I did my homework in order to vote for the Associated Press All-Big 12 football team.
The choice for coach of the year is a slam-dunk. Dust off a shelf in your trophy case, Bill Snyder of Kansas State.
As for the defensive player of the year, there are a few choices. Iowa State's A.J. Klein had a terrific season. Ditto Kansas State lineman Meshak Williams.
But my vote is headed to TCU defensive end Devonte Fields, who was first in the league in sacks (nine) and tackles for loss (17.5).
As for the offensive player of the year, there are but two choices. Neither of those choices is named Collin Klein, pumped by your Internet and local World Wide Leader of Sports as one of the top five Heisman Trophy candidates.
My vote is headed to Austin, who is No. 2 nationally in all-purpose yards, averaging 233.9. He's No. 1 nationally in receptions per game (9.64), No. 8 in receiving yards per game (104.5) and No. 13 in total receiving yards. On top of that, well, he's a blast to watch.
The other Big 12 offensive candidate? Baylor's Nick Florence.
Klein, the gutsy quarterback from Kansas State, is fifth in the Big 12 in total offense, sixth in passing offense and fourth in passing efficiency. Compare that to WVU's Smith, who is No. 2 in total offense, No. 4 in passing offense and No. 1 in passing efficiency.
Neither, however, compare to Florence, who is No. 1 in total offense, No. 1 in passing offense and No. 2 in passing efficiency.
Austin, though, has made the most impact and splash.
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