Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Big 12 Awards update: Week 9
By David Ubben
Time for our weekly update on the Big 12 awards races. Here's how I slot it through eight weeks of football.
Offensive Player of the Year
1. Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor: Griffin was off on Saturday, but he's still on track to break the NCAA record in passer rating and is tied atop the Big 12 in touchdown passes, with 22.
2. Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State: Weeden looks unstoppable from time to time, and he was in the zone against Missouri, even as his receivers struggled with drops. He's second in the Big 12 at just under 72 percent completion percentage.
3. Ryan Broyles, WR, Oklahoma: Broyles didn't have a great night against Texas Tech, but he's still the Big 12 leader and third nationally with just under 130 yards receiving per game. He's also tied for the national lead with nine touchdown catches.
Honorable mention: Henry Josey, RB, Missouri, Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma, Seth Doege, QB, Texas Tech
Defensive Player of the Year
1. Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State: Brown's production has slowed a bit in recent weeks, but he'll get a big opportunity to prove himself against Oklahoma this week.
2. Frank Alexander, DE, Oklahoma: Alexander is next on the list of underwhelming performances at the top of the league last week, but his chances of getting back to wrecking ball ways are high. He's tied for the Big 12 lead with 7.5 sacks.
3. Sean Porter, LB, Texas A&M: Porter joins Alexander as the league leader in sacks, adding 10.5 tackles for loss and 46 tackles. He's also forced a fumble.
Coach of the Year
1. Bill Snyder, Kansas State: Snyder might have already run away with this one, barring a late-season collapse. A win over Oklahoma on Saturday makes a 10-win season seem likely after being picked to finish eighth in the league.
2. Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State: OSU is on a crash course for the national title game, but Gundy will have to get by Oklahoma, a team he's never beaten as Cowboys coach.
3. Tommy Tuberville, Texas Tech: Tech has two quality losses and the best win of anyone in the Big 12, beating Oklahoma in Norman last week. My, how quickly things change. A week ago, a bowl game looked questionable. Now, is a 10-win season in play?