Now, it's time to hand out our season awards ...
Coach of the year: Dana Holgorsen, West Virginia
After the Mountaineers were picked to finish seventh in the conference in the preseason, Holgorsen guided them to their best season since joining the Big 12 with record of 10-2. Despite losing several key players off last year's unit, West Virginia ranked second in the Big 12 in scoring defense and third in total defense; the Mountaineers also were second in rushing. Holgorsen, who joined Don Nehlen and Rich Rodriguez as the only West Virginia coaches to record multiple 10-win seasons, was recently rewarded with a five-year contract extension to remain in Morgantown. For this honor, Holgorsen edged out Oklahoma's Bob Stoops, who won his 10th Big 12 title over the weekend.
Offensive player of the year: WR Dede Westbrook, Oklahoma
Westbrook overcame a preseason hamstring injury that hampered him during the nonconference schedule to deliver one of the most impressive seasons for a receiver in Big 12 history. He finished with 74 receptions for 1,465 yards and 17 total touchdowns, while averaging a staggering 48.8 yards per touchdown. Westbrook is headed to New York this weekend as a Heisman finalist, along with quarterback Baker Mayfield, who also warranted consideration here.
Defensive player of the year: CB Rasul Douglas, West Virginia
Douglas co-led the nation with eight interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown; no one else in the Big 12 had more than five picks. He emerged as the backbone of a West Virginia defense that turned out to be among the best in the conference; he was fourth on the Mountaineers with 62 tackles and third in the Big 12 with 15 passes defended. Douglas was selected for this award over Kansas State defensive end Jordan Willis and Oklahoma State defensive tackle Vincent Taylor, both of whom had terrific seasons.
Offensive newcomer of the year: RB Justin Crawford, West Virginia
Crawford eased West Virginia's loss of 2015 Big 12 rushing champ Wendell Smallwood with a monster first season in Morgantown. Crawford finished the regular season third in the Big 12 with 1,168 rushing yards, which included a 331-yard effort against Oklahoma and a 209-yard performance in the regular-season finale against Baylor. Crawford is averaging 7.4 yards per carry, tops in the Big 12 among backs with at least 60 carries.
Defensive newcomer of the year: CB D.J. Reed, Kansas State
The former Fresno State signee made a tremendous impact at K-State this season after transferring from junior college. After winning a starting job out of camp, Reed finished the regular season tied for fifth nationally with 18 passes defended. He also had three interceptions, including one he took 35 yards to the house against Texas Tech. West Virginia safety Kyzir White and TCU defensive end Mat Boesen also were in the mix for this distinction.
Offensive freshman of the year: RB Justice Hill, Oklahoma State
As a true freshman, Hill turned running back from a major question in Stillwater to a major strength. Despite playing sparingly in the Cowboys' first two games, he became one of only four 1,000-yard rushers in the Big 12, breaking Thurman Thomas' school rushing record for a true freshman along the way, thus getting the nod here ahead of Texas quarterback Shane Buechele.
Defensive freshman of the year: DE Reggie Walker, Kansas State
As a redshirt freshman, Walker rounded out one of the best defensive lines in the conference, finishing the regular season tied for sixth with 11 tackles for loss. Walker also is second on the team behind Willis with 6.5 sacks, to go with 34 tackles and three forced fumbles.