Special Teams Player of the Year Youngblood leads K-State, KU All-Big 12 honorees

Kansas State returner Joshua Youngblood (23) outruns Iowa State defensive end Matt Leo (89) during a 93-yard touchdown return of the opening kickoff in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

(WIBW) - It's been an award-filled debut season for Kansas State's Joshua Youngblood. And the freshman earned his biggest one on Wednesday.

The Big 12 announced the league's coaches chose the Wildcat wide receiver as the conference's Special Teams Player of the Year. Youngblood is the first freshman in Big 12 history to be named Player of the Year on offense, defense or special teams.

He leads the nation with three kick-return touchdowns. That is a K-State record for a true freshman, which has helped him win back-to-back Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week honors. He earned All-Big 12 First Team recognition as well.

Joining Youngblood on that team are teammates Wyatt Hubert and Nick Lenners. Hubert, a sophomore defensive end and Shawnee Heights alumnus, racked up 30 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and 7.0 sacks in the regular season. Lenners, a senior fullback, has been a key blocker to help the run game average 189.0 yards per game this year.

As for KU, two Jayhawks find themselves with those Wildcats on the first team: running back Pooka Williams and offensive lineman Hakeem Adeniji. As a sophomore, Williams became just the second player in Kansas history to post back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, rushing for 1,061 yards. Adeniji tied a school record by starting 48-straight games.

The second team features two K-State players: offensive lineman Scott Frantz and punter Devin Anctil. Frantz has started all 50 games at left tackle since the 2016 season opener, the most nationally among active Power 5 offensive linemen. Anctil leads the Big 12 and ranks 16th nationally with a 46.0-yard average, a mark that currently ranks first in school history.

Honorable mentions for the two schools include the following players:

Kansas State - James Gilbert (RB), Denzel Goolsby (DB), Adam Holtorf (OL), Wyatt Hubert (DL), Nick Kaltmayer (OL), Malik Knowles (WR), Blake Lynch (PK), AJ Parker (DB), Dalton Schoen (WR), Elijah Sullivan (LB), Skylar Thompson (QB), Reggie Walker (DL).

Kansas - Jelani Brown (DL), Hasan Defense (DB), Azur Kamara (DL), Mike Lee (DB), Andrew Parchment (WR), Kyle Thompson (P), Ben Miles (FB), freshman Gavin Potter (LB).