Iowa State running back Breece Hall and linebacker Mike Rose are The Associated Press Big 12 offensive and defensive players of the year after the Cyclones' best conference season ever also earned Matt Campbell coach of the year honors.
The Big 12 runner-up Cyclones will play in a New Year's Six bowl for the first time, facing Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl. They were a league-best 8-1 in Big 12 play during the regular season before a 27-21 loss to Oklahoma in the championship game. The eight conference wins were a school record.
Hall is the Big 12 leader with 130.5 yards rushing per game and 19 touchdowns, and has a TD in every game this season. The sophomore was the unanimous pick as the top offensive player when the AP All-Big 12 team and individual awards were revealed Thursday, as determined by the vote of a panel of 20 sports writers and sportscasters who regularly cover the league.
Rose got 11 of the 20 votes as top defender. The junior is tied for the Big 12 lead with 90 total tackles (8.2 per game) and four interceptions, along with 10 tackles for loss.
Oklahoma redshirt freshman quarterback Spencer Rattler was a first-ream pick and shared newcomer of the year honors with West Virginia senior linebacker Tony Fields II, a transfer from Arizona. Each received seven votes and Fields also got four votes for defensive player of the year.
Texas junior Joseph Ossai, who plays a hybrid position for the Longhorns, got three votes for top defensive player. He got votes for defensive end and linebacker on the All-Big 12 team, enough to be selected second-team at both positions.
Campbell, in his fifth season at Iowa State, got all 20 votes as coach of the year.
Iowa State had four first-team selections for the AP All-Big 12 team, matching Oklahoma and Texas Tech for the most in league.
The 2020 AP All-Big 12 team, as selected by a panel of 20 sports writers and sportscasters who regularly cover the league, with players listed alphabetically with name, school, height, weight, class and hometown. (“u-” denotes unanimous selection):
QB — Spencer Rattler, Oklahoma, 6-1, 205, RFr., Phoenix.
RB — u-Breece Hall, Iowa State, 6-1, 215, So., Wichita, Kansas.
RB — Leddie Brown, West Virginia, 5-11, 214, Jr., Philadelphia.
T — Samuel Cosmi, Texas, 6-7, 309, Jr., Humble, Texas.
T — Teven Jenkins, Oklahoma State, 6-6, 320, Sr., Topeka, Kansas.
G — Jack Anderson, Texas Tech, 6-5, 315, Jr., Frisco, Texas.
G — Josh Sills, Oklahoma State, 6-6, 325, Jr., Sarahsville, Oklahoma.
C — Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma, 6-5, 320, Jr. Shawnee, Oklahoma.
TE — u-Charlie Kolar, Iowa State, 6-6, 257, Jr., Norman, Oklahoma.
WR — u-Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State, 6-0, 190, Sr., Fort Worth, Texas.
WR — Erik Ezukanma, Texas Tech, 6-3, 220, So., Fort Worth, Texas.
All-Purpose — Trestan Ebner, Baylor, 5-11, 208, Sr., Henderson, Texas.
K — Gabe Brkic, Oklahoma, 6-2, 198, So., Chardon, Ohio.
DE — Wyatt Hubert, Kansas State, 6-3, 270, Jr., Topeka, Kansas.
DE — JaQuan Bailey, Iowa State, 6-2, 261, Sr., Jacksonville, Florida.
DT — Darius Stills, West Virginia, 6-1, 282, Sr., Fairmont, West Virginia.
DT — Isaiah Thomas, Oklahoma, 6-5, 267, Jr., Tulsa, Oklahoma.
LB— Mike Rose, Iowa State, 6-4, 245, Jr., Brecksville, Ohio.
LB — Tony Fields II, West Virginia, 6-1, 220, Las Vegas.
LB — Garret Wallow, TCU, 6-2, 230, Sr., New Orleans.
CB — Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, TCU, 5-9, 177, So., Waco, Texas.
CB — Zech McPhearson, Texas Tech, 5-11, 195, Sr., Columbia, Maryland.
S — Trevon Moehrig, TCU, 6-2, 202, Jr., Spring Branch, Texas.
S — Jalen Pitre, Baylor, 6-0, 200, Jr., Stafford, Texas.
P — Austin McNamara, Texas Tech, 6-4, 185, So., Gilbert, Arizona.
QB — Brock Purdy, Iowa State, 6-1, 212, Jr., Gilbert, Arizona.
RB — Deuce Vaughn, Kansas State, 5-5, 168, Fr., Round Rock, Texas.
RB — Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State, 6-0, 208, Jr., Sherwood Park, Alberta.
T — Adrian Ealy, Oklahoma, 6-6, 327, Jr., Gonzales, Louisiana.
T — T.J. Storment, TCU, 6-7, 325, Sr., Statesville, North Carolina.
G — Derek Schweiger, Iowa State, 6-3, 311, Jr., Plymouth, Wisconsin.
G — Michael Brown, West Virginia, 6-3, 345, Sr., Compton, California.
C — Colin Newell, Iowa St., 6-4, 304, Jr., Ames, Iowa.
TE — Austin Stogner, Oklahoma, 6-6, 262, So, Plano, Texas.
WR — Xavier Hutchinson, Iowa State, 6-3, 207, Jr., Jacksonville, Florida.
WR — Marvin Mims, Oklahoma, 5-11, 177, Fr., Frisco, Texas.
All-Purpose — Deuce Vaughn, Kansas State, 5-5, 168, Fr., Round Rock, Texas.
K — Cameron Dicker, Texas, 6-1, 204, Jr. Austin, Texas.
DE — +Joseph Ossai, Texas, 6-4, 253, Jr., Conroe, Texas.
DE — Ochaun Mathis, TCU, 6-5, 247, So., Manor, Texas.
DT — Dante Stills, West Virginia, 6-3, 275, Jr., Fairmont, West Virginia.
DT — Drew Wiley, Kansas State, 6-4, 300, Sr., Vinton, Iowa.
LB — Amen Ogbongbemiga, Oklahoma State, 6-1 235, Sr., Calgary, Alberta.
DE — +Joseph Ossai, Texas, 6-4, 253, Jr., Conroe, Texas.
LB — ++ Nik Bonitto, Oklahoma, 6-3, 238, So., Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
LB — ++ Terrel Bernard, Baylor, 6-1, 222, Jr., La Porte, Texas.
CB — Rodarius Williams, Oklahoma State, 6-0, 195, Sr. Shreveport, Louisiana.
CB — Tre Brown, Oklahoma, 5-10, 186, Sr., Tulsa, Oklahoma.
S — Tykee Smith, West Virginia, 5-10, 202, So., Philadelphia.
S — Greg Eisworth II Iowa State, 6-0, 198, Sr., Grand Prairie, Texas.
P — Jordy Sandy, TCU, 6-3, 216, So., Traralgon, Australia.
+=Ossai got votes at both positions; ++=tie for final second-team LB spot.
Coach of the year — u-Matt Campbell, Iowa State.
Offensive player of the year — u-Breece Hall, RB, Iowa State.
Defensive player of the year — Mike Rose, LB, Iowa State.
Newcomer of the year — (tie) Spencer Rattler, QB, Oklahoma; and Tony Fields II, LB, West Virginia.
AP All-Big 12 Voting Panel: Ryan Aber, The Oklahoman; Kirk Bohls, Austin American-Statesman; Joe Buettner, Norman Transcript; Chuck Carlton, Dallas Morning News; Brian Davis, Austin American-Statesman; Drew Davison, Fort Worth Star-Telegram; Matt Galloway, Topeka Capital-Journal; Bill Haisten, Tulsa World; Blair Kerkhoff, Kansas City Star; Sean Manning, The Dominion Post; Randy Peterson, Des Moines Register; Soren Petro, Sports Radio 810, Kansas City; Ryan Pritt, Charleston Gazette-Mail; Matt Roberts, KWKT-TV, Waco, Texas; Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle; Carlos Silva, Jr., Lubbock Avalanche-Journal; Ben Visser, Cedar Rapids Gazette; John Werner, Waco Tribune-Herald; Don Williams, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal; Scott Wright, The Oklahoman.
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