Sooners earning honors at conference, national level all week

OU is earning one major award after another this week, both at the conference and national levels.

The honors keep coming for Oklahoma. Monday and Tuesday saw OU earn several awards for its players and coaches on the national stage.

Wednesday was conference time as the All-Big 12 awards and teams were announced, as voted by the coaches who weren’t allowed to vote for their own players.

Quarterback Baker Mayfield took home the top offensive prize, named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year. The junior accounted for 42 total touchdowns against just five interceptions and was also named first team All-Big 12.

Wide receiver Dede Westbrook earned Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year. The junior college product became a steady No. 2 option for the Sooners this season, accumulating 42 catches for 674 yards and four touchdowns.

And for the fifth time, head coach Bob Stoops was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year. This is the first time since 2008 that Stoops has earned the honor as the Sooners won their first Big 12 championship since 2012.

Joining Mayfield as first team All-Big 12 are running back Samaje Perine, wide receiver Sterling Shepard, offensive linemen Nila Kasitati and Ty Darlington on offense. Defensively, lineman Charles Tapper, linebackers Eric Striker and Dominique Alexander and cornerback Zack Sanchez earned the honors.

OU also had several players receive second team All-Big 12 accolades with tight end Mark Andrews on offense and Ahmad Thomas, Jordan Thomas, Jordan Evans, Charles Walker and punter Austin Seibert on defense.

OU had 15 players recognized, by far the most in the conference. Baylor was second with nine overall honorees, followed by TCU with eight. Kansas State, Oklahoma State and West Virginia all had six. They were trailed by Texas Tech (4), Iowa State (2), Texas (2) and Kansas (1).

Freshman Orlando Brown, sophomore fullback Dimitri Flowers and sophomore defensive back Steven Parker were each named honorable mention at their respective positions. Striker also received honorable mention for Defensive Player of the Year and Tapper had the same for Defensive Lineman of the Year.

Monday saw Mayfield earn the Burlsworth Trophy, given to the nation’s best player who started as a walk-on.

Tuesday saw offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley earn the Broyles Award for the nation’s best assistant, while it was a two-for-one day for Ty Darlington.

The OU captain received the Wuerffel Trophy in the morning for his combination of community service and athletic achievement. In the evening, he became the first OU recipient of the William Campbell Award – given to the nation’s best scholar athlete, essentially the academic Heisman.

Mayfield has a chance to notch one more award as he is a finalist for the Davey O’Brien Award, given to the nation’s best quarterback, which will be announced Thursday evening.

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