Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tracking the Big 12 award races: Week 11
By ESPN.com staff
Offensive Player of the Year
1. Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State: Blackmon had one of his best games of the year against Baylor, catching 13 passes for 173 yards and a touchdown, as well as a 69-yard touchdown run.
2. Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor Griffin missed several key throws in a loss to Oklahoma State, completing 30 of 48 passes for 267 yards and an interception. He's still one of the league's elite offensive talents and was held without a touchdown pass for the first time this season.
3. Taylor Martinez, QB, Nebraska: Martinez sat out Saturday's game against Iowa State with an ankle injury, but he lined up once at receiver! So, there's that!
Honorable mention: Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma; Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma State; Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State; Landry Jones, Oklahoma; Jeff Fuller, Texas A&M; Daniel Thomas, Kansas State;
Defensive Player of the Year
1. Jeremy Beal, DE, Oklahoma: Beal held on to the top spot with nine tackles and a pass breakup against Texas A&M.
2. Lavonte David, LB, Nebraska: Another good game for David this week, making 10 stops and half of a tackle for loss. He's fourth in the league, with 96 tackles.
3. Sam Acho, DT, Texas: Acho enters the top three this week, ranking second in the league in tackles for loss (11), fifth in sacks (5) and lead the league with four fumble recoveries.
Honorable mention: Orie Lemon, Oklahoma State; Prince Amukamara, Nebraska; Brian Duncan, Texas Tech; Byron Landor, Baylor; A.J. Klein, Iowa State
Coach of the Year
1. Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State: Gundy ascends to the top of the list by way of a dominating win over Baylor, one that gave the Cowboys control of the Big 12 South, on track for the program's first-ever division title.
2. Art Briles, Baylor: The Bears suffered a bad loss at Oklahoma State, but I really hope the significance of Baylor having seven wins isn't lost if the Bears struggle down the stretch with a tough schedule.
3. Paul Rhoads, Iowa State: Rhoads cracks the list, despite the loss, thanks to Missouri dropping a puzzling game at Texas Tech.
Honorable mention: Bo Pelini, Nebraska