Oklahoma State running back and national rushing leader Chuba Hubbard is The Associated Press Big 12 offensive player of the year and Baylor career sacks leader James Lynch is the conference's top defensive player.
When the AP All-Big 12 team and individual awards were announced Friday, it was the first time in Oklahoma's run of five consecutive conference titles that the league's top offensive player wasn't from the Sooners.
Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, the graduate transfer from Alabama, was the unanimous pick as first-team quarterback and also got all 20 votes as the conference's top newcomer. He was one of a league-high six first-team picks from the Sooners, who are in the College Football Playoff for the fourth time in five seasons.
Baylor's Matt Rhule was chosen as the coach of the year. The Bears lost 11 games in his debut two years ago, but are 11-2 this season after an overtime loss to Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship game last Saturday. Baylor is going to its first Sugar Bowl since 1957, and will play Georgia on New Year's Day.
Hubbard has 1,936 yards and 21 touchdowns rushing. The sophomore leads all FBS and FCS players with 161.3 yards per game, and has an active streak of 10 consecutive 100-yard games.
Lynch ranks eighth nationally with his 12 1/2 sacks, which are a single-season Baylor record. He also holds the school's career record with 21. The junior was a first-team pick as defensive end after getting first-place votes on all 20 ballots — 15 for end and five for tackle. He has played both positions on Baylor's three-man front.
Hurts is the Big 12 leader with 376.1 total yards per game and has accounted for 50 touchdowns (32 passing, 18 rushing). He is the league's second-leading rusher at 96.5 yards per game.
Hubbard got 12 votes for top offensive player, while Hurts got seven and Oklahoma receiver CeeDee Lamb. Lynch got 18 of the 20 votes for defensive player, with Texas Tech linebacker Jordyn Brooks and Sooners linebacker Kenneth Murray splitting the remaining two.