A native of Norman, Okla., Zac Taylor became the second Husker to be
named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, joining two-time winner Eric Crouch
(1999, 2001). Taylor enters Saturday's Big 12
Championship game having set nearly every major Nebraska career and single-season passing
record in only his second, and final, year on campus. He ranks ninth nationally,
and second among Big 12 quarterbacks, in passing efficiency this season and has
recorded school-record totals of 2,789 yards and 24 touchdowns while throwing
only four interceptions.
Taylor was joined on the first team
offense by senior teammate Dane Todd at fullback, while senior defensive end
Adam Carriker and junior linebacker Bo Ruud also were selected. Ruud has put
together a tremendous season in his second year as the starting WILL linebacker
and leads the Blackshirt defense with three forced fumbles.
Carriker was the Huskers' lone
repeat selection, while he was also honored with the Big 12's first annual
Defensive Lineman of the Year award. He also became the first Nebraska defensive player
named first-team All-Big 12 since linebacker Carlos Polk in 1999 and 2000. NU's
four first-team selections trailed only Oklahoma and Texas, which each notched five
Nebraska added three players to the All-Big
12 second team, headlined by senior defensive end Jay Moore, an honorable
mention selection a year ago who has set a career high with four sacks this
season. A pair of Husker first-year offensive starters joined Moore on the squad in
juniors Brandon Jackson and Maurice Purify. Jackson leads NU this season in both rushing and
all-purpose yards, while Purify has become a focal point of the Nebraska passing game by
ranking first on the team in touchdown catches and receiving yardage and second
additional Huskers were named honorable-mention All-Big 12: senior linebacker
Stewart Bradley, senior free safety Andrew Shanle, junior center Brett Byford,
junior cornerback Cortney Grixby, junior linebacker Corey McKeon, sophomore
I-back Marlon Lucky and sophomore offensive tackle Matt Slauson.
Irving, Texas - The AT&T All-Big 12
Conference football teams and individual award winners have been
announced.Selections are made by the league's 12 head coaches, who are not
permitted to vote for their own players.
2006 Coaches' All-Big 12 Teams
Four Nebraska football players were named to the 2006 AT&T All-Big 12 First Team released Tuesday, including senior quarterback Zac Taylor, who was honored by the league's coaches as Offensive Player of the Year. The four NU selections marked the most for the program since it placed five on the 2003 All-Big 12 squad.