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December 15, 2010

Rivals.com Big 12 all-freshman team

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Taylor Martinez, Nebraska's dual-threat quarterback who was making a run at all-conference honors before injuries slowed him down, heads the Rivals.com Big 12 all-freshman team.

Martinez, a redshirt freshman, passed for 1,578 yards and rushed for 942 to help the Huskers reach the conference championship game.

Our top defensive freshman is Kansas State free safety Ty Zimmerman. A quarterback in high school, Zimmerman made a smooth transition to safety as he finished the season with 69 tackles. He intercepted three passes, including two in a rout of Texas.

Big 12 champion Oklahoma showed signs that it will continue to be a force with five selections, including wide receiver Kenny Stills, who had 53 catches for 713 yards. That was the most selections from any team.

Rather then bypass some deserving candidates, we decided not to necessarily be position-specific (i.e., guards, tackles, ends, free safeties, etc.) on our all-freshman teams along the lines and in the secondary.

RIVALS.COM BIG 12 ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM (OFFENSE)
QB Taylor Martinez, Nebraska
Particulars: 6-1/205, redshirt; Corona (Calif.) Centennial
RB Roy Finch, Oklahoma
Particulars: 5-8/180, true; Niceville (Fla.) High
Particulars: 6-0/226, true; Irving (Texas) MacArthur
Particulars: 6-2/183, true; Dallas Skyline
Particulars: 6-1/175, true; San Mateo (Calif.) Junipero Serra
WR Kenny Stills, Oklahoma
Particulars: 6-0/183, true; Carlsbad (Calif.) La Costa Canyon
Particulars: 6-6/304, true; Arlington (Texas) High
T Jeremiah Sirles, Nebraska
Particulars: 6-6/310, redshirt; Lakewood (Colo.) Bear Creek
G Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma
Particulars: 6-4/282, redshirt; Oklahoma City Bishop McGuinness
G Mason Walters, Texas
Particulars: 6-6/300, redshirt; Wolfforth (Texas) Frenship
C Garrett Porter, Texas
Particulars: 6-6/305, redshirt; Odessa (Texas) Permian
RIVALS.COM BIG 12 ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM (DEFENSE)
Particulars: 6-5/238, true; Plano (Texas) Plano West
L Damontre Moore, Texas A&M
Particulars: 6-4/248, true; Rowlett (Texas) High
Particulars: 6-3/245, redshirt; Hitchcock (Texas) High
L Chidera Uzo-Diribe, Colorado
Particulars: 6-3/230, true; Corona (Calif.) High
LB Tevin Elliott, Baylor
Particulars: 6-2/245, redshirt; Mount Pleasant (Texas) High
Particulars: 5-11/212, true; Missouri City (Texas) Hightower
LB Tom Wort, Oklahoma
Particulars: 6-1/225, redshirt; New Braunfels (Texas) High
CB Devin Hedgepeth, Oklahoma State
Particulars: 5-11/185, true; Derby (Kan.) High
CB Tyler Stephenson, Baylor
Particulars: 5-10/165, true; Lancaster (Texas) High
FS Ty Zimmerman, Kansas State
Particulars: 6-1/203, true; Junction City (Kan.) High
SS Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma
Particulars: 5-11/198, true; Chula Vista (Calif.) Eastlake
RIVALS.COM BIG 12 ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM (SPECIAL TEAMS)
K Aaron Jones, Baylor
Particulars: 6-2/175, redshirt; Crowley (Texas) High
P Kirby Van Der Kamp, Iowa State
Particulars: 6-3/195, true; West Des Moines (Iowa) Valley
KR Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State
Particulars: 6-0/194, true; Huntsville (Texas) High
PR Tramaine Thompson, Kansas State
Particulars: 5-7/164, redshirt; Jenks (Okla.) High



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