Big 12: Big 12 Players of the Week

McCoy, Smith, Brandtner named Big 12 Players of the Week

October, 27, 2009
Posted by's Tim Griffin

Texas quarterback Colt McCoy, Iowa State linebacker Jessie Smith and Iowa State punter Mike Brandtner were named as the Big 12's offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week. It was the fifth time that McCoy has been honored and the first time for Smith and Brandtner.

Here's a look at the efforts that won each player his award:

Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week

Texas QB Colt McCoy, Sr., Tuscola, Texas (Jim Ned H.S.)

McCoy completed 26 of 31 passes for269 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Longhorns' 41-7 triumph over Missouri. McCoy completed his first 11 passes, connecting with eight different receivers. The Longhorns' offense was proficient as it scored touchdowns on four of their first five drives in Texas' first conference road game.

Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week

Iowa State LB Jesse Smith, Sr., Altoona, Iowa (Southeast Polk H.S.)

Smith was the standout in the Cyclones' strong defensive effort in a 9-7 victory over Nebraska. He contributed 12 tackles, including two tackles for losses, recovered a fumble and provided the game-sealing interception with 1:53 left to preserve the Cyclones' victory. The big effort enabled the Cyclones to win for the first time at Nebraska since 1977 and the first Big 12 road triumph since a 2005 victory at Texas A&M. The Cyclones' defense has permitted 17 points in its last two conference games -- victories over Baylor and Nebraska.

Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week

Iowa State P Mike Brandtner, Sr. Bettendorf, Iowa (Davenport Assumption H.S.)

Brandtner set up the Cyclones' only touchdown with a 20-yard run on a fake punt. The Cyclones scored on the next play on a 47-yard TD pass from Jerome Tiller to Jake Williams. Brandtner averaged 40 yards on his nine punts, including efforts of 60, 58 and 50 yards. He also produced five kicks inside the Nebraska 20.

Bryant, Brown, Herndon, Paul earn Big 12 honors

September, 8, 2008

Posted by's Tim Griffin

Better late than never. Here's a list of the "official" Big 12 players of the week. Dez Bryant of Oklahoma State won the offensive player of the week, Cha'pelle Brown of Colorado and Courtney Herndon of Kansas State shared the co-defensive player of the week and Niles Paul of Nebraska won the special teams players of the week. It's the first time that all four players have been honored by the conference.

Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week
Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State, WR, So., Lufkin, Texas

Produced 311 all-purpose yards and scored four touchdowns in OSU's win over Houston. He had touchdown receptions covering 39, 29, and 74 yards and added a fourth score on a 71-yard punt return. He also totale nine catches for 236 yards. His yardage total is the best in the country this season and the second-best receiving day in OSU history, topped only by Adarius Bowman's Big 12 record 300-yard game at Kansas in 2006. Bryant leads the Big 12 and ranks third nationally with 163 receiving yards per game. He also leads the league and ranks fifth nationally in all-purpose yards (242 per game).

Big 12 Defensive Co-Players of the Week
Cha'pelle Brown, Colorado, CB, Jr., La Puente, Calif.

Returned an interception 27 yards for a touchdown with 1:44 left in the game to rally Colorado to victory over Eastern Washington. Produced six tackles, all solo, including two third-down stops and also broke up two passes.

Courtney Herndon, Kansas State, DB, Jr., Dallas, Texas
Returned a fumble 43 yards for a touchdown, blocked a punt that was recovered for a touchdown and intercepted a pass and returned it 26 yards to set up another K-State score in the win over Montana State. He recorded four total tackles, one of which went for a loss. The junior defensive back scored or played a part in 21 non-offensive points for the Wildcats.

Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week
Niles Paul, Nebraska, KR/PR/WR, So., Omaha, Neb.
Returned two kickoffs for 111 yards, including an 85-yarder for a touchdown in Nebraska's win over San Jose State. Paul also had two punt returns for 21 yards and caught two passes for 27 yards. He is averaging 40.0 yards per kickoff return to rank third in the Big 12 and fifth nationally. He is sixth in the league in punt returns (13.2) and in the top 30 in NCAA rankings.