The Big 12 Conference
announced all of its major award winners and all-conference selections on
Tuesday morning. The individual award winners and all-conference teams were
selected by a vote of the league's 12 head coaches.
Suh was chosen in
July as the preseason choice as Big 12 Defensive Player-of-the-Year and the
postseason hardware comes as no surprise after Suh's dominant senior season. The
6-4, 300-pounder leads Nebraska with 70 total tackles, including 7.5 sacks and
16 tackles for loss. He also paces the team with 10 pass breakups, three blocked
kicks and 24 quarterback hurries, while adding his fourth career
A native of Portland,
Ore., Suh is also a finalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, the Outland Trophy,
the Rotary Lombardi Award, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Lott Trophy. The
winners of each of those awards will be announced next
Suh is the second
Nebraska player to win Big 12 Defensive Player-of-the-Year honors, joining Grant
Wistrom who won the award in the first two years of the conference (1996, 1997).
Suh is also Nebraska's second winner of the Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year
in the past four seasons, joining Adam Carriker who won the award in 2006. Suh
is just the second player in league history to win the Defensive Player of the
Year and Defensive Lineman of the Year award in the same season (Brian
Suh also headlines
four Huskers named to the All-Big 12 first team defense, as he joined Texas
quarterback Colt McCoy as the only unanimous selections to the all-conference
team. Other Huskers who earned first-team All-Big 12 honors included fellow
defensive tackle Jared Crick, junior cornerback Prince Amukamara and senior
safety Larry Asante.
Crick leads Nebraska
with nine sacks and has 14 tackles for loss, while posting 67 total tackles. He
is the first sophomore to earn first-team all-conference honors for Nebraska
since tight end Matt Herian and offensive lineman Richie Incognito in 2003.
Amukmara ranks among
the Big 12 leaders in passes defended with 10 breakups and four interceptions,
helping Nebraska rank third nationally in pass efficiency defense. Asante is
tied for the team lead in tackles with 70 tackles, including seven games with at
least six tackles. He also has a pair of interceptions in his senior
In addition to the
four first-team picks, Nebraska had three players chosen to the All-Big 12
Second Team and another eight players receive honorable-mention
The second-team picks
included junior I-back Roy Helu Jr., who has rushed for 1,111 yards and 10
touchdowns this season, while averaging a Big 12-best 5.4 yards per carry.
Place-kicker Alex Henery has continued his stellar special teams work, hitting
16-of-20 field goals this fall, with just one miss inside 50 yards. Linebacker
Phillip Dillard has been among Nebraska's steadiest players since the start of
conference play. Dillard is tied for the team lead with 70 tackles and has eight
or more tackles in five of the past seven games.
Henery was also chosen to the honorable-mention list as a punter and was joined on that list by center Jacob Hickman, tight end Mike McNeill and wide receiver Niles Paul on offense, as well as defensive backs Dejon Gomes, Eric Hagg and Matt O'Hanlon and defensive end Barry Turner.