Four University of Missouri football standouts were named first team All-Big 12 today by the Associated Press. Senior TE Michael Egnew and sophomore RB Henry Josey were recognized as first team offensive selections, while senior DT Dominique Hamilton and sophomore CB E.J. Gaines joined them as first team defensive selections. Egnew and Josey were also selected to the league's first team by Big 12 coaches earlier this week, while Hamilton and Gaines earned honorable mention recognition. The Tigers were second in the conference in first team selections, trailing just Oklahoma State.
Hamilton paced the Big 12's second-best defense in terms of total yards, dominating the interior line for the Tigers. He finished the regular season with 55 tackles, including seven for loss and three sacks. He also broke up three passes on the year – two of which resulted in game-clinching interceptions for Missouri, and recovered two fumbles.
Gaines becomes the first Missouri cornerback since Adrian Jones in 1989 to be awarded first team honors after breaking the Mizzou single-season record for pass break-ups with 16. He had 69 tackles and picked off two passes on the season. Josey ran for 1,191 yards and nine touchdowns, while leading the conference with an average of 116.80 yards per game, while Egnew caught 47 passes for 484 yards and three touchdowns.