Potts, Onyegbule, Houston, Bryant chosen Big 12 players of week
September, 14, 2009
By Tim Griffin | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Texas Tech quarterback Taylor Potts, Kansas defensive end Max Onyegbule, Texas defensive tackle Lamarr Houston and Oklahoma State wide receiver/punt returner Dez Bryant have been named Big 12 Conference Football Players of the Week as selected by a media panel.
Potts, Onyegbule and Houston were picked for the first times in their careers. Bryant earned his third career weekly award.
Here's a look at what each of the honorees accomplished last week to earn their award.
Offensive Player of the Week
Texas Tech QB Taylor Potts, Jr., Abilene, Texas
He threw for 456 yards and seven touchdowns on 36-of-57 passing in Texas Tech’s win over Rice. Potts connected with five different receivers for scores, including three times to Lyle Leong. His seven touchdown passes were one short of the school and Big 12 record, held by former Tech quarterback B.J. Symons. Potts has 861 yards on the season and nine scoring passes.
Co-Defensive Players of the Week
Kansas DE Max Onyegbule, Sr., Arlington, Texas
Onyegbule registered a career-high and team-high tying six tackles with two sacks and three tackles for loss in Kansas’ victory at UTEP. He also broke up a pass and was credited with a quarterback hurry. The Jayhawks limited UTEP to 208 total yards while registering six sacks and nine tackles for loss.
Texas DT Lamarr Houston, Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo. (Doherty H.S.)
Houston led a Longhorn defense that did not allow an offensive touchdown in a 41-10 victory at Wyoming. He posted four tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack, batted down a pass and registered five quarterback pressures. Eight of Wyoming’s 16 drives in the game went for 10 yards or less and the Cowboys managed to reach Texas territory just twice in their final 11 drives.
Special Teams Player of the Week
Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State, WR/PR/KR, Jr, Lufkin, Texas
He helped ignite a comeback from a 21-point deficit in the Cowboys' eventual loss to Houston. Bryant had an 82-yard punt return for a touchdown against Houston -- his third career punt return for a score -- and also two kickoff returns for 43 yards. Bryant is averaging 37.0 yards per return on his punt returns so far this season.