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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Four KU football players earn second-team All-Big 12 honors

Kansas running back James Sims salutes a pack of KU fans after his touchdown against Texas Tech during the first quarter on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas.

Kansas running back James Sims salutes a pack of KU fans after his touchdown against Texas Tech during the first quarter on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas.

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Four Jayhawks earned second-team All-Big 12 postseason honors from the league coaches, Kansas University officials announced Wednesday.

Junior running back James Sims, senior offensive lineman Tanner Hawkinson, senior safety Bradley McDougald and sophomore linebacker Ben Heeney were named to the second team by the league’s coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own players.

Sims led the Big 12 in rushing, finished 18th in the nation and also earned second-team All-Big 12 honors from the Associated Press, CBS Sports and San Antonio Express-News.

Hawkinson also received second team All-Big 12 honors from the Associated Press and San Antonio Express-News after playing an instrumental part in helping the KU rushing offense rank 24th nationally and third in the Big 12.

Heeney, who finished third in the conference in total tackles with 112, also was named second team all-league by the AP.

McDougald finished second on the team with 92 tackles, 72 solo, and added three interceptions, two forced fumbles and four tackles-for-loss. McDougald also was named honorable mention All-Big 12 by the AP.

A handful of Jayhawks also earned honorable mention all-league honors from the Big 12 coaches or AP. They were: sophomore running back Tony Pierson, sophomore tight end Jimmay Mundine and senior offensive lineman Duane Zlatnik.

Comments

Scott Bonnet 1 year, 4 months ago

Hawkinson will go ahead of some "first teamers" in the NFL draft. He was a huge reason for our rushing success. Hawkinson deserved first team.

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jayhawkintx1973 1 year, 4 months ago

That's okay, because KU might place a 1st and 2nd team RB on the all conference teams next year.

Pierson needs to get a little bigger and I think he will.

If these new recruits plus the red-shirts this year perform to expectations, this team could surprise a few team next year, but there will be no Klein, Geno Smith, Landry Jones, Doege.

I also do like the final home game next season at home against K-State. There are going to be some upgrades in speed and size on defense as well. The key is though, to sustain drives, 6 to 8 sustained drives per game that result in scores. Of course, if we get a kicker and our passing game improves significantly, that is possible. We'll know a bit more when the recruiting class is filled out.

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Kevin Studer 1 year, 4 months ago

Hubert - 15 TDs, Randle -14 TDs; Sims - 9 TDs.

K-State - 11-1, OSU - 7-5, KU - 1-11.

That's why. And, let's be honest, it's fair.

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MoralVictory 1 year, 4 months ago

Let's see....1st in the league in rushing....only 9 games played...for the worst team in the league...and 2nd team all-conference? This conference is a joke.

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KGphoto 1 year, 4 months ago

Ben Heeney for two more years. This is good. He'll be a captain next year, and a great piece to build a defense around.

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holidaysmore 1 year, 4 months ago

Interesting that Greg Brown didn't garner any attention.

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Jack Jones 1 year, 4 months ago

GREAT NEWS. CERTAINLY A MOST WELL DESERVED RECOGNITION. + IT HAS A TERRIFIC CARRY-OVER EFFECT FOR THE RETURNING PLAYERS OF NEXT SEASON. A TESTAMENT TO WHAT HARD WORK AND A COMMITMENT TO MAXIMUM EFFORT EVERY GAME CAN ACHIEVE. CONGRATULATIONS MSSR'S. HAWKINSON, HEENEY, McDOUGALD AND SIMS AND THANKS FOR PROVIDING SOME GREAT MOMENTS THIS SEASON.

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Sayers44 1 year, 4 months ago

What Sims accomplished without a quarterback and passing game is truely remarkable.

Also good to see Jimmay Mundine get some ink. I was very surprised all year that Wies did not use Mundine more in passing game.

How hard is it to throw a ten yard pass to the tight end?

Jimmay hopefully will be used more next year and will show all that he is a very talented player.

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Jim Jackson 1 year, 4 months ago

I look for a huge season from Sims next year. With Heaps, McCay and an improved passing game, I'm hoping for big things as we will be more balanced.

Rock Chalk!

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ccarp 1 year, 4 months ago

So glad this came out today. This morning I read the weak 1st team Big 12/SEC from the KC Star and was not surprise to see Jayhawks absent from the first team, but if they went so far to make a stretch of Big 12 AND SEC 1st team, there was plenty of talent to make 2nd, 3rd, HM teams as well.

I am very proud of the hawks and glad to see the recognition, despite our record. RCJH!

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Reuben_J_Cogburn 1 year, 4 months ago

Either way...Sims is the man

One of the few bright spots of the season. Hard-nosed, powerful, and fearless. And above all this, he has the character to come back for his senior season and prove that he is the premier back in the country.

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Phil Leister 1 year, 4 months ago

CBS, I believe, named Sims to first-team.

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Reuben_J_Cogburn 1 year, 4 months ago

How can the leading rusher in the Big XII not receive First-Team honors?

Is this a reasonable question, or am I way off course?

Someone please elaborate.

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lawyermog 1 year, 4 months ago

The AP did it differently; only 1 running back on each team. Randle first team, Sims second.

Here is an AP link: http://www.timesunion.com/sports/article/2012-AP-All-Big-12-Team-4093309.php

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doolindalton 1 year, 4 months ago

How many all B12 players does a team require to win a league game?

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lawyermog 1 year, 4 months ago

First team backs were Randle (unanimous choice) and Hubert from State.

Congrats to our guys and thank you for your efforts during a difficult year. Rock Chalk!

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Ron Prichard 1 year, 4 months ago

Congratulations, Jayhawks! You are all well deserving. I am curious who beat out Sims for first team. Randle at OSU I would guess is one, but aren't there typically two RBs selected per team? (I know I could look this up but I only had a minute to check out the site before heading to a meeting.)

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