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Thursday, November 8, 2012
Tracking the Big 12 award races: Week 11

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: Injury or not, Klein is still way, way, way out in front for this award. He could easily sit the next two weeks and still be in position to win this award. The competition isn't very strong here with Klein, but the race for No. 2 is very, very muddled.

2. Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor: Williams leads the nation in receiving with 1,340 yards this season, and might win the Biletnikoff Award. He's been held under 130 yards receiving in just one game this season.

3. Seth Doege, QB, Texas Tech: Doege passes Geno Smith despite a loss to Texas. He's put up solid numbers through the past two losses, and leads the nation in touchdown passes.

Honorable mention: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia; Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia; Joseph Randle, RB, Oklahoma State; James Sims, RB, Kansas; Nick Florence, QB, Baylor

Defensive Player of the Year

1. Devonte Fields, DE, TCU: No change here. Fields is still the Big 12's leader in tackles for loss and sacks, and has made a huge impact as a true freshman.

2. Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State: Brown had a quiet day against Oklahoma State with seven tackles and no other defensive statistics, but he's been the leader of one of the league's best defenses, and has 67 tackles this season.

3. Alex Okafor, DE, Texas: Okafor is needed with Jackson Jeffcoat out for the season, and he's tied for the Big 12 lead in sacks with eight. He also has 43 tackles and 10.5 tackles for loss.

Honorable mention: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU; A.J. Klein, LB, Iowa State; Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma; Cody Davis, S, Texas Tech; Tony Jefferson, S, Oklahoma; Meshak Williams, DE, Kansas State

Coach of the Year

1. Bill Snyder, Kansas State: Where's the competition? Snyder's undefeated Wildcats are perhaps the nation's biggest surprise, sitting in the thick of the national title race and riding alone in the front seat of the Big 12 title race, despite being picked to finish sixth in the Big 12 and beginning the season outside the top 20 in both polls.

2. Tommy Tuberville, Texas Tech: Tuberville has the Red Raiders looking like one of the league's most overachieving teams, despite losses in each of the past two weeks. The race is slimming down to a one-man competition, but Tech was picked to finish eighth in the league and still has six wins.

3. Gary Patterson, TCU: Patterson is back in the third spot here after knocking off West Virginia last week with a pair of gutsy calls to get the banged-up Horned Frogs to bowl eligibility.