Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Big 12 Awards Tracker: Week 8
By ESPN.com staff
Time for our weekly update on the Big 12 awards races. Here's how I slot it through seven weeks of football.
Offensive Player of the Year
1. Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor: Griffin's team has already taken two losses, which may hurt his Heisman chances, but he's still been unbelievable this season. He leads the nation in touchdown passes (22) and completion percentage (78.1) by more than two percentage points and has thrown just two interceptions.
2. Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma: Jones has lots of talent at receiver, and he's using it. He's got 16 touchdown passes and 2,177 yards with six interceptions.
3. Ryan Broyles, WR, Oklahoma: Broyles is second nationally in receiving yards per game (135.8) and is tied with Baylor's Kendall Wright for the national lead in touchdown catches (9). Broyles is now the NCAA career leader in receptions and Big 12 career leader in touchdown catches.
Defensive Player of the Year
1. Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State: Brown has 45 tackles, two sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss. He also has the most raw talent on Kansas State's team, and he's turning it into big-time production.
2. Frank Alexander, DE, Oklahoma: Alexander is second in the Big 12 with 6.5 sacks, and he's been a wrecking ball on the Sooners' defensive line. He's tied for the Big 12 lead with 9.5 tackles for loss and he's got an interceptions with four pass breakups and a forced fumble the Sooners returned for a score.
3. Sean Porter, LB, Texas A&M: Porter is the Big 12's sack leader, with 7.5. That's fourth nationally, and he's stepped in well for the Aggies, who are missing their best pass rusher from the past two seasons, Von Miller.
Coach of the Year
1. Bill Snyder, Kansas State: Snyder's team continues to win. It does it ugly, but it does it week after week. The Wildcats have been underdogs for four consecutive weeks. They've also been winners. For that, Snyder is all alone at the top for this award.
2. Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State: Gundy's Cowboys haven't missed a beat without offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen. They already have two road top 25 wins and rank second nationally in total offense.
3. Bob Stoops, Oklahoma: The Sooners have carried about their business well this season, remaining as one of the Big 12's most talented teams and one of its last undefeateds. Last week's win over Kansas wasn't too impressive, but wins over Florida State and Texas were.