IRVING, Texas – Baylor earned a school-record 10 All-Big 12 selections as chosen by the league's coaches, the conference announced on Wednesday. Bears garner league's Coach, Offensive
Player and Offensive Lineman of the Year.
BU head coach Art Briles was named Chuck Neinas Coach of the Year,
marking the first time he's earned the honor from his Big 12 peers and
gives him a third Coach of the Year award
this season (AFCA Region 4, AP Big 12) – it's also the first time a
Baylor coach has claimed the accolade. It's the fifth time Briles has
garnered a Coach of the Year honor in his career as he was named 2006
Conference USA Coach of the Year and Sportexe Division
I-A Coach of the Year while at Houston. Briles has led the program to
unprecedented success in 2013 as the Bears won their first-ever Big 12
title - the program's first conference title since 1994 (Southwest
Conference) and first outright title since 1980
(Southwest Conference) - and earned a trip to their first-ever BCS bowl
game as they face UCF in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1.
first-year starting quarterback Bryce Petty was named Big 12 Offensive
Player of the Year, giving BU its second-ever player to earn the award
(Robert Griffin III in 2011). Also an
All-Big 12 First Team choice, Petty has passed for 320.3 yards per game
and 30 touchdowns, while completing 61.8 percent of his passes and only
throwing two interceptions. He leads the nation with 17.47 yards per
completion and is second with a passing efficiency
offensive lineman Cyril Richardson was named Big 12 Offensive Lineman
of the Year for the second straight season, marking the first time a Big
12 player has accomplished the feat –
no player has ever earned the honor twice, let alone in back-to-back
seasons. An All-Big 12 First Team selection for the second consecutive
season, Richardson has led Baylor in knockdowns in 11 of 12 games for a
team-high total of 83 knockdowns and has earned
a team-high season coaches' grade of 89 percent as he led the team in
coaches' grade in four of 12 games.
Leading the league with six, Baylor's other All-Big 12 First Team selections are: RB Lache Seastrunk, WR Antwan Goodley, WR Tevin Reese and OL Spencer Drango. Seastrunk became the first BU player to run for two 1,000-yard seasons as he led the league in rushing yards per game (106.0) and ranked second in rushing touchdowns (11). Goodley led the league in receiving yards per game (109.9) and receiving touchdowns (13). Reese, despite not playing since a wrist injury against Oklahoma on Nov. 7, ranked third in the league in receiving touchdowns (8) and fifth in receiving yards per game (91.6). Drango led the team in coaches' grade in four of nine games and tied for fourth on the team in knockdowns (43) despite missing the final three games due to injury.
Bears' All-Big 12 Second Team selections are: DL Chris McAllister, LB
Eddie Lackey, DB Ahmad Dixon and P Spencer Roth. McAllister ranked
fourth in the league in sacks (6.5) and his 15
career sacks are tied for the all-time lead at Baylor. He also was
seventh in the league in tackles for loss (12). Lackey, who was an
Honorable Mention Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, ranked fifth in
the league in tackles for loss (13), seventh in tackles
per game (8.1) and 10th in sacks (4.5). Dixon ranked 24th in the league in tackles per game (5.8). Roth led the league with an average of 46.1 yards per punt.
the All-Big 12 Honorable Mention choices were: DB Demetri Goodson, LB
Bryce Hager, OL Stefan Huber, PK Aaron Jones, RB Shock Linwood
(Honorable Mention Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the
Year), DB K.J. Morton, TE Jordan Najvar, KR/PR/WR Levi Norwood, DL
Shawn Oakman (Honorable Mention Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year)
and OL Kelvin Palmer.