Lofton Tabbed Defensive Player of the Year

Curtis Lofton (Photo by R. Martinez/Getty Images)

The awards continue to pile up for Oklahoma's Curtis Lofton. On Wednesday, the AP named him the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year after a record-setting junior season for the Sooners.

The Associated Press apparently doesn't agree with Big XII coaches.

The AP named Oklahoma's Curtis Lofton as the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year on Wednesday. Lofton was named All-Big 12 first team by coaches on Tuesday, but the defensive player of the year honor went to Colorado's Jordon Dizon.

Lofton, a junior linebacker, leads Oklahoma with 133 tackles, the best tackle total in Bob Stoops' nine-year tenure. He's also set a school record for most double-digit tackle games with eight.

"He has had as productive a season as any linebacker we've had here," Stoops said.

Lofton has become known for his knack of making a big play. He had a 45-yard interception return for a TD against Utah State and a 12-yard fumble return for TD against Missouri.

He also forced fumbles at crucial times in wins against Texas and Oklahoma State.

Lofton was twice named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week.

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