Petty led the Bears to their first 11-win season in school history and their first Big 12 championship this past season. The junior signal caller led the conference in passing efficiency, pass yardage and total offense this season. He completed 61 percent of his passes, including 30 touchdowns and only two interceptions. Petty is the second Baylor quarterback in the past three seasons to be honored as Offensive Player of the Year (Robert Griffin III received the award in 2011).
Cornerback Jason Verett of TCU and Texas defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat, both seniors, were named Co-Defensive Players of the Year in the conference. Co-Defensive Players of the Year were also named in 2011. Jeffcoat is the fourth player from Texas to win the award.
Cyril Richardson 0f Baylor is the Offensive Lineman of the Year for the second consecutive year; Charles Sims, a running back for West Virginia, is the Offensive Newcomer of the Year; and Texas Tech quarterback Baker Mayfield is the Offensive Freshman of the Year. On the defensive side, Ryan Mueller of Kansas State is the Defensive Lineman of the Year; Isaiah Johnson, a defensive back at Kansas, is the Defensive Newcomer of the Year; and Oklahoma linebacker Dominique Alexander is the Defensive Freshman of the Year.
Not surprisingly, Coach of the Year Honors went to Art Briles of Baylor. Tyler Lockett of Kansas State was named Special Teams Player of the Year.
Oklahoma State, Kansas State and Oklahoma each had four players named to the All-Big 12 First Team. Oklahoma State led all conference schools with 11 players named to the first and second teams.
Seven players on the first-team offense and defense are repeat honorees: fullback Trey Millard, center Gabe Ikard and defensive back Aaron Colvin of Oklahoma; Richardson of Baylor; Calvin Barnett of Oklahoma State; defensive back Ty Zimmerman of Kansas State and Verett of TCU.
The breakdown by class is: Eight seniors, six juniors and one sophomore on offense; 10 seniors, two juniors and one sophomore on defense. Overall: 18 seniors, eight junors, two sophomores.
It is the fifth time that a player from Oklahoma has been named Defensive Freshman of the Year in the Big 12 era and the second consecutive year that a Kansas State player has been honored as Defensive Lineman of the Year.
Oklahoma has captured the most individual honors in the 18-year history of the Big 12 with 28. Kansas State is next with 25, followed by Texas with 24, Oklahoma State 15, Baylor nine, Texas Tech eight, Iowa State eight, Kansas seven and TCU and West Virginia, the two newest schools to join the conference, two each.
2013 All-Big 12 First Team
QB – Bryce Petty, Baylor, junior
RB – Lace Seastrunk, Baylor, junior
RB – Charles Sims, West Virginia, senior
FB – Trey Millard, Oklsahoma, senior
WR – Antwan Goodley, Baylor, junior
WR – Tevin Reese, Baylor, senior
WR – Tyler Lockett, Kansas State, junmior
TE – Jace Amaro, Texas Tech, junior
OL – Spencer Drango, Baylor, sophomore
OL – B.J. Finney, Kansas State, senior
OL – Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma, senior
OL – Parker Graham, Oklahoma State, senior
PK – Anthony Fera, Texas, senior
DL – Chris McAlister, Baylor, senior
DL – Ryan Mueller, Kansas State, junior
DL – Charles Tapper, Oklahoma, sophomore
DL – Calvin Barnett, Oklahoma State, senior
DL – Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas, senior
LB – Eddie Lackey, Baylor, senior
LB – Jeremiah George, Iowa State, senior
LB – Shaun Lewis, Oklahoma State, senior
DB – Ahmad Dixon, Baylor, senior
DB – Aaron Colvin, Oklahoma, senior
DB – Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State, senior
DB – Jason Verett, TCU, senior
P - Spencer Roth, Baylor, junior
Topics: 2013 Big 12 Football Awards, Art Briles, Baker Mayfield, Baylor Bears, Bryce Petty, Charles Sims, Cyril Richardson, Dominique Alexander, Isaiah Johnson, Jackson Jeffcoat, Jason Verett, Oklahoma State Cowboys, Ryan Mueller, Tyler Lockett