E.J. Bibbs

Baylor leads the way with nine AP All-Big 12 nods

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It’s been a bad a news week for the Big 12 after splitting its championship in ugly fashion, getting shut out of the College Football Playoff, and then passing the blame around the conference like an angry grenade in the news media. So how about some good news for controversy’s favorite conference?

The AP released its 2014 All-Big 12 team on Monday, and One True Champion Baylor leads the way with nine selections, but One True Champion TCU managed to snag both offensive and defensive player of the year honors. The Frogs Oklahoma boasted with seven picks apiece, and Kansas State followed with six.

Oh, and Kansas had as many selections as Texas, and more than Oklahoma State and Texas Tech combined.

Here’s how it broke down:

Offensive Player of the Year: Trevone Boykin, TCU

Defensive Player of the Year: Paul Dawson, TCU

Offensive Newcomer of the Year: Samaje Perine, Oklahoma

Defensive Newcomer of the Year: Taylor Young, Baylor

Offense – First Team

QB Trevone Boykin, TCU

RB Samaje Perine, Oklahoma

WR Corey Coleman, Baylor

WR Tyler Lockett, Kansas State

WR Kevin White, West Virginia

TE E.J. Bibbs, Iowa State

C B.J. Finney, Kansas State

OL Le’Raven Clark, Texas Tech

OL Spencer Drango, Baylor

OL Mark Glowinski, West Virginia

OL Daryl Williams, Oklahoma

PK Josh Lambert, West Virginia

AP Tyreek Hill, Oklahoma State

Defense – First Team

LB Paul Dawson, TCU

LB Ben Heeney, Kansas

LB Pete Robertson, Texas Tech

LB Eric Striker, Oklahoma

DB Sam Carter, TCU

DB Zack Sanchez, Oklahoma

DB Chris Hackett, TCU

DB Orion Stewart, Baylor

DL Andrew Billings, Baylor

DL Malcom Brown, Texas

DL Shawn Oakman, Baylor

DL Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma State

P Trevor Pardula, Kansas

Offense – Second Team

QB Bryce Petty, Baylor

RB Shock Linwood, Baylor

WR John Harris, Texas

WR Curry Sexton, Kansas State

WR Sterling Shepard, Oklahoma

TE Jimmay Mundine, Kansas

C Joey Hunt, TCU

OL Tayo Fabuluje, TCU

OL Quinton Spain, West Virginia

OL Tyrus Thompson, Oklahoma

OL Cody Whitehair, Kansas State

PK Jaden Oberkrom, TCU

AP Tyler Lockett, Kansas State

Defense – Second Team

LB Dominique Alexander, Oklahoma

LB Bryce Hager, Baylor

LB Jordan Hicks, Texas

LB Jonathan Truman, Kansas State

DB Quandre Diggs, Texas

DB Karl Joseph, West Virginia

DB JaCorey Shepherd, Kansas

DB Nigel Tribune, Iowa State

DL Chucky Hunter, TCU

DL Ryan Mueller, Kansas State

DL Jordan Phillips, Oklahoma

DL Cedric Reed, Texas

P Spencer Roth, Baylor

Nation’s top tight ends named semifinalists for John Mackey Award

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It is almost award season in college football. Today, the field of contenders for the John Mackey Award for bets tight end in college football was trimmed down to just eight semifinalists.

Jean Sifrin of Massachusetts leads all tight ends with 593 receiving yards this season. Miami’s Clive Walford, Minnesota’s Maxx Williams and Iowa State’s E.J. Bibbs are tied for the lead among the nation’s tight ends with seven touchdowns each. All four players were named semifinalists for the award.

Last year’s Mackey Award went to Washington’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins. This year’s winner will be announced on December 10 and presented live on December 11 during the annual Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show. Finalists will be announced on November 24.

The finalists are:

E.J. Bibbs (SR, Iowa State)
Evan Engram (SO, Mississippi)
Ben Koyack (SR, Notre Dame)
Jimmay Mundine (SR, Kansas)
Nick O’Leary (SR, Florida State)
Jean Sifrin (JR, Massachusetts)
Clive Walford (SR, Miami)
Maxx Williams (SO, Minnesota).

John Mackey Award announces 33-member midseason Watch List

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The John Mackey Award released its 33-name midseason Watch List on Monday and, considering the state of the position in college football, this may very well be the only 33 names that meet its criteria.

We all remember the Jace Amaro fiasco last year, where the Texas Tech tight end was first deemed not eligible for the award, then granted eligibility, only to be snubbed from the finalist list despite ranking sixth nationally with 106 catches, while North Carolina’s Eric Ebron ranked second among tight ends at 62. Washington’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins took home the 2013 trophy.

Wake Forest’s Cam Serigne leads all tight ends with 29 catches for 282 yards and one touchdown. He ranks 78th nationally among all pass-catchers, and stands as the only tight end in the top 100.

Here is the full list, presented in alphabetical order:

– Rory Anderson – South Carolina
– Kennard Backman – UAB
– E.J. Bibbs – Iowa State
– Gerald Christian – Louisville
– Evan Engram – Ole Miss
– Billy Freeman – San Jose State
– David Grinnage – N.C. State
– Connor Hamlett – Oregon State
– Mitchell Henry – Western Kentucky
– Jeff Heuerman – Ohio State
– Bucky Hodges – Virginia Tech
– Austin Hooper – Stanford
– O.J. Howard – Alabama
– Jesse James – Penn State
– Malcolm Johnson – Missisippi State
– Ben Koyack – Notre Dame
– Tyler Kroft – Rutgers
– Jimmay Mundine – Kansas
– Nick O’Leary – Florida State
– Casey Pierce – Kent State
– Joel Ruiz – Georgia State
– Tyreese Russell – Eastern Michigan
– Wes Saxton – South Alabama
– Cam Serigne – Wake Forest
– Jean Sifrin – Massachusetts
– Justin Sinz – Purdue
– Jonnu Smith – Florida International
– Randall Telfer – USC
– Eric Tomlinson – UTEP
– C.J. Uzomah – Auburn
– Clive Walford – Miami (Fla.)
– Alex Welch – Miami (Ohio)
– Maxx Williams – Minnesota

Semifinalists will be announced Nov. 17, finalists a week after that, and the winner will be revealed at ESPN’s college football awards show on Dec. 11.