Dizon Named <br>Big 12 Defensive Frosh of Year

<!--Default For Colorado is to ignore-->Colorado linebacker <!--Default NodeId For Jordon Dizon is 1397314,2004--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:1397314]>Jordon Dizon</A> was named Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year Wednesday in a vote by the 12 league coaches. Inside, the rest of the results of the voting.

Dizon became the first true freshman to start at linebacker at Colorado when he drew the assignment in CU's first game of the season vs. Colorado State. He's played well, collecting a CU true-freshman record 78 tackles so far this season. He's been in on 557 plays, second among CU linebackers (Brian Iwuh, 702).

The 7-4 Buffs, who will play Oklahoma Saturday in the Big 12 Championship game in Kansas City (6 p.m. MT, ABC-TV), placed just one player on the Big 12 first-team, sophomore placekicker Mason Crosby.

Crosby has a nation-best 60-yard field goal to his credit this season, and a conference-leading 18 field goals total.

TE Joe Klopfenstein, OT Sam Wilder and KR/PR Stephone Robinson were named second-team defense, while P John Torp was second-team defense.

Seven Buffs were voted honorable mention by the coaches: OG Brian Daniels; DL James Garee; LB Brian Iwuh; DL Vaka Manupuna; DL Matt McChesney; RB Bobby Purify; DB Lorenzo Sims; LB Thaddaeus Washington.

Iowa State head coach Dan McCarney earned Big 12 Coach of the Year honors.

Here are the lists:

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jason White, Oklahoma, Sr., QB, Tuttle, Okla,
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Derrick Johnson, Texas, Sr., LB, Waco, Texas
OFFENSIVE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
and
OFFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Adrian Peterson, Oklahoma, Fr., RB, Palestine, Texas
DEFENSIVE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Jordon Dizon, Colorado, Fr., LB, Kauai, Hawaii
DEFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Tim Dobbins, Iowa State, Jr., LB, Nashville, Tenn.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Dan McCarney, Iowa State, 10th season

2004 ALL-BIG 12 CONFERENCE FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE
QB Jason White** Oklahoma Sr
RB Adrian Peterson Oklahoma Fr
RB #Cedric Benson Texas Sr
WR Mark Clayton** Oklahoma Sr
WR Terrence Murphy Texas A&M Sr
TE Bo Scaife Texas Sr
OL Jammal Brown** Oklahoma Sr
OL Vince Carter** Oklahoma Sr
OL Sam Mayes Oklahoma State Sr
OL Justin Blalock Texas So
OL Johnathan Scott Texas Jr.
PK Mason Crosby Colorado So
KR/PR Willie Andrews Baylor Jr
KR/PR Danny Amendola Texas Tech Fr

DEFENSE
DL David McMillan Kansas Sr
DL Atiyyah Ellison Missouri Sr.
DL Dan Cody** Oklahoma Sr.
DL Mike Montgomery Texas A&M Sr
DL Adell Duckett Texas Tech Sr.
LB Barrett Ruud Nebraska Sr.
LB Lance Mitchell Oklahoma Sr
LB #Derrick Johnson*** Texas Sr.
DB Ellis Hobbs Iowa State Sr.
DB Charles Gordon Kansas So.
DB Donte Nicholson Oklahoma Sr.
DB Michael Huff Texas Sr
P Daniel Sepulveda Baylor So

** - Repeat selection from last season.
*** - Three-time first team selection.
# - Unanimous selection
Ties in the voting created an additional position on the first team for kick returner and defensive line.

2004 ALL-BIG 12 CONFERENCE FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE
QB Reggie McNeal Texas A&M Jr.
RB Darren Sproles Kansas State Sr
RB Vernon Morency Oklahoma State Jr
WR Jarrett Hicks Texas Tech So.
WR D'Juan Woods Oklahoma State So
TE Brian Casey Kansas State Sr
TE Joe Klopfenstein Colorado Jr.
TE David Thomas Texas Jr
OL Joe Vaughn Kansas Sr
OL Jeromey Clary Kansas State Jr.
OL Tony Palmer Missouri Jr
OL Sam Wilder Colorado Sr
OL Cale Stubbe Iowa State Sr.
OL Davin Joseph Oklahoma Jr.
PK Todd Pegram Texas A&M Jr
KR/PR Stephone Robinson Colorado Fr.

DEFENSE
DL Nick Leaders Iowa State Jr.
DL Jonathan Jackson Oklahoma Sr.
DL Larry Dibbles Texas Jr.
DL Rod Wright Texas Jr
LB Nick Reid Kansas Jr.
LB James Kinney Missouri Sr
LB Aaron Harris Texas Jr
DB Josh Bullocks Nebraska Jr
DB Brodney Pool Oklahoma Jr.
DB Phillip Geiggar Texas Sr
DB Byron Jones Texas A&M Sr
P John Torp Colorado Jr
Ties in the voting created additional positions on the second team for tight end and offensive line.

Honorable Mention
Baylor: Justin Crooks, LB; Maurice Lane, DB; Dominique Zeigler, WR

Colorado: Brian Daniels, OL; James Garee, DL; Brian Iwuh, LB; Vaka Manupuna, DL; Matt McChesney, DL; Bobby Purify, RB; Lorenzo Sims, DB; Thaddaeus Washington, LB

Iowa State: Todd Blythe, WR; Brent Curvey, DL; Tim Dobbins, LB; Stevie Hicks, RB; Tyson Smith, LB; Luke Vander, OL

Kansas: Jermial Ashley, DL; Charles Gordon, WR; Rodney Harris, DB; Brandon Rideau, WR; Tony Stubbs, DB; Gabriel Toomey, LB

Kansas State: Jermaine Berry, DL; Kevin Huntley, DL; Derek Marso, DL; Tim Reyer, P; Joe Rheem, PK

Missouri: Shirdonya Mitchell, DB; C.J. Mosley, DL; Jason Simpson, DB; Brad Smith, QB

Nebraska: Daniel Bullocks, DB; Matt Herian, TE; Kurt Mann, OL; Cory Ross, RB; Fabian Washington, DB

Oklahoma: Rufus Alexander, LB; Mark Bradley, WR; Blake Ferguson, P; Lynn McGruder, DL; Travis Wilson, WR

Oklahoma State: Clay Coe, DL; Cole Farden, DB; Vernon Grant, P; Corey Hilliard, OL; Charlie Johnson, TE; Robert Jones, DB; Jamie Thompson, DB

Texas: Dusty Mangum, PK; Vince Young, QB

Texas A&M: Jaxson Appel, DB; Kirk Elder, OL; Cedric Griffin, DB; Geoff Hangartner, OL; Jami Hightower, OL; Jason Jack, DL; Johnny Jolly, DL

Texas Tech: Cody Campbell, OL; Sonny Cumbie, QB; Dylan Gandy, OL; Nehemiah Glover, WR.; Trey Haverty, WR; Taurean Henderson, RB; Daniel Loper, OL; Vincent Meeks, DB; Seth Nitschmann, DL; John Saldi, LB; Mike Smith, LB


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