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Big 12 Tied for Second-Most Selections to CBS Sports All-America First Team

Oct 28, 2023; Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys running back Ollie Gordon II (0) warms up before a game against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bryan Terry-USA TODAY Sports

The Big 12 Conference is tied for the second-most selections to the CBS Sports/247Sports All-America first team, with five players among the offense and defense. The Big Ten also had five first-team selections, while the SEC led with eight.

Oklahoma State running back Ollie Gordon was one of three unanimous selections to the team after leading the nation with 1,614 rushing yards and ranking second with 20 rushing touchdowns in 2023. This accolade comes just one week after being named a Doak Walker Award finalist as well as the 2023 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year.

K-State offensive lineman Cooper Beebe, who was also named the 2023 Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year, was also a first-team selection to the offense after a standout senior year with the Wildcats.


Texas senior defensive lineman T’Vondre Sweat was named the All-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and was also honored as a first-team selection by CBS Sports after helping the Texas rush defense finish the 2023 season ranked third nationally with just 80.8 rushing yards allowed per game.

Oklahoma safety Billy Bowman was also honored as a first-team selection after ranking second nationally in interceptions (6) and leading the country with three pick-sixes on the year. Bowman was a first-team selection to the 2023 All-Big 12 Team as well.

The final first-team selection is Xavier Worthy, who was selected as the All-America punt returner after leading the nation in punt return yards (358) and ranking second nationally in average yards per return (17.9).

The Big 12 also had three second-team selections on the CBS All-America team, with Texas TE Ja’Tavion Sanders, Oklahoma LB Danny Stutsman, and Texas DL Byron Murpy all making the cut.

Note: West Virginia CB Beanie Bishop Jr. was listed as an honorable mention for the list as well.

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