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The TCU defense, which was playing as well as anyone down the stretch, has three first-teamers.

Nothing to see here, just a couple of First Team All Big 12 DBs.
Melissa Triebwasser

Regular season awards began today, with 14 Horned Frog Football players listed among the recipients. TCU saw three players named to the First Team All Big 12 list, as well as defensive end Khari Coleman being selected as the Co-Defensive Freshman of the Year.

Coleman is the third Horned Frog in the last four seasons to be a Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year, joining Ross Blacklock (2017) and Ar’Darius Washington (2019). Coleman tops all freshmen nationally and is fifth in the FBS for all players with 15.0 tackles for loss. He has totaled 33 stops on the season with 3.0 sacks.

Coleman shares the award with Iowa State DB Isheem Young.

Cornerback Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, safety Trevon Moehrig and linebacker Garret Wallow were first-team selections, while defensive end Ochaun Mathis and punter Jordy Sandy were second-team honorees. Named honorable mention were Coleman, Washington, offensive lineman Steve Avila, wide receiver Taye Barber, defensive tackle Terrell Cooper, return specialist Derius Davis, wide receiver Quentin Johnston, offensive tackle T.J. Storment and safety La’Kendrick Van Zandt.

Moehrig and Wallow are first-team selections for the second straight season. Additionally, Wallow was Honorable-Mention Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year for a season that saw him start slow but finish tops in the Big 12 with 90 tackles despite playing just ten games. The mark was the 16th best total in the nation and was paired with 9 TFLs, three sacks, and a Big 12 best three forced fumbles.

Moehrig is tied for second in the Big 12 with 11 passes defended, adding two interceptions and nine PBUs while placing third on the Horned Frogs with 47 tackles. Hodges-Tomlinson leads the Big 12 and is second nationally with 13 pass breakups.

Mathis is first in the Big 12 and tied for second nationally with 9.0 sacks, just 1.0 off the lead. His 14.0 tackles for loss are 11th in the FBS. Sandy is third in the Big 12 with a 41.0 average, the highest by a Horned Frog since 2012. Twenty-four of his 57 punts have gone inside the 20-yard line, including 10 inside the 10, with just three touchbacks.

Avila has started at three different positions (center, right guard, right tackle) on the offensive line. Barber has a team-best 31 receptions and is second with 318 yards receiving and two touchdown catches. Cooper has 23 tackles, including 4.5 for loss, with a sack while starting the last nine games. Davis has two punt returns for touchdowns and tops the Big 12 and is fourth nationally with a 14.5-yard average.

Johnston is one of three FBS freshmen this season, and the first in the Big 12 since 2014, with consecutive 100-yard receiving games. His 22.1 yards per reception is on pace to break a TCU season record for players with at least 20 catches. He has a team-best 487 receiving yards and is second with 22 receptions and two touchdowns. Storment has started the last seven games at left tackle. Van Zandt has taken part in three takeaways with two interceptions and a fumble recovery he returned 24 yards for a touchdown. He is sixth on TCU with 43 tackles, including 5.5 for loss. Washington has totaled 37 stops and five pass breakups.

2020 TCU Football All-Big 12 Recipients from Conference Head Coaches

Co-Defensive Freshman of the Year

Khari Coleman, DE

First Team

Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, CB

Trevon Moehrig, S

Garret Wallow, LB (also Honorable-Mention Defensive Player of the Year)

Second Team

Ochaun Mathis, DE (also Honorable-Mention Defensive Lineman of the Year)

Jordy Sandy, P

Honorable Mention

Steve Avila, OL

Taye Barber, WR

Khari Coleman, DE

Terrell Cooper, DT

Derius Davis, KR/PR (also Honorable-Mention Special Teams Player of the Year)

Quentin Johnston, WR

T.J. Storment, OT

La’Kendrick Van Zandt, S

Ar’Darius Washington, S

Across the conference, the Cyclones absolutely cleaned up, taking home Offensive POTY, Defensive POTY, and Coach of the Year honors. They had nine first team selections, including QB Brock Purdy, and I am fairly sure every Iowa State player that played in a game at any point in the season at least made the honorable mention list.

Big 12 Conference Awards:

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Breece Hall, Iowa State, RB, So.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Mike Rose, Iowa State, LB, Jr.

OFFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Xavier Hutchinson, Iowa State, WR, Jr.

DEFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Tony Fields II, West Virginia, LB, Sr.

OFFENSIVE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Deuce Vaughn, Kansas State, RB

DEFENSIVE CO-FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR:I sheem Young, Iowa State, DB,

Khari Coleman, TCU, DL

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Trestan Ebner, Baylor, KR/PR, Sr.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN OF THE YEAR: Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma, Jr.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR: Darius Stills, West Virginia, Sr.

CHUCK NEINAS COACH OF THE YEAR: Matt Campbell, Iowa State (5th season)