🏈 Five Jayhawks Earn AP All-Big 12 Recognition

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Five Jayhawks were selected to Associated Press All-Big 12 teams, the organization announced on Friday, highlighted by offensive tackle Dominick Puni and defensive tackle Austin Booker earning First Team honors.

Kansas’ five AP All-Big 12 honorees include Puni and Booker on First Team and Michael Ford Jr., Devin Neal and Cobee Bryant earning Second Team honors.

Both Booker and Puni were named to the Coaches All-Big 12 First Team released on Nov. 29, with Booker named the Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year. Neal and Bryant also earned All-Big 12 Coaches honors.

Booker, of Greenwood, Indiana, finished his first season at Kansas ranked third in the Big 12 with 8.0 sacks and was sixth in the league with 12.0 tackles for loss. Booker is tied for second on the team with 56 tackles, including 40 solo and 16 assists, while adding two forced fumbles and one pass breakup this season.

Puni started every game at left tackle this season and did not allow any quarterback sacks in 745 snaps played and had a 90.5 grade in pass blocking, which ranked third among FBS tackles, according to PFF. Puni and the Kansas offensive line helped pave the way for KU’s rushing attack, which ranked fourth in the Big 12 by averaging 211.3 yards per game.

Neal has rushed for 1,209 yards on 183 carries this season, scoring 15 touchdowns on the ground and averaging 6.6 yards per carry. Neal became the third player in Kansas football history for rush for more than 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons and earns All-Big 12 honors for the third time in his career. Neal has rushed for more than 100 yards six times in 12 games and his 16 total touchdowns this season are tied for second in school history.

Bryant finished the regular season with 30 tackles, 4.0 tackles-for-loss, three interceptions and five pass breakups, which earned him First Team All-Big 12 honors, as voted on by the league’s coaches. Against BYU, Bryant scored on a 22-yard fumble recovery that he also forced, while also recording an interception in the contest.

Ford started 11-of-12 games for the Jayhawks during the regular season and was a pillar of the Kansas offensive line which allowed only 15 sacks. Ford also helped establish a Kansas rush offense which averaged 211.3 yards per game. The All-Big 12 honors are Ford’s first of his career.

The AP honors released Friday were determined by the vote of a panel of 24 sports writers and sportscasters who regularly cover the conference. To view a full list of the AP All-Big 12 Teams, click here.