OU's Samaje Perine Named Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year

Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine was introduced on Monday as the AP’s Big 12 offensive newcomer of the year and also was a unanimous first-team all-league selection.

Perine, who averaged 131.6 yards per game, is the first freshman in the conference’s 19-year history to lead the league in rushing. He is also the first Oklahoma running back to capture the Big 12’s rushing title and first to earn the newcomer award since Adrian Peterson in 2004.

Perine, who registered an FBS-record 427 rushing yards against Kansas, ended with a league’s-best 21 touchdowns. He also led all freshmen in rushing yards this season and had four games with 150 yards or more.

Perine was joined by four teammates on the first team: offensive lineman Daryl Williams, linebacker Eric Striker and cornerback Zack Sanchez.

The Sooners also had four second-team all-conference performers: Offensive lineman Tyrus Thompson, wide receiver Sterling Shepard, defensive lineman Jordan Phillips and linebacker Dominique Alexander. (More at Tulsa World)
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