Oklahoma dominated the Big 12 Conference postseason coaches awards just like it dominated the league on the field — with offense.
OU placed a league-best seven players on the All-Big 12 first team, all on offense.
OU quarterback Kyler Murray was named the Big 12’s offensive player of the year; kicker Austin Seibert was named special teams player of the year; offensive guard Dru Samia was named co-offensive lineman of the year and head coach Lincoln Riley was named co-coach of the year.
Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players.
Three Sooner offensive linemen made first team: right tackle Cody Ford, left guard Ben Powers and right guard Dru Samia. Left tackle Bobby Evans made second team. Tight end Grant Calcaterra also earned first-team honors, and fullback Carson Meier was voted second team.
Along with Murray at quarterback, wideout Marquise Brown also received first-team accolades. Kick returner Tre Brown also made second team, as did linebacker Kenneth Murray.
Murray is OU’s fourth straight offensive player of the year award—one for each of Riley’s seasons in Norman. Baker Mayfield won it in 2015, Dede Westbrook won in 2016 and Mayfield won it again in 2016. Josh Heupel (2000), Jason White (2003 and 2004) and Sam Bradford (2008) also have won the award.
Kansas State’s Dalton Risner and West Virginia’s Yodney Cajuste shared the o-lineman award with Samia.
Riley’s coach of the year award was shared with Iowa State’s Matt Campbell, who also was honored by the coaches last season.
Murray leads college football in yards per attempt (12.0) and yards per completion (17.0) and ranks second in total touchdowns (48), passing TDs (37), passer efficiency rating (206.8), points responsible for per game (24.0) and total offense (377.3 yards per game). Murray is the first player in major college history to average 300 passing yards (306.2) and at least 60 rushing yards (71.1) through the regular season.
Seibert is OU’s first Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year after becoming the school’s and conference’s career scoring record holder with 476 points. He’s third in NCAA career scoring among kickers and holds the NCAA record for career extra-points (302) and PAT attempts (307). This season, Seibert leads the Big 12 in points (115).
Samia claimed OU’s third straight Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year honor, joining Orlando Brown from 2016 and 2017. Samia, a senior, has started 46 games and has been part of an o-line that is a catalyst for the nation’s most explosive offense: a ground game that leads the nation at 7.0 yards per rush and an aerial game that ranks second by averaging 11.6 yards per pass attempt.
The Sooners’ current average of 8.9 yards per play would be an FBS record, and OU’s five games with 300 passing yards and 300 rushing yards exceeds all other Power 5 conferences combined (three). OU is the only team in the nation with at least 30 rushing touchdowns (39) and at least 30 passing TDs (38).
Oklahoma has scored at least 45 points in eight consecutive games, the longest such streak in school history and the longest streak in FBS since at least 1980.
The No. 5-ranked Sooners take on No. 13 Texas on Saturday morning in the Big 12 Championship Game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, with a shot at returning to the College Football Playoff for the third time in four years.
2018 Big 12 Awards
DEFENSIVE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Caden Sterns, Texas, DB, Cibolo, Texas
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Austin Seibert, Oklahoma, K/P, Sr., Belleville, Ill.
OFFENSIVE LINEMEN OF THE YEAR: Dalton Risner, K-State, Sr., Wiggins, Colo. Dru Samia, Oklahoma, Sr., Sacramento, Calif. Yodny Cajuste, West Virginia, Sr., Miami, Fla.
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR: Charles Omenihu, Texas, Sr., Rowlett, Texas
CHUCK NEINAS COACHES OF THE YEAR: Matt Campbell, Iowa State (3rd Season) Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma (2nd Season)
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Kyler Murray, Oklahoma, QB, Jr., Allen, Texas
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: David Long Jr., West Virginia, LB, Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio
OFFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Jalen Hurd, Baylor, WR, Sr., Hendersonville, Tenn.
DEFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Greg Eisworth, Iowa State, DB, So., Grand Prairie, Texas
OFFENSIVE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Pooka Williams Jr., Kansas, RB, New Orleans, La.
Pos. Player School … Class Hometown/Previous School
QB Kyler Murray Oklahoma … Jr. Allen, Texas/Texas A&M
RB Pooka Williams Jr. Kansas … Fr. New Orleans, La./Hahnville
RB Justice Hill Oklahoma State … Jr. Tulsa, Okla./Booker T. Washington
FB Andrew Beck Texas … Sr. Tampa, Fla./Plant
WR Marquise Brown Oklahoma … Jr. Hollywood, Fla./College of the Canyons
WR Tylan Wallace Oklahoma State … So. Fort Worth, Texas/South Hills
WR David Sills V West Virginia … Sr. Wilmington, Del./El Camino College
TE Grant Calcaterra Oklahoma … So. Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./ Santa Margarita Catholic
TE Trevon Wesco West Virginia … Sr. Martinsburg, W.Va./Lackawanna College
OL Dalton Risner K-State … Sr. Wiggins, Colo./Wiggins
OL Cody Ford Oklahoma … Jr. Pineville, La./Pineville
OL Ben Powers * Oklahoma … Sr. Wichita, Kan./Butler CC
OL Dru Samia * Oklahoma … Sr. Sacramento, Calif./River City
OL Yodny Cajuste * West Virginia … Sr. Miami, Fla./Miramar
PK Austin Seibert * Oklahoma … Sr. Belleville, Ill./Belleville West
PK Clayton Hatfield Texas Tech … Sr. Boerne, Texas/Champion
KR/PR Pooka Williams Jr. Kansas … Fr. New Orleans, La./Hahnville
DL Daniel Wise Kansas … Sr. Lewisville, Texas/Hebron
DL Jordan Brailford * Oklahoma … State Jr. Tulsa, Okla./Booker T. Washington
DL Ben Banogu TCU … Sr. McKinney, Texas/ULM
DL L.J. Collier TCU … Sr. Munday, Texas/Munday
DL Charles Omenihu Texas … Sr. Rowlett, Texas/Rowlett
LB Joe Dineen Jr. * Kansas … Sr. Lawrence, Kan./Free State
LB Dakota Allen * Texas Tech … Sr. Humble, Texas/East Mississippi CC
LB David Long Jr. West Virginia … Jr. Cincinnati, Ohio/Winton Woods
DB Greg Eisworth Iowa State … So. Grand Prairie, Texas/South
DB Kris Boyd Texas … Sr. Gilmer, Texas/Gilmer
DB Caden Sterns Texas … Fr. Cibolo, Texas/Steele
DB Adrian Frye Texas Tech … Fr. Houston, Texas/Eisenhower
DB Kenny Robinson Jr. West Virginia … So. Wilkinsburg, Pa./Imani Christian
P Drew Galitz Baylor … Sr. Rowlett, Texas/Rowlett
Pos. Player School … Class Hometown/Previous School
QB Will Grier West Virginia … Sr. Charlotte, N.C./Florida
RB Alex Barnes K-State … Jr. Pittsburg, Kan./Pittsburg
RB David Montgomery Iowa State … Jr. Cincinnati, Ohio/Mount Healthy
FB Carson Meier Oklahoma … Sr. Tulsa, Okla./Union
WR Hakeem Butler Iowa State … Jr. Baltimore, Md./Travis
WR Jalen Reagor TCU … So. Waxahachie, Texas/ Waxahachie
WR Antoine Wesley Texas Tech … Jr. Las Vegas, Nev./ Cibolo Steele
TE Charlie Kolar Iowa State … Fr. Norman, Okla./North
OL Hakeem Adeniji Kansas … Jr. Garland, Texas/Garland
OL Bobby Evans Oklahoma … Jr. Allen, Texas/Allen
OL Lucas Niang TCU … Jr. New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan
OL Zach Shackelford Texas … Jr. Belton, Texas/Belton
OL Jack Anderson Texas Tech … So. Frisco, Texas/Frisco
OL Josh Sills West Virginia … So. Sarahsville, Ohio/Meadowbrook
PK Cameron Dicker Texas … Fr. Austin, Texas/Lake Travis
KR/PR Kene Nwangwu Iowa State … So. Frisco, Texas/Heritage
KR/PR Tre Brown Oklahoma … So. Tulsa, Okla./Union
DL James Lynch Baylor … So. Round Rock, Texas/Round Rock
DL JaQuan Bailey Iowa State … So. Jacksonville, Fla./Raines
DL Ray Lima Iowa State … Jr. Los Angeles, Calif./Torrance West
DL Jarrell Owens Oklahoma State … Sr. Palestine, Texas/Palestine
DL Kenny Bigelow Jr. West Virginia … Sr. Wilmington, Del./USC
LB Clay Johnston Baylor … Jr. Abilene, Texas/Wylie
LB Kenneth Murray Oklahoma … So. Missouri City, Texas/Elkins
LB Gary Johnson Texas … Sr. Douglas, Ala./Dodge City CC
DB Brian Peavy * Iowa State … Sr. Houston, Texas/Westfield
DB Duke Shelley K-State … Sr. Tucker, Ga./Tucker
DB A.J. Green Oklahoma State … Jr. DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto
DB Jeff Gladney TCU … Jr. New Boston, Texas/New Boston
DB Ridwan Issahaku TCU … Sr. Norcross, Ga./Norcross
P Kyle Thompson Kansas … So. El Cajon, Calif./Christian
Columnist John E. Hoover is co-host of “The Franchise Drive” every weeknight from 6-8 on The Franchise in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, and appears throughout the day on other shows on The Franchise. Listen at fm107.7 in OKC, fm107.9/am1270 in Tulsa, on The Franchise app, or click the “Listen” tab on The Franchise home page. Hoover also covers the Big 12 for Sporting News and Lindy’s magazine and is a feature writer for Sooner Spectator magazine. Visit his personal page at johnehoover.com.