Freshman QB Vince Young was named the Big 12's Offensive Newcomer of the Year by a panel of Associated Press sportswriters covering the league while junior WLB Derrick Johnson, senior CB Nathan Vasher and senior OG Tillman Holloway were first-team all-league selections, it was announced Thursday.
Earlier this week, Young was named Big 12 Freshman of the Year by conference coaches. It was the sixth straight year that a Longhorn was tabbed the league's top offensive freshman or top defensive freshman. Previous choices were DT Rodrique Wright
, RB Cedric Benson
, SE Roy Williams
, LB Derrick Johnson
and DE Cory Redding
and QB Major Applewhite.
The AP named OU QB Jason White the offensive player of the year and teammate Derrick Strait defensive player of the year.
Young was 78-of-129 for 1,140 yards this season and had his hand (and feet) in 17 TDs: (11 rushing, six passing). He was Texas' second-leading rusher with 948 yards on 126 carries. His 7.52 yards-per-carry led the nation.
Johnson, a Butkus Award finalist, leads the Horns in tackles (116), solo tackles (75), TFL (18) and fumble recoveries (3). He also has eight PBU, two INT, nine QB pressures and one forced fumble.
Vasher led the Horns with six INT this season and tied Noble Doss' 62-year old mark for career INT (17) against Texas A&M. The senior registered 23 pass breakups (No. 2 on Texas' all-time single-season list) to give him a school-record 61 for his career.
Holloway, the OL's vocal leader, headed a unit that began to jell after the OU game.