Friday, December 13, 2019

Pooka Williams 1st Jayhawk to land on AP 1st team in consecutive years since Aqib Talib

(Boston, MA, 09/13/19) Kansas Jayhawks running back Pooka Williams Jr. (1) carries the ball against the Boston College Eagles during the first half of an NCAA football game at Boston College in Boston, Mass., on Friday, September 13, 2019.

(Boston, MA, 09/13/19) Kansas Jayhawks running back Pooka Williams Jr. (1) carries the ball against the Boston College Eagles during the first half of an NCAA football game at Boston College in Boston, Mass., on Friday, September 13, 2019.


Two seasons into his college football career at the University of Kansas, running back Pooka Williams Jr. is now a two-time member of the Associated Press All-Big 12 first team.

Williams, a sophomore rusher from Louisiana, became the first KU player to earn first-team distinction from the AP in back-to-back seasons in more than a decade, since standout cornerback Aqib Talib pulled that off in 2006 and 2007. Williams is the only offensive player in KU’s history to appear on the AP first team in consecutive years.

The conference’s coaches earlier this month selected the Jayhawks’ most talented skill player to their all-league first team, and Friday the AP announced its 20-member media panel did the same.

Senior KU left tackle Hakeem Adeniji joined Williams among the AP’s all-conference selections this year, landing on the second team.


Kansas offensive lineman Hakeem Adeniji (78) celebrates a game-winning field goal at the end of an NCAA college football game against Texas Tech in Lawrence, Kan., Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. Kansas defeated Texas Tech 37-34. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

A starter on the offensive line in every KU game during the past four seasons, Adeniji was named a first-team O-lineman by the Big 12’s coaches. A team captain, the 6-foot-5, 300-pound Adeniji was a fixture for KU’s offense, which averaged 377.3 yards per game, the program’s highest mark in a decade.

Williams was one of two running backs on the All-Big 12 first team, along with Oklahoma State’s Chuba Hubbard, the nation’s leading rusher (1,936 yards) and the AP’s Big 12 offensive player of the year.

Ahead of bowl season, when other players will have a chance to surpass him, Williams ranks tied for 37th nationally in rushing yards, with 1,061.

KU landed two offensive players on the All-Big 12 teams despite the Jayhawks finishing last in the 10-team conference and scoring the fewest points (23.5 per game) in the league.

This year marked the first time in Oklahoma’s run of five consecutive Big 12 titles that the league’s top offensive player wasn’t a Sooner. Hubbard has rushed for 161.3 yards per game and has scored 21 rushing touchdowns.

Baylor’s Matt Rhule won coach of the year, garnering 18 votes, while Kansas State first-year coach Chris Klieman and Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley each got one.

2019 AP All-Big 12 Teams



QB - Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma

RB - Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma St.

RB - Pooka Williams Jr., Kansas

T - Julian Good-Jones, Iowa St.

T - Colton McKivitz, West Virginia

G - Marcus Keyes, Oklahoma St.

G - Sam Tecklenburg, Baylor

C - Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma

TE - Charlie Kolar, Iowa St.

WR - CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma

WR - Devin Duvernay, Texas

All-Purpose - Joshua Youngblood, Kansas St.

K - Jonathan Song, TCU


DE - James Lynch, Baylor

DE - Wyatt Hubert, Kansas St.

DT - Bravvion Roy, Baylor

DT - Neville Gallimore, Oklahoma

LB - Jordyn Brooks, Texas Tech

LB - Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma

LB - Garret Wallow, TCU

CB - Jeff Gladney, TCU

CB - Parnell Motley, Oklahoma

S - Kolby Harvell-Peel, Oklahoma St.

S - Trevon Moehrig, TCU

P - Austin McNamara, Texas Tech



QB - Brock Purdy, Iowa St.

RB - Kennedy Brooks, Oklahoma

RB - Breece Hall, Iowa St.

T - Hakeem Adeniji, Kansas

T - Samuel Cosmi, Texas

G - Josh Rivas, Kansas St., 6-6, 323

G - Parker Braun, Texas

C - Zach Shackelford, Texas

TE - Pro Wells, TCU

WR - Denzel Mims, Baylor

WR - Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma St.

All-Purpose - Jalen Reagor, TCU

K - Gabe Brkic, Oklahoma


DE - Malcom Roach, Texas,

DE - Ronnie Perkins, Oklahoma

DT - Ross Blacklock, TCU

DT - Darius Stills, West Virginia

LB - Terrel Bernard, Baylor

LB - Marcel Spears Jr., Iowa St.

LB - Clay Johnston, Baylor

CB - A.J. Green, Oklahoma St.

CB - Keith Washington II, West Virginia

S - Grayland Arnold, Baylor

S - Douglas Coleman III, Texas Tech

P - Devin Anctil, Kansas St.


Coach of the year — Matt Rhule, Baylor

Offensive player of the year — Chuba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma St.

Defensive player of the year — James Lynch, DE, Baylor

Newcomer of the year — Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma


Dane Pratt 1 year, 2 months ago

Nice going guys.

Talib could be our third hall of famer.

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