Two Huskers Named First-Team All-Big 12

By NU Athletic Communications
DeJuan Groce was one of two Huskers to earn first-team All-Big 12 honors Friday.
DeJuan Groce was one of two Huskers to earn first-team All-Big 12 honors Friday.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications
DALLAS--With a veritable "Who's Who" of student-athletes in both the Big 12 and national scenes, the seventh annual 2002 All-Big 12 Conference coaches' football team features stalwarts from nine bowl-eligible teams and all 12 members of the conference.

A 4,000-yard passing quarterback with 42 touchdown passes in `02, the nation's 10th possible 2,000-yard rusher in NCAA Division I-A ranks, one of the finest receiving corps in the country, and deserving offensive and defensive lines highlight the head coaches' selections.

Texas Tech quarterback Kliff Kingsbury is one of the nation's all-time leading passers after going 447-for-669 with 4,642 net yards passing and 42 touchdowns to set league season marks in those three categories as the first team signalcaller. Colorado running back Chris Brown was national rushing leader for most of the campaign and enters the Dr Pepper Big 12 Football Championship with 1,744 yards on 275 carries with 18 touchdowns--all tops in the conference.

First unit wide receivers Rashaun Woods of Oklahoma State and Roy Williams of Texas combined for 146 receptions, 2,305 yards and 18 touchdowns. The second team trio (tie in the voting) of Baylor's Reggie Newhouse, Missouri's Justin Gage and Texas Tech's Wes Welker have 240 catches for 3,249 yards and 18 TDs among them. Initial team tight end senior Trent Smith of Oklahoma also repeated in his position with 87 receptions over the last two seasons and 61 catches to lead the nation as a junior.

Numerous national award candidates also dot the 2002 all-conference squad. Butkus Award finalist linebacker Teddy Lehman of Oklahoma paces a stout defensive unit while Jim Thorpe Trophy semifinalists Terence Newman of Kansas State, Brandon Everage and Derrick Strait of Oklahoma, and Rod Babers of Texas all compose the first team defensive backfield. Texas' hard-hitting Derrick Johnson joins Lehman as No. 1 linebackers.

Sterling offensive linemen Derrick Dockery of Texas and Wayne Lucier of Colorado are among an elite group of nominees for the prestigious Outland Trophy while Lucier has been on the Watch List for the Dave Rimington Trophy. Oklahoma defensive tackle Tommie Harris is a finalist for the Rotary Lombardi Award along with Texas DE Cory Redding, and first unit running backs Quentin Griffin of Oklahoma and CU's Brown are among the finalists for the Walter Camp National Player of the Year Trophy.

Special teams' stars also are in abundance on the seventh coaches all-league group. Kick return aces DeJuan Groce of Nebraska and KSU's Newman have been in the Top Five among Division I-A punt return specialists all season while Colorado's Mark Mariscal leads the nation with a 48.2 punting average. Mariscal is a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award as well. Nebraska's Josh Brown is the top team placekicker in the coaches' vote.

Oklahoma defensive end Jimmy Wilkerson, who paced the Sooners to their second Dr Pepper Big 12 Football Championship appearance against Colorado in Houston, Texas, joins All-America candidate Redding as the first squad's defensive ends/outside linebackers. Joining OU's Harris among the down linemen are 2001 Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year NT Tank Reese of Kansas State and Oklahoma State's decorated defensive tackle Kevin Williams.

Players and coaches of the year in various categories for the Big 12 will be announced Saturday.

First Team Offense
Tight End: Trent Smith, Oklahoma, 6-5, 230, Sr., Clinton, Okla.
Offensive Line: Wayne Lucier, Colorado, 6-4, 295, Sr., Salem, N.H.; Justin Bates, Colorado, 6-4, 295, Sr., Arvada, Colo.; Nick Leckey, Kansas State, 6-4, 285, Jr., Grapevine, Texas; Rob Droege, Missouri, 6-6, 290, Jr., St. Louis, Mo.; Derrick Dockery, Texas, 6-6, 345, Sr., Garland, Texas
Wide Receiver: Rashaun Woods, Oklahoma State, 6-2, 190, Jr., Oklahoma City, Okla.; Roy Williams, Texas, 6-4, 210, Jr., Odessa, Texas
Quarterback: Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech, 6-4, 213, Sr., New Braunfels, Texas
Running Back: Chris Brown, Colorado, 6-3, 220, Jr., Naperville, Ill.; Quentin Griffin, Oklahoma, 5-7, 190, Sr., Aldine, Texas
Placekicker: Josh Brown, Nebraska, 6-2, 190, Sr., Foyil, Okla.
Kick Returner: Terence Newman, Kansas State, 5-11, 185, Sr., Salina, Kan.

First Team Defense
End/Outside Linebacker: Jimmy Wilkerson, Oklahoma, 6-4, 260, Jr., Omaha, Texas; Cory Redding, Texas, 6-5, 270, Sr., Houston, Texas
Interior Line: Tank Reese, Kansas State, 5-11, 280, Sr., Auburndale, Fla.; Kevin Williams, Oklahoma State, 6-5, 290, Sr., Fordyce, Ark.; Tommie Harris, Oklahoma, 6-3, 280, So., Killeen, Texas
Linebacker: Teddy Lehman, Oklahoma, 6-2, 235, Jr., Fort Gibson, Okla.; Derrick Johnson, Texas, 6-4, 220, So., Waco, Texas
Defensive Back: Terence Newman, Kansas State (also KR); Brandon Everage, Oklahoma, 6-0, 190, Jr., Granger, Texas; Derrick Strait, Oklahoma, 5-11, 194, Jr., Austin, Texas; Rod Babers, Texas, 5-10, 187, Sr., Houston, Texas
Punter: Mark Mariscal, Colorado, 6-2, 200, Sr., Tallahassee, Fla.
Punt Returner: DeJuan Groce, Nebraska, 5-10, 190, Sr., Garfield Heights, Ohio

Second Team Offense
Tight End: Greg Porter, Texas A&M, 6-5, 230, Sr., Keller, Texas
Offensive Line: Bob Montgomery, Iowa State, 6-2, 306, Jr., Lincoln, Neb.; Thomas Barnett, Kansas State, 6-5, 290, Sr., Oklahoma City. Okla.; A.J. Ricker, Missouri, 6-4, 295, Jr., Klein, Texas; Jammal Brown, Oklahoma, 6-6, 310, So., Lawton, Okla.; Taylor Whitley, Texas A&M, 6-4, 308, Sr., Sudan, Texas
Wide Receiver (tie in voting): Reggie Newhouse, Baylor, 6-1, 200, Sr., Dallas, Texas; Justin Gage, Missouri, 6-4, 210, Sr., Jefferson City, Mo.; Wes Welker, Texas Tech, 5-9, 190, Jr., Oklahoma City, Okla.
Quarterback: Seneca Wallace, Iowa State, 5-10, 193, Sr., Sacramento, Calif.
Running Back: Darren Sproles, Kansas State, 5-7, 170, So., Olathe, Kan.; Tatum Bell, Oklahoma State, 5-11, 210, Jr., DeSoto, Texas
Placekicker: Adam Benike, Iowa State, 5-10, 220, Jr., Rochester, Minn.
Kick Returner: Antonio Perkins, Oklahoma, 6-0, 182, So., Lawton, Okla.

Second Team Defense
End/Outside Linebacker: Henry Bryant, Kansas State, 6-1, 255, Sr., Boca Raton, Fla.; Ty Warren, Texas A&M, 6-4, 308, Sr., Bryan, Texas
Interior Line: Tyler Brayton, Colorado, 6-6, 270, Pasco, Wash..; Jordan Carstens, Iowa State, 6-5, 300, Jr., Bagley, Iowa; Keith Wright, Missouri, 6-2, 285, Sr., Sacramento, Calif.
Linebacker: Terry Pierce, Kansas State, 6-3, 250, Jr., Fort Worth, Texas; Lawrence Flugence, Texas Tech, 6-2, 236, Sr., Klein, Texas
Defensive Back: DeJuan Groce, Nebraska (also punt return man); Andre Woolfolk, Oklahoma, 6-1, 195, Sr., Denver, Colo; Nathan Vasher, Texas, 5-11, 180, Jr., Texarkana, Texas; Sammy Davis, Texas A&M, 6-0, 185, Sr., Humble, Texas
Punter: Kyle Larson, Nebraska, 6-0, 195, Jr., Funk, Neb.
Kick Returner: Wes Welker, Texas Tech (also WR)

Third Team Offense
Tight End: Mickey Peters, Texas Tech, 6-3, 211, Jr., Weatherford, Texas
Offensive Line: Zach Butler, Iowa State, 6-3, 292, Sr., Iowa City, Iowa; Wes Sims, Oklahoma, 6-5, 317, So., Weatherford, Okla.; Rex Richards, Texas Tech, 6-5, 337, Sr., Midland, Texas; Toby Cecil, Texas Tech, 6-4, 290, Jr., Richardson, Texas; Daniel Loper, Texas Tech, 6-7, 325, So., Houston, Texas
Wide Receivers: Taco Wallace, Kansas State, 6-1, 190, Sr., Canoga Park, Calif.; Bethel Johnson, Texas A&M, 5-11, 188, Sr., Corsicana, Texas
Quarterback (tie in voting): Ell Roberson, Kansas State, 6-1, 205, Baytown, Texas; Chris Simms, 6-5, 225, Sr., Franklin Lakes, N.J.
Running Back (tie in voting): Darrhan Diedrick, Nebraska, 6-0, 225, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada; Taurean Henderson, Texas Tech, 5-9, 187, Fr., Gatesville, Texas; Cedric Benson, Texas, 6-0, 205, So., Midland, Texas
Placekicker: Luke Phillips, Oklahoma State, 6-0, 170, Jr., Tulsa, Okla.
Kick Returner: Chris Massey, Oklahoma State, 6-0, 220, Sr., Spiro, Okla.

Third Team Defense
End/Outside Linebacker: Andrew Shull, Kansas State, 6-3, 260, Jr., Webb City, Mo.; Antwuan Bynum, Missouri, 6-2, 245, Sr., St. Louis, Mo.
Interior Line: Ethan Kelly, Baylor, 6-2, 304, Sr., Sugar Land, Texas; Kory Klein, Oklahoma, 6-2, 285, Jr., Tulsa, Okla.; Rodney McKinney, Texas Tech, 6-1, 278, Sr., Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Linebacker: Josh Buhl, Kansas State, 6-0, 210, Jr., Mesquite, Texas; Lance Mitchell, Oklahoma, 6-3, 245, Jr., Los Banos, Calif.
Defensive Back: Donald Strickland, Colorado, 5-10, 180, Sr., San Francisco, Calif.; JaMaine Billups, Iowa State, 5-8, 202, Jr., Omaha, Neb.; Chris Massey, Oklahoma State (also KR); Joselio Hanson, Texas Tech, 5-9, 170, Sr., Inglewood, Calif.
Punter: Travis Brown, Kansas State, 6-4, 215, Sr., Overland Park, Kan.
Kick Returner: Nathan Vasher, Texas (also DB)

Honorable Mention
Tight End: Thomas Hill, Kansas State; Aaron Golliday, Nebraska; Billy Bajema, Oklahoma State

Offensive Line: Cedric Fields, Baylor; Derrick Pearcy, Baylor; Marwan Hage, Colorado; Justin Sands, Kansas; John Garrison, Nebraska; Richie Incognito, Nebraska; Kyle Eaton, Oklahoma State; Sam Mayes, Oklahoma State; Robbie Doane, Texas; Billy Yates, Texas A&M; E.J. Whitley, Texas Tech

Wide Receiver: Derek McCoy, Colorado; Lane Danielsen, Iowa State; Byron Gasaway, Kansas; Wilson Thomas, Nebraska; Ross Pilkington, Nebraska; Antwone Savage, Oklahoma; Will Peoples, Oklahoma; B.J. Johnson, Texas; Jamaar Taylor, Texas A&M; Nehemiah Glover, Texas Tech; Anton Paige, Texas Tech

Quarterback: Brad Smith, Missouri; Nate Hybl, Oklahoma; Jammal Lord, Nebraska

Running Back: Brandon Drumm, Colorado; Bobby Purify, Colorado; Travis Wilson, Kansas State; Zack Abron, Missouri; David Horne, Nebraska

Defensive End/Outside Linebacker: A.C. Collier, Baylor; Marques Harris, Colorado; Gabe Nyenhuis, Colorado; Jeremy Lloyd, Iowa State; Melvin Williams, Kansas State; Chris Kelsay, Nebraska; Jonathan Jackson, Oklahoma; Greg Richmond, Oklahoma State; Antonio Smith, Oklahoma State; Jarrod Penright, Texas A&M; Aaron Hunt, Texas Tech; Adell Duckett, Texas Tech

Interior Line: Kevin Stevenson, Baylor; Ryon Bingham, Nebraska; LaWaylon Brown, Oklahoma State

Linebacker: Drew Wahlroos, Colorado; Kory Mossoni, Colorado; Bryan Hickman, Kansas State; Scott Shanle, Nebraska; Barrett Ruud, Nebraska; Terrence Robinson, Oklahoma State; Brian Gamble, Texas A&M; John Saldi, Texas Tech

Defensive Back: Medford Moorer, Colorado; Rashad Washington, Kansas State; Philip Bland, Nebraska; Fabian Washington, Nebraska; Terrence Kiel, Texas A&M; Ryan Aycock, Texas Tech; Ricky Sailor, Texas Tech

Special Teams: Trey DiCarlo, Oklahoma; Robert Treece, Texas Tech; Terrance Davis-Bryant, Oklahoma State


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