Five Sooners were named to the coaches' All-Big 12 team on Tuesday, while defensive end Jeremy Beal was named the Defensive Lineman of the Year.
Safety Tony Jefferson was honored as the Co-Defensive Freshman of the Year along with Oklahoma State's Shaun Lewis.
OU's first-team selections included Beal, running back DeMarco Murray, receiver Ryan Broyles, offensive tackle Eric Mensik and safety Quinton Carter. Freshman fullback Trey Millard and linebacker Travis Lewis were second-team picks. Quarterback Landry Jones, wideout Kenny Stills and cornerback Jamell Fleming received honorable mention. Beal received votes as Defensive Player of the Year, which went to Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara. Broyles got votes for Offensive Player of the Year, but that honor went to Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon. Bob Stoops got support for Coach of the Year, but was beaten out by Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy.
Stoops continues to be optimistic that Murray, who missed the fourth quarter at OSU with a knee injury, will be able to play Saturday.
â€œDeMarco has improved over the last couple days,â€ Stoops said. â€œWe'll just see. It's a little early in the week. I'm not hiding anything. The positive part is he has felt much better each day. So we'll see. For me to say anything else puts pressure on him, whether I'm expecting him to play or not. I want him to be comfortable and feel good about it.â€
Offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson was even more optimistic.
â€œI felt pretty good about him going into Baylor and I think he looks more positive than that,â€ said Wilson, referring to Murray playing through an injury to his side in that game. â€œUntil we get out and really start running as the week goes, see how it goes as we get into Wednesday-Thursday. It's gonna be to our advantage to have him. He's one of our best players and I would expect him to go.
â€œWe've got some good backs. But I think No. 7 will be No. 7 and play well Saturday.â€
PELINI WILL WAIT UNTIL SATURDAY BEFORE NAMING STARTING QB
Nebraska coach Bo Pelini was asked Tuesday during his weekly news conference about his timetable for naming a starting quarterback.
â€œWhat time's the game start Saturday?â€ Pelini quipped.
Starter Taylor Martinez is gradually working back into the mix after missing last week's game with Colorado with turf toe. He's also been dealing with a nagging sprained ankle on his other foot.
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