Austin, who was also named first-team all-conference receiver with teammate Stedman Bailey, finished the season No. 2 in receptions per game (9.17) and totaled 1,259 yards and 12 touchdowns on 110 catches. He added 598 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 61 carries.
Austin averaged 10.9 yards per touch on offense, 21 yards per touch on special teams and 12.9 yards any time he touched the ball. Austin also scored once every 11.4 touches on offense and once every 12.6 times he touched it overall.
"The eyeball doesn't lie," Smith said. "That's the one thing I can say about him. The eye doesn't lie. There are other great players in the country, but that guy can make any player miss at any time on the field and that's rare."
Smith, the preseason offensive player of the year who wound up as the all-Big 12 second-team quarterback, led the conference with 40 touchdown passes and threw only six interceptions in 489 attempts. Smith completed 71.4 percent of those, also the best in the conference, and would have led the league in pass efficiency if not for Oklahoma State's J.W. Walsh, who started three conference games, missed three and then played as a backup in the final three.
Walsh was named the offensive freshman of the year while Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk, a transfer from Oregon, was named the offensive newcomer of the year. Baylor quarterback Nick Florence won the inaugural scholar athlete award and teammate Cyril Richardson was named offensive lineman of the year.
Oklahoma State defensive tackle Calvin Bennett was named defensive newcomer of the year while TCU defensive end Devonte Fields was a unanimous pick for defensive freshman of the year.
Kansas State also had Arthur Brown win defensive player of the year, defensive end Meshak Williams win defensive lineman of the year and Bill Snyder win coach of the year.
WVU center Joe Madsen joined Smith on the second team. Freshman safety Karl Joseph was an honorable mention pick at safety and receiver Ryan Nehlen was an honorable mention pick for the scholar athlete aware.
"Stedman is still up for the Biletnikoff award, but I'm pretty sure the nation recognizes what we've done this year, regardless of the record," Smith said. "I think we've done great things for college football and for this program."
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