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John E. Hoover: Sooners dominate All-Big 12 awards with — what else? — offense

John E. Hoover: Sooners dominate All-Big 12 awards with — what else? — offense

Big 12 player of the year Kyler Murray and Big 12 coach of the year Lincoln Riley. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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.


All-Big 12


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

Second Team


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

John Hoover

Hoover wrote for the Tulsa World for 24 years before joining The Franchise, where he's now co-host of "Further Review" on The Franchise Tulsa (weekdays 12-3, fm107.9/am1270) . In his time at the World, Hoover won numerous writing and reporting awards, including in 2011 National Beat Writer of the Year from the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work covering the Oklahoma Sooners. Hoover also covered Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Oral Roberts and the NFL as a beat writer. From 2012 to 2016, Hoover was the World's lead sports columnist. As a columnist, Hoover won national awards in 2012 and 2014 from the National Athletic Trainers Association for reporting on sports medicine and in 2015 won first place in sports columns from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists. After receiving a journalism degree from East Central University, Hoover worked at newspapers in Ada, Okmulgee, Tahlequah and Waynesville, Mo. He played football at Ada High School and grew up in North Pole, Alaska. Hoover and his family live in Broken Arrow.

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