The Norman Transcript
The Associated Press announced its 2012 All-American Team on Tuesday.
The Big 12 placed two players on the first team — Baylor wide receiver Terrance Williams and West Virginia’s Tavon Austin was named the all-purpose player.
It continued a trend over the last five seasons of the league being dominated by its offensive players. There have been 25 Big 12 players named to the AP’s first-team All-American team since 2008. All but five of those played on the offensive side of the ball.
The Big 12 hasn’t had a defender named first-team All-American since Oklahoma safety Quinton Carter and Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller were named to the squad in 2010.
However, the second and third teams have been more defensive friendly to the Big 12.
OU safety Tony Jefferson and Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown were named to the second team on Tuesday. Eleven of the 20 second-team All-Americans the league has produced since 2008 have been defenders.
Both the Big 12 players named to the AP’s third team on Tuesday were defensive backs — TCU cornerback Jason Verrett and Kansas State safety Ty Zimmerman. Over the last five seasons, it has been an even split of the 20 Big 12 players named third-team All-Americans.