DALLAS (AP) ó In a year full of surprises, hereís one predictable result: The Missouri Tigers dominated The Associated Press All-Big 12 team.
Top-ranked Mizzou placed eight players on the first team, including a pair of unanimous picks in quarterback Chase Daniel and do-it-all freshman Jeremy Maclin in the all-purpose spot.
To appreciate how impressive it is for one team to have eight honorees, consider that the entire South Division had nine.
The No. 7 Kansas Jayhawks, who fought Missouri for the North Division title all season and throughout their matchup last weekend, had four first-teamers, led by Aqib Talib, a unanimous pick at cornerback.
Ninth-ranked Oklahoma, which faces Missouri in the conference title game Saturday night in San Antonio, also had four first-teamers. Linebacker Curtis Lofton was unanimous.
Earlier this week, Daniel was voted the AP All-Big 12 offensive player of the year and Lofton was the defensive honoree. Gary Pinkel of Missouri and Mark Mangino of Kansas tied in voting for coach of the year.
Votes were cast by 20 sports writers who regularly cover the Big 12 for newspapers throughout the leagueís seven states.
An impressive part of Missouriís picks is that they didnít dominate any single position. For instance, the three defensive honorees are lineman Lorenzo Williams, linebacker Sean Witherspoon and defensive back William Moore. Besides Daniel and Maclin, the offensive picks were center Adam Spieker, tight end Martin Rucker and kicker Jeff Wolfert.
Nine other Tigers received votes, including four on the second team. That includes tight end Chase Coffman, which means the two top vote-getters at that position come from Columbia, Mo.
Missouriís lone loss this season was to Oklahoma, so the Tigers know all about first-teamers Lofton, offensive lineman Duke Robinson, defensive lineman Auston English and defensive back Reggie Smith.
Talib was joined on the first team by KU teammates Anthony Collins, an offensive lineman; defensive lineman James McClinton and linebacker Joe Mortensen.
Note to the rest of the Big 12: Only three of Missouriís picks, one of Kansasí and none of Oklahomaís are seniors, which means theyíll likely be back next season.
Colorado placed three on the first team, all on defense. Linebacker Jordon Dizon was a unanimous pick. Lineman George Hypolite and defensive back Terrence Wheatley made it, too.
Kansas State wrapped up the North Divisionís 17-9 lead over the South with two selections, unanimous choice Jordy Nelson at receiver and punter Tim Reyer.
Running back Jamaal Charles of No. 17 Texas was a unanimous selection, as was Texas Tech receiver Michael Crabtree, the offensive newcomer of the year. Offensive lineman Tony Hills was the other Longhorns honoree, and offensive lineman Louis Vasquez was the other pick from the Red Raiders.
Oklahoma State running back Dantrell Savage rounds out the first team.
Some other noteworthy facts about the 12th annual AP All-Big 12 team:
Nebraska, Texas A&M, Baylor and Iowa State did not have a first-teamer. Maybe that shouldnít be a surprise considering the Cornhuskers, Aggies and Bears just got rid of their coaches, and the Cyclones made a change last year. Maclin and Crabtree make it two freshmen on the first team. Itís rare for even one to make it. Maclin is the first-ever unanimous pick at the all-purpose spot. A wide variety of players usually get nominated here, but there was no doubt he deserved it after putting up the second-most total yards in the country. Smith and Talib were the only repeat first-teamers from last year. As juniors, they can make it three in a row next year. Second-team roundup: Four each for Mizzou and Oklahoma State; three each for Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas A&M; two for Baylor; and one each for Iowa State and Texas Tech. Yes, thatís 27 instead of 26 for the first team. There was one tie. No, thatís not a typo. Nebraska really didnít have anyone on the first OR second team. At least there were five Cornhuskers among others receiving votes. Defensive newcomer of the year Chris Harris of Kansas did not receive a vote for the all-conference team. The first team featured 12 juniors, 10 seniors, two sophomores and two freshmen.