Texas defensive back Kris Boyd (2) closes in on Kansas wide receiver Steven Sims Jr. (11) in Lawrence, Kan., on Nov. 23, 2018. [NICK WAGNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

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Five Longhorns awarded for their play as the Associated Press honors the Big 12’s best

Posted December 7th, 2018

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Five Longhorns have been recognized by the Associated Press for their work on the football field this season.

Cornerback Kris Boyd, defensive lineman Charles Omenihu, safety Caden Sterns and center Zach Shackelford represented Texas on the first team of the AP’s All-Big 12 team on Friday. UT linebacker Gary Johnson was a second-team honoree.

The American-Statesman’s Kirk Bohls and Suzanne Halliburton are members of the AP’s voting panel.

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Texas center Zach Shackelford (56) snaps the ball to quarterback Sam Ehlinger (11) at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on Oct. 6, 2018. [NICK WAGNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]
While often drawing an opposing team’s top receiver, Boyd has broken up 16 passes in his final year as a Longhorn. Omenihu’s 9.5 sacks lead the conference, and Sterns’ four interceptions have tied a freshman-class record at Texas. Johnson was suspended for UT’s regular-season finale but still leads the team with his 85 tackles.

Shackelford has started nine times during his junior year. UT is averaging 31.1 points and 415.6 yards per game, and the Longhorns have yielded 25 sacks. (Over last year’s 13-game season, UT averaged 29.5 points and 398.5 yards while allowing 34 sacks.) Earlier this season, Texas coach Tom Herman said of Shackelford that “there’s no doubt who the leader of that (offensive line) is.”

Four of the aforementioned Longhorns added to their resumes on Friday. Last week, the Big 12 coaches placed Omenihu, Sterns, Boyd and Johnson on their honor roll. Texas tight end Andrew Beck and kicker Cameron Dicker also made that cut.

Texas (9-4) will close out its season against Georgia (12-2) in the Sugar Bowl.

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