Briscoe Leads Kansas All-Big 12 Football Selections
Dec. 1, 2009
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe was named All-Big 12 First Team, leading a group of seven Jayhawks who earned conference football postseason honors announced by the league office Tuesday.
The teams are selected by the league coaches, who are not permitted to vote for their own players.
Briscoe was the only Jayhawk named first team, while fellow wide receiver Kerry Meier was tabbed second team. KU had five honorable mention selections in offensive tackle Tanner Hawkinson, defensive end Jake Laptad, quarterback Todd Reesing, punter Alonso Rojas and safety Darrell Stuckey.
Briscoe, a 6-3, 202-pound junior from Dallas, Texas, caught 84 passes for 1,337 yards and nine touchdowns this season. His 84 catches were the fourth most in a season in school history, while the 1,337 yards were second to the 1,407 he had in 2008.
Through games of Nov. 28, Briscoe is ranked fifth in the NCAA in receiving yards per game (121.55) and eighth in receptions per game (7.64). He is also 13th in all-purpose yardage (162.55).
He closed the season with 14 receptions for 242 yards and two touchdowns against Missouri Saturday. The 14 receptions tied for the second most in a game by a Jayhawk, while the 242 yards were second only to his 269 at Oklahoma in 2008.
This season Briscoe set school records for receptions in a game by a junior (14 vs. Missouri), career receiving yards (3,240), most yards in a season by a junior (1,337) and most yards in a game by a junior (242 vs. Missouri).
Briscoe was a 2008 All-Big 12 Second Team selection as a sophomore.
Meier, a 6-3, 221-pound senior from Pittsburg, Kan., caught 102 passes for 985 yards and eight touchdowns. The 102 receptions were a school record, while the 985 yards were the seventh most in school history.
Meier, who was a 2008 All-Big 12 Honorable Mention pick, ranks fourth in the NCAA in receptions (8.50) and 25th in receiving yards per game (82.08). This year he set KU records for career receptions (226), season receptions (102), season receptions by a senior (102), single-game receptions (16 vs. Iowa State) and single-game receptions by a senior (16 vs. Iowa State).
He ranks second at KU in career receiving yards (2,309) behind only Briscoe.
Hawkinson, a 6-6, 285-pound redshirt freshman from McPherson, Kan., manned the left tackle spot in all 12 games in his first year on the field. He came to KU as a tight end where he spent most of his redshirt year, then spent time on the defensive line before finding a home on the offensive line in 2009.
Laptad, a 6-5, 258-pound junior from Tulsa, Okla., was named Honorable Mention for the second-straight year. He led KU defensive linemen with 49 tackles, while leading the team with 12 tackles for loss, including a team-best 6.5 sacks. His six quarterback hurries were third on the team, while his two forced fumbles were second.
Laptad started the season being involved in a sack in each of the first four games and in six of the first eight contests. He tied for 61st in the NCAA in sacks and tied for 66th in tackles for loss.
Reesing, a 5-11, 200-pound senior from Austin, Texas, established nearly every KU career, season and single-game passing record in his storied career. Reesing was recognized by the league coaches for the second time as he was a second-team selection in 2007.
This year Reesing leads the Big 12 in total offense (311.2) and is second in passing (301.3). Nationally, Reesing is fourth in total offense and seventh in passing yards.
Among active players in the country Reesing ranks third in career passing yards per game (273.0), fourth in total yards per game (288.8) and fifth in touchdowns responsible for (105).
In his final game in a KU uniform, he threw for a school-record 498 yards and four touchdowns, on a record-tying 37 completions against Missouri.
He leaves KU with the top three seasons in most statistical categories, while shattering career records in nearly every listing as well.
Rojas, a 6-3, 220-pound junior from Miami, Fla., had a great year punting for KU. He posted a 41.3 average with eight 50-plus yard punts, including a 72-yarder at Texas Tech. He also placed 16 of his 51 punts inside the 20-yard line.
Stuckey, a 6-1, 205-pounder from Kansas City, Kan., was recognized by the league coaches for the third-straight year. He was an honorable mention selection in 2007 before garnering first-team honors in 2008.
Stuckey became the first non-linebacker to lead the team in tackles since defensive back Carl Nesmith had a team-best 103 stops in 2000. Stuckey registered 93 tackles in 12 games after making 98 stops in 13 games in 2008.
For his career Stuckey recorded 295 tackles, the second most by a defensive back in school history (LeRoy Irvin had 347), and his eight career interceptions tied for 10th on the KU list.
Stuckey’s career numbers include 11 tackles for loss, 18 passes broken up, four fumble recoveries and three fumbles forced.
Kansas All-Big 12 Football Honorees
WR Kerry Meier
DE Jake Laptad
QB Todd Reesing