AP All-Big 12 team shows distribution of talent


Friday, December 1st 2006, 5:39 am
By: News On 6


DALLAS (AP) _ Parity has hit the Big 12, at least when it comes to the distribution of talent.

Just look at The Associated Press all-conference football team.

Eleven schools have first-teamers.

Texas A-and-M is the only exception _ and the Number 22 Aggies have more second-teamers than anyone else.

The split between the division is close, too _ the South rose again, but its lead was only 14-12.

That's a big leap for the North after having only eight top picks each of the last three years.

Texas led the way with six first-teamers, matching the combined total of Number 8 Oklahoma and Number 19 Nebraska.

A panel of 20 sports writers who regularly cover the league for newspapers throughout the league's seven states were split on so many positions that there were only two unanimous picks.

They are Texas offensive lineman Justin Blalock and Kansas running back Jon Cornish.