MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — David Long finally got noticed. West Virginia's junior linebacker has been named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year.
Long ranked eighth in the country with 1.7 tackles-for-loss per game while finishing with 18.5 tackles-for-loss this season. He led the Big 12 in that category, too, and only two other linebackers in the country finished with more.
Long finished the season with 97 total tackles. His 8.0 sacks led West Virginia's defense and rank third in the Big 12 this year.
Long is the first player from West Virginia to receive Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year.
In other Big 12 news, Mountaineers offensive tackle Yodny Cajuste was awarded co-Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the year along with Kansas State's Dalton Riser and Oklahoma's Dru Samia. It marks the first time the Big 12 has given the honor to three linemen, and Cajuste is the first from West Virginia to earn the honor.
Long, Cajuste, receiver David Sills, tight end Trevon Wesco and safety Kenny Robinson Jr. were all first-team selections.
Sills caught 61 passes for 896 yards this season. His 15 receiving touchdowns ranked him second in the country one year after catching a nation-best 17. Wesco emerged as a physical receiving threat as a tight end for West Virginia this season, catching 24 passes for 352 yards, scoring once. Robinson stepped up for West Virginia's defense this year, finishing second on the team with 75 tackles while picking off three passes and breaking up four total passes. He also forced a fumble.
Will Grier was listed as a second-team All-Big 12 selection after Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray was given the first-team nod. Murray was selected as the league's Offensive Player of the Year. Grier threw for 3,864 yards on 266-of-397 passing (67 percent). He tossed 37 touchdowns against eight interceptions. He was listed as an honorable mention for Offensive Player of the Year.
Other second-team selections included Josh Sills and Kenny Bigelow Jr. Honorable mention selections included, Dravon Askew-Henry, Gary Jennings, Colton McKivitz, Josh Norwood, Evan Staley and Keith Washington.
Bieglow and Norwood were listed as honorable mentions for Defensive Newcomer of the Year, and Dana Holgorsen was listed as honorable mention for Coach of the Year.