With one first-team defender and two second-team offensive selections, Baylor football landed three players on the Associated Press (AP) All-Big 12 Team, announced Tuesday by the organization.
The program garnered multiple AP All-Big 12 honorees for the 13th consecutive season, including the ninth straight with at least three.
Baylor’s defensive first-teamer, Orion Stewart, earned the second AP All-Big 12 first team selection of his collegiate career (2014), joining Jordan Lake (2008, 2009) as the only two defensive backs in program history to earn multiple AP first team selections. The senior safety has started in all 12 games this season, ranking eighth in the FBS and second in the Big 12 with five interceptions. The Waco, Texas, product jumped up to third on Baylor’s career interception return yards list, with 226 in his BU career. Stewart’s 0.42 interceptions/game rank second among Big 12 defenders.
Baylor’s two second-team offensive honorees were wide receiver KD Cannon and center Kyle Fuller.
A three-year starter and the team’s most experienced receiver, Cannon has started 11 of the 12 games this season, carrying a Big 12-best 37-game streak with at least one caught pass, making a catch in every one of his collegiate career games played. The junior has continued to show explosive big play capabilities, hauling in 11 touchdown catches this season and 25 in his career, moving into a tie for fifth on Baylor’s all-time single-season list and sole possession of fourth on the career list. With 73 receptions for 989 yards, Cannon moved into sixth on Baylor’s single-season receptions list. The Mount Pleasant, Texas, native leads the Big 12 in receptions/game (6.6) and is fourth in receiving yards/game (89.9), while his 11 touchdown receptions rank third among the conference’s receivers.
The lone returning starter on the offensive line, Fuller has started all 12 games this season and all 38 games over the last three seasons. Through 11 games, the senior center from Wylie, Texas, led the o-line with an average coaches grade of 89.1 and 57 knockdowns. A Senior Bowl Invitee and Sporting News first-team Midseason All-American, Fuller extended an eight-year streak of AP All-Big 12 selections for Baylor offensive linemen, joining Philip Blake (2011) as the only centers to earn the honors. It is the second-straight year that Fuller has been recognized on the AP second team.
2016 Baylor AP All-Big 12 Selections
S Orion Stewart
WR KD Cannon
C Kyle Fuller