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College Football: 2019 PFF All-Big 12 Team

The dust has settled on the 2019 regular season at the FBS level and it's time to take a look back. Ahead of the Big 12 championship, we take a look at the best players at their respective positions with an in-depth look at how they graded over the course of the full season.

Utilizing our play-by-play grades of every player on every play of every game, our All-Big 12 team takes into account every player's actions on the field on Saturdays while also utilizing our wealth of signature statistics to determine the list. The strength of opponent and consistent play also factor into our selections detailed below.

The 2019 All-Big 12 Team

Quarterback

First Team: Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma

Hurts enters the Big 12 Championship against Baylor with the highest adjusted completion percentage (77.9%) and overall grade (91.6) of any quarterback in the conference. Though Sam Ehlinger and Jeff Duffey have higher PFF passing grades than Hurts, the Oklahoma signal-caller more than makes up for the deficit with his legs. Hurts currently ranks fourth in PFF rushing grade (82.6) and tied for fourth in forced missed tackles (44) among all Big 12 players with 100 or more carries.

Second Team: Charlie Brewer, Baylor
Third Team: Brock Purdy, Iowa State
Honorable Mention: Sam Ehlinger, Texas

Running Back

First Team: Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State

Rushing for 1,932 yards and 21 touchdowns across 309 carries, Hubbard currently ranks first among all Big 12 running backs in overall grade (86.2). He’s also forced 70 missed tackles on the ground and totaled 1,185 yards after contact.

Second Team: SaRodorick Thompson, Texas Tech
Third Team: Darius Anderson, TCU
Honorable Mention: Keontay Ingram, Texas

Running Back

First Team: Kennedy Brooks, Oklahoma

Brooks currently leads all Big 12 backs in PFF rushing grade (89.0) with 44 forced missed tackles and 486 yards after contact on the ground. He also ranks second in forced missed tackles per carry (0.34) and tied for second in yards after contact per attempt (3.8) among qualifying backs in the conference.

Second Team: Breece Hall, Iowa State
Third Team: Sewo Olonilua, TCU
Honorable Mention: John Lovett, Baylor

Wide Receiver

First Team: Ceedee Lamb, Oklahoma

Hauling in 50-of-70 targets for 1,033 yards, 20 first downs and 14 touchdowns, Lamb has been an absolute monster this season. He enters the Big 12 Championship with the conference lead in yards per route run (3.81), yards after the catch per reception (11.1) and passer rating when targeted (147.3). He’s also dropped just two passes all season long.

Second Team: Denzel Mims, Baylor
Third Team: George Campbell, West Virginia
Honorable Mention: T.J. Simmons, West Virginia

Wide Receiver

First Team: Devin Duvernay, Texas

Duvernay currently owns the highest overall grade (89.3) and receiving grade (89.4) of any Big 12 receivers with 200 or more offensive snaps played this season. He’s caught 102-of-125 targets for 1,300 yards, 57 first downs and eight touchdowns so far this season. He’s also dropped just three passes, hauled in 10-of-18 contested targets and forced a conference-high 23 missed tackles on the year.

Second Team: Deshaunte Jones, Iowa State
Third Team: T.J. Vasher, Iowa State
Honorable Mention: Tarique Milton, Iowa State

Wide Receiver

First Team: Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State

Though his season was cut short due to injury, Wallace did enough earlier in the year to earn a spot on this list. The Oklahoma State wideout caught 53-of-87 targets for 903 yards, 25 first downs and eight touchdowns before being sidelined with a torn ACL. Among the 32 Big 12 receivers with 200 or more routes run so far this season, Wallace ranks second behind Lamb in yards per route run (3.51).

Second Team: Charleston Rambo, Oklahoma
Third Team: Jalen Reagor, TCU
Honorable Mention: R.J. Sneed, Baylor

Tight End

First Team: Charlie Kolar, Iowa State

Among Big 12 tight ends with at least 100 routes so far this season, Kolar ranks first in overall grade (86.9) and receiving grade (90.7). He’s caught 48-of-78 targets for 675 yards, 32 first downs and seven touchdowns this year. No other Big 12 tight end has more than 18 first-down receptions or 311 receiving yards. Kolar also led the group in contested catches (11), explosive plays (17) and yards per route run (2.23).

Second Team: Pro Wells, TCU
Third Team: Chase Allen, Iowa State
Honorable Mention: Donta Thompson, Kansas State

Offensive Tackle

First Team: Samuel Cosmi, Texas

Cosmi currently leads all qualifying Big 12 left tackles in overall grade (83.5), pass-blocking grade (84.2) and run-blocking grade (76.9). Allowing just 14 total pressures — including just one sack — in 540 pass-blocking snaps, Cosmi ranked fourth in the conference in pressure percentage allowed (2.6%) and PFF pass-blocking efficiency (98.6).

Second Team: Colton McKivitz, West Virginia
Third Team: Derek Kerstetter, Texas
Honorable Mention: Lucas Niang, TCU

Offensive Guard

First Team: Josh Rivas, Kansas State

Rivas currently ranks first among qualifying Big 12 left guards in overall grade (85.6) and run-blocking grade (86.0). He’s also earned a respectable 74.3 pass-blocking grade and allowed just six total pressures and zero sacks on the year.

Second Team: Parker Braun, Texas
Third Team: Bryce Bray, Oklahoma State
Honorable Mention: Sam Tecklenburg, Baylor

Center

First Team: Dawson Deaton, Texas Tech

Deaton is the best run-blocking center in the Big 12, and it's not even close. He leads all at his position in PFF run-blocking grade (77.0), and the second-place center (Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma) owns just a 71.6 run-blocking grade.

Second Team: Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma
Third Team: Adam Holtorf, Kansas State
Honorable Mention: Ry Schneider, Oklahoma State

Offensive Guard

First Team: Marcus Keyes, Oklahoma State

Keyes ranks second behind Rivas in overall grade (71.4) among all Big 12 guards with at least 300 offensive snaps played. He also ranks tied for fourth in pressure percentage allowed (2.7%) among qualifying guards, giving up just 11 total pressures across 409 pass-blocking snaps.

Second Team: Tyler Mitchell, Kansas State
Third Team: Josh Knipfel, Iowa State
Honorable Mention: James Gmiter, West Virginia

Offensive Tackle

First Team: Teven Jenkins, Oklahoma State

Jenkins hasn’t allowed a sack or hit all season long. He currently ranks first in pressure percentage allowed (2.0%) and pass-blocking efficiency (99.0) among qualifying Big 12 right tackles. He also leads the same group of qualifiers in overall grade (83.6) and run-blocking grade (81.8).

Second Team: Dylan Galloway, Oklahoma State
Third Team: Adrian Ealy, Oklahoma
Honorable Mention: Bryce Meeker, Iowa State

Edge Defender

First Team: James Lynch, Baylor

Lynch has recorded the second-best PFF pass-rushing grade (82.1) and overall grade (81.6) among qualifying Big 12 edge defenders so far this season, and he’s done so while playing more defensive snaps than any other player at his position. He also leads the Big 12 in total pressures (68) and defensive stops (32).

Second Team: James Lockhart, Baylor
Third Team: Broderick Washington Jr., Texas Tech
Honorable Mention: Ta'Quon Graham, Texas

Edge Defender

First Team: Malcolm Roach, Texas

Roach currently leads all Big 12 edge defenders with 100 or more defensive snaps played in PFF run-defense grade (88.3). He has totaled 32 defensive stops and 30 total pressures.

Second Team: Wyatt Hubert, Kansas State
Third Team: Ronnie Perkins, Oklahoma
Honorable Mention: Reggie Walker, Kansas State

Interior Defender

First Team: Bravvion Roy, Baylor

Roy enters the Big 12 Championship with the highest overall grade (89.9), run-defense grade (87.5) and pass-rush grade (85.8) among the 24 at his position in the conference with 200 or more defensive snaps played. He also ranks second among the same group of qualifiers in pass-rush win rate (14.4%) and total pressures (46).

Second Team: Ross Blacklock, TCU
Third Team: Jalen Redmond, Oklahoma
Honorable Mention: Moro Ojomo, Texas

Interior Defender

First Team: Neville Gallimore, Oklahoma

Both Gallimore and Overton have been fantastic for Oklahoma this season. Gallimore gets the nod over his teammate with a better overall grade (89.1) and pass-rush grade (84.2). The Canadian-born big man has recorded 17 total pressures and the third-best pass-rush win rate in the conference (12%) entering the Big 12 Championship.

Second Team: Marquise Overton, Oklahoma
Third Team: Darius Stills, West Virginia
Honorable Mention: Trey Dishon, Kansas State

Linebacker

First Team: Jordyn Brooks, Texas Tech

Brooks has been a game-changing, versatile piece of the Red Raiders’ defense this season. He’s earned 75.0-plus grades in run-defense (91.5) and as a pass-rusher (75.6) so far this season. He’s also earned an impressive 89.5 overall grade that leads all at his position in the conference with at least 300 defensive snaps played.

Second Team: Nik Bonitto, Oklahoma
Third Team: Josh Chandler, West Virginia
Honorable Mention: Marcel Spears Jr., Iowa State

Linebacker

First Team: Mike Rose, Iowa State

Rose currently ranks fourth in overall grade (73.7) and PFF coverage grade (76.5) among the 30 off-ball linebackers in the Big 12 that have played north of 200 defensive snaps on the year. He has also recorded 35 defensive stops and allowed just one touchdown in coverage.

Second Team: Joseph Ossai, Texas
Third Team: Terrel Bernard, Baylor
Honorable Mention: Garret Wallow, TCU

Cornerback

First Team: Parnell Motley, Oklahoma

Motley currently leads all Big 12 cornerbacks with 200 or more defensive snaps in overall grade (76.4) and coverage grade (77.5). He’s allowed just 20 receptions from 44 targets for 232 yards, 10 first downs and two touchdowns. He also ranks tied for 13th in the conference in forced incompletion percentage (22.7%).

Second Team: Keith Washington Jr., West Virginia
Third Team: Hakeem Bailey, West Virginia
Honorable Mention: Jeff Gladney, TCU

Cornerback

First Team: A.J. Green, Oklahoma State

Green has allowed just 32 receptions from 56 targets for 528 yards, one touchdown and 16 first downs. He’s also recorded nine forced incompletions so far this season. He ranks second behind Motley in the Big 12 in overall grade (75.8).

Second Team: Raleigh Texada, Baylor
Third Team: Zech McPhearson, Texas Tech
Honorable Mention: D'Shawn Jamison, Texas

Safety

First Team: Trevon Moehrig, TCU

Moehrig is easily the best defensive player in the Big 12 right now. He leads all Big 12 defenders and all safeties in college football in overall grade (92.4) and coverage grade (92.8).

Second Team: Kolby Harvell-Peel, Oklahoma State
Third Team: Grayland Arnold, Baylor
Honorable Mention: Tre Sterling, Oklahoma State

Safety

First Team: Ar'Darius Washington, TCU

Moehrig isn’t the only TCU safety balling out this season. Washington ranks second behind Moehrig in overall grade (91.4) and PFF coverage grade (91.8). Washington has allowed just five receptions for 65 yards across his 250 coverage snaps this season, and he’s also logged five interceptions, to boot.

Second Team: Douglas Coleman III, Texas Tech
Third Team: Henry Black, Baylor
Honorable Mention: Sean Mahone, West Virginia

Flex Defense

First Team: Grayland Arnold, Baylor

Arnold enters the Big 12 Championship ranked fourth among all of the conference’s defenders with a 100 more coverage snaps this season in PFF coverage grade. The Baylor safety has also logged six interceptions and another two forced incompletions this season.

Second Team: Jameson Houston, Baylor
Third Team: Kalon Barnes, Baylor
Honorable Mention: Anthony Johnson, Iowa State

Kicker

First Team: Cameron Dicker, Texas

Second Team: Jonathan Song, TCU
Third Team: Blake Lynch, Kansas State
Honorable Mention: Matt Ammendola, Oklahoma State

Punter

First Team: Austin Mcnamara, Texas Tech

Second Team: Devin Anctil, Kansas State
Third Team: Tom Hutton, Oklahoma State
Honorable Mention: Reeves Mundschau, Oklahoma

Kick Returner

First Team: Joshua Youngblood, Kansas State

Second Team: Tre Brown, Oklahoma
Third Team: Kene Nwangwu, Iowa State
Honorable Mention: Ta'Zhawn Henry, Texas Tech

Punt Returner

First Team: Jalen Reagor, TCU

Second Team: Ceedee Lamb, Oklahoma
Third Team: Dillon Stoner, Oklahoma State
Honorable Mention: Alec Sinkfield, West Virginia

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