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Big 12 Announces 2023 All-Conference Football Awards

Oklahoma State's Ollie Gordon II (0) tries to get by Kansas State's Kobe Savage (2) in the first half of the college football game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys and the Kansas State Wildcats at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater. Okla., Friday, Oct. 6, 2023. OSU won 29-21.

The Big 12 Conference has announced its selections for the All-Big 12 football teams and individual award winners. Selections are made by the league’s 14 head coaches, who are not permitted to vote for their own players.

The All-Big 12 First and Second Teams consist of 13 offensive and defensive players and three special teams players. The All-Big 12 Awards, including Offensive/Defensive Player of the Year, Offensive/Defensive Newcomer of the Year, Offensive/Defensive Freshman of the Year, Offensive/Defensive Lineman of the Year, and Coach of the Year.

Here’s a look at the All-Big 12 individual awards.

 

All-Big 12 Individual Awards

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Ollie Gordon II, Oklahoma State, RB, So.

Ollie Gordon II is the third Cowboy to capture Offensive Player of the Year, joining Chuba Hubbard (2019) and Justin Blackmon (2010)—all three of whom were honored in their sophomore season. This is the fourth time a running back has won the award in five seasons, joining Hubbard and Breece Hall (ISU, 2020 and 2021).

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

T’Vondre Sweat, Texas, DL, Sr.

T’Vondre Sweat is the sixth Longhorn recipient of Defensive Player of the Year, and the first since Malik Jefferson in 2017. Sweat is the second consecutive defensive lineman to win the award after K-State’s Felix Anudike-Uzomah a year ago. Casey Hampton (2000), Derrick Johnson (2004), Brian Orakpo (2007) and Jackson Jeffcoat (2013) represent the other Texas winners of the award.

OFFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

Adonai Mitchell, Texas, WR, Jr.

Wide receiver Adonai Mitchell becomes the first Texas player to be voted as Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year.

 

DEFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

Austin Booker, Kansas, DL, So.

Defensive lineman Austin Booker is the second Jayhawk to be named Defensive Newcomer of the Year, and the first since Isaiah Johnson in 2013.

OFFENSIVE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

Rocco Becht, Iowa State, QB

Rocco Becht joins Mike Warren (2015) as Iowa State players to be named Offensive Freshman of the Year. Becht is the first quarterback winner of the award since 2019.

 

DEFENSIVE FRESHMEN OF THE YEAR

Anthony Hill Jr., Texas, LB; Ben Roberts, Texas Tech, LB

Anthony Hill Jr. is the eighth Texas winner of Defensive Freshman of the Year and the first since 2018. He joins Cory Redding (1999), Derrick Johnson (2001), Rodrique Wright (2002), Brian Orakpo (2005), Quandre Diggs (2011), Malik Jefferson (2015) and Caden Sterns (2018) as Longhorns to win the award.

Ben Roberts is the second Texas Tech player to be honored as Defensive Freshman of the Year, joining Brock Stratton in 2003.

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Austin McNamara, Texas Tech, P, Sr.

Austin McNamara is the first Texas Tech player to garner Special Teams Player of the Year since the award’s inception in 2005. He is the first punter since 2018 to earn the honor.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR

Cooper Beebe, Kansas State, Sr.

Cooper Beebe becomes the fifth back-to-back winner of Offensive Lineman of the Year, after capturing the award last season. Beebe is the first K-State offensive lineman to be honored twice, as B.J. Finney (2014) and Dalton Risner (2018) were named as the league’s best once apiece.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR

Byron Murphy II, Texas, DL, Jr.

Byron Murphy II is the fourth Texas player to earn Defensive Lineman of the Year, and the first since Charles Omenihu in 2018. Brian Orakpo (2008) and Poona Foord (2017) have also captured the award for the Longhorns.

CHUCK NEINAS COACH OF THE YEAR

Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State, 19th season

Mike Gundy has been named Chuck Neinas Big 12 Coach of the Year for the second time in three seasons. In addition to 2021 and 2023, he won the award in 2010. He joins Matt Campbell (Iowa State), Bill Snyder (Kansas State), and Bob Stoops (Oklahoma) as three-time winners of the award.

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