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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Stuckey named all-Big 12 first team

Darrell Stuckey is the only Jayhawk on the all-conference first team.

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Kansas University safety Darrell Stuckey has been named to the 2008 all-Big 12 football first team and receiver Dezmon Briscoe and linebacker James Holt earned second-team honors, the conference announced Tuesday.

Stuckey, who was an all-Big 12 honorable mention selection last season as a sophomore, intercepted a team-high five passes this season (third in the conference) and was second on the team in tackles with 94. Against Missouri last week, Stuckey had a hand in three Tigers turnovers, intercepting two passes from Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel and both forcing and recovering a fumble.

Briscoe, meanwhile, proved to be the Jayhawks’ most dangerous receiving weapon in 2008, catching 78 passes for a team-high 1,206 yards and 12 touchdowns. The sophomore out of Dallas finished the regular season in the top 10 nationally in total receiving yards and receiving yards per game (100.5), and was second in the conference in each of those categories.

Holt, a senior out of Altus, Okla., finished the season with a team-high 97 total tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss and was tied for the team-lead with seven sacks. His six forced fumbles also ranked second in the nation.

Seven Jayhawks players earned honorable mention honors, including defensive linemen Caleb Blakesley and Jake Laptad, offensive linemen Ryan Cantrell and Adrian Mayes, receiver Kerry Meier, linebacker Mike Rivera and running back Jake Sharp.

Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford, a leading candidate for this year's Heisman Trophy, was named the conference's offensive player of the year, while Texas defensive lineman Brian Orakpo was named defensive player of the year and Oklahoma State's Dez Bryant earned special teams player of the year honors. Oklahoma's Bob Stoops and Texas Tech's Mike Leach were named co-coaches of the year.

The teams were selected by the league's coaches.

Comments

zissou 11 years, 2 months ago

No disrespect to Sparky, either. He played in the best quarterback conference in the country and his team lost to Bradford, Harrell and McCoy. KU would have needed to make the Big 12 title game for him to be considered. Looking at our players' stats, the ones that stand out are Briscoe's 100+ yards per game and Holt's six (6!) forced fumbles. Those are great numbers.

kupopp 11 years, 2 months ago

I agree that Todd deserves better, but he did go global this week. I am spending this week across the Big Pond. Monday's European edition of USA Today had Todd's picture displayed above an article about KU whipping up on Misery. Congratulations to all who were honored. ROCK CHALK!

justanotherfan 11 years, 2 months ago

Reesing is the (at best) fifth best QB in a deep QB league. He's 4th in yards, 7th in completion percentage, 8th in yards per completion, 5th in TD passes, thrown the 2nd most picks, and 7th in QB rating. I don't know how you would consider him for even honorable mention unless KU was undefeated right now. His numbers don't justify jumping him over the guys in front of him. It's no disrespect.

Alan Halvorsen 11 years, 2 months ago

justanotherfan, in terms of stats. he's not fifth (at best). He is right at fifth, when you break everything down. right behind daniel, and directly in front of ganz. Now that's just statistics, we all know that when it comes to Reesing, it's more than just stats. That being said, I know this is a stats world we live in. And I think fifth, in the most dominating conference the world has ever seen in terms of quarterback play, is at least good enough to get honorable mention. The fact is he didn't. Boowhoo

GrayHawker 11 years, 2 months ago

When the game is on the line and you need your QB to make a play, no one has been better then Reesing.Just look at his record compared to others when having to come from behind in the 2nd half or 4th quarter. He has a positive winning record. Mr. Daniel has a losing record.As far as stats go, Briscoe is 2nd in the conference in total yards receiving for conference games only. Bryant is top. Briscoe is a big play receiver, too, by being near the top for Yards Per Catch in conference games.For interceptions, Stuckey is tied for 1st in the conference for conference games only. He is 2nd in the conference among DBs for tackles in conference games.Only Baylor played a harder conference schedule this year then KU.For a real comparision, the discussion should only be what transpired in conference games, not non-conference games.

justanotherfan 11 years, 2 months ago

I like Reesing, I really do. But I doubt you could convince the folks in Norman, Austin, Columbia, Lubbock or Stillwater that Reesing is better than Bradford, McCoy, Daniel, Harrell and Robinson (a guy that doesn't get much love, but has had an outstanding season). The only reason Robinson doesn't get as much credit as the others is because his team is so balanced, he hasn't thrown as many TDs. That's why I say fifth at best, because an argument could be made for Robinson being better. How many guys can you really name honorable mention? You have first team, then second team. Honorable mention is like the third team, but maybe you name two guys per position. That's still only four QBs. I'm not questioning Reesing's heart. He has a ton of heart. I'm just saying that judging by on-field production, he has been outdistanced by several other guys. I think Stuckey is very deserving of first team. He has been one of the few consistent bright spots on defense (maybe the only bright spot). Briscoe could be first team, but you almost know that the two WRs were going to be Crabtree and Bryant (widely regarded as the best two WRs in the country). Second team is pretty fair for him. Holt had a strong year statistically, but on a defense that shaky, I wonder about second team. Still, a lot of Big XII defenses got lit up this year, so I bet a lot of fans are saying that.

Hawkish4bigM 11 years, 2 months ago

Way to go, Sticky! I still think the most telling play was when he ran down that running back in pre-season play. That spoke volumes about this man. Very deserving.

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