Thursday, November 1, 2012
Tracking the Big 12 awards races: Week 10
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 all alone for this award right now. He's second nationally in passer rating and leads the Big 12 in touchdown runs with 16. He hasn't had a turnover in any of the five Big 12 games this season, too.
2. Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia: Smith needs a good game this week to hold this spot. The Mountaineers face TCU after a bye week for WVU. Smith is fourth nationally and second in the Big 12 with a passer rating of 172.04.
3. Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor: Williams leads the nation with 1,203 receiving yards after catching 13 passes for 190 yards last week. He was held without a touchdown for just the second time this season and has multiple TD catches in four of seven games this year.
Honorable mention: Seth Doege, QB, Texas Tech; Joseph Randle, RB, Oklahoma State; Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia; Nick Florence, QB, Baylor; James Sims, RB, Kansas
Defensive Player of the Year
1. Devonte Fields, DE, TCU: Fields keeps chugging along with 14 tackles for loss -- 3.5 more than any other player in the Big 12. He's also the league's sack leader, with eight.
2. Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State: Brown made another huge play last week against Texas Tech, returning his second interception of the season 37 yards for a touchdown. He's made 60 tackles this season, too.
3. Jake Knott, LB, Iowa State: Sad to see, but this will be Knott's last appearance on this list. He leads the Big 12 in tackles and will go down as one of the toughest players to ever play in this league. His career as a Cyclone is likely over after shoulder surgery this week, though he might be able to return for a bowl game.
Honorable mention: Alex Okafor, DE, Texas; A.J. Klein, LB, Iowa State; Cody Davis, S, Texas Tech; Kerry Hyder, DT, Texas Tech; Meshak Williams, DE, Kansas State
Coach of the Year
1. Bill Snyder, Kansas State: Another week, another huge win over a Top 25 foe. Oklahoma State is up next, but even a loss won't knock Snyder off this perch, though it might for national coach of the year.
2. Tommy Tuberville, Texas Tech: Tuberville has gotten into the postseason and well off the hot seat, despite a loss to K-State last week. He can get his first-ever win over Texas this week after the Horns rolled over Tech last season.
3. Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State: This is really just a two-man race, but Gundy occupies the third spot this week after TCU lost last week. The Pokes are still alive in the Big 12 race, and a win over K-State this weekend could make things very, very interesting.