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2023 All-Big 12 Football Team: Heartland College Sports Edition

Oct 14, 2023; Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma State's Ollie Gordon II (0) runs the ball in the second quarter for a touchdown against the Kansas Jayhawks at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan J. Fish-USA TODAY Sports

The 2023 regular season is now behind us as the Big 12 Championship is set for Saturday, December 2 with the Texas Longhorns (11-1, 8-1) taking on the Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-3, 7-2).

In what was one of the most exciting Big 12 races in the conference’s history, four teams entered the final weekend of the year with more than a puncher’s chance at making the title game.

Now, heading into Championship Weekend, it’s time to reflect on the season that was and start looking towards the Bowl Season to end a fantastic year. There were several big surprises this year in the conference, and it is reflected well in the Heartland College Sports All-Big 12 Football Team for 2023.

 

Offensive Player of the Year: Ollie Gordon, RB, Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State running back Ollie Gordon was a revelation for the Pokes this season, leading the nation with 1,580 yards and second nationally with 20 touchdowns. Oklahoma State is 7-1 in games which Gordon has eclipsed 100 yards on the ground.

Defensive Player of the Year: T’Vondre Sweat, DL, Texas

Stats don’t always tell the story with interior defensive linemen but look no further than Texas’ Big 12-best rushing defense, which allows just 85.0 yards rushing per game. T’Vondre Sweat is the centerpiece of that defense, and his influence up front at 6-foot-4, 362 pounds has been felt, with 40 tackles, 8.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, and four passes defended.

Newcomer of the Year: RJ Harvey, RB, UCF

UCF’s run game has been one of the best in the country this season, going for 233.2 yards per game, ranking second in the conference and fourth in the country. RJ Harvey has been the leader in the Knights’ backfield, with 1,296 yards and 16 touchdowns on the year.

Co-Coach of the Year: Neal Brown, West Virginia; Steve Sarkisian, Texas

West Virginia head coach Neal Brown has earned himself at least one more season in Morgantown after getting the Mountaineers to 8-4 on the year after being picked to finish dead last in the conference preseason.

Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian eclipsed the 10-win mark for the first time in his career this season, getting the Longhorns to 11-1 and to the first overall seed in the Big 12. A win in the Big 12 Championship would give Texas its first shot at a College Football Playoff appearance in school history.

 

All-Big 12 Football Team

Offense

QB: Dillon Gabriel, Oklahoma *

RB: Ollie Gordon, Oklahoma State *

RB: Tahj Brooks, Texas Tech

FB/TE: Ben Sinnott, Kansas State

WR: Drake Stoops, Oklahoma *

WR: Xavier Worthy, Texas

WR: Javon Baker, UCF

OL: Zach Frazier, West Virginia *

OL: Cooper Beebe, Kansas State *

OL: Tyler Guyton, Oklahoma

OL: Patrick Paul, Houston

OL: Luke Kandra, Cincinnati

 

Defense

DL: T’Vondre Sweat, Texas *

DL: Byron Murphy, Texas

DL: Nelson Ceasar, Houston *

DL: Tre’Mon Morris-Brash, UCF

LB: Danny Stutsman, Oklahoma *

LB: Nickolas Martin, Oklahoma State *

LB: Jaylan Ford, Texas

LB: Jason Johnson, UCF

DB: Jeremiah Cooper, Iowa State *

DB: Billy Bowman, Oklahoma

DB: Beanie Bishop Jr., West Virginia

DB: Eddie Heckard, BYU

DB: TJ Tampa, Iowa State

Special Teams

K: Burt Auburn, Texas*

P: Austin McNamara, Texas Tech

KR/PR: Matthew Golden, Houston

* – Denotes a consensus selection

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