The Associated Press released their All-Big 12 team list today, and eight Oklahoma State players made the cut. Three made the first team, while the other five were named to the second-team.
#OKState with three AP All-Big 12 first team selections:— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) December 6, 2016
WR James Washington
DT Vincent Taylor
S Jordan Sterns
#OKState had five AP All-Big 12 second teamers:— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) December 6, 2016
OT Victor Salako
TE Blake Jarwin
LB Devante Averette
K Ben Grogan
P Zach Sinor
Oklahoma State’s eight selections were the second most of any team. OU had the most with 10.
Cowboy running back Justice Hill was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year after he set an OSU freshman record with 1,042 yards this season. That’s also the sixth-most rushing yards by a freshman in Big 12 history.
It’s also nice to see an Oklahoma State offensive lineman make the cut. Salako is the first All-Big12 lineman since Parker Graham made the first team in 2013.
The biggest snub is Rudolph who was fantastic this season. I get Baker Mayfield made it (I guess), but I’m not sure Patrick Mahomes over Rudolph for the second team. We can talk about yards, but I think wins should matter.
However, to me the biggest injustice was Zach Sinor only being named to the second-team after the season he had. I know it was last year, but how do you select THIS GUY as the first-team punter?
When someone echoed my grief on twitter, Sinor was much more understanding and pointed out that he’s not going anywhere for awhile.
Hopefully, he’s not the only selection this year returning for another season in 2017. (I’m looking at YOU James Washington!)