Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Four Sooners Named to First Team All-Big 12

18 total Sooners named first, second or honorable mention All-Big 12: A total of 18 Oklahoma players, including four first-team selections, were named to the All-Big 12 Football Team that was announced today. The team was chosen by the league's coaches. "The number of players recognized is probably the thing that pleases me the most," said OU Head Coach Bob Stoops. "We had some adversity this year, but our players never lost sight of the need for individual excellence and accountability, and how those things contribute to a strong team atmosphere." Offensive tackle Trent Williams, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, linebacker Travis Lewis and cornerback Dominique Franks all made the first team. Both Williams and McCoy are repeat first-team selections. They become the 81st and 82nd Sooner players to earn all-league honors in two seasons.Second team selections from OU included running back DeMarco Murray, receiver Ryan Broyles, offensive lineman Brody Eldridge, defensive end Jeremy Beal, safety Quinton Carter, cornerback Brian Jackson and punter Tress Way. Oklahoma's honorable mention picks were running back Chris Brown, Broyles as a return specialist, linebacker Keenan Clayton, defensive end Auston English, defensive back Jonathan Nelson, linebacker Ryan Reynolds and defensive tackle Adrian Taylor. Several Sooners also received honorable mention for the league's individual awards. Those players included Jeremy Beal for defensive player of the year, Landry Jones as freshman offensive player of the year, Gerald McCoy as both defensive lineman and defensive player of the year and Trent Williams as offensive lineman of the year. With the addition of four this season, Oklahoma currently stands at 443 first-team all-conference players over its 95 years of league memberships (4.7 per year). OU's first season of affiliation was in 1915 as a member of the Southwest Conference. (SoonerSports PR)
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