AP All-Big 12 Teams Feature Five Red Raiders

Dec 28, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders linebacker Will Smith (7) celebrates after a play against the Minnesota Golden Gophers during the first quarter of the Car Care Bowl at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Associated Press released their All-Big 12 selections today as chosen by a panel of 20 sports writers who cover Big 12 football.

Making the cut are five Red Raiders:

First team nods:

Le’Raven Clark, offensive line

Last season, Clark was named to the All-Big 12 freshman team as a redshirt frosh. This time he moves to the big boy table after being Tech’s most consistent guy in the trenches during a season defined by turmoil on the line of scrimmage.

Jace Amaro, tight end (unanimous)

Um, hello? Mackey Award? Not much to see here, other than the writers turning in their ballots actually watch football.

Will Smith, linebacker

The Fresh Prince of Defense exploded in his senior year to lead Tech in tackles (106), most in a regular season since some guy named Dwayne Slay. Smith is a tremendous anchor in the middle of the defense and his production will be hard to replace next season.

Second team nods:

Eric Ward, wide receiver

This feels like a bit of a snub. The two first-team selections at WR are Baylor’s Goodley and Kansas State’s Lockett. While Lockett has slightly better numbers than Ward this season, Ward has more receptions, better career numbers and isn’t even the No. 1 target on his own team.

Kerry Hyder, defensive line

Hyder was well on his way to a first-team selection before the defense gave up a bazillion rushing yards in five consecutive losses. The fact that he made the second speaks to just how talented he is despite what he has working around him.

See the full list here.

What do you think about Tech’s representation? Who got snubbed? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Topics: Big 12, Eric Ward, Jace Amaro, Texas Tech Football, Texas Tech Red Raiders, Will Smith

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  • Jeff Branch

    Hyder worked his butt off every game but the D-line just got overwhelmed once they started playing big boy football. Would like to have seen Terrance Bullitt get some love. Really impressed with his courageous effort. He made a lot of plays.

    • Robert Jones

      Bullitt was on pace for All-Big 12 honors until he started getting hurt — again. Should win the E.J. Holub Double Tough award for being such a gamer, though.