Thursday, October 25, 2012
Tracking the Big 12 award races: Week 9
By David Ubben
Time to start updating the Big 12 Award races as league play hits the home stretch. Here's how I score it so far this season:
Offensive Player of the Year
1. Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State: Klein is carrying K-State on his back and has this award in hand for now, along with the Heisman. That'll be the case as long as K-State keeps winning. He leads the Big 12 with 14 rushing touchdowns and is second nationally in passer rating. Unreal stuff from the Wildcats' unquestioned leader.
2. Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia: Smith is hanging by a thread here. His last two weeks don't erase the first five, but he's got to pick it up or any chance he has to validate his preseason Offensive Player of the Year award is done. He's thrown 26 touchdowns to two picks and leads the Big 12 with 2,414 yards.
3. Seth Doege, QB, Texas Tech: Doege's in the mix and if Tech spring the upset at K-State this week, he could find himself on equal footing with the two guys ahead of him. He'll be on the Heisman short list, too. He leads the nation with 28 touchdown passes and is 11th nationally with 2,209 passing yards.
Honorable mention: Joseph Randle, RB, Oklahoma State; Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor; Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma; Nick Florence, QB, Baylor
Defensive Player of the Year
1. Devonte Fields, DE, TCU: Fields doesn't get the press of other guys in this league, but the Frogs' true freshman leads the Big 12 in sacks (7.5) and tackles for loss (13.5). There's a lot of ball left, but he's going to be hard to unseat.
2. Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State: Brown is everywhere for the undefeated Wildcats, and is seventh in the Big 12 with 55 tackles. He picked off Geno Smith last weekend and has six tackles for loss.
3. Jake Knott, LB, Iowa State: Knott is second in the Big 12 with 68 tackles and has a pair of interceptions, as well as six tackles for loss and half a sack. He's broken up four passes and forced a fumble.
Honorable mention: Alex Okafor, DE, Texas; A.J. Klein, LB, Iowa State
Coach of the Year
1. Bill Snyder, Kansas State: Snyder is probably the national coach of the year at this point, and if K-State stays undefeated, this race is a runaway for the 73-year-old.
2. Tommy Tuberville, Texas Tech: Tuberville isn't far behind Snyder right now, and the two go head to head this week. Through just seven games, the Red Raiders have already surpassed their win total from a year ago, and are hungry for more.
3. Gary Patterson, TCU: Nobody's dealt with more problems and issues than Patterson this year, but he has his Frogs responding well to them, despite their youth. The Frogs are sitting at 5-2 and just outside the top 25. The Big 12 COY race is mostly a two-man contest right now, but Patterson could get in the mix if TCU finishes strong.