Six Wildcats Named to AP All-Big 12 Teams

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State’s Jordy Nelson and Tim Reyer led a group of six Wildcats named to the 2007 Associated Press All-Big 12 football teams, as selected by a panel of 20 sports writers who regularly cover the league for newspapers throughout the league's seven states.

 

Nelson, a unanimous choice at wide receiver, and Reyer, a senior punter, were both named to the first team, while running back James Johnson, linebacker Ian Campbell and place kicker Brooks Rossman earned second team honors. Defensive back Justin McKinney was named to the honorable mention squad.

 

A Biletnikoff Award finalist and AFCA All-American, Nelson had one of the most impressive seasons in school history as he will leave the program holding 11 different receiving records. The Riley, Kan., native finished the year with 122 catches for 1,606 yards, both school records, and 11 touchdowns, while recording 10 or more catches in six games and surpassing 100 yards receiving eight times, again both school record marks. He currently ranks second nationally in catches per game, receiving yards per game and total receiving yards.

 

Reyer, a Wamego, Kan., product and Ray Guy Award semi-finalist, averaged 44.5 yards a punt this season, which ranks second in school history, had 22 kicks downed inside the opponents’ 20-yard line and also collected 15 punts of 50-plus yards on the season. Reyer and the Wildcats currently rank first in the Big 12 and eighth nationally in net punting with a 38.9-yard average.

 

Johnson, a Port Arthur, Texas, native, became the fastest Wildcat to rush for 1,000 yards in a season after running for 1,106 yards (6.4 yards a carry) and 12 touchdowns in 2007. The senior tallied five 100-yard rushing performances on the season and ranks third in the Big 12 and 42nd nationally in rushing at 92.2 yards a game.

 

Campbell, a member of the Bednarik, Butkus, Bronko Nagurski and Hendricks Award watch lists this season, totaled 45 tackles in 2007, including a team-best 11 tackles for loss, while recording a Big 12-best four fumble recoveries. The Cimarron native also recorded 4.5 sacks and one interception in which he returned for a score at No. 7 Texas.

 

Rossman, a San Diego, Calif, native, ranked first in the Big 12 and fifth nationally with 1.83 field goals per game, while also finishing first in the league in field goal percentage at 78.3. His 23 field goals on the season tied the single-season Kansas State record.

 

McKinney, a senior from Sanford, Fla., was Kansas State’s leading tackler this season with 74 tackles and also had three interceptions, nine pass breakups, one forced fumble and blocked one punt.

 

 


Kansas State Composite All-Big 12 Selections

 

AP All-Big 12 Selections

FIRST TEAM:

Jordy Nelson, WR; Tim Reyer, P

 

Second TEAM:

James Johnson, RB; Brooks Rossman, K; Ian Campbell, LB

 

Honorable Mention:

Justin McKinney, DB

 

 

Coaches All-Big 12 Selections

FIRST TEAM:

Jordy Nelson, WR; Ian Campbell, DL; Tim Reyer, P

 

Second TEAM:

Justin McKinney, DB

 

Honorable Mention:

Alesana Alesana, OL; Chris Carney, DB; Josh Freeman, QB; Rob Jackson, DL; James Johnson, RB; Deon Murphy, WR; Deon Murphy KR/PR; Jordy Nelson KR/PR; Michael Pooschke FB/TE; Logan Robinson OL; Brooks Rossman K; Reggie Walker, LB

 

OFFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Deon Murphy, WR

DEFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Gary Chandler, DB

 

 

Rivals.com All-Big 12 Selections

FIRST TEAM:

Jordy Nelson, WR; Deon Murphy, PR; Tim Reyer, P; Brooks Rossman, PK

 

Second TEAM:

James Johnson, RB

 

 

Kansas CITy Star All-Big 12 Selections

FIRST TEAM:

Jordy Nelson, WR; Tim Reyer, P

 

Second TEAM:

Brooks Rossman, PK; Ian Campbell, DL

 

 

Waco Tribune-herald All-Big 12 Selections

FIRST TEAM:

Jordy Nelson, WR; Tim Reyer, P, Deon Murphy, PR

 

Second TEAM:

Brooks Rossman, PK; Ian Campbell, DL, James Johnson, RB

 

 

 

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