The Bears, fresh off of a 7-5 campaign, have placed 15 players on the All-Big 12 football team, as voted on by the league’s coaches. Leading the pack were first team choices Terrance Williams and Cyril Richardson. Both Richardson and Williams, Honorable Mention selections last year by the Big 12 coaches, were also chosen for the AP All-Big 12 first team. Williams, the Biletnikoff finalist, leads the nation with 1,764 yards receiving and was chosen as an Honorable Mention Offensive Player of the Year.
On the second team is sophomore linebacker Bryce Hager, his first Big 12 honor. This is the fourth straight year the Bears have had at least three players named to the first or second teams from the Coaches awards. The Bears had 3 members on the AP team, including Hager, Eddie Lackey, and Ivory Wade. The five total honorees on the AP first or second teams are the most for the Bears in the Big 12 era.
Along with his first team honors, Cyril Richardson was also awarded the offensive lineman of the year award by the Big 12 coaches. Ricahrdson helped lead an offensive line that blocked for the 19th best rushing attack in the country (226 yards per game) and the top ranked offense in yards per game with 578 yards.
Also being honored by the Big 12 coaches was Lache Seastrunk, who was named the Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the year. The sophomore tailback has rushed for 874 yards on the season, but in the five games where he has seen the bulk of his rushing attempts, he has 693 yards or 138 yards per game. With one game left this year, Seastrunk has a chance to be the Bears third 1,000 rusher in a row.
Nick Florence added a few more accolades as well to his outstanding senior season. He was chosen as the inaugural Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the Big 12 coaches. Along with that, he was chosen as a First Team CoSIDA Academic All-American as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSida). The more recent first team member previously was Daniel Sepulveda in 2006.
Along with their first and second team honorees, the Bears had 12 athletes chosen for Honorable Mention. They are sophomore OL Troy Baker, junior LB Ahmad Dixon, QB Nick Florence, junior PK Aaron Jones, senior OL Cameron Kaufhold, junior LB Eddie Lackey (also Honorable Mention Defensive Newcomer of the Year), junior DL Terrance Lloyd, junior TE Jordan Najvar, junior WR Tevin Reese, senior WR Lanear Sampson, sophomore RB Lache Seastrunk and senior OL Ivory Wade.
The Bears also had six players on the AP Honorable Mention list including Dixon, Florence, Kaufhold, Najvar, Seastrunk and junior CB Joe Williams.
With Terrance Williams up for the Biletnikoff award, the postseason accolades should keep rolling in for the Bears.