KU’s Cobee Bryant named first-team all-Big 12 by league’s coaches; 8 other Jayhawks also honored
Kansas cornerback Cobee Bryant was named first-team all-Big 12 on Wednesday, making him one of nine Jayhawks honored on this year’s postseason all-conference squad.
Bryant became the first Jayhawk to be named to the all-Big 12 first team, since Pooka Williams Jr. and Hakeem Adeniji in 2019 and is the first KU defensive back to earn first-team honors since Fish Smithson in 2016.
Kansas’ nine all-Big 12 honorees marked the most for the program since 2019, and its four second-team honorees — quarterback Jalon Daniels, tight end Mason Fairchild, offensive lineman Mike Novitsky and defensive end Lonnie Phelps Jr. — are the most by a KU team since 2012.
Offensive linemen Earl Bostick Jr. and Dominick Puni, running back Devin Neal and safety Kenny Logan Jr. also earned honorable mention nods from the league’s coaches.
A sophomore from Evergreen, Alabama, Bryant led the Jayhawks with three interceptions for 86 return yards, including the game-clinching touchdown at West Virginia on Sept. 10. Bryant also had the sixth-most passes defended in the Big 12 this season, along with a career-high 34 tackles and a forced fumble on the season.
Despite missing four games due to injury, Daniels took the league by storm by leading Kansas to its first 5-0 start since the 2008 season. Daniels completed 115-of-175, completing 65.7 percent of his passes, for 1,470 yards and 13 touchdowns in eight games played.
Novitsky, Bostick and Puni anchored an offensive line that was one of the best in the conference and among the country’s best in protecting the quarterback.
Fairchild caught a career-high 29 receptions for 363 yards and five touchdowns in 2022. His five touchdown receptions were the most by a Big 12 tight end this season.
In his first season with Kansas, Phelps recorded a team-high seven sacks, which tied him for the second most in the Big 12 this season. Phelps also registered 53 tackles, including 10.5 tackles-for-loss and one forced fumble.
Logan, who led Kansas with 96 tackles, ranked fifth in the Big 12 in tackles, recording the most in the conference by a defensive back. He became the first Jayhawk since Ben Heeney from 2012-14 to lead KU in tackles for three consecutive seasons.
Neal, meanwhile, cracked the 1,000-yard barrier to become the 13th Jayhawk in school history to eclipse 1,000 yards in a season. His 1,061 yards came on 171 attempts and he added nine touchdowns with three 100-yard games to his credit. The Lawrence native ranked fifth in the Big 12 in rushing yards, third in yards-per-carry and sixth in rushing touchdowns.
All-Big 12 First Team
DB Cobee Bryant
All-Big 12 Second Team
QB Jalon Daniels
TE Mason Fairchild
C Mike Novitsky
DE Lonnie Phelps Jr.
All-Big 12 Honorable Mention
OL Earl Bostick Jr.
S Kenny Logan Jr.
RB Devin Neal
OL Dominick Puni