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: Oklahoma State Cowboys RB Chuba Hubbard
Hubbard was without his starting quarterback Spencer Sanders this week, along with his stud wide receiver Tylan Wallace, who has been out for a few weeks. Despite two of the top three most explosive offensive players sidelined, Hubbard wasn’t slowed down much and helped the Pokes escape Morgantown with a 20-13 win over an improving West Virginia team with a solid defense. Hubbard had 26 carries for 106 yards, but just as important were his seven catches for 88 yards. This was, by far, his biggest game as a receiver this season, as he continues to show off his versatility for Mike Gundy.
Big 12 Defensive Player Player of the Week: TCU Horned Frogs DB Vernon Scott
We don’t typically like to pick players on the losing end of games, but we can make an exception for Wallow. As TCU found itself in a 21-0 hole, the Horned Frogs were able to storm back and make this a game in Norman in large part thanks to Vernon Scott. He recovered a fumble and returned an interception 98 yards for a pick six to turn this game on its head, pull TCU to within a field goal and send a scare into the OU fan base late in the second half.
Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week: Kansas State Wildcats KR Joshua Youngblood
In the third quarter after the Red Raiders has pulled to within three points, Kansas State got a huge boost from Youngblood, who took a kick off 100 yards for a touchdown as K-State went up 20-10 in a lead they would never relinquish. It was also his second kick off return for a touchdown this season for the Wildcats.
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