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Football

Klein named Big 12 Co-Defensive Player of the Year

By Chris Williams, CycloneFanatic.com Publisher

Iowa State junior linebacker A.J. Klein was honored by the Big 12 Conference on Wednesday, as the league named him Co-Defensive Player of the Year along with Oklahoma defensive end Frank Alexander.

Klein ended the 2011 regular season second on the team in tackles with 101. He also recorded two sacks an interception 78 yards for a touchdown against Missouri.

Klein wasn’t the only Cyclone honored during Wednesday’s awards announcement.

Senior offensive tackle Kelechi Osemele was named to the Big 12’s first team offensive line.

Three Cyclones were given second team honors. Those men are Hayworth Hicks (OL), Jake Knott (LB) and Leonard Johnson (CB).

Meanwhile, wide receiver Aaron Horne received Offensive Newcomer of the Year honors.

Cyclones who received league honorable mention were: Jared Barnett (QB, Offensive Freshman of the Year), Jake Lattimer (DL), Kirby Van Der Kamp (P) and James White (RB).

Below is a release sent out by the Big 12.

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

Offensive Player of the Year
Robert Griffin III, Baylor, Jr., QB, Copperas Cove, Texas
Offensive Freshman of the Year
Tyler Lockett, Kansas State, WR, Tulsa, Okla.
Co-Defensive Players of the Year
A.J. Klein, Iowa State, Jr., LB, Kimberly, Wis.
Frank Alexander, Oklahoma, Sr., DE, Baton Rouge, La.
Defensive Freshman of the Year
Quandre Diggs, Texas, DB, Angleton, Texas
Special Teams Player of the Year
Quinn Sharp, Oklahoma State, Jr., PK/P, Mansfield, Texas
Offensive Lineman of the Year
Grant Garner, Oklahoma State, Sr., Mesquite, Texas
Offensive Newcomer of the Year
Aaron Horne, Iowa State, Jr., WR, Oakland, Calif.
Defensive Lineman of the Year
Frank Alexander, Oklahoma, Sr., DE, Baton Rouge, La.
Defensive Newcomer of the Year
Arthur Brown, Kansas State, Jr., LB, Wichita, Kan.
Coach of the Year
Bill Snyder, Kansas State, 20th Season
2011 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM
OFFENSE
Pos. Player School Class Hometown/Previous School(s)
QB Robert Griffin III Baylor Jr. Copperas Cove, Texas/Copperas Cove
RB Terrance Ganaway Baylor Sr. DeKalb, Texas/DeKalb/Houston/Texarkana College
RB Henry Josey Missouri So. Angleton, Texas/Angleton
FB Trey Millard Oklahoma So. Columbia, Mo./Rock Bridge
WR Kendall Wright** Baylor Sr. Pittsburg, Texas/Pittsburg
WR Ryan Broyles^ Oklahoma Sr. Norman, Okla./Norman
WR Justin Blackmon** ^ Oklahoma State Jr. Ardmore, Okla./Plainview
TE Michael Egnew ^ Missouri Sr. Plainview, Texas/Plainview
OL Philip Blake Baylor Sr. Toronto, Ontario, Canada/Champlain Regional Prep/Tyler (Texas) JC
OL Kelechi Osemele Iowa State Sr. Houston, Texas/Langham Creek
OL Clyde Aufner Kansas State Sr. Raymore, Mo./Raymore-Peculiar
OL Gabe Ikard Oklahoma So. Oklahoma City, Okla./Bishop McGuinness
OL Levy Adcock** ^ Oklahoma State Sr. Claremore, Okla./Sequoyah/NE Okla. A&M JC
OL Grant Garner Oklahoma State Sr. Mesquite, Texas/North Mesquite
PK Quinn Sharp Oklahoma State Jr. Mansfield, Texas/Summit
KR/PR Fozzy Whittaker Texas Sr. Houston, Texas/Pearland
DEFENSE
Pos. Player School Class Hometown/Previous School(s)
DL Ray Kibble Kansas State Sr. Houston, Texas/Navarro JC
DL Frank Alexander** Oklahoma Sr. Baton Rouge, La./Southern Lab
DL Ronnell Lewis Oklahoma Jr. Dewar, Okla./Dewar
DL Jamie Blatnick Oklahoma State Sr. Celina, Texas/Celina
DL Alex Okafor** Texas Jr. Pflugerville, Texas/Pflugerville
LB A.J. Klein Iowa State Jr. Kimberly, Wis./Kimberly
LB Arthur Brown Kansas State Jr. Wichita, Kan./Miami
LB Emmanuel Acho Texas Sr. Dallas, Texas/St. Mark’s
DB Nigel Malone Kansas State Jr. Manteca, Calif./City College of San Francisco
DB Jamell Fleming Oklahoma Sr. Arlington, Texas/Seguin
DB Brodrick Brown Oklahoma State Jr. Houston, Texas/Westfield
DB Markelle Martin Oklahoma State Sr. Wichita Falls, Texas/Rider
DB Kenny Vaccaro Texas Jr. Brownwood, Texas/Early
P Quinn Sharp ^ Oklahoma State Jr. Mansfield, Texas/Summit
2011 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM OFFENSE Pos. Player School Class Hometown/Previous School(s) QB Brandon Weeden Oklahoma State Sr. Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe RB Joseph Randle Oklahoma State So. Wichita, Kan./Southeast RB Cyrus Gray Texas A&M Sr. DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto FB Kye Staley Oklahoma State Jr. Guthrie, Okla./Guthrie WR Kenny Stills Oklahoma So. Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon WR Josh Cooper Oklahoma State Sr. Mustang, Okla./Mustang WR Ryan Swope Texas A&M Jr. Austin, Texas/Westlake TE James Hanna Oklahoma Sr. Flower Mound, Texas/Flower Mound OL Robert T. Griffin Baylor Sr. Euless, Texas/Trinity/Navarro College OL Hayworth Hicks Iowa State Sr. Palmdale, Calif./Palmdale/Antelope Valley OL Jeremiah Hatch Kansas Sr. Dallas, Texas/Carter OL Zach Hanson Kansas State Sr. Sacramento, Calif./Sacramento CC OL Luke Joeckel Texas A&M So. Arlington, Texas/Arlington OL LaAdrian Waddle Texas Tech Jr. Columbus, Texas/Columbus PK Randy Bullock Texas A&M Sr. Klein, Texas/Klein KR/PR Tyler Lockett Kansas State Fr. Tulsa, Okla./Booker T. Washington DEFENSE Pos. Player School Class Hometown/Previous School(s) DL Nicolas Jean-Baptiste Baylor Sr. Stafford, Texas/Strake Jesuit College Prep DL Jacquies Smith # Missouri Sr. Dallas, Texas/South Oak Cliff DL Jackson Jeffcoat Texas So. Plano, Texas/Plano West DL Kheeston Randall Texas Sr. Beaumont, Texas/Kelly DL Tony Jerod-Eddie Texas A&M Sr. DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto LB Jake Knott # Iowa State Jr. Waukee, Iowa/Waukee LB Travis Lewis # Oklahoma Sr. San Antonio, Texas/Robert E. Lee LB Keenan Robinson Texas Sr Plano, Texas/Plano East DB Leonard Johnson # Iowa State Sr. Clearwater, Fla./Largo DB Tysyn Hartman Kansas State Sr. Wichita, Kan./Kapaun Mt. Carmel DB E.J. Gaines Missouri So. Independence, Mo./Fort Osage DB Demontre Hurst Oklahoma Jr. Lancaster, Texas/Lancaster DB Quandre Diggs Texas Fr. Angleton, Texas/Angleton P Trey Barrow Missouri Jr. Moberly, Mo./Moberly ** Unanimous Selection.
^ – Repeat first team selection from last season.
# – Repeat second team selection from last season.
A tie in voting created an additional first-team offensive line spot and an additional second-team offensive line spot.
Players listed at each position alphabetically by school.

 

2011 ALL-BIG 12 HONORABLE MENTION
Baylor: Art Briles (CoY), Elliot Coffey (LB), Ahmad Dixon (LB), Tevin Elliott (DL), Mike Hicks (DB), Sam Holl (DB), K.J. Morton (DB), Jordan Najvar (TE), Tevin Reese (WR), Cyril Richardson (OL), Terrance Williams (WR), Erik Wolfe (FB)
Iowa State: Jared Barnett (off FoY), Jake Lattimer (DL), Kirby Van Der Kamp (P), James White (RB)
Kansas: Tim Biere (TE), Ron Doherty (P), Steven Johnson (LB), Bradley McDougald (DB), Toben Opurum (DL), Duane Zlatnik (OL)
Kansas State: Clyde Aufner (off LoY), Anthony Cantele (PK), David Garrett (DB), Ray Kibble (def. LoY), Collin Klein (off PoY & QB), Tyler Lockett (ST PofY), Ty Zimmerman (DB)
Missouri: Dominique Hamilton (def. LoY & DL), Dan Hoch (OL), Kenji Jackson (DB), Luke Lambert (LB), T.J. Moe (WR), Jayson Palmgren (OL), Sheldon Richardson (def NoY & DL), Braylon Webb (def. FoY), Austin Wuebbels (OL)
Oklahoma: Tyler Evans (OL), Roy Finch (RB), Michael Hunnicutt (PK), Tony Jefferson (DB), Corey Nelson (LB), Donald Stephenson (OL), Bob Stoops (CoY), Tress Way (P), Dominique Whaley (RB), Tom Wort (LB)
Oklahoma State: Alex Elkins (def. NoY), Justin Gilbert (P/KR), Mike Gundy (CoY), Shaun Lewis (LB), Lane Taylor (OL)
Texas: Carrington Byndom (DB), Blake Gideon (DB), Cody Johnson (FB), Jaxon Shipley (WR), David Snow (OL), Justin Tucker (PK), Kenny Vaccaro (def PoY), Mason Walters (OL), Fozzy Whittaker (ST PoY)
Texas A&M: Eddie Brown Jr. (DL), Terrence Frederick (DB), Jeff Fuller (WR), Dustin Harris (P/KR), Nehemiah Hicks (TE), Trent Hunter (DB), Steven Jenkins (def NoY), Luke Joeckel (off LoY), Michael Lamothe (FB), Patrick Lewis (OL), Jake Matthews (OL), Christine Michael (RB), Damontre Moore (LB), Spencer Nealy (DL), Sean Porter (def. PoY & LB), Jonathan Stewart (LB)
Texas Tech: Terrance Bullitt (DB), Lonnie Edwards (OL), Ryan Erxleben (P), Adam James (TE), Alex Torres (WR), Eric Ward (WR), DeAndre Washington (off FoY)

 

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