After a banner year for the Cyclones in 2020, taking home Offensive Player of the Year (Breece Hall), Defensive Player of the Year (Mike Rose), Offense Newcomer of the Year (Xavier Hutchinson), and Defensive Freshman of the Year (Isheem Young), and claiming a whopping nine players on the Big 12 All-Conference First Team, the Associated Press confirmed what we already knew, placing four Cyclones on their All-American lists.
It should come as no surprise that Breece Hall checked in on the First Team, alongside Alabama’s Najee Harris, after a season which saw him lead the country in rushing with 1,436 yards in eleven games to add to his 19 rushing touchdowns, as well as his twenty-one catches for 170 yards and two touchdowns.
The Big 12’s Defensive Player of the Year made the cut as well, with Mike Rose landed on the Second Team with Oklahoma’s Nick Bonitto and Missouri’s Nick Bolton. Rose logged 90 tackles on the season, and led the country in interceptions among linebackers with four, including game-sealing interceptions against TCU and Baylor.
The third team featured two Cyclones in junior tight end Charlie Kolar and senior defensive end JaQuan Bailey.
In an ever-so-slightly reduced pass-catching role for 2020, Kolar still proved to be the best tight end in the Big 12, logging thirty-nine catches for 538 yards and six touchdowns.
Bailey returned to form after an injury-plagued 2019, finally taking sole possession of the career sacks record on the way to seven total sacks and thirteen tackles for loss.