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Texas DT Malcom Brown only Longhorn to make AP All-Big 12 1st team

Continued struggles to place players on the first team, especially on offense, are emblematic of the Texas woes on the field.

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Following another in a long string of disappointing seasons for the Texas Longhorns, the team only managed to place one player -- junior defensive tackle Malcom Brown -- on the AP All-Big 12 first team that was released on Monday.

A finalist for the Nagurski Trophy and the Outland Trophy, Brown led the team with 14 tackles for loss and six sacks. Expected to turn pro after this season, the Texas Bowl contest against Arkansas will almost certainly be his last game in burnt orange, although Brown insisted on Monday that he "can't say" whether he will turn pro.

Texas had more success in landing players on the second team, including senior wide receiver John Harris, senior defensive end Cedric Reed, linebacker Jordan Hicks, and senior cornerback Quandre Diggs.

Harris was one of only three wide receivers in the conference to go over 1,000 receiving yards despite shaky quarterback play and became the first Texas pass-catcher to do so since Jordan Shipley in 2009. In fact, it was the first 1,000-yard season for a skill position player for the Longhorns in that time.

Reed struggled to match his 2013 production, as his production dropped across the board -- from 77 tackles to 60 tackles, from 16.5 tackles for loss to nine tackles for loss, from 10 sacks to 5.5 sacks, and from five forced fumbles to one. However, he was playing in a different type of role with so many three-man fronts and still played hard every game.

Of all the players on the second team, Hicks had the strongest case to make the first team ahead of Kansas linebacker Ben Heeney. The senior was finally healthy for a full season and turned in 136 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, and his first two career interceptions.

Including a poor performance against TCU in the final game, Diggs' play wasn't quite at an first-team All-Big 12 level, but it did represent a major improvement over his junior season, during which he struggled to transition to nickel back. In 2014, Diggs recorded three interceptions, five sacks, two tackles for loss, and one forced fumble.

The fact that every player named to the first or second team is either a senior or will most likely turn pro illustrates just how much talent the Longhorns will have to replace next season.

Quarterback Trevone Boykin and linebacker Paul Dawson took home Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year honors for TCU, while Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine was the Offensive Newcomer of the Year and Baylor linebacker Taylor Young was tabbed for that honor on the defensive side of the ball.