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Eight Missouri football players picked for AP All-Big 12 teams

Thursday, December 8, 2011 | 1:39 p.m. CST; updated 11:47 p.m. CST, Saturday, December 10, 2011

Four Missouri football players were named to the AP All-Big 12 first team, and four more earned second-team honors. The awards were announced Thursday.

On offense, senior tight end Michael Egnew was selected to the first team for the second consecutive season after leading Big 12 tight ends in catches (47) and receiving yardage (484). Sophomore tailback Henry Josey was also named to the first team despite suffering a season-ending knee injury on Nov. 12. Josey led the league in rushing yards per game (116.8) and even without playing in the season's final two games, still finished third in the Big 12 in total rushing yards (1,168).

Independence Bowl

Missouri (7-5, 5-4 in Big 12)
vs. North Carolina (7-5, 3-5 ACC)

WHEN: 4 p.m. Dec. 26
WHERE:
Independence Stadium, Shreveport, La.
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On defense, senior defensive tackle Dominique Hamilton and sophomore cornerback E.J. Gaines were chosen as first-team selections. Hamilton returned this season after a broken ankle cut his 2010 campaign short, and was able to tip a pass that led to Michael Sam's game-sealing interception in the final moments of Missouri's win over Texas Tech. Hamilton also blocked a field goal against Baylor.

Gaines set the school record for pass breakups with 16, and was second in the conference behind Oklahoma State's Broderick Brown, who was also named to the first team.

Senior guard Austin Wuebbels was a second-team offensive selection, and seniors Jacquies Smith, a defensive end, and Luke Lambert, a linebacker were second-team defensive picks. Junior punter Trey Barrow was a second-team choice as well.

Sophomore linebacker Andrew Wilson received an honorable mention.

Despite a 7-5 record, Missouri had the second-most first-team selections, behind only Oklahoma State. The Tigers had just two players on yesterday's Coaches All-Big 12 first team.


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