The Associated Press announced it’s All-American team and it included six Big 12 players on the first team, the second most of any conference outside of the Big Ten, which had seven first teamers.
The first-team players from the Big 12 were:
Quarterback — Baker Mayfield, senior, Oklahoma
Tackles — Orlando Brown, junior, Oklahoma
Tight end — Mark Andrews, junior, Oklahoma
Receiver — James Washington, senior, Oklahoma State
Safety — DeShon Elliott, junior, Texas
Punter — Michael Dickson, junior, Texas
The Sooners had the most players on the first team of any team in the country with Mayfield, Brown and Andrews.
Here is what the conference totals looked like for the Power 5 conferences.
Big Ten — 7
Big 12 — 6
Pac-12 — 3
SEC — 3
ACC — 2
Meanwhile, second team All-Americans from the Big 12 conference included:
Linebacker — Malik Jefferson, junior, Texas
Linebacker — Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, senior, Oklahoma
And then there was the third-team players from the Big 12:
Quarterback — Mason Rudolph, senior, Oklahoma State
All-purpose player — D.J. Reed, junior, Kansas State
Defensive End — Mat Boesen, senior, TCU
What a year it was for the Big 12 conference. Now, it’s just time to have some serious success in the bowl season and it would all go a long way for the respectability to return to this conference nationwide. For a complete list of the All-American teams, click here.