Award Winners
The tradition of Oklahoma State Cowboy Football spans several decades, and boasts one of the nation's top football powers of the 1940's, a rich bowl history that includes many of the most prestigious games in college football, ten conference championships, the 1988 Heisman Trophy, two Pro Football Hall of Famers, and a new commitment to reach even greater heights in the years to come.
National Awards
Heisman Memorial Trophy
Winners
Barry Sanders (1988)
Finalists
Justin Blackmon (5th - 2010)
Terry Miller (2nd - 1977)
Terry Miller (4th - 1976
Bob Fenimore (3rd - 1945)
 
Walter Camp Award
Winners
Barry Sanders (1988)
 
Maxwell Award
Winners
Barry Sanders (1988)
 
Fred Biletnikoff Award
Winners
Justin Blackmon (2010)
Justin Blackmon (2011)
Finalists
Dez Bryant (2008)
 
Lou Groza Award
Winners
Dan Bailey (2010)
 
Ray Guy Award
Winners
Matt Fodge (2008)
 
Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award
Winners
Mike Gundy (2011)
The Cowboy Way
Award Winners
Cowboys in the NFL
First Round Draft Picks
Super Bowl Cowboys
National Spotlight
Bowl Bound
Bowl History
Uniform History
 

Barry Sanders won the Heisman Trophy in 1988, capping the greatest individual season in college football history.
 

Dan Bailey's hard work earned the former walk-on the 2010 Groza Award, as the nation's top kicker.
Conference Honors
Player of the Year
Offense
1976 Terry Miller, RB
1977 Terry Miller, RB
1985 Thurman Thomas, RB
1987 Thurman Thomas, RB
1988 Barry Sanders, RB
2010 Justin Blackmon, WR
2011 Justin Blackmon, WR (Preseason media)
Defense
1978 John Corker, LB
1980 Ricky Young, LB (UPI)
1984 Leslie O'Neal, DT (AP)
Special Teams
2008 Dez Bryant, PR
2010 Dan Bailey, K (Coaches)
2011 Quinn Sharp, K/P
 
Coach of the Year
1979 Jimmy Johnson
1984 Pat Jones (UPI)
1992 Pat Jones (AP)
2010 Mike Gundy
 
Newcomer of the Year
Offense
1986 Mike Gundy, QB
1992 Shannon Culver, WR
1994 Andre Richardson, RB
2005 Mike Hamilton, RB
2006 Adarius Bowman, WR
Defense
1992 Keith Burns, LB
 
Freshman of the Year
Offense
1994 Andre Richardson, RB
1997 Tony Lindsay, QB
Defense
2006 Andre Sexton, S
2010 Shaun Lewis, LB
 
Other Honors
Offensive Lineman of the Year
2009 Russell Okung
2011 Grant Garner
 

Justin Blackmon's record-breaking performance throughout the 2010 season made him Oklahoma State's latest Conference Player of the Year.
 

Mike Gundy has been honored by the conference as both a player and coach. He was named Big 12 Coach of the Year after guiding the Cowboys in their historic 2010 season.
National Honor Candidates

The campus of Oklahoma State University has been blessed with some of the greatest individual performers in the history of college athletics, from Bob Fenimore to Barry Sanders.

Berry Sanders claimed the 1988 Heisman trophy with a record-breaking season. Terry Miller and Bob Fenimore both finished among the top 10 in Heisman voting twice. Miller was the Heisman runner-up, and Fenimore finished third in the Heisman balloting.

In 2011, Oklahoma State junior Justin Blackmon became just the second player to twice be named the Biletnikoff Award winner as the nation's best receiver when he won the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation's 2011 award at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show.

Blackmon, who also captured the award as a sophomore in 2010, joins former Texas Tech great Michael Crabtree as the only players in history to win the Biletnikoff Award twice. Crabtree took home the honor in 2007 and 2008.

A native of Ardmore, Okla., Blackmon followed his record-setting sophomore season with another standout performance in 2011. He has recorded 113 catches for 1,336 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. He ranks second nationally in receptions per game (11.82) and eighth in receiving yards per game (111.33).

Blackmon, who beat out finalists Ryan Broyles of Oklahoma and Robert Woods of USC for the award, was a unanimous All-Big 12 First-Team receiver for the second-straight year in 2011, and he also became the 10th two-time All-American in OSU history.

Oklahoma State's all-time leading scorer Dan Bailey capped his career with one of the greatest honors a collegiate kicker can receive, as he was presented with the 2010 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award at the Home Depot College Football Awards show on ESPN.

Bailey received the award, sponsored by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission and named for Pro Football Hall of Fame kicker Lou "The Toe" Groza, in front of a national television audience.

After joining the team as a walk-on from Mustang, Okla., Bailey consistently improved throughout his career and became one of the most valuable players on Oklahoma State's record-setting 10-win regular season in 2010.

In addition to the school record for career scoring (358), Bailey holds the OSU mark for consecutive PAT conversions (182) and field goals made in a season (24). The all-Big 12 kicker is 24-28 on field goal tries and has converted 65 PATs this year, ranking third nationally in field goals made and second nationally in points per game with 11.42.

Bailey, the Big 12 special teams player of the year, is the first Cowboy in school history to receive the Lou Groza Award.

In 2008, Oklahoma State compiled a lengthy list of individual achievements including just the fourth 200-200 in NCAA history when Dez Bryant had 236 receiving yards and Kendall Hunter added 210 rushing yards in the win over Houston.

By the end of the 2008 season, Oklahoma State football had contenders for national individual honors throughout the roster.

  • OSU senior Matt Fodge was presented with the Ray Guy award as the nation's top punter.
  • Dez Bryant was the runner-up for the Fred Biletnikoff Award, presented annually to the nation's top receiver. He was also a consensus All-America selection after a sensational sophomore season.
  • Brandon Pettigrew was a finalist for the Mackey Award, presented to the nation's top tight end.
  • Quarterback Zac Robinson was a finalist for the Manning Award, presented to the best quarterback in the country.
  • Running back Kendall Hunter and kick returner Perrish Cox joined Dez Bryant as first team All-Americans in 2008.
Oklahoma State running back Kendall Hunter and punter/kickoff specialist Quinn Sharp are listed among the 2010 preseason favorites for the College Football Performance Awards at their respective positions.

Sharp won the 2009 kickoff specialist performance award as a freshman after leading the nation in kickoffs that resulted in touchbacks with 35. According to the College Football Performance Awards criteria, Sharp's kickoff performance is the second strongest since the kickoff was moved back to the 30 yard line. Sharp's 50% touchback percentage in 2009 was roughly 41% higher than the national median.

He is also a strong candidate for the top punter honor after ranking fifth nationally in 2009 with a 45.1 yards per punt average. His average ranks third among punters returning in 2010.

Hunter was a first-team All-American in 2008 after leading the Big 12 and ranking seventh nationally with 119.6 rushing yards per game. He spent much of the 2009 season on the sidelines due to injury, but still enters the 2010 season averaging more than six yards per carry for his career.

No other school has received more Performance Award trophies than Oklahoma State the last two years. Perrish Cox (2008 kickoff returner), Dez Bryant (2008 wide receiver) and Sharp (2009 kickoff specialist) have all finished seasons with the strongest performances at their respective positions.

The purpose of the College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.

 

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