Longhorns Place Five on 2014 AP All-Big 12 Football Team

Malcom Brown is first Texas DT to earn first-team All-Big 12 honors from AP in nine years.
Malcom Brown is first Texas DT to earn first-team All-Big 12 honors from AP in nine years.

Junior DT Malcom Brown headlined five Texas football players who earned All-Big 12 Conference honors from The Associated Press.

Brown secured a spot on the first team, while CB Quandre Diggs, WR John Harris, LB Jordan Hicks and DE Cedric Reed, all seniors, landed on the second team.

Brown, a finalist for both the Nagurski Trophy (nation's best defensive player) and Outland Trophy (top interior lineman in the country), leads the team in tackles for loss (14) and sacks (6.5), and is tied for first with six quarterback pressures.

Rodrique Wright (2005) was the last Longhorn defensive tackle to earn first-team All-Big 12 honors from the AP.

Hicks, a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award as the country's best defensive player, leads the team in tackles (138) while chipping in 3.5 sacks and two interceptions.

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Diggs is fourth on the team in tackles (68) and has posted three interceptions and five pass breakups. He ranks tied for ninth on the school's career interceptions list (11) and tied for 10th in pass breakups (36).

Reed ranks third on the team in sacks (5.5), tied for fourth in tackles for loss (10) and tied for sixth (with Brown) in tackles with 64. He was a first-team All-Big 12 selection last season by the AP.

That foursome helped the Longhorns end the regular season ranked 26th in the FBS in total yards allowed (348.3 per game), No. 12 in passing defense (186.3 ypg), No. 8 in yards allowed per play (4.67), 16th in passing efficiency defense (108.34 rating), tied for seventh in sacks (3.25 pg) and 33rd in points allowed (23.3 pg).

Harris has had a breakout senior season. After posting nine receptions for 190 yards the previous three seasons, Harris has recorded 64 catches for 1,015 yards and seven touchdowns this year. His receiving yards total ranks eighth on the UT single-season list, while his receptions are tied for eighth.

James Schleicher

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