Kansas State football earned four first-team picks on the AP-all league team announced Friday.
They were junior tackle Dalton Risner, senior kick Matthew McCrane, senior defensive tackle Will Geary, and junior cornerback D.J. Reed. It’s the third straight first-team selection for Geary, a Topeka High School product, after beginning his career as a walk-on.
Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield is the unanimous pick as The Associated Press 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 playoff-bound Sooners have six first-team picks on the AP all-league team announced Friday, 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 College Football 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 named the top Big 12 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 named the league’s top newcomer.
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):
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.
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