One of the best seasons for a wide receiver in school history earned Texas Longhorns senior Devin Duvernay recognition as first-team All-Big 12 on Wednesday, along with senior center Zach Shackelford.
Sophomore left tackle Sam Cosmi and senior defensive back Brandon Jones made the second team, while seven other players — sophomore kicker Cameron Dicker, junior quarterback Sam Ehlinger, sophomore linebacker Joseph Ossai, and senior defensive end Malcolm Roach — were named honorable mention by the league’s coaches.
Duvernay caught 103 passes for 1,294 yards and scored nine total touchdowns (eight receiving/one rushing) to lead the FBS in overall receptions and receptions per game, becoming only the third receiver in school history to surpass 100 catches in a single season.
The longest-tenured starter on the team with 39 career starts, Shackelford helped Ehlinger produce one of the most prolific seasons of total offense and total touchdowns in school history. He also combined with Cosmi to pave the way for three 500-yard rushers (Ehlinger, sophomore running back Keaontay Ingram, and freshman running back Roschon Johnson), making Texas one of only two programs this season to accomplish that feat.
Jones led Texas in tackles with 78 and also notched 4.5 tackles for loss, four pass breakups, two interceptions, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Against West Virginia, Cosmi became the first Texas offensive lineman to score a touchdown since 2011 — his 12-yard run tied for the longest by an offensive lineman in conference history and is the longest run by a Texas offensive lineman since individual stats became available in 1947.
Senior left guard Parker Braun received votes as the Offensive Newcomer of the Year, Cosmi received votes as the Offensive Lineman of the Year, and Duvernay received votes as the league’s Offensive Player of the Year.