Four chosen as Big 12's players of the week

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Iowa State running back Alexander Robinson, Missouri wide receiver Danario Alexander, Texas safety Earl Thomas and Kansas State wide receiver/kick returner Brandon Banks have been selected as the Big 12's players of the week.

It was the first time that Robinson, Alexander and Thomas have been honored and the second time that Banks has received this recognition in his career. Alexander and Robinson shared the designation as the conference's offensive player of the week.


Iowa State RB Alexander Robinson, jr., Minneapolis, Minn. (De La Salle)

Robinson produced 127 rushing yards on 21 carries and 178 yards of total offense and three touchdowns in the Cyclones' 31-10 victory over Army. He is the first Cyclone to record three consecutive 100-yard games since Ennis Haywood in 2000. Robinson scored on a 68-yard run and had touchdown receptions of 2 and 32 yards.

Missouri WR Danario Alexander, sr., Marlin, Texas

Alexander snagged nine receptions for a career-high 170 yards and two touchdowns in Missouri’s 31-21 win at Nevada. His scores covered 31 and 74 yards. Alexander’s receiving yardage was the 11th-best single-game performance in Missouri history, and marked the second straight game that he has recorded multiple touchdown receptions. Alexander ranks third in the Big 12 and 13th in the NCAA in receptions per game (7.25), as well as fifth in the conference and 18th nationally in receiving yards per game (101.00). Alexander now has 12 career touchdowns, which is tied for eighth in school history.


Texas S Earl Thomas, so., Orange, Texas (West Orange Stark)

Thomas notched two interceptions and added a solo tackle in Texas’ 64-7 win over UTEP. Both of his interceptions came in the first half and were converted into scores. The Texas defense limited UTEP to 53 yards on 51 plays and held the Miners without an offensive touchdown for the first time since 2003.


Kansas State WR/KR Brandon Banks, sr., Garner, N.C. (Garner H.S./Bakersfield College)

Banks tied an NCAA record and set a Big 12 and school mark by returning a pair of Tennessee Tech kickoffs for touchdowns in Kansas State’s 49-7 win. The senior returned kickoffs 91 and 92 yards for touchdowns, become one of 11 players in history to accomplish this feat and the first since Brandon Breazell of UCLA in 2005. Banks totaled 303 all-purpose yards. His performance propelled him to the top of the Big 12 rankings in kickoff return scores, yards, average and all-purpose yardage.