Five Red Raiders Named AP All-Big 12

Amaro led the Big 12 with 98 receptions this season

Dec. 9, 2013

LUBBOCK, Texas - Five Texas Tech football players were named to the Associated Press All-Big 12 first and second team, the AP announced Monday. Junior tight end Jace Amaro (unanimous selection), senior linebacker Will Smith and sophomore offensive lineman Le'Raven Clark were first team selections.

The Red Raiders also had two second team picks - both seniors - as wide receiver Eric Ward and defensive lineman Kerry Hyder received recognition.

The 2013 Associated Press All-Big 12 team is selected by a panel of 20 sports writers who regularly cover the league for newspapers through the league's five states.

Amaro, one of the three unanimous selections on the offensive team, led the Big 12 with 98 receptions on the season while posting 1,240 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. Amaro's totals rank third all-time in school history in single-season receptions and fifth in school history for single-season receiving yards. Amaro's single-season statistics are among the best ever by a collegiate tight end.

Clark, who was a Freshman All-America pick a year ago, anchored the Tech offensive line while making the start at left tackle in all 12 games this season. In fact, Clark has started 25 consecutive games on the offensive line, which gives him the longest active streak among all Tech offensive players.

Smith has put together one of the top seasons by a Tech linebacker in recent memory while ranking third in the Big 12 with 106 tackles - the most by a Red Raider defensive player since 2005 (Dwayne Slay - 114). Smith has also recorded 8.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and broke up two passes with three quarterback hurries this season. He enters the bowl season with back-to-back games with over 16 tackles.

Ward has continued his impressive career at Tech with a third consecutive season with over 800 receiving yards - becoming just the second Red Raider all-time to accomplish that feat (Detron Lewis, 2007-10). Ward tallied 80 receptions, 904 receiving yards and a team-leading eight touchdown catches this season. He currently ranks third among active NCAA players with 31 career touchdown receptions and is fourth among active players with 252 career catches.

Hyder completed his four-year Tech career with another standout season on the defensive line with 60 tackles (43 solo), 11.5 tackles for loss and two sacks with five quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles and two blocked kicks. Hyder leads all active Red Raiders with 40 career starts, including 37 consecutive entering into the Holiday Bowl later this month.




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