Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

COLLEGE FOOTBALL ; QB Mayfield Leads 7 Sooners on AP All-Big 12 First Team

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

COLLEGE FOOTBALL ; QB Mayfield Leads 7 Sooners on AP All-Big 12 First Team

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Baker Mayfield has gone from two-time walk-on to the unanimous pick as the Big 12 Conference offensive player of the year. Oklahoma's junior quarterback is among a league-high seven players from the playoff-bound and league champion Sooners on The Associated Press All-Big 12 first team released Wednesday after voting by members of the media who cover the league.

Mayfield has thrown for 3,389 yards with a league-high 35 touchdowns in his first season starting for the Sooners, who play No. 1 Clemson in the Orange Bowl on New Year's Eve. He had to sit out last year after walking on as a transfer from Texas Tech, where as a freshman in 2013 he was the first walk-on true freshman quarterback to start a season opener for a BCS team.

After winning their ninth Big 12 title, the fourth-ranked Sooners have four first-team picks on offense and three more on defense. That includes sophomore running back Samaje Perine (108 yards rushing per game, Big 12-best 15 TDs), a repeat first-teamer a year after he was the league's top offensive newcomer.

All of Oklahoma's record nine Big 12 championships have come under Bob Stoops, who is the first four-time winner as AP Big 12 coach of the year. He had last won that award in 2006, the year the Sooners won the first of three consecutive Big 12 titles. Kansas State's Bill Snyder has won the honor three times.

Oklahoma State junior defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah is the league's defensive player of the year with 13 sacks. He was a unanimous pick at his position, and got 16 of the 20 votes for top defender - the other four going to Baylor junior defensive tackle Andrew Billings.

Ogbah and Billings are All-Big 12 first-teamers for the second year in row, as are two Oklahoma defenders - linebacker Erik Striker and cornerback Zack Sanchez, whose six interceptions matched for the league lead. …

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