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November 28, 1998

All-Big 12 Conference Coaches Football Team Announced

DALLAS - After one of the most successful regular season campaigns in conference annals, the third All-Big 12 Conference Coaches football team features some household names in intercollegiate athletics and its share of student-athletes about to reap more national honors.

Returning 1997 Offensive Player of the Year and NCAA Division I-A career rushing leader Ricky Williams of Texas headlines a talented first team, which has a host of players deserving of accolades.

Williams broke Tony Dorsett's 1973-76 NCAA mark of 6,082 yards with a final total of 6,279 net yards rushing from 1995-98 for the Longhorns. He broke more than 30 Texas records and 20 NCAA game, season or career marks after deciding to return for his senior campaign for the 8-3 bowl-bound squad of coach Mack Brown. The Longhorns' All-America also became the eighth player in NCAA I-A history to gain 2,000 yards in a season with a school-high 2,124 in 1998.

The wideouts on the first team offense combined for more than 125 receptions. Kansas State's Darnell McDonald had 69 catches for 952 yards in his first 11 games prior to the Dr Pepper Big 12 Conference Championship bout while Texas WR Wane McGarity (58 catches for a Big 12-leading 1,087 yards) also enjoyed a stellar senior season.

First team QB Michael Bishop led Kansas State to a 11-0 mark entering the 1998 title contest and has enjoyed a banner campaign as well. Bishop is the nation's seventh-most-efficient passer with 145-of-267 attempts for 2,503 yards, 21 touchdowns, 54.3 percent completion rate, and just three interceptions.

Lest one thinks that this is a team dominated by offense, several defensive aces dot the lineup in the third annual choices by Big 12 head football coaches.

Missouri's Harold Piersey (four interceptions) headlines a defensive backfield with true, all-star credentials. Kansas State starters Lamar Chapman and Jarrod Cooper combined to lead the Jayhawks' pass defense to the No. 7 spot in NCAA pass efficiency defense with a Big 12-best 15 pass interceptions through games of Nov. 27. Nebraska's Ralph Brown, a repeat member of the Coaches All-Big 12 first unit, was a key cog in the Huskers' defensive schemes throughout '98.

Specialty members of the all-league team include four of the nation's finest. 1997 Lou Groza National Collegiate Place-Kicker Award recipient Martin Gramatica of Kansas State set every KSU career kicking and scoring mark and is second in conference scoring behind Texas' Williams with 120 points, an average of 10.9 points per game. Gramatica also is a finalist for the 1998 Groza Award.

Colorado's standout kick return man and starting defensive back Ben Kelly entered his final game with 20 kickoff returns for 474 yards and a 23.7 average along with nine punt returns for 225 yards, a 25-yard norm, and two touchdowns. Fellow returner David Allen of Kansas State has a Big 12-record four punt returns for touchdowns (five in his career) while running back 32 punts for 713 yards and 22.3 yards per try to lead the nation.

Allen joins eight Wildcats' teammates on the first squads in coaches' balloting as they represent the largest contingent of K-State performers on any all-conference team. KSU head coach Bill Snyder also is a finalist for the Paul "Bear" Bryant, Eddie Robinson and FOOTBALL NEWS National Coach of the Year Awards after guiding his crew to the most regular-season victories in school ledgers. Snyder's crew goes for a Kansas State-high 12th win on Dec. 5 in the Dr Pepper Big 12 Championship Game in St. Louis, Mo., at the Trans World Dome in a 3:30 p.m. (CST) national (ABC) telecast.

Texas placed four standouts on the first team along with Missouri. In all, eight schools were represented on the top squad. Coaches and players of the year will be announced Saturday.

First Team Offense

Tight End: Derek Lewis, Texas, 6-2, 235, Sr., New Orleans, La.

Offensive Line: Ryan Young, Kansas State, 6-6, 330, Sr., St. Louis, Mo.; Rob Riti, Missouri, 6-3, 285, Jr., Florissant, Mo.; Craig Heimburger, Missouri, 6-3, 313, Sr., Belleville, Ill.; Josh Heskew, Nebraska, 6-3, 290, Sr., Mustang, Okla; Jay Humphrey, Texas, 6-7, 300, Sr., Richardson, Texas

Wide Receiver: Darnell McDonald, Kansas State, 6-3, 200, Sr., College Park, Md.; Wane McGarity, Texas, 5-9, 180, Sr., San Antonio,Texas

Quarterback: Michael Bishop, Kansas State, 6-1, 205, Sr., Willis, Texas

Running Back: Devin West, Missouri, 6-2, 225, Sr., Moberly, Mo.; Ricky Williams, Texas, 6-0, 225, Sr., San Diego, Calif.

Placekicker: Martin Gramatica, Kansas State, 5-9, 175, Sr., Buenos Aires, Argentina

Punt Returner: David Allen (also RB), Kansas State, 5-9, 185, So., Liberty, Mo.

First Team Defense

End/Outside Linebacker: Darren Howard, Kansas State, 6-4, 265, Jr., St. Petersburg, Fla.; Montae Reagor, Texas Tech, 6-2, 270, Sr., Waxahachie, Texas

Interior Line: Justin Wyatt, Missouri, 6-4, 275, Sr., Hermann, Mo.; Kelly Gregg, Oklahoma, 6-0, 286, Sr., Edmond, Okla.; Taurus Rucker, Texas Tech, 6-0, 255, Jr., Denison, Texas

Linebacker: Jeff Kelly, Kansas State, 6-0, 250, Sr., LaGrange, Texas; Dat Nguyen, Texas A&M, 5-11, 221, Sr., Rockport, Texas

Defensive Back:Ralph Brown, Nebraska, 5-9, 180, Jr., Hacienda Heights, Calif.; Lamar Chapman, Kansas State, 6-0, 180, Jr., Liberal, Kan.; Jarrod Cooper, Kansas State, 6-1, 205, So., Pearland, Texas; Harold Piersey, Missouri, 6-2, 202, Sr., Kansas City, Kan.

Punter: Shane Lechler, Texas A&M, 6-2, 220, Jr., East Bernard, Texas

Kick Returner: Ben Kelly (also DB), Colorado, 5-10, 185, So., Cleveland, Ohio

Second Team Offense

Tight End: Sheldon Jackson, Nebraska, 6-4, 245, Sr., Diamond Bar, Calif.

Offensive Line: Derrick Fletcher, Baylor, 6-6, 344, Sr., Aldine, Texas; Jeremy Offutt, Oklahoma State, 6-5, 295, Sr., Paris, Texas; Adam Davis, Oklahoma State, 6-4, 274, Jr., Hobart, Okla.; Ben Adams, Texas, 6-5, 315, Sr., LaMirada, Calif.; Curtis Lowery, Texas Tech, 6-5, 327, Jr., Stephenville, Texas

Wide Receivers: Darin Chiaverini, Colorado, 6-3, 198, Sr., Corona, Calif.; (tie) Damien Groce, Iowa State, 5-10, 175, Sr., San Bernardino, Calif.; Donnie Hart, Texas Tech, 6-1, 197, Sr., Wolfforth, Texas

Quarterback: Corby Jones, Missouri, 6-1, 222, Sr., Columbia, Mo.

Running Back: Ricky Williams, Texas Tech, 5-9, 190, So., Duncanville, Texas; Nathan Simmons, Oklahoma State, 5-10, 200, Jr., Boulder, Colo.

Placekicker: Kris Brown, Nebraska, 5-10, 205, Sr., Southlake, Texas

Kick Returner: Joe Walker, Nebraska, 5-10, 200, So., Arlington, Texas

Second Team Defense

End/Outside Linebacker: Chad Kelsay, Nebraska, 6-3, 250, Sr., Auburn, Neb.; Mike Rucker, Nebraska, 6-6, 260, Sr., St. Joseph, Mo.

Interior Line: Aaron Marshall, Colorado, 6-4, 280, Sr., Chicago, Ill.; Damion McIntosh, Kansas State, 6-4, 300, Jr., Hollywood, Fla.; Casey Hampton, Texas, 6-1, 300, So., Galveston, Texas

Linebacker: Mark Simoneau, Kansas State, 6-0, 240, Jr., Smith Center, Kan.; Kenyatta Wright, Oklahoma State, 6-1, 235, Jr., Vian, Okla.

Defensive Back: Gary Baxter, Baylor, 6-1, 193, So., Tyler, Texas; Wade Perkins, Missouri, 6-1, 189, Sr., Las Vegas, Nev.; Mike Woods, Oklahoma, 5-11, 182, Jr., Del City, Okla.; Mike Brown, Nebraska, 5-10, 205, Jr., Scottsdale, Ariz.

Punter: Kyle Atteberry, Baylor, 6-0, 174, Jr., Kingwood, Texas Punt Returner: John Norman, Texas Tech, 6-1, 210, So., Midland, Texas

Third Team Offense

Tight End: Kyle Allamon, Texas Tech, 6-3, 256, Jr., Lubbock, Texas

Offensive Line: Ryan Johanningmeier, Colorado, 6-7, 295, Jr., Louisville, Colo.; Brad Bedell, Colorado, 6-5, 300, Jr., Arcadia, Calif.; Dan Dercher, Kansas, 6-6, 285, Sr., Mission, Kan.; Todd Neimeyer, Missouri, 6-5, 310, Sr., Brookfield, Mo.; (tie) Matt O'Neal, Oklahoma, 6-4, 259, Jr., San Marcos, Calif.; Octavious Bishop, Texas, 6-5, 330, Sr., Spring, Texas; Rex Tucker, Texas A&M, 6-5, 290, Sr., Midland, Texas

Wide Receivers: Derrius Thompson, Baylor, 6-2, 211, Sr., Cedar Hill, Texas; Kwame Cavil, Texas, 6-2, 200, So., Waco, Texas

Quarterback: Mike Moschetti, Colorado, 6-0, 195, Jr., LaMirada, Calif.

Running Back: Darren Davis, Iowa State, 5-8, 190, Jr., Miami, Fla.; De'Mond Parker, Oklahoma, 5-10, 197, Jr., Tulsa, Okla.

Placekicker: Jeremy Aldrich, Colorado, 5-11, 170, Jr., Federal Heights, Colo.

Kick Returner: Shevin Wiggins, Nebraska, 5-11, 200, Sr., Palmetto, Fla.

Third Team Defense

End/Outside Linebacker: Fred Jones, Colorado, 6-3, 245, Jr., San Diego, Calif.; Aaron Humphrey, Texas, 6-3, 255, Jr., Lubbock

Interior Line: James Reed, Iowa State, 6-0, 265, Sr., Saginaw, Mich.; Jeff Marriott, Missouri, 6-5, 290, Jr., Chillicothe, Mo.; Kris Kocurek, Texas Tech, 6-5, 290, So., Midland, Texas

Linebacker: Barry Odom, Missouri, 6-0, 219, Jr., Ada, Okla.; Warrick Holdman, Texas A&M, 6-1, 230, Sr., Alief, Texas

Defensive Back: Michael Allen, Kansas, 5-10, 200, Sr., St. Louis, Mo.; Ricky Thompson, Oklahoma State, 6-1, 180, Sr., Hubbard, Texas; Darwin Brown, Texas Tech, 5-11, 170, Sr., Tyler, Texas; Rich Coady, Texas A&M, 6-1, 210, Sr., Dallas, Texas

Punter: Kyle Atteberry, Baylor, 6-0, 174, Jr., Kingwood, Texas




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