Stoops is coach of the year; Westbrook tops in the Big 12

Coach Bob Stoops, wide receiver Dede Westbrook and offensive lineman Orlando Brown each took home individual honors and a conference-best seven Sooners were named to the All-Big 12 First Team as the Big 12.

Stoops is coach of the year, Westbrook was named offensive player of the year and Brown was picked as offensive lineman of the year.

Selections were made by the league’s coaches, who were not permitted to vote for their own players.

OU had seven first-team selections: Brown, Westbrook, tight end Mark Andrews, linebacker Jordan Evans, quarterback Baker Mayfield, running back Joe Mixon and cornerback Jordan Thomas.

The Sooners had five players on the All Big 12 second team: Westbrook (as a kick returner), fullback Dimitri Flowers, linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, running back Samaje Perine and defensive lineman Jordan Wade.

Stoops was named the Chuck Neinas Coach of the Year for the sixth time in his career and the second year in a row. No coach has won the award more than Stoops, and Kansas State’s Bill Snyder is in second place with four such honors. Now in his 18th season, Stoops led the Sooners to their 10th Big 12 championship this year behind a 10-2 overall record and a perfect 9-0 mark in league play. He has also guided Oklahoma to a berth in the Allstate Sugar Bowl where the No. 7 Sooners will meet No. 14 Auburn on Jan. 2 in New Orleans.

A senior, Westbrook joins teammate Baker Mayfield (2015), Sam Bradford (2008), Jason White (2003 and 2004) and Josh Heupel (2000) as the only OU players to win the honor, and Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon (2010) as the only receivers to earn the award. A finalist for the Heisman Trophy and Biletnikoff Award, Westbrook has caught 74 passes for 1,465 yards this year to go along with a school-record 16 receiving touchdowns. He leads all Power 5 players in receiving TDs per game (1.33) while ranking second in receiving yards and third in receiving yards per game (123.1).

Brown is the first sophomore to take home the honor since it was first introduced in 2006. He has helped anchor an offensive line that helped OU to the No. 3 total offense (557.3 yards per game) and scoring offense (44.7 points per game) in the country, the No. 11 passing attack (319.8 ypg) and the No. 21 rushing offense (237.5 ypg). OU is averaging 7.55 yards per play, which ranks No. 1 among Power 5 schools this year and second all-time in program history.

With three more honorees on the second-team offense and two more on the second-team defense, OU boasts 12 all-conference players overall. Oklahoma State was second with 11 overall honorees, followed by TCU with seven. Kansas State and Iowa State each had six, while Texas had five, Baylor and West Virginia each had four and Kansas and Texas Tech placed two.

Mayfield repeated on the first team as he has thrown for an average of 305.8 yards per game and has a career-high 38 touchdown passes against eight interceptions (4.8 ratio). A finalist for the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award and Davey O’Brien Award and winner of the Burlsworth Trophy,

Mayfield leads the nation in pass efficiency rating (197.8; the NCAA single-season record is 191.8; next highest Power 5 figure this year is 176.5), completion percentage (71.2) and yards per pass attempt (11.1; only one other player is above 10.0).

Mixon is earning All-Big 12 honors for the first time in his career. He ranks second in the nation with 195.6 all-purpose yards per game and is 21 yards away from breaking DeMarco Murray’s school record for all-purpose yards in a season (2,171).

A member of the All-Big 12 Second Team a year ago, Andrews ranks second at OU this year with his six touchdown receptions. He’s caught 28 passes for 421 yards and is averaging 15.0 yards per reception.

Evans has a team-high 89 tackles and four interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns. He’s also posted 9.0 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, seven pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Thomas ranks eighth in the country and second in the Big 12 with 1.4 passes defended per game. His 16 breakups on the season are third most in the country and fourth most in OU single-season history.

Oklahoma has placed at least four players on the all-conference first team every season since 2000 and at least one player on the team every season since 1926 (91 years).

Oklahoma State receiver James Washington, defensive tackle Vincent Taylor and safety Jordan Sterns were first-team selections to the All-Big 12 team. Freshman running back Justice Hill was Big 12 Newcomer of the year.  

Additionally, Hill, tight end Blake Jarwin, offensive lineman Victor Salako, offensive lineman Zach Crabtree, linebacker Chad Whitener, kicker Ben Grogan, defensive back Tre Flowers and punter Zach Sinor were all named to the second team.

Washington is one of just five Oklahoma State players in history with multiple 1,000-yard receiving seasons, joining Justin Blackmon, Rashaun Woods, Hart Lee Dykes and Adarius Bowman.

His 19.4 career yards per reception leads all active Power Five receivers with a minimum of 2,000 career receiving yards and his 25 career receiving TDs ties Baylor’s KD Cannon for the most among all active Big 12 players.

Hill averaged 105.9 rushing yards per game in Big 12 play. His 1,042 rushing yards are the most ever for an Oklahoma State freshman and are the sixth-most for any freshman in Big 12 history. The Cowboys play No. 11 Colorado in the Valero Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29.

Big 12 Awards

Offensive player of the year – Dede Westbrook, OU

Defensive player of the year – Jordan Willis, KSU

Offensive newcomer of the year – Justin Crawford, UWV

Defensive newcomer of the year – D.J. Reed, KSU

Offensive freshman of the year – Justice Hill, OSU

Defensive freshman of the year – Reggie Walker, KSU

Special teams player of the year – Michael Dickson, Texas

Offensive lineman of the year – Orlando Brown, OU

Defensive lineman of the year – Jordan Willis, KSU

Coach of the year – Bob Stoops, OU

First Team Offense

Quarterback – Baker Mayfield, OU

Running back – Joe Mixon, OU

Running back – D’Onta Foreman, Texas

Fullback – Winston Dimel, KSU

Wide receiver – K.D. Cannon, Baylor

Wide receiver – Allen Lazard, ISU

Wide receiver – Dede Westbrook, OU

Wide receiver – James Washington, OSU

Tight end – Mark Andrews, OU

Offensive line – Kyle Fuller, Baylor

Offensive line – Dalton Risner, KSU

Offensive line – Orlando Brown, OU

Offensive line – Connor Williams, Texas

Offensive line – Tyler Orlosky, UWV

Placekicker – Cole Netten, ISU

Kick returner – Byron Pringle, KSU­

First Team Defense

Defensive line – K.J. Smith, Baylor

Defensive line – Dorance Armstrong, Jr. KU

Defensive line – Jordan Willis, KSU

Defensive line – Vincent Taylor, OSU

Defensive line – Josh Carraway, TCU

Linebacker – Elijah Lee, KSU

Linebacker – Jordan Evans, OU

Linebacker – Travin Howard, TCU

Defensive back – Fish Smithson, KU

Defensive back – D.J. Reed, KSU

Defensive back – Jordan Thomas, OU

Defensive back – Jordan Sterns, OSU

Defensive back – Rasul Douglas, Texas

Punter Michael Dickson, Texas

Second Team Offense

Running back – Samaje Perine, OU

Running back – Justice Hill, OSU

Fullback – Dimitri Flowers, OU

Tight end – Blake Jarwin, OSU

Offensive line – Zach Crabtree, OSU

Offensive line – Victor Salako, OSU

Placekicker – Ben Grogan, OSU

Kick returner – Dede Westbrook, OU

Second team defense

Defensive line – Jordan Wade, OU

Linebacker – Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, OU

Linebacker – Chad Whitener, OSU

Defensive back – Tre Flowers, OSU

Punter – Zach Sinor, OSU