Sunday, October 13, 2013
Big 12 helmet stickers: Week 7
By Max Olson
Recognizing the best and brightest from around the Big 12 in Week 7:
RB Johnathan Gray and RB Malcolm Brown, Texas: Case McCoy is just as deserving of a helmet sticker this week, if not more so, but we'll credit the collaboration of Gray and Brown for their shredding of the No. 1 defense in the Big 12 to pace a 36-20 upset of 12th-ranked Oklahoma. Gray went for 123 yards on 29 carries, including a 38-yard dash on a third-and-long, and Brown was one of the surprises of the day with 120 yards on 23 carries. They pounded the middle all afternoon, and it paid off big for Texas.
WR Tevin Reese, Baylor: Good luck finding a way to shut down both Reese and Antwan Goodley. Both went for 100 yards in the Bears' 35-25 win against Kansas State, but it was Reese who shined on Saturday. He finished with 184 yards on five catches (36.8 per catch) thanks to a 93-yard catch and score and another touchdown from 54 yards out to start the fourth quarter.
QB Davis Webb, Texas Tech: There were some throws Webb will want back -- he completed 35 of 56 passes -- but the freshman fared well in his first career start, throwing for 415 yards with three touchdowns and one interception in Tech's 42-35 win against Iowa State. It didn't hurt his cause that Texas Tech had three running backs each produce at least 80 rushing yards and a touchdown on the day.
LB Paul Dawson, TCU: How's this for a first career start: Dawson recorded 17 tackles, including three tackles for loss and a pass breakup, in TCU's 27-17 win over Kansas. The junior college transfer played receiver in high school, but it's clear he's found the position that suits him best. He recorded 14 stops in 13 games last season and proved Saturday what he can do when he stays on the field.
QB Daniel Sams, Kansas State: Good things happen when Sams is given the ball and asked to run. He rushed 30 times for 199 yards and three touchdowns as K-State gave Baylor a scare. Jake Waters still got twice as many pass attempts, and Sams did throw one interception, but there's no denying he's a danger on designed runs.