Four OSUs, one OU player in the 2021 AP All-Big 12 first football team

Iowa State running back Breece Hall is The Associated Press Big 12 offensive player of the year for the second year in a row, while conference champion Baylor has the league’s top defenseman and coach.

Baylor senior safety Jalen Pitre was named defensive player of the year and second-year Bears coach Dave Aranda was also honored on the AP All-Big 12 squad and the awards were presented Thursday, as determined by the vote of a panel of 20 sports writers and sports commentators who regularly cover the league.

Hall leads the Big 12 on the ground with 1,464 yards and 20 touchdowns this season, and has an active FBS record of 24 consecutive games with one touchdown. The junior, who received 16 of 20 votes for best offensive player, has 3,941 career rushing yards.

Texas freshman Xavier Worthy, who had 62 catches and leads the Big 12 with 981 yards and 12 touchdowns, was voted Newcomer of the Year. He’s also a first-team All-Big 12 pick at receiver.

Aranda got 15 of the 20 votes for Coach of the Year. Mike Gundy of Oklahoma State, whose team lost to Baylor in the Big 12 Championship game, got the other five.

Pitre, a first-team safety for the second year in a row, had 17½ tackles for a loss and was the only player in the country during the regular season with at least three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions. Pitre got 12 of 20 votes for best defensive player while Oklahoma State linebacker Malcolm Rodriguez, with a total of 119 total tackles, got five votes.

2021 AP All-Big 12 Football Team

The 2021 AP All-Big 12 team, curated by a panel of 20 sports writers and sports commentators who regularly cover the league, with players listed alphabetically by name, school, height, weight, class, and hometown. (“U-” indicates unanimous selection):



QB – Brock Purdy, State of Iowa, 6-1, 220, Sr., Gilbert, Arizona.

RB – Breece Hall, State of Iowa, 6-1, 220, Jr., Wichita, Kansas.

RB – Bijan Robinson, Texas, 6-0, 214, So., Tucson, Arizona.

T – Cooper Beebe, Kansas State, 6-3, 320, So., Kansas City, Kansas.

T – Connor Galvin, Baylor, 6-7, 310, Sr., Katy, Texas.

G – Josh Sills, Oklahoma State, 6-6, 325, Sr., Sarahville, Ohio.

G – Trevor Downing, State of Iowa, 6-4, 310, Jr., Creston, Iowa.

C – Steve Avila, TCU, 6-4, 334, Jr., Arlington, Texas.

TE – u-Charlie Kolar, State of Iowa, 6-6, 260, Sr., Norman, Oklahoma.

WR – Xavier Worthy, Texas, 6-1, 160, Fr., Fresno, Calif.

WR – Xavier Hutchinson, State of Iowa, 6-3, 230, Sr., Jacksonville, Florida.

All Purpose – Trestan Ebner, Baylor, 5-11, 215., Sr., Henderson, Texas.

K – Jonathan Garibay, Texas Tech, 6-1, 215, Sr., Rubidoux, Calif.


DE – Felix Anudike-Uzomah, Kansas State., 6-3, 255, So., Kansas City, Missouri.

DE – Will McDonald IV, State of Iowa, 6-4, 245, Jr., Pewaukee, Wisconsin.

DT – Siaki Ika, Baylor, 6-4, 350, So., Salt Lake City, Utah.

DT – Dante Stills, West Virginia, 6-4, 280, Sr., Fairmont, West Virginia.

LB – Terrel Bernard, Baylor, 6-1, 222, Sr., La Porte, Texas.

LB – Malcolm Rodriguez, Oklahoma State, 5-11, 225, Sr., Wagoner, Oklahoma.

LB— Mike Rose, State of Iowa, 6-4, 250, Sr., Brecksville, Ohio.

CB – Jarrick Bernard-Converse, Oklahoma State, 6-1, 200, Sr., Shreveport, Louisiana.

CB – Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, TCU, 5-9, 177, Jr., Waco, TX.

S – Kolby Harvell-Peel, Oklahoma State, 6-0, 207, Sr., College Station, Texas.

S – Jalen Pitre, Baylor, 6-0, 197, Sr., Stafford, TX.

P – Michael Turk, Oklahoma, 6-0, 230, Sr., Dallas.



QB – Caleb Williams, Oklahoma, 6-1, 218, Fr., Washington DC

RB – Abram Smith, Baylor, 5-11, 221, Sr., Abilene, Texas.

RB – Deuce Vaughn, Kansas State, 5-6, 173, So., Round Rock, Texas.

T – Derek Kerstetter, Texas, 6-5, 310, Sr., San Antonio.

T – Tyrese Robinson, Oklahoma, 6-3, 324, Sr., McKinney, Texas.

G – Marquis Hayes, Oklahoma, 6-5, 325, Sr., St. Louis.

G – Chris Murray, Oklahoma 6-1, 301, Sr., Palmdale, Calif.

C – Jacob Gall, Baylor, 6-2, 305, Sr., Cincinnati.

TE – Jeremiah Hall, Oklahoma, 6-2, 248, Sr., Charlotte, NC.

WR – Tay Martin, Oklahoma State, 6-3, 186, Sr., Houma, Louisiana.

WR – Tyquan Thornton, Baylor, 6-3, 182, Sr., Miami.

All Purpose – Malik Knowles, Kansas State 6-3, 195, Mansfield, Texas.

K – Gabe Brkic, Oklahoma, 6-3, 201, Jr., Chardon, Ohio.


DE – Brock Martin, Oklahoma State, 6-3, 250, Sr., Oologah, Oklahoma.

DE – Collin Oliver, Oklahoma State, 6-2, 225, Fr., Oklahoma City.

DT – Eyioma Uwazurike, State of Iowa, 6-6, 320, Sr., Detroit.

DT – Perrion Winfrey, Oklahoma., 6-4, 292, Sr., Maywood, Illinois.

LB – Brian Asamoah, Oklahoma, 6-1, 228, Jr., Columbus, Ohio.

LB – Nik Bonitto, Oklahoma, 6-3, 240, Jr., Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

LB – Colin Schooler, Texas Tech, 6-2, 230, Sr., Dana Point, Calif.

CB – DaMarcus Fields, Texas Tech, 6-0, 200, Sr., Taylor, Texas.

CB – Christian Holmes, State of Oklahoma, 6-1, 205, Sr., Leland, Mississippi.

S – Kenny Logan, Jr., Kansas, 6-0, 205, Jr., St. Augustine, Fla.

S – Russ Yeast, Kansas State, 5-10, 195, Sr., Danville, Ky.

P – Austin McNamara, Texas Tech, 6-4, 195, Jr., Gilbert, Arizona.


Coach of the Year – Dave Aranda, Baylor.

Offensive player of the year – Breece Hall, RB, State of Iowa.

Defensive player of the year – Jalen Pitre, S, Baylor.

Newcomer of the year – Xavier Worthy, WR, Texas.


AP All-Big 12 Voting Panel: Ryan Aber, The Oklahoman; Eric Bailey, Tulsa World; Kirk Bohls, American statesman from Austin; Chuck Carlton, Dallas Morning News; Brian Davis, American statesman from Austin; Drew Davison, Fort Worth Star-Telegram; Arne Green, Salina Journal; Travis Hines, Des Moines Register; Eric Kelly, KWKT-TV, Waco, Texas; Eli Lederman, Tulsa World; Sean Manning, The Dominion Post; Kansas City star Jesse Newell; Randy Peterson, Des Moines Register; Ryan Pritt, Charleston Gazette-Mail; Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle; Carlos Silva, Jr., Lubbock Avalanche-Journal; Matt Tait, Lawrence Journal World; John Werner, Waco Tribune-Herald; Don Williams, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal; Scott Wright, The Oklahoman.

Alabama’s Young named AP Player of the Year

Alabama quarterback Bryce Young is the Associated Press College Football Player of the Year, giving the Crimson Tide their second straight winner.

Young received 42 of 53 first-place votes from the AP’s top 25 voters and 137 points to easily finish ahead of Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson (four first-place votes, 67 points) for AP Player Honor of the year presented by Regions Bank.

Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett was third; Alabama linebacker Will Anderson Jr. was fourth; and Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud was fifth.

Young, Huchinson, Pickett and Stroud are the finalists for the Heisman Trophy, which will be presented on Saturday in New York.

OKC Dodgers take on Reds pitcher in draft

The Los Angeles Dodgers AAA team in Oklahoma City selected Cincinnati right-hander Carson Fulmer on Wednesday with the 39th and final round AAA pick in the annual Major League Baseball unprotected draft.

The major league phase of draft rule 5 has been postponed due to the MLB lockdown on the players’ association, which began last week after the collective agreement expired.

The Triple-A phase involved players dropping the rosters of 38 Triple-A players. A club that selects a player must pay the old team $ 24,500. The player can be assigned to any level.

Fulmer, 27, spent part of six seasons in the big leagues. He had a 6.66 ERA in 20 relief appearances for Cincinnati in the first two months of last season, was assigned directly to the Louisville Triple-A on May 24, and finished 1-5 with a 4 ERA. , 61 in two starts and 35 appearances in relief for the Bats.

ETC .: Former major league outfielder Yasiel Puig has signed a one-year, $ 1 million contract with the Korean Baseball Organization’s Kiwoom Heroes, according to a report by Yonhap, a South Korean news agency, on Wednesday.

Puig, 31, last played in the majors during the 2019 season, appearing in 100 games for the Cincinnati Reds and 49 with Cleveland before becoming a free agent.

Puig reached 0.252 with 22 homers and 61 RB for Cincinnati in 2019. In 207 home plate appearances after the Reds sent Puig to Cleveland in a three-team trade that brought award winner Cy Young to the National League 2020 Trevor Bauer in Cincinnati, Puig hit .297 with two home runs and 23 RBIs.

Bonus points

NFL: The Houston Texans have given up linebacker Zach Cunningham, the team announced Wednesday. Cunningham, 27, was inactive during week 13 after showing up late for a COVID-19 test. It was the second time he had been benched this season.

Cunningham, a second-round pick in 2017, signed a four-year contract extension in August 2020 for $ 58 million. He was ranked second in the league that year with the most tackles (164).

NBA: The Indiana Pacers and Toronto Raptors canceled their Thursday practices, citing an abundance of caution with COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Pacers goaltender Justin Holiday has not played since entering health and safety protocols on November 30. Toronto, which lost to Oklahoma City on Wednesday night, has had no positive COVID-19 tests since the start of the season and team officials have said all players are fully vaccinated.

NHL: The Arizona Coyotes gave fans yet another reason to worry about the team’s future on Wednesday night. The City of Glendale has informed the Coyotes that it intends to block the Gila River Arena team on December 20, if any unpaid amounts the team owes the city and ASM Global, which operates the facility. for the city, are not paid by then. . The amount owed, according to the letter, is $ 1.3 million, including $ 250,000 to the city.

OLYMPIC GAMES: The two-time Olympic swimming champion Yannick Agnel of France was arrested Thursday as part of an investigation into the rape of a minor, according to French media.

GYMNASTIC: There will be someone new to lead the US women’s gymnastics team at the Olympic Games in Paris. Tom Forster, the high performance director, is stepping down at the end of the year. Wednesday’s announcement comes four months after the Tokyo Games, where the Americans failed to win the world or Olympic title for the first time since 2010.

Wire reports

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