Mayfield, Mixon lead PFF’s 2016 All-Big 12 team
Big 12 analyst Bryson Vesnaver names the top talent from the conference this season.
Mayfield, Mixon lead PFF’s 2016 All-Big 12 team
Yesterday we released the PFF All-American team for 2016, and now it’s time to roll out the All-Conference teams, right in the middle of awards season.
Check out the All-Big 12 team below, including both first- and second-team selections:
Quarterback: Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
While the Big 12 was chalk-full of good quarterbacks this season, there was no question who would be first team All-Big 12. Mayfield was the best passer in the entire country this season, and was rightfully named a Heisman finalist. His 93.6 overall grade led the nation among QBs. His adjusted completion percentage of 79.6 ranked first among Power-5 quarterbacks, as did his adjusted completion percentage of 62.1 on throws more than 20 yards downfield.
Second Team: Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State; Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech
Running back: Joe Mixon, Oklahoma; D’Onta Foreman, Texas
With the Big 12 being all offense all the time, two runningbacks were necessary for the first team. Mixon was the ultimate weapon for Oklahoma, a threat both rushing and receiving. His elusive rating of 105.5 ranked 16th among Power-5 running backs and his 2.55 yards per route run ranked second. Foreman was a workhorse for Texas, single-handedly carrying the team. His 2028 rushing yards led the nation and his 62 missed tackles forced ranked fifth.
Second Team: Kyle Hicks, TCU
Wide receiver: Dede Westbrook, Oklahoma; James Washington, Oklahoma State
Westbrook had a season for the ages at Oklahoma this year, and was named to our PFF All-American team. His 4.22 yards per route run led all Power-5 wide receivers, as did his 695 yards and 11 touchdowns on deep receptions. Washington was as good as ever for Oklahoma State, providing a deep threat for Mason Rudolph. His 1,203 yards were second only to Westbrook. He averaged 2.68 yards per route run, which ranked in the top 16 among Power-5 receivers.
Second Team: Shelton Gibson, West Virginia; Allen Lazard, Iowa State
Slot: Jonathan Giles, Texas Tech
Giles was the biggest part of the wild Red Raiders offense outside of Patrick Mahomes this season. He averaged 3.06 yards per route run and 12 touchdowns score out of the slot both ranked first in the entire nation among slot receivers.
Second Team: Daikel Shorts Jr., West Virginia
Tight end: Dimitri Flowers, Oklahoma
While it’s easy to forget that the tight end is still a position in the Big 12, some teams figured out how to utilize theirs well. Flowers spent most of his time blocking from a TE/FB role and graded as the second-best run blocker in the conference. He also added 11 important catches for 200 yards and four touchdowns.
Second Team: Jordan Feuerbacher, Baylor
Offensive tackle: Connor Williams, Texas; Dalton Risner, Kansas State
Williams made our first team All-American list, as the sophomore was the best tackle in the country this season. The only time Williams allowed his quarterback to be knocked to the ground was in the final game of the season when he allowed one sack. He also had an 83.6 run block grade, fourth in the NCAA. Risner wasn’t far behind, as his run block grade of 82.3 ranked sixth in the nation. He allowed one sack and 13 pressures in pass blocking, good for a 97.1 pass blocking efficiency that ranked fifth in the Big 12.
Second Team: Orlando Brown, Oklahoma and Zachary Crabtree, Oklahoma State
Guard: Terrale Johnson, Kansas State; Kyle Bosch, West Virginia
Johnson was a dominant run blocker for a Kansas State offense that averaged 245 yards rushing per game. He was no slouch in pass blocking either as he allowed just three hits and six hurries all season. Bosch was the best pass-blocking guard in the Big 12 this year, and one of the best in the country. He allowed just one hit and five hurries, his 98.9 pass blocking efficiency ranking sixth in the NCAA.
Second Team: Patrick Morris, TCU and Baylen Brown, Texas Tech
Center: Tyler Orlosky, West Virginia
Orlosky was one of the best center’s in the entire country this season, especially when it came to pass protection. He allowed just one hit and three hurries, leading to a pass blocking efficiency of 99.3, tied for third in the nation.
Second Team: Kyle Fuller, Baylor
Edge rusher: Jordan Willis, Kansas State; Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Oklahoma
Willis had a very quietly dominant year, finishing as one of the best edge rushers in the entire country. His 14 sacks and 73 total pressures were well above anyone else in the conference and were the third most in the country. He also had the fifth best run defense grade at 88.1. Okoronkwo’s raw numbers weren’t quite as large, but he was incredibly efficient rushing the passer. His 17.0 pass rushing productivity ranked sixth in the country among edge rushers.
Second Team: Malcolm Roach, Texas and Dorance Armstrong Jr., Kansas
Defensive interior: Vincent Taylor, Oklahoma State; Daniel Wise, Kansas
Taylor had a dominant season in the middle of Oklahoma State’s defense. His 24 run stops ranked fourth in the Big 12 at his position, and his run defense grade of 87.4 ranked second. But it was his pass-rushing that put him over the top. His pass rushing productivity of 11.0 and 32 total pressures both led the conference. Wise ranked second with 29 total pressures and a third-best 8.0 pass rushing productivity, while also adding 23 run stops.
Second Team: Poona Ford, Texas and Will Geary, Kansas State
Linebacker: Jordan Evans, Oklahoma; Travin Howard, TCU; Ty Summers, TCU
Evans was one of the best coverage linebackers not just in the Big 12, but the NCAA. His 87.2 coverage grade ranked first in the conference, as did his four interceptions. He added five pass breakups as well. Howard dominated against the run, racking up a conference-high 44 run stops. He also had solid grades in coverage. Summers allowed catches but rarely let his man get by him in coverage, allowing just 6.5 yards after the catch per reception. His 40 run stops ranked second in the conference behind only his teammate.
Second Team: Charmeachealle Moore, Kansas State; Elijah Lee, Kansas State; Al-Rasheed Benton, West Virginia
Cornerback: Rasul Douglas, West Virginia; Jomal Wiltz, Iowa State
Douglas was named a PFF second team All-American for his unbelievable play at corner this year. He allowed just 36 catches on 86 targets this season and thanks to his eight interceptions and eight pass breakups, gave up a QB rating of just 35.3 when targeted. Wiltz allowed 26 catches on 54 targets for just 338 yards while picking off two passes and breaking up seven more. More impressively is that the two did this in arguably the most offensively talented conferences in the NCAA.
Second Team: D.J. Reed, Kansas State; Kyzir White, West Virginia
Safety: Jordan Sterns, Oklahoma State; Niko Small, TCU
Sterns was an all-around safety that could take over games for Oklahoma State’s defense at times. He finished the year with 16 solo run stops, second in the conference among safeties. But it was his coverage that he excelled at, posting a grade of 86.8 thanks to his great work as over-the-top help. Small was very solid against the run and even better defending the pass. He recorded two interceptions and broke up six passes on the year.
Second Team: Jason Hall, Texas; Jeremy Tyler, West Virginia
Kicker: Cole Netten, Iowa State
There were not a ton of great kickers in the Big 12 this season, but Netten stood out. He was 16-for-16 on field goals under 50 yards, his lone miss on the season a 50-yarder.
Second Team: Ben Grogan, Oklahoma State
Punter: Michael Dickson, Texas
Dickson’s 47.5-yard average on punts led the Big 12, as did his net average of 43.1. Under 30 percent of his punts were returned and he landed 31 punts inside the 20-yard line.
Second Team: Zach Sinor, Oklahoma State
K/PR: Bryon Pringle, Kansas State
Pringle was impressive all year, seemingly making the Big 12 team of the week at kick returner every week. He averaged 28.9 yards per kick return, and had an electric 99-yard touchdown return.
Second Team: Kene Nwangwu, Iowa State
Special Teamer: Brandon Jones, Texas
Jones was tied for the conference-lead with nine solo tackles on special teams coverage. He also drew a couple penalties and was rarely out of position.
Second Team: Curtis Bolton, Oklahoma