Four Jayhawks earned second-team All-Big 12 postseason honors from the league coaches, Kansas University officials announced Wednesday.
Junior running back James Sims, senior offensive lineman Tanner Hawkinson, senior safety Bradley McDougald and sophomore linebacker Ben Heeney were named to the second team by the league’s coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own players.
Sims led the Big 12 in rushing, finished 18th in the nation and also earned second-team All-Big 12 honors from the Associated Press, CBS Sports and San Antonio Express-News.
Hawkinson also received second team All-Big 12 honors from the Associated Press and San Antonio Express-News after playing an instrumental part in helping the KU rushing offense rank 24th nationally and third in the Big 12.
Heeney, who finished third in the conference in total tackles with 112, also was named second team all-league by the AP.
McDougald finished second on the team with 92 tackles, 72 solo, and added three interceptions, two forced fumbles and four tackles-for-loss. McDougald also was named honorable mention All-Big 12 by the AP.
A handful of Jayhawks also earned honorable mention all-league honors from the Big 12 coaches or AP. They were: sophomore running back Tony Pierson, sophomore tight end Jimmay Mundine and senior offensive lineman Duane Zlatnik.