Seven Big 12 players make All-America list

The Big 12 featured seven players on the consensus All-America list, including unanimous selections Colt McCoy of Texas, Ndamukong Suh of Nebraska and Russell Okung of Oklahoma State.

Other conference selections on the team, which is a compilation of all of the major All-America teams, include Jordan Shipley of Texas, Trent Williams and Gerald McCoy of Oklahoma and Earl Thomas of Texas.

The selections had the highest number of points competing against players at that position only. A points system was used for the selections of the All-America team (three points for first team, two points for second team and one point for third team). Twelve players were unanimous choices by the five organizations used for the consensus chart — American Football Coaches Association (First Team), Associated Press (First, Second and Third Teams), Football Writers Association of America (First Team), The Sporting News (First, Second and Third Teams) and Walter Camp Foundation (First and Second Teams).

Each of the five All-America teams has a different way of listing the returner or an all-purpose player. For the purpose of the consensus All-America team those categories were treated as one position.

Here's the team. Big 12 players are in bold.


WR—Jordan Shipley, Texas, 6-0, 190, Senior

WR—*Golden Tate, Notre Dame, 5-11, 195, Junior

TE—Dennis Pitta, BYU, 6-5, 247, Senior

OL—Mike Iupati, Idaho, 6-6, 330, Senior

OL—Mike Johnson, Alabama, 6-6, 305, Senior

OL—*Russell Okung, Oklahoma St., 6-5, 300, Senior

OL—Trent Williams, Oklahoma, 6-5, 318, Senior

C—Maurkice Pouncey, Florida, 6-5, 318, Junior

QB—*Colt McCoy, Texas, 6-2, 210, Senior (R)

RB—*Toby Gerhart, Stanford, 6-1, 235, Senior

RB—*Mark Ingram, Alabama, 5-10, 215, Sophomore

PK—Kai Forbath, UCLA, 6-0, 192, Junior

Returner/All-Purpose — *C.J. Spiller, Clemson, 5-11, 195


DL—Terrence Cody, Alabama, 6-5, 365, Senior (R)

DL—*Jerry Hughes, TCU, 6-3, 257, Senior (R)

DL—Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma, 6-4, 297, Junior

DL—*Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska, 6-4, 300, Senior

LB—Greg Jones, Michigan St., 6-1, 228, Junior

LB—*Rolando McClain, Alabama, 6-4, 258, Junior

LB—Brandon Spikes, Florida, 6-3, 258, Senior (R)

DB—Javier Arenas, Alabama, 5-9, 198, Senior

DB—*Eric Berry, Tennessee, 5-11, 203, Junior (R)

DB—*Joe Haden, Florida, 5-11, 190, Junior

DB—Earl Thomas, Texas, 5-10, 197, Sophomore

P—*Drew Butler, Georgia, 6-2, 203, Sophomore

* Indicates unanimous first team selection; bold indicates a Big 12 player.

(R) Indicates a repeat selection from 2008.