TCU dominates AP Big 12 honors, led by QB Duggan and Dykes

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TCU quarterback and Heisman Trophy finalist Max Duggan is The Associated Press Big 12 offensive player of the year in a unanimous vote, as was the selection of Sonny Dykes for coach of the year after his first season with the Horned Frogs.

Kansas State defensive end Felix Anudike-Uzomah was chosen as the top defensive player, and Oklahoma quarterback Dillon Gabriel, a transfer from UCF, was the newcomer of the year.

Nine TCU players – six on offense, three on defense – were first-team picks after the Frogs were the first Big 12 team since Texas in 2009 to finish the regular season 12-0. They made the four-team playoff, with a spot in the Fiesta Bowl against Michigan, even after losing in overtime to Kansas State in the league championship game.

The AP honors released Friday were determined by the vote of a panel of 18 sports writers and sportscasters who regularly cover the conference.

Duggan is one of the nation’s most efficient passers, with 3,321 yards, 30 touchdowns and only four interceptions. He also has 404 yards rushing with six more TDs. He lost his starting job going into the season, but returned to that role after an injury to Chandler Morris in the opener and now has made 41 career starts.

The Big 12’s top rusher and pass catcher were both unanimous choices while again being first-team picks. Texas running back Bijan Robinson has run for 131.7 yards per game with 18 TDs, and Iowa State receiver Xavier Hutchinson has 107 catches for 1,171 yards and six TDs.

Three offensive linemen were first-team selections for the second year in a row: Guards Cooper Beebe from Kansas State and Steve Avila from TCU, and Baylor tackle Connor Galvin.

On the defensive side, Anudike-Uzomah and tackles Dante Stills from West Virginia and Siaki Ika from Baylor all repeated as first-team picks, as did TCU cornerback Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson. Anudike-Uzomah and Stills were unanimous selections.

The 2022 AP All-Big 12 team, as selected by a panel of 18 sports writers and sportscasters who regularly cover the league, with players listed alphabetically with name, school, height, weight, class and hometown. (“u-” denotes unanimous selection):



u-WR – Xavier Hutchinson, Iowa State, 6-3, 210, Sr., Jacksonville, Florida.

WR – Quentin Johnston, TCU, 6-4, 215, Jr., Temple, Texas.

T – Connor Galvin, Baylor, 6-7, 302, Sr., Katy, Texas.

T – Anton Harrison, Oklahoma, 6-5, 315, Jr., Washington, D.C.

G – Steve Avila, TCU, 6-4, 330, Sr., Arlington, Texas.

G – Cooper Beebe, Kansas State, 6-4, 322, Jr., Kansas City, Kansas.

C – Alan Ali, TCU, 6-5, 300, Sr., Fort Worth, Texas.

TE – Ja'Tavion Sanders, Texas,6-4, 242, So., Denton, Texas.

u-QB – Max Duggan, TCU, 6-2, 210, Sr., Council Bluffs, Iowa.

u-RB – Bijan Robinson, Texas, 6-0, 222, Jr., Tucson, Arizona.

RB – Kendre Miller, TCU, 6-0, 220, Jr., Mount Enterprise, Texas.

PK – Griffin Kell, TCU, 6-0, 193, Sr., Arlington, Texas.

All-Purpose – Deuce Vaughn, Kansas State, 5-6, 176, Jr., Round Rock, Texas.


u-DE – Felix Anudike-Uzomah, Kansas State, 6-4, 255, Jr., Kansas City, Missouri.

DE – Tyree Wilson, Texas Tech, 6-6, 275, Sr., Henderson, Texas.

u-DT – Dante Stills, West Virginia, 6-4, 290, Sr., Fairmont, West Virginia.

DT – Siaki Ika, Baylor, 6-4, 358, Jr., Salt Lake City, Utah.

LB – Jaylan Ford, Texas, 6-3, 234, Jr., Frisco, Texas.

LB – DeMarvion Overshown, Texas, 6-4, 220, Sr., Arp, Texas.

LB – Dee Winters, TCU, 6-1, 230, Sr., Brenham, Texas.

CB – Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, TCU, 5-9, 180, Sr., Waco, Texas.

CB – Josh Newton, TCU, 6-0, 195, Jr., Monroe, Louisiana.

S – Jason Taylor II, Oklahoma State, 6-0, 215, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

S – Marquis Waters, Texas Tech, 6-1, 215, Sr., Delray Beach, Florida.

P – Michael Turk, Oklahoma, 6-0, 231, Sr., Dallas.



WR – Marvin Mims Jr., Oklahoma, 5-11, 182, Jr., Frisco, Texas.

WR – Xavier Worthy, Texas, 6-1, 160, So., Fresno, California.

T – Wanya Morris, Oklahoma, 6-6, 310, Sr., Grayson, Georgia.

T – Kelvin Banks Jr., Texas, 6-4, 320, Fr., Humble, Texas.

G – Hunter Woodard, Oklahoma State, 6-5, 300, Sr., Tuscola, Illinois.

G – Grant Miller, Baylor, 6-4, 312, Sr., Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

C – Zach Frazier, West Virginia, 6-3, 306, So., Fairmont, West Virginia.

TE – Brayden Willis, Oklahoma, 6-4, 240, Sr., Arlington, Texas.

QB – Dillon Gabriel, Oklahoma, 5-11, 203, Jr., Mililani, Hawaii.

RB – Eric Gray, Oklahoma, 5-10, 210, Sr., Memphis, Tennessee.

RB – Deuce Vaughn, Kansas State, 5-6, 176, Jr., Round Rock, Texas.

PK – Tanner, Brown, Oklahoma State, 6-0, 180, Sr., Saugus, California.

All-Purpose – Derius Davis, TCU, 5-10, 175, Sr., Saint Francisville, Louisiana.


DE – Will McDonald IV, Iowa State, 6-4, 245, Sr., Pewaukee, Wisconsin.

DE – Lonnie Phelps, Kansas, 6-3, 245, Jr., Cincinnati.

DT — Moro Ojomo, Texas, 6-3, 284, Sr., Katy, Texas.

DT — Keondre Coburn, Texas, 6-2, 344, Sr., Houston.

LB – Mason Cobb, Oklahoma State, 6-0, 230, Jr., Provo, Utah.

LB – Dillon Doyle, Baylor, 6-3, 240, Sr., Iowa City, Iowa.

LB – Johnny Hodges, TCU, 6-2, 240, Jr., Darnestown, Maryland.

CB – Julius Brents, Kansas State, 6-4, 202, Sr., Indianapolis.

CB – Cobee Bryant, Kansas, 6-0, 170, So., Evergreen, Alabama.

S – Aubrey Burks, West Virginia, 5-11, 201, So., Oakridge, Florida.

S – Al Walcott, Baylor, 6-2, 219, Sr., Wilmington, North Carolina.

P – Ty Zentner, Kansas State, 6-2, 200, Sr., Topeka, Kansas.

u-Coach of the year – Sonny Dykes, TCU.

u-Offensive Player of the Year – Max Duggan, QB, TCU.

Defensive Player of the Year – Felix Anudike-Uzomah, Kansas State,

Newcomer of the year – Dillon Gabriel, QB, Oklahoma

AP All-Big 12 Voting Panel: Ryan Aber, The Oklahoman; Eric Bailey, Tulsa World; Kirk Bohls, Austin American-Statesman; Chuck Carlton, Dallas Morning News; Arne Green, Salina Journal; Steven Johnson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram; Travis Hines, Des Moines Register; Eric Kelly, KWKT-TV, Waco, Texas; Blair Kerkhoff, Kansas City Star; Chuck Landon, Charleston Gazette-Mail; Randy Peterson, Des Moines Register; Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle; Carlos Silva, Jr., Lubbock Avalanche-Journal; Matt Tait, Lawrence Journal World; Jacob Unruh, The Oklahoman; John Werner, Waco Tribune-Herald; Don Williams, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal; Scott Wright, The Oklahoman.

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Vick, Fitzgerald and Suggs among stars on College Football Hall of Fame ballot for 1st time

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Michael Vick, Larry Fitzgerald and Terrell Suggs are among the college football stars who will be considered for induction to the Hall of Fame for the first time this year.

The National Football Foundation released Monday a list of 78 players and nine coaches from major college football who are on the Hall of Fame ballot. There also are 101 players and 32 coaches from lower divisions of college football up for consideration.

Vick, who led Virginia Tech to the BCS championship game against Florida State as a redshirt freshman in 1999, is among the most notable players appearing on the ballot in his first year of eligibility.

Vick finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1999. He played one season of college football before being drafted No. 1 overall by the Atlanta Falcons in 2001. Vick’s professional career was interrupted when he served 21 months in prison for his involvement in dog fighting.

Fitzgerald was the Heisman runner-up in 2003 to Oklahoma quarterback Jason White. He scored 34 touchdowns in just two seasons at Pitt.

Suggs led the nation in sacks with 24 in 2002 for Arizona State.

The 2024 Hall of Fame class will be chosen by the National Football Foundation’s Honors Court and announced in January. Induction into the Atlanta-based hall is the following December.

Alabama freshman DB Mitchell says he wasn’t sure he’d get to play again after arrest

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama defensive back Tony Mitchell said he feared his football career was over after his arrest on a drug charge.

The Crimson Tide freshman said in a video posted Sunday on social media that he knew “something much bigger could have happened.”

A judge in Holmes County, Florida, sentenced Mitchell to three years of probation with a fine and community service on May 24 after Mitchell pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of more than 20 grams of cannabis.

“I didn’t know if I’d be able to play football again, but I continued to work out and stay close with the Lord and those who love me unconditionally,” Mitchell said. “During those times, it helped me to keep my mind off it. But when I was by myself looking at social media, what everybody had to say about it, it just felt like it happened again.

“I didn’t sleep at night.”

He was suspended from the Alabama team following the arrest, but Mitchell’s father, Tony Sr., posted on Facebook last week that the defensive back had been reinstated. An Alabama spokesman declined to comment on Mitchell’s status.

Tony Mitchell Sr. shared his son’s video on Facebook, saying it was filmed during a talk to youth.

“I was doing things I knew I shouldn’t to try to fit in,” the younger Mitchell said, “but not everybody’s your friend.”

Mitchell, who is from Alabaster, Alabama, was a four-star prospect and the 15th-rated safety in the 247Composite rankings.

He had been charged in March with possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell after a traffic stop when authorities said he drove over 141 mph (227 kph) while trying to evade deputies in the Florida Panhandle. A deputy had spotted Mitchell’s black Dodge Challenger traveling 78 mph (125 kph) in a 55 mph (88 kph) zone on a rural highway north of Bonifay.

He also received 100 hours of community service and paid a fine of $1,560.

Mitchell and a passenger were both charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to sell or deliver, according to a Holmes County Sheriff’s Office arrest report. The other man also was charged with carrying a concealed gun without a permit.