Friday, December 8, 2017

Four Jayhawks selected to AP’s All-Big 12 second team

Kansas defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. (2) comes in to wrap up Iowa State running back David Montgomery (32) during the first quarter on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa.

Kansas defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. (2) comes in to wrap up Iowa State running back David Montgomery (32) during the first quarter on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa.


Although the Big 12’s coaches determined Kansas junior defensive tackle Daniel Wise belonged on their all-conference first team, neither Wise nor any of his KU teammates received the same distinction when the Associated Press unveiled its all-league selections Friday.

Both defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. and linebacker Joe Dineen joined Wise on the AP’s Big 12 second team, as did senior tight end Ben Johnson. Armstrong, Dineen and Johnson also made the coaches’ All-Big 12 second team.

Wise led KU (1-11) in sacks in 2017, with 7.0. The 6-foot-3, 290-pound tackle from Lewisville, Texas, also was credited with 53 total tackles, 16.0 tackles for loss, a pass breakup, a forced fumble and five quarterback hurries.

Armstrong, a 6-4, 246-pound end from Houston, didn’t meet his Big 12 Preseason Defensive Player of the Year expectations, but recorded 63 total tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, forced three fumbles, recovered a fumble, broke up four passes and accounted for seven QB hurries.


Kansas tight end Ben Johnson (84) hurdles Kansas State defensive back Cre Moore (23) after a catch during the second quarter on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 at Memorial Stadium.

Dineen led not only Kansas but also the entire Big 12 with 137 total tackles and 25.0 tackles for loss (a new KU single-season record). The redshirt junior linebacker from Lawrence also made 2.5 sacks, forced a fumble, broke up two passes and earned credit for two QB hurries.

In Johnson’s senior season, the tight end from nearby Basehor turned in his most productive year at KU. Johnson caught 30 passes for 363 yards and a touchdown, with his longest reception netting 57 yards.

The 2017 AP All-Big 12 team was selected by a panel of 19 sports writers and sportscasters who regularly cover the league.

2017 Associated Press All-Big 12 Team



QB - Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma, 6-1, 220, Sr., Austin, Texas

RB - Justice Hill, Oklahoma St., 5-10, 185, So., Tulsa, Oklahoma

RB - David Montgomery, Iowa St., 5-11, 219, So., Cincinnati

T - Orlando Brown, Oklahoma, 6-8, 345, Jr., Duluth, Georgia

T - Dalton Risner, Kansas St., 6-5, 300, Jr., Wiggins, Colorado

G - Ben Powers, Oklahoma, 6-4, 310, Jr., Wichita, Kansas

G - Marcus Keyes, Oklahoma St., 6-3, 300, So., Port Allen, Louisiana

C - Erick Wren, Oklahoma, 6-1, 306, Sr., Mesquite, Texas

TE - Mark Andrews, Oklahoma, 6-5, 254, Jr., Scottsdale, Arizona

WR - James Washington, Oklahoma St., 6-0, 205, Sr., Stamford, Texas

WR - David Sills V, West Virginia, 6-4, 203, Jr., Wilmington, Delaware

All-Purpose - KaVontae Turpin, TCU, 5-9, 153, Jr., Monroe, Louisiana

K - Matthew McCrane, Kansas St., 5-10, 165, Sr., Brownwood, Texas


DE - Mat Boesen, TCU, 6-4, 240, Sr., Torrance, California

DE - Ben Banogu, TCU, 6-4, 245, Jr. McKinney, Texas

DT - Poona Ford, Texas, 6-0, 305, Sr., Hilton Head, South Carolina

DT - Will Geary, Kansas St., 6-0, 306, Sr., Topeka, Kansas

LB - Malik Jefferson, Texas, 6-3, 240, Jr., Mesquite, Texas

LB - Joel Lanning, Iowa St., 6-2, 230, Sr., Ankeny, Iowa

LB - Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Oklahoma, 6-1, 240, Sr., Houston

CB - D.J. Reed, Kansas St., 5-9, 188, Jr., Bakersfield, California

CB - Ranthony Texada, TCU, 5-10, 170, Sr., Frisco, Texas

S - DeShon Elliott, Texas, 6-2, 210, Jr., Rockwall, Texas

S - Kamari Cotton-Moya, Iowa St., 6-2, 198, Sr., Bakersfield, California

P - Michael Dickson, Texas, 6-3, 205, Jr., Sydney, Australia



QB - Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma St., 6-5, 230, Sr., Rock Hill, South Carolina

RB - Rodney Anderson, Oklahoma, 6-2, 218, So., Katy, Texas

RB - Justin Crawford, West Virginia, 6-0, 200, Sr., Columbus, Georgia

T - Jake Campos, Iowa St., 6-8, 300, Sr., West Des Moines, Iowa

T - Zachary Crabtree, Oklahoma St., 6-7, 310, Sr., Mansfield, Texas

G - Matt Pryor, TCU, 6-7, 338, Sr., Long Beach, California

G - Dru Samia, Oklahoma, 6-5, 302, Jr., Sacramento, California.

C - Brad Lundblade, Oklahoma St., 6-3, 300, Sr., Argyle, Texas

TE - Ben Johnson, Kansas, 6-5, 245, Sr., Basehor, Kansas

WR - Allen Lazard, Iowa St., 6-5, 222, Sr., Urbandale, Iowa

WR - Keke Coutee, Texas Tech, 5-11, 180, Jr., Lufkin, Texas

All-Purpose - D.J. Reed, Kansas St., 5-9, 188, Jr.

K - Austin Seibert, Oklahoma, 5-9, 210, Jr., Belleville, Illinois


DE - Dorance Armstrong Jr., Kansas, 6-4, 246, Jr., Houston

DE - Jordan Brailford, Oklahoma State, 6-3, 250, So., Tulsa, Oklahoma

DT - DeQuinton Osborne, Oklahoma St., 6-0, 305, Sr., Grand Prairie, Texas

DT - Daniel Wise, Kansas, 6-3, 290, Jr., Lewisville, Texas

LB - Travin Howard, TCU, 6-1, 213, Sr., Longview, Texas

LB - Joe Dineen, Jr., Kansas, 6-2, 230, Jr., Lawrence, Kansas

LB - Dakota Allen, Texas Tech, 6-1, 235, Jr., Humble, Texas

CB - Kris Boyd, Texas, 6-0, 200 Jr., Gilmer, Texas

CB - Brian Peavy, Iowa St., 5-9, 190, Jr., Houston

S - Tre Flowers, Oklahoma St., 6-3, 200, Sr., Converse, Texas

S - Nick Orr, TCU, 5-10, 187, Sr. S, DeSoto, Texas

P - Nick Walsh, Kansas St., 5-11, 207, Sr., Lyndon, Kansas

Coach of the year — Matt Campbell, Iowa State

Offensive player of the year — Baker Mayfield, QB, Sr., Oklahoma

Defensive player of the year — Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, DE/LB, Sr., Oklahoma

Newcomer of the year — Will Grier, QB, Jr., West Virginia


Blake Phillips 3 years, 11 months ago

we need corrione, jason, williams (from LA) badly.

joe dineen seems solid on paper.... but if you think back the past few years, so was figh smithson & heeney. That position seems like the simplest position to look good when you're close to the line and your defensesive line is just to underpowered. personally i think dineen seems like a player who actually IS GOOD..... but until i see a competent defensive line, this just seems like fools-gold going to a linebacker who is forced to tackle every single play.

i'm concerned about the QB chart for next year..... do we go with a second round with bendor with a more experienced line, a "third" year with stanley..... or a first year go-ahead with starks w/ one year practice under his belt....... or a full-on rookie like Clayton Tune..... i personally think we take Clayton and just allow him to grow win or lose for the first year and if he gets hurt use starks or Bender. I think i've seen enough out of Stanley. I hate to say it.... i do believe he is a gamer, but.... i feel like he's only a "patch" player and has sorta shown everything he can do.

I hope wise and armstrong rebound and stay one more year.... would love more jayhawks in the pro's.

[''] 3 years, 11 months ago

3 2nd team All-conference players on defense & still.ranked 117th nationally in total defense. That's called bad defensive coaching. I can name 5 DCs that would have that same unit top-40 nationally.

Micky Baker 3 years, 11 months ago

Wait, so now this is confusing. First it was because Bowen couldn't develop them, and now that there are 4 second team all-conference, the goal posts are moved. It is not objective to just be anti-Bowen because you don't like him.

Joe Ross 3 years, 11 months ago

The University's (Girod's) retention of the current regime has soured me on Kansas football for the time being. Will be hard to even watch on television next season. Hate to admit that, but there is no justification for hope in improvement under Beaty.

Micky Baker 3 years, 11 months ago

Ok, Joe. Don't watch. But don't complain either.

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