Earlier this week, ESPN released its annual All-Big 12 Teams. While our very own QB1 didn’t make the cut, we had plenty of others that did.
ESPN All-Big 12 First Team
WR - James Washington - This was another impressive season for the dangerous downfield threat, with more than 1,200 receiving yards, nine scores and 14 catches of 30-plus yards.
TE - Blake Jarwin - The "Cowboy Back" is a reliable and important weapon as a blocker and pass-catcher, averaging 17 yards per catch on his 17 catches.
DT - Vincent Taylor - The junior's six sacks ranked best among all Big 12 interior linemen, and he tied for the FBS lead with four blocked kicks.
S - Jordan Sterns - He ranked third in the Big 12 in tackles and first among defensive backs with 96. Sterns also picked off three passes.
ESPN All-Big 12 Second Team
RB - Justice Hill - The true freshman running back broke 1,000 yards in his first season, and scored 5 times. He is now the new record holder for rushing yards in his true freshman season, breaking Thurman Thomas’s long standing record.
OT - Victor Salako - It’s hard to measure stats for individual offensive lineman, but it’s safe to say the Cowboys felt the pressure when Salako wasn’t in the game.
S - Tre Flowers - For the second year in a row, Flowers was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team. Flowers has amassed 56 tackles, 6 break ups, and 2 forced fumbles this season.
P - Zach Sinor - This screams 1st team snub to me, but I guess it is only fair to have the Ray Guy Award finalist Michael Dickson be the first team rep. Sinor has over 2,200 punting yards with 32 punts downed inside the 20 yard line. Mix that with 14 punts of 50+ and a lonely touchback, and you have a punter who deserves more recognition that he is getting.
That wasn’t it for Big 12 Awards from ESPN. Justice Hill also brought home the Offensive Freshman of the Year. Hill garnered some high praise from ESPN.
As a true freshman, Hill turned running back from a major question in Stillwater to a major strength. Despite playing sparingly in the Cowboys' first two games, he became one of only four 1,000-yard rushers in the Big 12, breaking Thurman Thomas' school rushing record for a true freshman along the way, thus getting the nod here ahead of Texas quarterback Shane Buechele.
Congrats to all the award winners. We wish the best to both those who are staying in Stillwater on their quest for a second national title, as well as those whose days playing for the Pokes are over, as they move on to bigger and better things.