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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Clemson gives raises, contract extensions to staff


CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson’s board of trustees approved raises for special teams coordinator and cornerbacks coach Mike Reed and defensive tackles coach Nick Eason.

Reed and Eason also received one-year extensions keeping them tied to the Tigers through Jan. 31, 2026.

Reed, who’s been with the Tigers since 2013, had his yearly salary increased $50,000 to $800,000. Eason, the former Clemson standout defensive lineman, joined the staff this past season. He also had his compensation upped by $50,000 to $800,000.

Seven other assistants were given one-year extensions by the trustees’ compensation committee, but without a raise in salary.

Co-defensive coordinators Wes Goodwin and Mickey Conn had their contracts extended through Jan. 31, 2026.

Defensive ends coach Lemanski Hall, tight ends coach Kyle Richardson, offensive line coach Thomas Austin, running backs coach C.J. Spiller and wide receivers coach Tyler Grisham all got one-year extensions through Jan. 31, 2025.

New offensive coordinator Garrett Riley last month received a three-year contract at $1.75 million per season.

Clemson will pay its 10 on-field assistants $7.475 million this season, an increase of $925,000 from the total for 2022.

The Tigers went 11-3 last season, winning the Atlantic Coast Conference title for the seventh time in the past eight seasons.

South Carolina’s Beamer suspends three freshmen from program

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina coach Shane Beamer said freshmen Monteque Rhames II, Anthony Rose and Cameron Upshaw were suspended from the football program.

There was no reason given for the suspensions in the school’s statement Friday. Online records showed Rhames, 18, was booked last night and was being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center on charges of carrying weapons on school property and obstructing justice.

“Our student-athletes know what is expected of them,” Beamer said. “They know that both the university and the football program will hold them accountable for their actions and decisions.”

None of the three have played for the Gamecocks.

Rose is a 6-foot-1, 190-pound defensive back from Miami who enrolled in January 2022 and redshirted this season. Rhames and Upshaw were part of South Carolina’s latest recruiting class and enrolled last month.

Rhames is a 6-5, 235-pound defensive lineman from Sumter and Upshaw is a 6-2, 193-pound safety from Perry, Florida.