Four league honorees equals four-year total

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Four Cyclone football players – two on offense (TE Collin Franklin and C Ben Lamaak) and two on defense (Jake Knott and Leonard Johnson) – earned second-team All-Big 12 honors for 2010 and five others added honorable mention accolades according to the league office.

The total of nine honorees is tied for the third most at Iowa State since the formation of the league and the most in five years.

The most all-Big 12 picks in Iowa State history came in the following seasons …

2005 – 13 (three first-team, three second-team & seven honorable mention)
2000 – 11 (two first-team, two second-team, two third-team & five honorable mention).

From 2006-09, Iowa State had a total of four players, who earned first- or second-team honors. The honored quartet of Franklin, Lamaak, Knott and Johnson this fall equals that four-year total.

In August, the Big 12 news media named a preseason all-conference team. Eleven players – Ryan Broyles (OU), Jeff Fuller (A&M), Nate Solder (CU), DeMarco Murray (OU), Jeremy Beal (OU), Sam Acho (UT), Aldon Smith (MU), Jared Crick (NU), Von Miller (A&M), Quinton Carter (OU) and Prince Amukamara (NU) – fulfilled those predictions and received first-team honors Tuesday.

For the individual awards, the media named A&M’s Jerrod Johnson its preseason Offensive Player of the Year (he lost his starting job mid-year), NU’s Crick (14 TFLs, 7 sacks) and A&M’s Miller (14.5 TFLs, 9.5 sacks) co-Defensive Player of the Year and CU’s Toney Clemons (43 catches, 482 yards) Newcomer of the Year.

The winners were Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon (offense), Amukamara (defense) and Nebraska’s Lavonte David (newcomer).

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