For Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk, it’s good to be home.
It’s good to be back in Texas.
A phenom at Temple, Seastrunk earned Big 12 offensive newcomer of the year Wednesday by The Associated Press as selected by a panel of 18 sports writers who regularly cover the league.
Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein was the AP Offensive Player of the Year and Wildcats’ head coach Bill Snyder was the unanimous coach of the year. TCU’s Devonte Fields was the conference’s defensive player of the year and its defensive newcomer.
Seastrunk has 874 yards rushing on the year on 115 attempts for a 7.6 yards-per-carry average. He has six rushing touchdowns, including two of 75-yards or more in his first season with the Bears since transferring from Oregon prior to the 2011 season.
Klein set a slew of records while helping the seventh-ranked Wildcats to an 11-win season, the third conference title in school history and a berth opposite Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl.
The Heisman Trophy finalist is the first player from Kansas State to be voted the Big 12’s top offensive player. He received 14 of the 18 votes from members of the media who regularly cover the Big 12, while West Virginia’s Tavon Austin got three votes and Terrance Williams of Baylor received the other one.
“He deserves all the compliments he can have,” Snyder said of Klein. “He’s awfully good at what he does, and he’s awfully good as a leader and he’s awfully good as a field manager, and he’s awfully good in all the physical aspects of the game — and he’s a tremendous person.”
Fields received seven votes to beat out Kansas State’s Arthur Brown (four), Horned Frogs teammate Jason Verrett (three), Iowa State’s A.J. Klein (two), and Aaron Colvin and Tony Jefferson of Oklahoma (one each) for defensive player of the year.
Former Killeen offensive lineman Jonathan Rush was an honorable mention selection for Oklahoma State and former Copperas Cove standout was an honorable mention receiver for TCU.
Kansas State led the league with six first-team All-Big 12 selections: Klein, Brown, offensive lineman B.J. Finney, tight end Travis Tannahill, defensive lineman Meshak Williams and defensive back Ty Zimmerman. The Wildcats also had five second-team selections and eight honorable mentions.
Oklahoma State had the second-most first-team selections with five: running back Joseph Randle, wide receiver Josh Stewart, offensive lineman Lane Taylor and Quinn Sharp, who made it as both a punter and kicker.
The Associated Press contributed to this report