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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Stoops honored by Big 12 coaches



By John Shinn

December 3, 2008

— Oklahoma brought home a load of awards on the coaches’ All-Big 12 team announced Tuesday. Coach Bob Stoops was named co-coach of the year with Texas Tech’s Mike Leach. Quarterback Sam Bradford was named the offensive player of the year. Center Jon Cooper took home the offensive lineman of the year award and linebacker Travis Lewis was tabbed the defensive newcomer of the year.

The Sooners had eight selections on the first team with six coming on the offensive side. Bradford, running back DeMarco Murray, fullback Matt Clapp, tight end Jermaine Gresham, and offensive linemen Phil Loadholt, Duke Robinson and Trent Williams were all named to the first team.

Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and safety Nic Harris were first-team selections on the defensive side.

Wide receiver Juaquin Iglesias, Cooper, defensive end Jeremy Beal, Lewis, safety Lendy Holmes and cornerback Dominique Franks were all named to the second team.

Running back Chris Brown, linebacker Keenan Clayton and offensive lineman Brandon Walker received honorable mention.

The Sooners’ entire starting offensive line was recognized in some capacity.

Bradford’s selection as offensive player of the year marked the fourth time an OU player has received the honor. Former quarterbacks Jason White (2003 and 2004) and Josh Heupel (2000) previously won the award. OU is now tied with Texas for the most offensive player of the year winners in conference history.

Stoops, who took home coach of the year honors in 2000, 2003 and 2006, has been honored by the league’s coaches four times.

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