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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Jayhawks on Steele’s All-Big 12 team

West Virginia safety Derrek Pitts (1) hangs onto the shirttail of Kansas tight end Ben Johnson (84) after a catch during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 at Memorial Stadium.

West Virginia safety Derrek Pitts (1) hangs onto the shirttail of Kansas tight end Ben Johnson (84) after a catch during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 at Memorial Stadium.

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Most publications and websites limit their college football all-conference postseason honors to two teams — but not national analyst Phil Steele.

With first-, second- and third-team slots available on Steele’s All-Big 12 list, Kansas landed seven total players on the 2017 postseason edition.

Senior tight end Ben Johnson, junior defensive tackle Daniel Wise and junior linebacker Joe Dineen were selected for Steele’s second team. Junior defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr., sophomore offensive lineman Hakeem Adeniji, junior kicker Gabriel Rui and junior nickelback Bryce Torneden made the third team.

Johnson caught 30 passes for 363 yards, and also earned second-team honors from the Big 12 coaches and the Associated Press.

Wise made 16.0 tackles for loss and 7.0 sacks. The league’s coaches voted Wise to its first team, while the AP named him a second-teamer.

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Kansas defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. (2), Kansas defensive tackle Daniel Wise (96) and Kansas linebacker Osaze Ogbebor (31) celebrate after Armstrong sacked Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) during the third quarter on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 at Memorial Stadium.

Dineen led the Big 12 in total tackles (137), tackles for loss (25.0) and solo tackles (93). Big 12 coaches and the AP also identified the linebacker from Lawrence as a second-team performer.

Armstrong made 63 total tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks, and earned second-team status from the AP and Big 12 coaches.

Adeniji, an honorable mention selection by Big 12 coaches, started all 12 games as a tackle for KU in 2017.

Rui led the Big 12 in field goal kicking percentage at 85 percent — 17-of-20 — and connected on a career-long 50-yarder at Oklahoma State.

Torneden made 61 total tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks, and was on the coaches’ honorable mention list.

Kansas place kicker Gabriel Rui (39) watches his kick on a field goal attempt during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas place kicker Gabriel Rui (39) watches his kick on a field goal attempt during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 at Memorial Stadium. by Nick Krug

Comments

Bryson Stricker 1 month ago

Damn, Beaty is doing a fantastic job! Never had this many players make his list before! #DavidBeatyforPresident

Richard Duran 1 month ago

yeah, how has all this all conference talent not turned into more than 3 wins?

Dirk Medema 1 month ago

It would seem that this points to Beaty's ability to recruit and develop players.

The lack of Ws would seem in part to reflect the crater called a roster that he inherited. We're still very much a young developing team which is obviously different (to anyone willing to think) than an top team with top talent that has imploded.

Good job guys- players and coaches.

Dirk Medema 1 month ago

Remember not to long ago when we didn't have any players on any team?

Obviously it's not enough progress but only those committed to seeing failure can't see progress.

Jeff Coffman 1 month ago

When beauty came on we had more than we have now. I have cited the link many times any you and others are posting incorrect information.

Randy Glenn 1 month ago

I understand some things but how does Dineen make 2nd team Big 12 but SI`s 2nd team ALL-AMERICAN??

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