Reid, Keith Named First-Team All-Big 12 by AP

Dec. 1, 2005

Lawrence, Kan. — Senior linebacker Nick Reid and senior defensive end Charlton Keith were named first-team All-Big 12 by the Associated Press Thursday. Junior cornerback/wide receiver Charles Gordon earned second-team honors as an all-purpose player and eight additional Jayhawks earned honorable-mention selections. The 2005 Associated Press All-Big 12 team was selected by a panel of 20 sports writers who regularly cover the league for newspapers throughout the Big 12’s seven states.

Players earning honorable mention status include LB Banks Floodman, CB Charles Gordon, LB Kevin Kane, OL David Ochoa, LB Brandon Perkins, DB Aqib Talib, PK Scott Webb and OL Bob Whitaker.

Keith, a native of Akron, Ohio, led the Big 12 with an average of 1.68 tackles-for-loss per game. He set the school-record in tackles-for-loss in KU’s game against Iowa State when he recorded his 21st TFL of the season. He ended the regular-season with 53 total tackles, including nine quarterback sacks. He also led the team with seven quarterback hurries.

Reid, who earlier in the week was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year by the league’s head coaches, was the only unanimous selection on the defensive side of the ball by the AP. Reid, a native of Derby, Kan., led all Big 12 defenders with an average of 9.6 tackles per game and was sixth in the league with an average of 1.18 tackles-for-loss per contest.

Gordon, a native of Carson, Calif., led the team and finished fourth in the Big 12 with an average of 10.3 yards per punt return. On defense, Gordon finished the regular-season with 28 total tackles and a pair of interceptions. Offensively, he finished third on the team with 28 receptions and was second on the club with two touchdown catches.

Voters: Rus Baer, Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune; Lee Barfknecht, Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald; B.G. Brooks, Rocky Mountain News, Denver; Jimmy Burch, Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram; Joseph Duarte, Houston Chronicle; Tim Griffin, San Antonio Express-News; Kim Gorum, Waco (Texas) Tribune-Herald; Kevin Haskin, Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal; John Hoover, Tulsa (Okla.) World; Tom Keegan, Lawrence Journal-World; Jason King, Kansas City Star; Eric Petersen, Ames (Iowa) Tribune; Randy Riggs, Austin (Texas) American-Statesman; Kyle Ringo, Boulder (Colo.) Daily Camera; John Rohde, The Oklahoman; John Shinn, Norman (Okla.) Transcript; Jim Sullivan, Waterloo-Cedar Falls (Iowa) Courier; Graham Watson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch; Keith Whitmire, The Dallas Morning News; Don Williams, Lubbock (Texas) Avalanche-Journal.

First-Team Defense
Charlton Keith (Sr./defensive line)
Nick Reid (Sr./linebacker)

Second-Team Offense
Charles Gordon (Jr./all-purpose)

Honorable Mention Offense
David Ochoa (Jr./offensive line)
Scott Webb (So./placekicker)
Bob Whitaker (Jr./offensive line)

Honorable Mention Defense
Banks Floodman (Sr./linebacker)
Charles Gordon (Jr./defensive back)
Kevin Kane (Sr./linebacker)
Brandon Perkins (Sr./linebacker)
Aqib Talib (Fr./defensive back)

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