Each Saturday, some players are overshadowed by teammates, putting in a critical performance as others end up getting the headlines. We'll aim to shine a light on those overlooked contributors each week in Big 12's unsung heroes.
Here's a look at one unsung hero for each team in Week 11:
Baylor NB Travon Blanchard: It didn’t turn out how he would have liked but the sophomore did everything he could to make sure the Bears remained undefeated. Blanchard finished with 14 tackles (13 solo) including three tackles for loss, one sack and one interception in Baylor’s 44-34 loss to Oklahoma. Blanchard has had double-digit tackles in two of Baylor’s last three games.
Iowa State DT Demond Tucker: The Cyclones' junior college transfer has been an impact player during his first season in Ames, Iowa, and Saturday was no different. Tucker had eight tackles (team-high six solo) including four tackles for loss and two sacks in Iowa State’s 35-31 loss to Oklahoma State.
Kansas DE Ben Goodman: The senior was one of the Jayhawks’ most productive players in a 23-17 loss to TCU. Goodman finished with eight tackles (six solo) including two tackles for loss and one sack. His collegiate career is quickly coming to a close but Goodman remains energetic and productive.
Kansas State WR Kyle Klein: Collin Klein's little brother had a strong showing in the Wildcats’ 59-44 loss to Texas Tech. The former defensive end had six receptions for 131 yards and one touchdown, including two receptions for 47 yards on third-down plays. Klein’s receptions and receiving yards were career highs.
Oklahoma LB Jordan Evans: The junior was an active playmaker on the Sooners' defense, recording nine tackles (six solo) including one tackle for loss and a forced fumble. Evans' athleticism and versatility really showed against the Bears. He combines with Eric Striker and Dominique Alexander to give Oklahoma the Big 12’s best linebacker unit.
Oklahoma State WR David Glidden: One of the core leaders on the Cowboys’ squad, Glidden had a critical 31-yard reception on third-and-15 during Oklahoma State’s drive for the game-winning points. Glidden finished with six receptions for 85 yards. The senior has had at least four receptions in five of OSU’s last six contests.
Texas WR DajÚ Johnson: The Longhorns senior had one of his best games of the season with four receptions for 76 yards and one touchdown in Texas’ 38-20 loss to West Virginia. Johnson’s 76 receiving yards marked just the second time he has recorded double-digit receiving yards in 2015.
TCU RB Shaun Nixon: The Horned Frogs' versatile skill threat scored the only offensive touchdown for TCU in a 23-17 win over Kansas. Nixon had seven receptions, a team high, for 78 yards and one touchdown. Nixon has 16 receptions for 224 yards and one touchdown with No. 1 target Josh Doctson hampered during the past two games.
Texas Tech RB Justin Stockton: The Red Raiders sophomore is a terrific complementary piece in Kliff Kingsbury’s offense. While DeAndre Washington had one of the best days of his career, Stockton added five receptions for 67 yards and two touchdowns along with two carries for 12 yards in Tech’s 59-44 win over Kansas State. When Washington moves on after the season, Tech’s running game will be in good hands with Stockton.
West Virginia LB Jared Barber: The senior had a solid game in West Virginia’s 38-20 win over Texas. Barber’s 42-yard fumble return for a touchdown got things rolling for the Mountaineers and set the tone as West Virginia forced five total turnovers in the win. Barber also added six solo tackles.