Dallas Colleges: Player of the Week

Player of the week: Big 12

December, 9, 2013
Oklahoma receiver and return specialist Jalen Saunders became a Bedlam hero for the second consecutive season.

In 2012, Saunders had 10 receptions for 162 yards and two touchdowns, including an 81-yard punt return, as the Sooners took out Oklahoma State in overtime, 51-48.

Saturday in Stillwater, Saunders didn’t have the same kind of numbers. But in Oklahoma’s 33-24 Bedlam victory, he did deliver the same big plays, taking a major role in the Sooners’ first three touchdowns.

Saunders returned a punt 64 yards for a score in the first quarter to put the Sooners on the board and tie the game, 7-7.

In the third quarter, he took a double reverse 37 yards around the edge to set up Oklahoma’s fake field goal touchdown, which evened the game again, 17-17.

Then with 19 seconds to go in the fourth quarter, Saunders hauled in a pass from Blake Bell in the corner of the end zone from seven yards out, giving the Sooners a 27-24 lead.

Saunders’ two-game Bedlam career will go down in the annals: 15 receptions, 201 receiving yards, two receiving touchdowns, 49 yards rushing, two punt return touchdowns -- and the hero in two dramatic, come-from-behind victories.

Player of the Week: Big 12

September, 17, 2012
We live in an instant gratification society with ever-shortening attention spans.

In college football, that most often plays out in player transfers. Not getting enough playing time? Lose out on a position battle?

Transfer and try it somewhere else.

Sure, it's not explicitly wrong. I'd never blame a player for doing it.

That said, there's something admirable about losing a position battle and sticking it out, supporting the starter and continuing to work hard, hoping for a shot.

Nobody did that better than J.W. Walsh this week, and the Oklahoma State quarterback is my Player of the Week in the Big 12, narrowly edging out David Ash of Texas.

It was fitting that Oklahoma State fans held their breath and kissed the 2012 season goodbye after quarterback Wes Lunt went down, clutching his knee. Nothing ends a good day of football more quickly than the future of your program going down on the first drive of the game.

It didn't take long for Walsh to give the Cowboys reason for hope, even if Lunt can't come back in time for Oklahoma State's conference opener against Texas in Stillwater on Sept. 29.

Lunt helped OSU score on its first eight possessions and stuffed the stat sheet full enough to please even the most skeptical of observers.

He finished with 347 yards and four touchdowns on 21-of-30 passing, adding 73 yards and a touchdown on just six carries.

What more could you ask for?

The next two weeks will be interesting. Expect coach Mike Gundy to decline comment on anything involving Lunt's knee or his possible return.

Saturday, though, was a day that could have been filled with drama. OSU's defense stepped up and gave Walsh plenty of margin for error, even though he didn't need it.

A team effort from the Cowboys prevented any drama on Saturday, but Walsh provided some much-needed continuity for the Oklahoma State offense. He takes home the award for Week 3.