The Preseason 2006 All-Big 12 Team

As the season approaches, the preseason awards are being handed out to some of the best players around the country. Well, it was the Big 12's turn to hand out theirs as the media voted for this year's All Big 12 Team. Nebraska had three members make the team, all coming from the defensive side of the ball.

While Zac Taylor's performance last year for the Huskers was unprecedented in what he achieved through the air, in the grand scheme of things it wasn't enough to net him first-team honors on this year's 2006 All Big 12 team as voted by the media.

 

That honor went instead to Iowa State's Bret Meyer, who got the honor over Taylor, despite Taylor being the conference's leading returning QB in terms of passing yards per game (260.9 yards per game to Meyer's 249.5).

 

That honor could have gone to Meyer, though, based on the talent he has returning at wideout, senior Todd Blythe also being named to the All Big 12 Team.

 

Nebraska got little love on the offense, but got some expected credit on defense, senior Adam Carriker and junior linebacker Corey McKeon both making the 2006 squad.

 

Last year Carriker averaged .79 sacks per game for the 2006, which is more than any other returning player in the conference, regardless of position. The next closest player returning for Big 12 play was Missouri defensive lineman Brian Smith (.75 per game), who did not make this year's team.

 

McKeon is the Big 12's best returning tackler in regards to tackles for loss as the redshirt junior notched 11.5 on the season. Both he and teammate, junior linebacker Bo Ruud were the only juniors-to-be, who come into the 2006 season coming off a season where they posted double-digits in TFLs.

 

One other Husker recognized as the conference's best was junior wide receiver and punt return man Terrence Nunn. As a sophomore Nunn averaged over 18 yards per return, which ranked him amongst the top three at that position in the country. It was teammate, junior cornerback Cortney Grixby, though, who ended up getting the majority of the returns on the year. Which is why when you look at the conference statistics on Big12sports.com, you don't see Nunn's name amongst the top 10. Grixby finished the year ranked second in the conference, averaging 12.1 yards per return, while his average of 10.41 was good enough for 30th in the national standings.

 

Here is the full list of all the first-team All Big 12 honorees:

2006 Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team (Media Vote)
Offensive Player of the Year: Adrian Peterson, Oklahoma (RB, 6-2, 210, Jr/2L, Palestine, Texas)
Defensive Player of the Year: Rufus Alexander, Oklahoma (LB, 6-1, 231, Sr/3L, Baton Rouge, La.)
Newcomer of the Year: Sergio Kindle, Texas (LB, 6-4, 225, Fr, Dallas, Texas)

Offense
Pos Name School Ht Wt Cl/Exp Hometown
WR Todd Blythe Iowa State 6-5 210 Jr/2L Indianola, Iowa
TE Martin Rucker Missouri 6-5 245 Jr/2L St. Joseph, Mo.
OL Justin Blalock Texas 6-4 329 Sr/3L Plano, Texas
OL Manuel Ramirez Texas Tech 6-4 339 Sr/3L Houston, Texas
C Mark Fenton Colorado 6-4 295 Sr/3L Inglewood, Calif.
OL Kasey Studdard Texas 6-3 305 Sr/3L Lone Tree, Colo.
OL Corey Hilliard Oklahoma State 6-5 310 Sr/3L New Orleans, La.
WR Jarrett Hicks Texas Tech 6-3 210 Sr/3L Houston, Texas
QB Bret Meyer Iowa State 6-3 208 Jr/2L Atlantic, Iowa
RB Adrian Peterson Oklahoma 6-2 218 Jr/2L Palestine, Texas
RB Jamaal Charles Texas 6-1 190 So/1L Port Arthur, Texas
PK Mason Crosby Colorado 6-2 210 Sr/3L Georgetown, Texas
KR DeAndre Jackson Iowa State 6-0 192 Sr/3L Garland, Texas
 
Defense
DL Adam Carriker Nebraska 6-6 280 Sr/3L Kennewick, Wash.
DL Tim Crowder Texas 6-4 270 Sr/3L Tyler, Texas
DL Frank Okam Texas 6-5 315 Jr/2L Dallas, Texas
DL Brent Curvey Iowa State 6-0 295 Sr/3L Houston, Texas
LB Rufus Alexander Oklahoma 6-1 231 Sr/2L Baton Rouge, La.
LB Thaddaeus Washington Colorado 5-11 240 Sr/3L Marrero, La.
LB Corey McKeon Nebraska 6-1 225 Jr/1L Naperville, Ill.
DB Michael Griffin Texas 6-0 205 Sr/3L Austin, Texas
DB DeAndre Jackson Iowa State 6-0 192 Sr/3L Garland, Texas
DB David Overstreet Missouri 6-0 210 Sr/3L Dallas, Texas
DB Aqib Talib Kansas 6-2 180 So/1L Richardson, Texas
P Daniel Sepulveda Baylor 6-3 227 Sr/3L Dallas, Texas
PR Terrence Nunn Nebraska 6-0 185 Jr/2L Houston, Texas


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