jr.

•  Running backs: Lache Seastrunk, Baylor, 5-10, 210, Jr.; James Sims, Kansas, 6-0, 200, Sr.

•  Kicker: Anthony Fera, Texas, 6-2, 208, Sr.

•  All-purpose: Tyler Lockett, Kansas State, 5-11, 175, Jr.

First-team defense

•  Defensive line: Calvin Barnett, Oklahoma State, 6-2, 300, Sr.; u-Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas, 6-5, 250, Sr.; Ryan Mueller, Kansas State, 6-2, 245, Jr.; Cedric Reed, Texas, 6-6, 258, Jr.

•  Linebackers: Jeremiah George, Iowa State, 5-11, 219, Sr.; Eddie Lackey, Baylor, 6-0, 220, Sr.; Caleb Lavey, Oklahoma State, 6-3, 235, Sr.; Will Smith, Texas Tech, 6-3, 220, Sr.

•  Defensive backs: Aaron Colvin, Oklahoma, 6-0, 192, Sr.; Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State, 6-0, 200, Sr.; u-Jason Verrett, TCU, 5-10, 176, Sr.; Ty Zimmerman, Kansas State, 6-1, 204, Sr.

•  Punter: Spencer Roth, Baylor, 6-4, 225, Jr.

Second-team offense

•  Receivers: Mike Davis, Texas, 6-2, 195, Sr.; Tevin Reese, Baylor, 5-10, 170, Sr.; Eric Ward, Texas Tech, 6-0, 205, Sr.

•  Offensive line: Spencer Drango, Baylor, 6-5, 315, So.; Donald Hawkins, Texas, 6-5, 310, Sr.; Cornelius Lucas, Kansas State, 6-9, 328, Sr.; Quinton Spain, West Virginia, 6-5, 335, Jr.

•  Center: B.J. Finney, Kansas State, 6-4, 303, Jr.

•  Tight end: E.J. Bibbs, Iowa State, 6-3, 250, Jr.

•  Quarterback: Clint Chelf, Oklahoma State, 6-1, 210, Sr.

•  Running back: Charles Sims, West Virginia, 6-0, 213, Sr.

•  Kicker: Mike Hunnicutt, Oklahoma, 6-1, 176, Jr.

•  All-purpose: Charles Sims, West Virginia, 6-0, 213, Sr.

Second-team defense

•  Defensive line: Will Clarke, West Virginia, 6-7, 273, Sr.; Kerry Hyder, Texas Tech, 6-2, 280, Sr.; Chris McAllister, Baylor, 6-3, 255, Sr.; Charles Tapper, Oklahoma, 6-4, 261, So.

•  Linebackers: Bryce Hager, Baylor, 6-2, 235, Jr.; Ben Heeney, Kansas, 6-0, 230, Jr.; Shaun Lewis, Oklahoma State, 5-11, 225, Sr.; Blake Slaughter, Kansas State, 5-10, 227, Sr.

•  Defensive backs: Sam Carter, TCU, 6-1, 215, Jr.; Ahmad Dixon, Baylor, 6-0, 205, Sr.; Chris Hackett, TCU, 6-2, 195, So.; Daytawion Lowe, Oklahoma State, 5-11, 205, Sr.

•  Punter: Nick O’Toole, West Virginia, 6-5, 220, So.

NOTE: u-unanimous selection to first team

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