Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Tracking the Big 12 award races: Week 12
By ESPN.com staff
Offensive Player of the Year
1. Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State: Blackmon did his thing against a good Texas secondary, staying in the top spot with a nine-catch, 145-yard performance with a 67-yard touchdown catch.
2. Ryan Broyles, WR, Oklahoma: Broyles broke a handful of school receiving records and got back on track with eight catches for 119 yards and three catches. He's the nation's leader in receptions.
3. Kendall Hunter, RB, Oklahoma State: Hunter has a big lead of nearly 200 yards in the Big 12's rushing race, and could add to it this week against Kansas.
Honorable mention: Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State; Robert Griffin III, Baylor; Landry Jones, Oklahoma; Taylor Martinez, Nebraska; Jeff Fuller, Texas A&M; Daniel Thomas, Kansas State
Defensive Player of the Year
1. Jeremy Beal, DE, Oklahoma: Beal made six tackles, including 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss to keep the league lead in sacks and extend his lead in tackles for loss to 4.5.
2. Lavonte David, LB, Nebraska: David had his fifth double-digit tackle game in seven games, and helped Nebraska's defense put together one of its best performances in recent history against Kansas, limiting the Jayhawks to three points and five first downs.
3. Sam Acho, DT, Texas: Acho made just four tackles in a loss to Oklahoma State, but is second in the league in tackles for loss and leads in forced fumbles.
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 has this thing wrapped up if his team does the same to the Big 12 South.
2. Art Briles, Baylor: Briles' Bears didn't get it done in the second half against Texas A&M, but seven wins at Baylor is still seven wins at Baylor. A loss to Oklahoma on Saturday won't do much to his stock in this award race.
3. Bo Pelini, Nebraska: Pelini makes the list after Paul Rhoads falls off, and the Huskers look like the narrow favorite to win the league.
Honorable mention: Paul Rhoads, Iowa State