Dec. 8, 2011
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State had 10 players named All-Big 12 by the Associated Press, including linebacker Arthur Brown as the Defensive Newcomer of the Year, the organization announced on Thursday.
The 10 Wildcats honored by the Associated Press were the most since the 2003 squad had 16 selections.
Brown was a first-team member and was joined on the list by quarterback Collin Klein as an all-purpose player. Offensive lineman Clyde Aufner, wide receiver/kick returner Tyler Lockett (all-purpose) and defensive back Nigel Malone were named to the second team, while offensive linemen B.J. Finney and Zach Hanson, defensive lineman Meshak Williams, linebacker Emmanuel Lamur and defensive back David Garrett were honorable mention selections.
Brown, who has now picked up Defensive Newcomer of the Year honors from both the coaches and the AP, started all 12 games during the regular season for the Wildcats. The Wichita, Kan., product has accumulated 95 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and an interception that led to a game-winning field goal against then-No. 15 Baylor.
Klein has collected a school-record 26 rushing touchdowns – two shy of the Big 12 and FBS quarterback record – while rushing for a K-State quarterback record 1,099 yards. The signal caller has also eclipsed the 1,000-yard barrier through the air with 1,745 yards on 145-of-251 aim, while he has thrown 12 touchdowns and just five interceptions.
Aufner, Malone, Lockett, Hanson and Garrett each earned their second All-Big 12 designation after being all-conference by the league’s coaches on Wednesday.
Finney, a 12-game starter – including 11 at center – picked up the first all-conference designation of his career as he has been a key component to the Wildcats’ 193.7-yard average on the ground and 33 rushing touchdowns this season.
Williams and Lamur were also named All-Big 12 for the first time in their careers. Williams has played in all 12 games and leads the squad with 10 tackles for loss and seven sacks. Lamur, a safety for the first two years of his career, moved to linebacker for the 2011 campaign and ranks third on the team with 77 tackles, including 4.5 for loss. He also has one interception, seven pass breakups and a team-high two forced fumbles.
The 10 players named to the Associated Press All-Big 12 teams joined head coach Bill Snyder, who was named the AP Big 12 Coach of the Year on Tuesday.
Eighth-ranked Kansas State will face No. 6 Arkansas in the 2012 AT&T Cotton Bowl on Jan. 6, in Arlington, Texas. The game, which is scheduled for a 7 p.m. kickoff, will be televised by FOX.
KANSAS STATE’S 2011 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-BIG 12 SELECTIONS
Coach of the Year: Bill Snyder
Defensive Newcomer of the Year: Arthur Brown, LB
Collin Klein, All-Purpose; Arthur Brown, LB
Clyde Aufner, OL; Tyler Lockett, All-Purpose; Nigel Malone, DB
B.J. Finney, Center; Zach Hanson, OL; Meshak Williams, DL, Emmanuel Lamur, LB; David Garrett, DB