It’s time to name our Big 12 Players of the Week as we look at the top performances on offense, defense and special teams. Yes, there are always several players to debate, but we try to make this as fair as we can, while backing up our decision with stats and facts.
Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week: Texas Longhorns RB Keaontay Ingram
Ingram helped save the Texas season on Saturday with a huge game against one of the best defenses in the Big 12. Well Ingram turned in his best game of the season, helping Texas erase a 14-point deficit to beat K-State 27-24. He rushed for 139 yards on 16 carries, good for 8.7 ypc, along with two touchdowns. A lose and this Texas season may have spiraled out of control. But with the win, Texas is still in the mix for a Big 12 title game appearance.
Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week: Baylor LB Terrel Bernard
Bernard continues to be one of the best players in the Big 12 since Clay Johnston went down with a season-ending injury. He’s our Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week for a second time in four weeks. On Saturday against TCU he had a monster game with 19 tackles, three tackles, one sack and one interception. It was in large part thanks to Bernard that Baylor held TCU scoreless in the second half and was able to force overtime, and then eventualyl win the game.
Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week: Baylor K John Mayers
Mayers may not be the obvious choice to some, but considering what was on the line for the Bears on Saturday, he gets the nod. After missing a 32-yard field goal in the first half, he went three-for-three in the second half to help Baylor force over time against TCU. Also, under huge pressure, with an undefeated season on the line, Mayers hit a 51-yard field goal late in the fourth to force overtime. No one else in the Big 12 faced that kind of pressure this weekend. And Mayers came through.
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