Stuckey Leads 10 Jayhawks Named To All-Big 12 Football Teams
Dec. 2, 2008
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas safety Darrell Stuckey earned All-Big 12 First-Team football honors to lead a group of 10 Jayhawks, who received all-conference recognition from the league’s coaches it was announced on Tuesday.
In addition to Stuckey’s first-team selection, wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe and linebacker James Holt were both tabbed to the second team.
KU’s honorable mention selections included defensive tackle Caleb Blakesley, center Ryan Cantrell, defensive end Jake Laptad, offensive guard Adrian Mayes, wide receiver Kerry Meier, linebacker Mike Rivera and running back Jake Sharp.
Stuckey, a junior from Kansas City, Kan. is second on the team in tackles with 94. He leads the team with five interceptions and has recorded seven passes broken up, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
Stuckey has been the lone constant in a KU secondary, which has started six different players at cornerback and two different players at free safety. The strong safety has started 29 consecutive games at that position.
This year he has registered four different double-digit tackle games, including 15 at Nebraska. Last Saturday against Missouri, he recorded two interceptions, a PBU, a fumble forced and a fumble recovered, as well as a team-best tying six tackles. For his efforts he was the first KU defensive player to earn All-Big 12 Player of the Week honors since 2005.
Last year Stuckey was an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention selection.
Briscoe, a sophomore from Dallas, Texas, has been one of the conference’s and nation’s top wide receivers. In the regular season he caught 78 passes for a school-record 1,206 yards and a school-record 12 touchdowns.
His 78 catches are the second-most in a season in KU history behind only Kerry Meier’s 87 receptions this year. He has registered six 100-yard receiving games this season for another school record
Briscoe has averaged 100.5 yards per game to rank eighth nationally. His 6.50 receptions per game are tied for 20th in the country. His 269-yard game at Oklahoma, was not only another school record, but the best mark in the NCAA this season.
Holt, a senior from Altus, Okla., has had a terrific season, leading the team with 97 tackles through 12 games. He also had 15.5 tackles for loss, including seven sacks. Holt is tied for second in the NCAA with seven forced fumbles, tied for 26th in tackles for loss, tied for 47th in sacks, tied for 73rd in tackles and tied for 89th in fumbles recovered.
He has five 10-plus tackle games this season with bests of 13 at South Florida and vs. Texas Tech. He ended the regular season with sacks in each of the final five games.
Last year he was an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention selection.
Blakesely, a junior from Ottawa, Kan. has recorded 21 tackles, including four for loss from his defensive tackle position.
Cantrell, a senior from Sugar Land, Texas, was an honorable mention pick for the second straight year. He has started 25 consecutive games at center, as well as 30 in his career.
Laptad, a sophomore from Tulsa, Okla., has 34 tackles, with 8.5 for loss, including seven sacks. His sack average of 0.47 is tied for 47th in the NCAA.
Mayes, a senior from Manhattan, Kan., has been KU’s most consistent lineman this season. The former walkon has started every game the past two seasons.
Meier, a junior from Pittsburg, Kan., has been one of the most productive wide receivers in the country as he ranks 11th in the NCAA in receptions at 7.25 per game and 38th in receiving yards (77.67). Meier has set a number of school records, including receptions in a season with 87 and receptions in a game with 14 vs. Missouri. This season he has 87 catches for 932 yards and seven touchdowns.
Rivera, a senior from Shawnee Mission, Kan., has 79 tackles through 12 games. He has been named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention in each of the last three years.
Sharp, a junior from Salina, Kan. has rushed for 796 yards and produced 283 yards receiving this season. In Big 12 only games, Sharp averaged 88.8 yards rushing and 32.0 yards receiving.
Kansas finished the regular season 7-5 overall and 4-4 in Big 12 play. The Jayhawks will play in a bowl game to be determined by Sunday.
All-Big 12 Football Teams
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Sam Bradford, Oklahoma, So., QB, Oklahoma City, Okla.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Brian Orakpo, Texas, Sr., DL, Houston, Texas
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State, So., PR/KR, Lufkin, Texas
OFFENSIVE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Robert Griffin, Baylor, Fr., QB, Copperas Cove, Texas
DEFENSIVE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Travis Lewis, Oklahoma, Fr., LB, San Antonio, Texas
OFFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Brandon Banks, Kansas State, Jr., WR, Garner, N.C.
DEFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
McKinner Dixon, Texas Tech, Jr., DE, Lufkin, Texas
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR
Jon Cooper, Oklahoma, Sr., Fort Collins, Colo.
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR
Brian Orakpo, Texas, Sr., DL, Houston, Texas
COACHES OF THE YEAR
Bob Stoops, Oklahoma, 10th season
Mike Leach, Texas Tech, 9th season
2008 All-Big 12 Football First Team
Pos. Player School Class
QB Sam Bradford Oklahoma So.
RB DeMarco Murray Oklahoma So.
RB Kendall Hunter Oklahoma State So.
FB Matt Clapp Oklahoma Jr.
WR Jeremy Maclin [r1] Missouri So.
WR Dez Bryant Oklahoma State So.
WR Michael Crabtree** [r1] Texas Tech So.
TE Jermaine Gresham Oklahoma Jr.
OL Jason Smith Baylor Sr.
OL Phil Loadholt Oklahoma Sr.
OL Duke Robinson [r1] Oklahoma Sr.
OL Trent Williams Oklahoma Jr.
OL Russell Okung Oklahoma State Jr.
OL Adam Ulatoski Texas Jr.
PK Jeff Wolfert Missouri Sr.
KR/PR Dez Bryant Oklahoma State So.
DL Ziggy Hood Missouri Sr
DL Gerald McCoy Oklahoma So.
DL Roy Miller Texas Sr.
DL Brian Orakpo Texas Sr.
DL Brandon Williams Texas Tech Jr.
LB Joe Pawelek Baylor Jr.
LB Sean Weatherspoon Missouri Jr.
LB Sergio Kindle Texas Jr.
DB Jordan Lake Baylor Jr.
DB Darrell Stuckey Kansas Jr.
DB William Moore** Missouri Sr.
DB Nic Harris [r1] Oklahoma Sr.
DB Darcel McBath Texas Tech Sr.
P Justin Brantly Texas A&M Sr.
A tie in voting created an additional offensive line spot on the first- and second-teams.
[r1] – Repeat first team selection from last season
2008 All-Big 12 Football Second Team
Pos. Player School Class
QB Colt McCoy Texas Jr.
RB Derrick Washington Missouri So.
RB Shannon Woods Texas Tech Sr.
FB Jorvorskie Lane Texas A&M Sr.
WR Dezmon Briscoe Kansas So.
WR Juaquin Iglesias Oklahoma Sr.
WR Jordan Shipley Texas Sr.
TE Chase Coffman Missouri Sr.
OL Kurtis Gregory Missouri Jr.
OL Matt Slauson Nebraska Sr.
OL Jon Cooper Oklahoma Sr.
OL Chris Hall Texas Jr.
OL Louis Vasquez Texas Tech Sr.
OL Rylan Reed Texas Tech Sr.
PK Hunter Lawrence Texas Jr.
KR/PR Jordan Shipley Texas Jr.
DL George Hypolite Colorado Sr.
DL Ian Campbell Kansas State Sr.
DL Stryker Sulak [r2] Missouri Sr.
DL Ndamukong Suh Nebraska Jr.
DL Jeremy Beal Oklahoma So.
LB James Holt Kansas Sr.
LB Travis Lewis Oklahoma Fr.
LB Andre Sexton Oklahoma State Jr.
DB Dominique Franks Oklahoma So.
DB Lendy Holmes Oklahoma Sr.
DB Jacob Lacey Oklahoma State Sr.
DB Ryan Palmer Texas Sr.
DB Daniel Charbonnet Texas Tech Sr.
P Matt Fodge Oklahoma State Sr.
[r2] – Repeat second team selection from last season
2008 All-Big 12 Honorable Mention
Baylor: Derek Epperson, P; Dan Gay, OL
Colorado: Cha’pelle Brown, DB; Brad Jones, LB; Daniel Sanders, OL
Iowa State: Mike Brandtner, P; Leonard Johnson, DB/KR/PR; Rashawn Parker, DL; James Smith, DB; Jesse Smith, LB; Reggie Stephens, OL; Kurtis Taylor, DL
Kansas: Caleb Blakesley, DL; Ryan Cantrell, OL; Jake Laptad, DL; Adrian Mayes, OL; Kerry Meier, WR; Mike Rivera, LB; Jake Sharp, RB
Kansas State: Brandon Banks, KR/PR/WR; Jordan Bedore, OL; Eric Childs, DL; Brandon Harold, DL; Joshua Moore, DB; Brooks Rossman, PK; Nick Stringer, OL
Missouri: Tim Barnes, OL; Jaron Baston, DL; Castine Bridges, DB; Colin Brown, OL; Brock Christopher, LB; Chase Daniel, QB; Justin Garrett, DB; Jeremy Maclin, KR/PR; Tommy Saunders, WR
Nebraska: Larry Asante, DB; Roy Helu Jr., RB; Alex Henery, PK; Jacob Hickman, OL; Zach Potter, DL; Ty Steinkuhler, DL; Nate Swift, KR/PR/WR
Oklahoma: Chris Brown, RB; Keenan Clayton, LB; Brandon Walker, OL
Oklahoma State: Jeray Chatham, DL; Perrish Cox, KR/PR; Orie Lemon, LB; Ricky Price, DB; Tonga Tea, DL
Texas: Quan Cosby, KR/PR/WR; Cedric Dockery, OL; Blake Gideon, DB; Aaron Lewis, DL; Henry Melton, DL; Roddrick Muckelroy, LB; Chris Ogbonnaya, RB; Charlie Tanner, OL; Earl Thomas, DB
Texas A&M: Jeff Fuller, WR; Trent Hunter, DB
Texas Tech: Baron Batch, RB; Brandon Carter, OL; McKinner Dixon, DL; Brian Duncan, LB; Stephen Hamby, OL; Graham Harrell, QB; Jamar Wall, DB; Colby Whitlock, DL; Marlon Williams, LB; Marlon Winn, OL