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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Reid named 2005 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year

Gordon, Keith join Reid on First Team; 14 other Jayhawks honored

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Kansas University senior linebacker Nick Reid was named 2005 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, and highlighted the 14 members of the KU football team who were named All-Big 12 on Tuesday in a release issued by the conference office.

Reid's selection marks the first time in KU history that a Jayhawk player has received the honor. Senior defensive lineman Charlton Keith and junior kick/punt returner Charles Gordon also joined Reid on the All-Big 12 First-Team.

"Nick is very deserving of this recognition," KU coach Mark Mangino said in a released statement. "He is a dedicated player that made a difference in our program. Nick will be remembered as one of the finest defensive players ever to play at Kansas."

Senior Jermial Ashley (defensive lineman) and Gordon (defensive back) were named All-Big 12 Second-Team. Players earning honorable mention status include DL Rodney Allen, LB Banks Floodman, DB Rodney Fowler, WR Charles Gordon, RB Clark Green, LB Kevin Kane, OL David Ochoa, DL/LB Brandon Perkins, WR Mark Simmons, DB Aqib Talib, P Kyle Tucker and OL Bob Whitaker.

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. He is the first Kansas linebacker since 1997 to earn All-Big 12 First-Team honors (Ron Warner).

His honor marks the third major award for a KU athlete. Previous Jayhawks who earned individual accolades include Joe Vaughn (2003) and Bill Whittemore (2002) who were both named Offensive Newcomer of the Year.

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. He was also named All-Big 12 Second-Team as a defensive back and All-Big 12 Third-Team as a wide receiver. 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.

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. Ashley, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, collected 14 total tackles and teamed with Keith to form one of the top pass rushing duos in the Big 12. He had four tackles-for-loss including one quarterback sack.

The All-Big 12 Conference football teams and individual award winners are selected by the league's 12 head coaches, who are not permitted to vote for their own players.

Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year
Nick Reid (Sr./linebacker)

First-Team Offense
Charles Gordon (Jr./kick/punt returner)

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

Second-Team Defense
Jermial Ashley (Sr./defensive line)
Charles Gordon (Jr./defensive back)

Honorable Mention Offense
Charles Gordon (Jr./wide receiver)
Clark Green (Sr./running back)
David Ochoa (Jr./offensive line)
Mark Simmons (Sr./wide receiver)
Bob Whitaker (Jr./offensive line)

Honorable Mention Defense
Rodney Allen (Jr./defensive line)
Banks Floodman (Sr./linebacker)
Rodney Fowler (Sr./defensive back)
Kevin Kane (Sr./linebacker)
Brandon Perkins (Sr./defensive line/linebacker)
Aqib Talib (Fr./defensive back)
Kyle Tucker (So./punter)

BIG 12 CONFERENCE FOOTBALL AWARDS

SBC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Vince Young, Texas, Jr., QB, Houston Texas*

SBC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Nick Reid, Kansas, Sr., LB, Derby, Kan.

SBC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Mason Crosby, Colorado, Jr., PK, Georgetown, Texas

SBC COACH OF THE YEAR
Mack Brown, Texas, 8th season

SBC OFFENSIVE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Jamaal Charles, Texas, RB, Port Arthur, Texas

SBC DEFENSIVE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Brian Orakpo, Texas, DL, Houston, Texas

SBC OFFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Robert Johnson, Texas Tech, WR, Jr., Americus, Ga.

SBC DEFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
C.J. Ah You, Oklahoma, DL, Jr., Highland, Utah

2005 SBC ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (OFFENSE)

Pos. Player School Class Hometown/Previous School(s)
QB Vince Young** Texas Jr. Houston Texas/Madison
RB Adrian Peterson [r] Oklahoma So. Palestine, Texas/Palestine
RB Taurean Henderson Texas Tech Sr. Gatesville, Texas/Gatesville
FB J.D. Runnels Oklahoma Sr. Midwest City, Okla./Carl Albert
WR Todd Blythe Iowa State So. Indianola, Iowa/Indianola
WR Jarrett Hicks Texas Tech Jr. Houston, Texas/Sharpstown
WR Joel Filani Texas Tech Jr. Phoenix, Ariz./Paradise Valley
TE Joe Klopfenstein Colorado Sr. Aurora, Colo./Grandview
OL Justin Blalock** [r] Texas Jr. Plano, Texas/East
OL Davin Joseph** Oklahoma Sr. Hallandale, Fla./Hallandale
OL Jonathan Scott [r] Texas Sr. Dallas, Texas/Carter
OL Will Allen Texas Sr. Houston, Texas/Cypress Falls
OL Mark Fenton Colorado Jr. Inglewood, Calif./Westchester
OL Tony Palmer Missouri Sr. Midwest City, Okla./Midwest City
PK Mason Crosby** [r] Colorado Jr. Georgetown, Texas/Georgetown
KR/PR Charles Gordon Kansas Jr. Carson, Calif./Santa Monica

2005 SBC ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (DEFENSE)

Pos. Player School Class Hometown/Previous School(s)
DL Rod Wright Texas Sr. Houston, Texas/Alief Hastings
DL Dusty Dvoracek [r03] Oklahoma Sr. Lake Dallas, Texas/Lake Dallas
DL Charlton Keith Kansas Sr. Akron, Ohio/Buchtel/Minnesota/Minnesota West CC
DL Tim Crowder Texas Jr. Tyler, Texas/John Tyler
DL Nick Leaders Iowa State Sr. Omaha, Neb./Millard West
LB Rufus Alexander Oklahoma Jr. Baton Rouge, La./Christian Life
LB Nick Reid Kansas Sr. Derby, Kan./Derby
LB Aaron Harris Texas Sr. Mesquite, Texas/North Mesquite
DB Michael Huff [r] Texas Sr. Irving, Texas/Nimitz
DB Dwayne Slay Texas Tech Sr. Brunswick, Ga./Reedley College
DB Cedric Griffin Texas Sr. San Antonio, Texas/Holmes
DB Willie Andrews [r] Baylor Sr. Longview, Texas/Longview
DB LaMarcus Hicks Iowa State Sr. Clarksdale, Miss./Clarksdale/Southern Miss/Coahoma JC
P John Torp Colorado Sr. Louisville, Colo./Monarch

  • * - Unanimous selection
    [r] - Repeat selection from last season
    [r03] - Repeat selection from 2003
    Ties in the voting created an additional position on the first team for offensive line.

2005 SBC ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (OFFENSE)

Pos. Player School Class Hometown/Previous School(s)
QB Cody Hodges Texas Tech Sr. Hereford, Texas/Hereford
RB Jamaal Charles Texas Fr. Port Arthur, Texas/Memorial
RB Cory Ross Nebraska Sr. Denver, Colo./Thomas Jefferson
FB Lawrence Vickers Colorado Sr. Houston, Texas/Forest Brook
WR D'Juan Woods Oklahama State Jr. Oklahoma City, Okla./Millwood
WR Dominique Zeigler Baylor Jr. Killeen, Texas/Harker Heights
WR Travis Wilson Oklahoma Jr. Carrollton, Texas/Creekview
WR Robert Johnson Texas Tech Jr. Americus, Ga./Reedley College
TE David Thomas Texas Sr. Wolfforth, Texas/Frenship
OL Jeromey Clary Kansas State Sr. Mansfield, Texas/Mansfield
OL Manuel Ramirez Texas Tech Jr. Houston, Texas/Willowridge
OL E.J. Whitley Texas Tech Sr. Texas City, Texas/Texas City
OL Corey Hillard Oklahoma State Jr. New Orleans, La./Jesuit
PK Todd Pegram Texas A&M; Sr. Plano, Texas/West
KR/PR Stephone Robinson Colorado So. Denver, Colo./Mullen

2005 SBC ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (DEFENSE)

Pos. Player School Class Hometown/Previous School(s)
DL Adam Carriker Nebraska Jr. Kennewick, Wash./Kennewick
DL Brent Curvey Iowa State Jr. Houston, Texas/Westfield
DL Keyunta Dawson Texas Tech Jr. Shreveport, La./Evangel Christian
DL Calvin Thibodeaux Oklahoma Sr. Houston, Texas/Westbury
DL Jermial Ashley Kansas Sr. Fort Worth, Texas/Fossil Ridge/Tyler CC
DL Frank Okam Texas So. Dallas, Texas/Lake Highlands
LB Brian Iwuh Colorado Sr. Houston, Texas/Worthing
LB Tim Dobbins Iowa State Sr. Nashville, Tenn./Glencliff/Copiah-Lincoln
LB Clint Ingram Oklahoma Sr. Hallsville, Texas/Hallsville
LB Justin Warren Texas A&M; Jr. Tyler, Texas/Lee
DB Charles Gordon Kansas Jr. Carson, Calif./Santa Monica
DB Chijioke Onyenegecha Oklahoma Sr. Richmond, Calif./City College of San Francisco
DB Daniel Bullocks Nebraska Sr. Chattanooga, Tenn./Hixson
DB Vincent Meeks Texas Tech Sr. Dallas, Texas/Rockwall
DB Steve Paris Iowa State Sr. Dallas, Texas/Roosevelt
P Daniel Sepulveda Baylor Jr. Dallas, Texas/Highland Park

Ties in the voting created additional positions on the second team for wide receiver, defensive line and linebacker.

2005 SBC ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION

Baylor: Colin Allred, LB; Anthony Arline, DB; Will Blaylock, OL; Marcus Foreman, DL; Maurice Lane, DB; Lequalan McDonald, OL; Montez Murphy, DL; Shaun Rochon, KR; C.J. Wilson, DB

Colorado: J.J. Billingsley, DB; Gerett Burl, DB; Hugh Charles, RB; Brian Daniels, OL; Jordon Dizon, LB; Tyrone Henderson, DB; Joel Klatt, QB; Vaka Manupuna, DL; Clint O'Neal, OL; Quinn Sypniewski, TE; Thaddaeus Washington, LB

Iowa State: Jason Berryman, DL; Aaron Brant, OL; Ryan Kock, FB; Brent Meyer, QB; Nik Moser, DB; Troy Blankenship, P; Scott Stephenson, OL

Kansas: Rodney Allen, DL; Banks Floodman, LB; Rodney Fowler, DB; Charles Gordon, WR; Clark Green, RB; Kevin Kane, LB; David Ochoa, OL; Brandon Perkins, DL/LB; Mark Simmons, WR; Aqib Talib, DB; Kyle Tucker, P; Bob Whitaker, OL

Kansas State: Brandon Archer, LB; Victor Mann, FB; Jordy Nelson, WR; Marcus Watts, DB

Missouri: Joel Clinger, OL; Sean Coffey, WR; Marcus King, DB; Brad Smith, QB; Brian Smith, DL; David Overstreet, DB; Martin Rucker, TE; Jason Simpson, DB; Adam Spieker, OL

Nebraska: Titus Adams, DL; Cortney Grixby, DB; Sam Koch, P; Kurt Mann, OL; Corey McKeon, LB; Jay Moore, DL; Terrence Nunn, WR

Oklahoma: C.J. Ah You, DL; Rhett Bomar, QB; Malcolm Kelly, WR; D.J. Wolfe, DB

Oklahoma State: Victor DeGrate, DL; Mike Hamilton, RB; Charlie Johnson, OL: Daniel McLemore, KR; Jamar Ransom, LB; Jamie Thompson, DB

Texas: Larry Dibbles, DL; Robert Killebrew, LB; Michael Griffin, DB; Brian Orakpo, DL; Billy Pittman, WR; Brian Robison, DL; Ramonce Taylor, RB

Texas A&M;: Jaxson Appel, DB; Martellus Bennett, TE; Jason Carter, WR; Kirk Elder, OL; Johnny Jolly, DL; Cody Wallace, OL

Texas Tech: Danny Amendola, WR; Brandon Jones, OL; Alex Reyes, P; John Saldi, LB; Ken Scott, DL; Fletcher Session, LB; Alex Trlica, PK; Shannon Woods, KR

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