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Dizon Named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year

Nov 27, 2007

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BOULDER - Senior inside linebacker Jordon Dizon has been named the Big 12 Conference Defensive Player-of-the-Year by the league coaches, the conference office announced Tuesday.


Dizon was also joined by senior cornerback Terrence Wheatley and junior defensive tackle George Hypolite as first-team all-Big 12 Conference selections, with senior offensive tackle Tyler Polumbus earning second-team honors.


Selections are made by the league's 12 head coaches, who are not permitted to vote for their own players.


Dizon is the first Colorado player to receive Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors, as the senior completed a "bookend" career as he was also named the Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2004. Dizon is the third player in conference history to receive both the defensive freshman and player of the year awards, joining Kansas State's Mark Simoneau (1996, 2000) and Texas' Derrick Johnson (2000, 2004).


"It's an honor, it definitely is. There are a lot of tangibles that go on behind this; I have to thank my coaches, Coach Cabral and Coach Hawk. I have to thank my D-line, [DT] Brandon Nicolas and [DT] George Hypolite because with out both of them none of this would have been possible."

Dizon is the first CU player to win a conference player of the year award since 2002, when tailback Chris Brown earned the offensive honor from the Big 12 coaches.  He's the first Buff defensive player to do so since 1992, when cornerback Deon Figures earned the nod the same year he won the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back.


"He is very deserving," head coach Dan Hawkins said. "Good things happen to good people and he is one of those guys. He has had a tremendous season; he's played very well and been very productive. He has been very consistent and very solid, all the things I've said before. He shows up every day, he's a very humble guy, he plays hurt, great leader?just very solid all the way around. He should be the Butkus (Award) guy as well." 


Dizon is one of three finalists for the Butkus Award, to be presented to the nation's top linebacker on December 7.




 2007 All-Big 12 Football




Pos.       Player                             School                   Class       Hometown/Previous School(s)

QB          Chase Daniel                  Missouri                      Jr.          Southlake, Texas/Carroll

RB          Dantrell Savage              Oklahoma State        Sr.          Columbus, Ga./Mississippi Gulf Coast CC

RB          Jamaal Charles               Texas                          Jr.          Port Arthur, Texas/Memorial

FB          Brody Eldridge                Oklahoma                 So.          La Cygne, Kan./Prairie View

WR         Jordy Nelson                   Kansas State              Sr.          Riley, Kan./Riley County

WR         Jeremy Maclin                Missouri                      Fr.          Kirkwood, Mo./Kirkwood

WR         Michael Crabtree            Texas Tech                Fr.          Dallas, Texas/Carter

TE          Brandon Pettigrew          Oklahoma State        Jr.          Tyler,Texas/Lee

OL          Anthony Collins               Kansas                        Jr.          Beaumont, Texas/Central Senior

OL          Adam Speiker                 Missouri                      Sr.          Webb City, Mo./Webb City

OL          Duke Robinson               Oklahoma                   Jr.          Atlanta, Ga./Washington

OL          Tony Hills                        Texas                         Sr.          Houston, Texas/Alief Elsik

OL          Cody Wallace                Texas A&M                Sr.          Cuero, Texas/Cuero
PK          Alex Trlica                       Texas Tech                Sr.          Friendswood, Texas/Friendswood

KR/PR    Jeremy Maclin               Missouri                      Fr.          Kirkwood, Mo./Kirkwood



Pos.       Player                             School                   Class       Hometown/Previous School(s)

DL          George Hypolite              Colorado                     Jr.          Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola

DL          James McClinton            Kansas                       Sr.          Garland, Texas/Lakeview Centennial

DL          Ian Campbell                   Kansas State              Jr.          Cimarron, Kan./Cimarron

DL          Lorenzo Williams           Missouri                        Sr.          Midwest City, Okla./Midwest City

DL          Auston English                Oklahoma                  So.          Canadian, Texas/Canadian

LB          Jordon Dizon                   Colorado                     Sr.          Kauai, Hawaii/Waimea
LB          Joe Mortensen                Kansas                        Jr.          Concord, Calif./Clayton Valley

LB          Curtis Lofton                    Oklahoma                   Jr.          Kingfisher, Okla./Kingfisher

DB         Terrence Wheatley          Colorado                     Sr.          Richardson, Texas/Plano East

DB          Aqib Talib                        Kansas                        Jr.          Richardson, Texas/Berkner

DB          Nic Harris                        Oklahoma                   Jr.          Alexandria, La./Alexandria

DB          Reggie Smith                  Oklahoma                   Jr.          Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe

DB          Marcus Griffin                 Texas                         Sr.          Austin, Texas/Bowie

P             Tim Reyer                       Kansas State              Sr.          Wamego, Kan./Rock Creek




Pos.       Player                             School                   Class       Hometown/Previous School(s)

QB          Todd Reesing                Kansas                         So.          Austin, Texas/Lake Travis

QB          Graham Harrell               Texas Tech                Jr.           Ennis, Texas/Ennis

RB          Brandon McAnderson    Kansas                        Sr.          Lawrence, Kan./Lawrence

RB          Marlon Lucky                 Nebraska                    Jr.           North Hollywood, Calif./North Hollywood

FB          Chris Alexander              Texas A&M                Sr.          Humble, Texas/Humble

WR         Marcus Henry                Kansas                        Sr.          Lawton, Okla./Eisenhower

WR         Malcolm Kelly                 Oklahoma                  Jr.           Longview, Texas/Longview

WR         Adarius Bowman            Oklahoma State         Sr.          Chattanooga, Tenn/North Carolina

TE          Martin Rucker                Missouri                      Sr.          St. Joseph, Mo./Benton

OL          Tyler Polumbus               Colorado                    Sr.          Englewood, Colo./Cherry Creek

OL          Carl Nicks                       Nebraska                   Sr.          Salinas Calif./New Mexico State

OL          Phil Loadholt                   Oklahoma                  Jr.           Fountain, Colo./Garden City CC

OL          Brandon Walker              Oklahoma                  Jr.           Detroit, Mich/Coffeyville CC

OL          David Koenig                 Oklahoma State          Sr           Cape Coral, Fla./Cape Coral

PK          Jeff Wolfert                    Missouri                      Jr.           Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley West
PK          Garrett Hartley                Oklahoma                  Sr.          Southlake, Texas/Southlake Carroll

KR/PR    Marcus Herford              Kansas                       Jr.           DeSoto, Texas/Cedar Hill



Pos.       Player                             School                   Class       Hometown/Previous School(s)

DL          Stryker Sulak                  Missouri                      Jr.          Rockdale, Texas/Rockdale

DL          Demarcus Granger        Oklahoma                  So.          Dallas, Texas/Kimball

DL          Nathan Peterson             Oklahoma State         Sr.          Tulsa, Okla./Union

DL          Derek Lokey                  Texas                     Sr. Denton, Texas/Ryan
DL          Frank Okam                    Texas                         Sr.          Dallas, Texas/Lake Highlands

DL          Chris Harrington              Texas A&M             Sr. Houston, Texas/St. Puis
LB          Alvin Bowen                    Iowa State                  Sr.          East Orange, N.J./Garden City, CC

LB          Sean Weatherspoon        Missouri                  So. Jasper, Texas/Jasper

LB          Misi Tupe                         Texas A&M                Sr.          St. George, Utah/Dixie State College

DB          Jordan Lake                       Baylor                     So.          Houston, Texas/Memorial

DB          Justin McKinney            Kansas State              Sr.          Sanford, Fla./Garden City CC

DB          Cornelius Brown            Missouri                       Sr.          Adel, Ga./Reedley CC (Calif.)

DB          William Moore                 Missouri                      Jr.          Hayti, Mo./Hayti

DB          D.J. Wolfe                       Oklahoma                  Sr.          Lawton, Okla./Eisenhower

P            Justin Brantly                   Texas A&M                 Jr.          Sealy, Texas/Sealy


Ties in the voting created additional positions on the second team for quarterback, placekicker and defensive line.


Honorable Mention

Baylor:                    Dan Gay, OL; Jake La Mar, DB; Jason Lamb, DL; Joe Pawelek, LB; Brandon Whitaker, RB;

Colorado:               Hugh Charles, RB; Kevin Eberhart, PK; Edwin Harrison, OL; Brandon Nicolas, DL; Terrence Wheatley, PR/KR; 

Iowa State:            Todd Blythe, WR; Bryce Braaksma, DL; Athyba Rubin, DL;

Kansas:                  Ryan Cantrell, OL; James Holt, LB; Mike Rivera, LB; Cesar Rodriguez, OL; Darrell Stuckey, DB; Scott Webb, PK;

Kansas State:        Alesana Alesana, OL; Chris Carney, DB; Josh Freeman, QB; Rob Jackson, DL; James Johnson, RB;

                                 Deon Murphy,WR; Deon Murphy, PR/KR; Jordy Nelson, PR/KR; Michael Pooschke, FB; Logan Robinson, OL;

                                 Brooks Rossman, PK; Reggie Walker, LB; 

Missouri:               Colin Brown, OL; Tommy Chavis, DL; Brock Christopher, LB; Chase Coffman, TE; William Franklin, WR;

                                 Carl Gettis, DB; Ziggy Hood, DL; Tony Temple, RB;

Nebraska:              Larry Asante, DB; Brett Byford, OL; Cortney Grixby, PR/KR; Jacob Hickman, OL; Lydon Murtha, OL;

                                 Steve Octavien, LB; Zach Potter, DL; Maurice Purify, WR;  Bo Ruud, LB; Dan Titchener, P;

Oklahoma:             Lewis Baker, LB; Sam Bradford, QB; Joe Jon Finley, TE;  Jermaine Gresham, TE; Juaquin Iglesias, WR;

                                 Gerald McCoy, DL; DeMarco Murray, RB;

Oklahoma State:   Perrish Cox, PR/KR: Jacob Lacey, DB; Russell Okung, OL; Donovan Woods, LB;

Texas:                    Ryan Bailey, PK; Quan Cosby, PR/KR; Scott Derry, LB; Jermichael Finley, TE; Brandon Foster, DB;

                                 Dallas Griffin, OL; Roy Miller, DL; Adam Ulatoski, OL;

Texas A&M:           Michael Bennett, DL; Martellus Bennett, TE; Red Bryant, DL; Marquis Carpenter, DB; Corey Clark, OL;

                                 Mark Dodge, LB; Kirk Elder, OL; Jorvorskie Lane, RB; Stephen McGee, QB;

Texas Tech:          Danny Amendola, WR; Brandon Carter, OL; Joe Garcia, DB; Rajon Henley, DL; Darcel McBath, DB;

                                 Chris Parker, DB; Jonathan LaCour, P; Rylan Reed, OL; Louis Vasquez, OL; Jamar Wall, DB; Colby Whitlock, DL;

                                 Brandon Williams, DL; Marlon Williams, LB;



Specialty Awards



Chase Daniel, Missouri, Jr., QB, Southlake, Texas



Jordon Dizon, Colorado, Sr., LB, Kauai, Hawaii



Marcus Herford, Kansas, Jr., WR, DeSoto, Texas



Jeremy Maclin, Missouri, Fr., WR, Kirkwood, Mo.

Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech, Fr., WR, Dallas, Texas



Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma, Fr., DT, Oklahoma City, Okla.



Deon Murphy, Kansas State, Jr., WR, Houston, Texas



Gary Chandler, Kansas State, Jr., DB, Wichita, Kan.



Adam Spieker, Missouri, Sr., Webb City, Mo.

Cody Wallace, Texas A&M, Sr., Cuero, Texas



James McClinton, Kansas, Sr., Garland, Texas



Mark Mangino, Kansas, 6th season