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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
There were several worthy candidates who almost were able to share in the largesse of a helmet sticker. Here are the players I thought were most deserving in this week's games.
Texas' defensive line -- I can't separate the sticker from any of the key contributors -- defensive ends Henry Melton and Brian Orakpo and defensive tackles Roy Miller andAaron Lewis and key backups Sam Acho and Lamarr Houston. The line helped stifle Texas A&M's running game, limiting the Aggies to minus-24 yards rushing. And it contributed four of the Longhorns' six sacks and also forced and recovered a fumble, produced 11 quarterback hurries and broke-up two passes in the Longhorns' convincing 49-9 victory over the Aggies.
Nebraska kicker Alex Henery -- Produced a school-record 57-yard field goal for the game-winning points of the Cornhuskers' 40-31 triumph over Colorado. Henery drilled four field goals in the game with successful kicks of 35, 27 and 37 yards in addition to his game-winner with 1:43 left in the game.
Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing and wide receiver Kerry Meier -- This should be a shared award, considering the duo's big game in the Jayhawks' 40-37 triumph capped by a 26-yard TD pass from Reesing to Meier with 27 seconds left. Reesing finished with 375 passing yards and four touchdowns. And Meier produced a career-best 14 receptions for 106 yards, including touchdown grabs of 26 and 8 yards -- both in the final 4:26 of the game to key the comeback victory.
Kansas safety Darrell Stuckey -- Produced two interceptions, forced and recovered a fumble and matched the team lead with six tackles in the Jayhawks' triumph over Missouri.
Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford -- Blistered Oklahoma State's secondary for 370 yards and four touchdown passes and rushed for another touchdown to lead the Sooners' 61-41 victory over the Cowboys. Bradford misfired on his first four passes, but rebounded to help the Sooners convert nine consecutive third-down plays at one point of the game. He also became the Sooners' single-season passing yardage record holder and set the school record for most career touchdown passes during the game.