Despite six straight turnovers and the most interceptions by a Texas Longhorns linebacker since Derrick Johnson in 2003, junior Jaylan Ford was named the top 12 defensive player on Wednesday when the league’s coaches selected Kansas State Wildcats quarterback Felix. Anudike-Uzomah for the second season in a row.
Anudike-Uzomah did lead the Big 12 with 7.5 sacks, but Ford had one more forced fumble (three) and as many tackles for loss (10.0) while holding a 4-0 lead in interceptions and finishing second in the conference. 109 hits compared to Anudike-Uzomah’s 39. Three of Anudike-Uzomah’s 7.5 sacks came against Texas Tech, and another 2.5 came in non-conference play – giving Anudike-Uzomah two sacks in eight other conference games. Only one player in the conference, TCU safety Bud Clark, had more interceptions than Ford.
Ford was also named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week three times. This season, Anudike-Uzomah did not receive that recognition.
Dam so I’m the only DT from Texas to make the team.
Crazy, we all know JFord should have won Defensive Player of the Year
But thank God! https://t.co/xoirQYKbiI
— Keondre Coburn⁹⁹ (@KeondreCoburn99) 30 November 2022
Still, four Texas players made the All-Big 12 first team — junior running back Bijan Robinson, sophomore tight end Ja’Tavion Sanders, senior linebacker DeMarvion Overshown and Ford. Sophomore lineman Xavier Worthy, freshman offensive lineman Kelvin Banks and senior forward Keondre Coburn made the second team.
TCU quarterback Max Duggan won Robinson’s 12 years as the offensive lineman.