West Virginia had four players on this year’s Associated Press All-Big 12 second team, announced Monday afternoon.
Senior running back Charles Sims
and junior tackle Quinton Spain
were named to the second team offense, while senior defensive end Will Clarke
and sophomore punter Nick O’Toole were named to the second team defense.
Sims, a Houston transfer, became the first West Virginia running back since Noel Devine in 2009 to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season, finishing 2013 with 1,095 yards and 11 touchdowns on 208 carries.
Sims had a season-high 154 yards in West Virginia’s win at TCU, and he also topped 100 yards in games against William & Mary, Georgia State and Iowa State.
Sims tied freshman Daikiel Shorts
for the team lead with 45 receptions, those 45 catches going for 401 yards and three touchdowns. Sims also made the AP All-Big 12 second team as an all-purpose back.
Spain was West Virginia’s top offensive lineman in 2013, starting all 13 games – the first four at left tackle before moving to left guard. The junior has now started 26 out of 38 career games for the Mountaineers.
Clarke was a force up front for West Virginia accumulating 49 tackles, a team-best 17 tackles for losses including six sacks. In 41 career games for the Mountaineers he had 111 total tackles, 29 tackles for losses and 9 ½ sacks.
O’Toole immediately won the punting job this fall after transferring from Fullerton College and he finished third in the Big 12 in punting with an average of 44.1 yards per punt. He had a conference-best 26 punts of 50 yards or longer and also placed 22 punts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.
The AP All-Big 12 teams were selected by a panel of 20 sportswriters who regular cover the conference for newspapers throughout the league’s five states.