Joining Dockery on the first-team All-Big 12 squad are senior CB Rod Babers, sophomore LB Derrick Johnson, senior DE Cory Redding and junior SE Roy Williams. Junior CB Nathan Vasher is the only Texas player selected to the leagues second team, while senior QB Chris Simms and sophomore RB Cedric Benson were listed on the third team. Honorable Mention All-Big 12 includes FL B.J. Johnson and OT Robbie Doane.
Last week, Redding was named one of the four finalists for the Lombardi Award honoring the nations outstanding lineman, with the award ceremony slated for 6 p.m., December 11 at Reliant Stadium in Houston. Texas athletic officials reports that tickets for the Lombardi Trophy Dinner and Awards Ceremony "were going fast" but can be purchased by calling (713) 942-1209. Redding is the first Longhorn named a Lombardi semi-finalist since Tony DeGrate won the award in 1984 and is also a semi-finalist for the Hendricks Award. The senior led the defense with 20 TFLs, 36 QB pressures and 7.5 sacks. He ranks third on UTs all-time tackles-for-loss list at 54.
Babers has started 37 games in his career and tallied a personal-best 42 tackles this season. The Thorpe Award (recognizing the nations best defensive back) semi-finalist also contributed two interceptions and 20 pass breakups.
Johnson followed his 2001 Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year campaign when he became the teams second-leading tackler (110 total, 71 solo) as a sophomore. The Butkus Award semi-finalist also added three interceptions, five pass breakups and 10 TFLs.
Williams, meanwhile, simply rewrote the schools record book for receivers even though he was hampered half the season with a hamstring injury. The Biletnikoff Award (presented to the nations outstanding receiver) semi-finalist recorded a school record 11 touchdowns, a school record four consecutive 100-yard games, and has caught a pass in a school-record 33 consecutive games. This season he became just the schools third 1,000-yard receiver (joining Wane McGarity and Kwame Cavil).