Kansas State tied for second-best in the Big 12 with four players on The Associated Press’ all-conference first team released Friday.
The Wildcats’ four All-Big 12 first-teamers were junior right tackle Dalton Risner, senior placekicker Matthew McCrane, senior defensive tackle Will Geary and junior defensive back D.J. Reed. Punter Nick Walsh was chosen to the second team, while Reed made the second team as an all-purpose player. TCU also landed four players on the first team.
Risner and Geary also made Pro Football Focus’ All-America team. Risner, a former center from Wiggins, Colo., had a stellar season on K-State’s offensive line, shrugging off injuries and starting all 12 games. Geary, a former walk-on from Topeka, was the second-highest-graded defender in college football by Pro Football Focus. Those players plus McCrane and Reed also made the coaches’ All-Big 12 first team.
Four Kansas players made the second team: senior tight end Ben Johnson and three juniors, defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr., linebacker Joe Dineen Jr., and defensive tackle Daniel Wise. Wise was a coaches’ first-team pick.
Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield was the unanimous pick as the AP’s Big 12 offensive player of the year for the second time in three seasons, and the Heisman Trophy finalist is also the first quarterback to be a first-team pick in the league three straight years.
The College Footballl Playoff-bound Sooners led the Big 12 with six first-team picks a week after they won their 11th Big 12 title overall — and third in a row. That includes linebacker/defensive end Ogbonnia Okoronkwo as the league’s top defensive player.
Mayfield, the AP player of the year, was also the league’s top offensive player in 2015, when the Sooners went to the playoff in his first season as their starter. Big-play Oklahoma receiver Dede Westbrook, who caught passes from Mayfield, took the honor last year when both were Heisman finalists.
Okoronkwo was among five different players who got votes for the defensive of the year award. Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson, Iowa State linebacker Joel Lanning , TCU end and league sacks leader Mat Boesen, and Longhorns safety and Big 12 interceptions leader DeShon Elliott were all first-team picks and also got top player votes.
Iowa State’s Matt Campbell was chosen as the Big 12’s top coach in his second season with the Cyclones (7-5), whose first winning season since 2009 includes upset victories over Oklahoma and TCU, both in the top five when those games were played. Campbell got 14 of 19 votes for coach of the year. Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley got the remaining five votes in his first season succeeding five-time Big 12 top coach Bob Stoops.
West Virginia junior quarterback Will Grier, a former Florida transfer, was chosen the league’s top newcomer.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
2017 AP All-Big 12 football team
The 2017 AP All-Big 12 team, as selected by a panel of 19 sports writers and sportscasters who regularly cover the league, with players listed alphabetically with name, school, height, weight, class and hometown. (“u-” denotes unanimous selections):
Coach of the year: Matt Campbell, Iowa State.
Offensive player of the year: Baker Mayfield, QB, Sr., Oklahoma.
Defensive player of the year: Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, DE/LB, Sr., Oklahoma.
Newcomer of the year: Will Grier, QB, Jr., West Virginia
QB– u-Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma, 6-1, 220, Sr., Austin, Texas.
RB–u-Justice Hill, Oklahoma St., 5-10, 185, So., Tulsa, Oklahoma.
RB–David Montgomery, Iowa St., 5-11, 219, So., Cincinnati.
T–u-Orlando Brown, Oklahoma, 6-8, 345, Jr., Duluth, Georgia.
T–Dalton Risner, Kansas St., 6-5, 300, Jr., Wiggins, Colorado.
G–Ben Powers, Oklahoma, 6-4, 310, Jr., Wichita, Kansas.
G–Marcus Keyes, Oklahoma St., 6-3, 300, So., Port Allen, Louisiana.
C–Erick Wren, Oklahoma, 6-1, 306, Sr., Mesquite, Texas.
TE–u-Mark Andrews, Oklahoma, 6-5, 254, Jr., Scottsdale, Arizona.
WR–James Washington, Oklahoma St., 6-0, 205, Sr., Stamford, Texas.
WR–David Sills V, West Virginia, 6-4, 203, Jr., Wilmington, Delaware.
All-Purpose: KaVontae Turpin, TCU, 5-9, 153, Jr., Monroe, Louisiana.
K–Matthew McCrane, Kansas St., 5-10, 165, Sr., Brownwood, Texas.
DE–Mat Boesen, TCU, 6-4, 240, Sr., Torrance, California.
DE–Ben Banogu, TCU, 6-4, 245, Jr. McKinney, Texas.
DT–Poona Ford, Texas, 6-0, 305, Sr., Hilton Head, South Carolina.
DT–Will Geary, Kansas St., 6-0, 306, Sr., Topeka, Kansas.
LB–Malik Jefferson, Texas, 6-3, 240, Jr., Mesquite, Texas.
LB–Joel Lanning, Iowa St., 6-2, 230, Sr., Ankeny, Iowa.
LB–Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Oklahoma, 6-1, 240, Sr., Houston.
CB–D.J. Reed, Kansas St., 5-9, 188, Jr., Bakersfield, California.
CB–Ranthony Texada, TCU, 5-10, 170, Sr., Frisco, Texas.
S–DeShon Elliott, Texas, 6-2, 210, Jr., Rockwall, Texas.
S–Kamari Cotton-Moya, Iowa St., 6-2, 198, Sr., Bakersfield, California.
P–Michael Dickson, Texas, 6-3, 205, Jr., Sydney, Australia.
QB–Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma St., 6-5, 230, Sr., Rock Hill, South Carolina.
RB–Rodney Anderson, Oklahoma, 6-2, 218, So., Katy, Texas.
RB–Justin Crawford, West Virginia, 6-0, 200, Sr., Columbus, Georgia.
T–Jake Campos, Iowa St., 6-8, 300, Sr., West Des Moines, Iowa.
T–Zachary Crabtree, Oklahoma St., 6-7, 310, Sr., Mansfield, Texas.
G–Matt Pryor, TCU, 6-7, 338, Sr., Long Beach, California.
G–Dru Samia, Oklahoma, 6-5, 302, Jr., Sacramento, California.
C–Brad Lundblade, Oklahoma St., 6-3, 300, Sr., Argyle, Texas.
TE–Ben Johnson, Kansas, 6-5, 245, Sr., Basehor, Kansas.
WR–Allen Lazard, Iowa St., 6-5, 222, Sr., Urbandale, Iowa.
WR–Keke Coutee, Texas Tech, 5-11, 180, Jr., Lufkin, Texas.
All-Purpose: D.J. Reed, Kansas St., 5-9, 188, Jr.
K–Austin Seibert, Oklahoma, 5-9, 210, Jr., Belleville, Illinois.
DE–Dorance Armstrong Jr., Kansas, 6-4, 246, Jr., Houston
DE–Jordan Brailford, Oklahoma State, 6-3, 250, So., Tulsa, Oklahoma.
DT–DeQuinton Osborne, Oklahoma St., 6-0, 305, Sr., Grand Prairie, Texas.
DT–Daniel Wise, Kansas, 6-3, 290, Jr., Lewisville, Texas.
LB–Travin Howard, TCU, 6-1, 213, Sr., Longview, Texas.
LB–Joe Dineen, Jr., Kansas, 6-2, 230, Jr., Lawrence, Kansas.
LB–Dakota Allen, Texas Tech, 6-1, 235, Jr., Humble, Texas.
CB–Kris Boyd, Texas, 6-0, 200 Jr., Gilmer, Texas.
CB–Brian Peavy, Iowa St., 5-9, 190, Jr., Houston.
S–Tre Flowers, Oklahoma St., 6-3, 200, Sr., Converse, Texas.
S–Nick Orr, TCU, 5-10, 187, Sr. S, DeSoto, Texas.
P–Nick Walsh, Kansas St., 5-11, 207, Sr., Lyndon, Kansas.
AP All-Big 12 Voting Panel: Ryan Aber, The Oklahoman; Tommy Birch, Des Moines Register; Kirk Bohls, Austin American-Statesman; Chuck Carlton, Dallas Morning News; Paul Catalina, ESPN Central Texas; Mark Cooper, Tulsa World; Bill Haisten, Tulsa World; Suzanne Halliburton, Austin American-Statesman; Kevin Haskin, Topeka Capital-Journal; Tom Keegan, Lawrence Journal-World; Blair Kerkhoff, The Kansas City Star; Sean Manning, The Dominion Post; Carlos Mendez, Fort Worth Star-Telegram; Tyler Palmateer, Norman Transcript; Randy Peterson, Des Moines Register; Kellis Robinett, The Wichita Eagle; Mitch Vingle, Charleston Gazette-News; John Werner, Waco Tribune-Herald; Don Williams, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.