Ganz, Pawelek, Banks chosen as Big 12 Players of the Week

November, 17, 2008
11/17/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Nebraska quarterback Joe Ganz, Baylor linebacker Joe Pawelek and Kansas State kick returner Brandon Banks were selected as the Big 12's players of the week. Ganz was selected for the second time in his career, while Banks and Pawelek were honored for the first time.

Here's a look at their individual accomplishments, and a list of players who have been honored so far.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Nebraska QB Joe Ganz, Sr., Palos Heights, Ill.

Accounted for 365 yards of total offense and four touchdowns in Nebraska's 56-28 win at Kansas State. Ganz completed 16 of 25 passes for 270 yards and two touchdowns in addition to rushing for a career-best 95 yards and two TDs. Ganz set the school record for completions in a season and became the program's single-season leader in total offense (3,351 yards). Ganz has directed Nebraska to at least 30 points in nine of 11 games this season and 12 times in 14 career starts.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Baylor LB Joe Pawelek, Baylor, LB, Jr., San Antonio, Texas

Notched seven tackles and two interceptions, plus added an additional pass deflection in Baylor's victory over Texas A&M. Pawelek leads all FBS linebackers with six interceptions, the most by a BU player since 1991. He produced an interception for the third-straight game and grabbed two picks for the first time in his career to highlight the Bears' 41-21 victory over Texas A&M. Three of Pawelek's six interceptions this season have come in the Baylor end zone, including one of his two against Texas A&M. He is sixth nationally in tackles per game (11.0).

BIG 12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Kansas State KR Brandon Banks, Jr., Garner, N.C.

Returned four kickoffs for 167 yards against Nebraska, including a 98-yarder for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. The return tied for the second-longest in the Big 12 this season and tied for the longest in league games. It was the 13th kickoff returned for a touchdown in school history and the first since James Johnson went 85 yards for a score at Texas on Sept. 29, 2007.

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