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Spencer Sanders, Lonnie Phelps Named HCS Big 12 Football Players of the Week

The Big 12 Football season got underway this past weekend and the league went 9-1 in Week 1. There were plenty of great performances from Big 12 players on both sides of the ball, but when it comes to the top performers, there can only be one on offense, one on defense and one on special teams.

For Week 1, Heartland College Sports has selected Oklahoma State QB Spencer Sanders as our Offensive Player of the Week, Kansas defensive lineman Lonnie Phelps as our Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week and TCU’s Derius Davis as our Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week.


Offensive POW: Oklahoma State QB Spencer Sanders

Sanders led the Cowboys to a 58-44 win over Central Michigan on Thursday night in Stillwater. Sanders finished 28/41 for 406 passing yards and four passing touchdowns, plus 57 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns from the Oklahoma State signal caller. Sanders’ big performance, especially in the first half, put him in the same class as Patrick Mahomes. If we get to put your name in the same sentence as Patrick Mahomes, you’re like to be the Player of the Week.


Defensive POW: Kansas DL Lonnie Phelps

Phelps led the way for a dominant Kansas performance. Phelps finished his night against Tennessee Tech with four tackles for loss and three sacks on the night. This was the most impressive performance for a KU defense that piled up five sacks and 12 tackles for loss.

Phelps is a transfer from Miami-OH, who was a second-team All-MAC player last season and finished the season with 13.5 tackles-for-loss and 9.5 sacks.

Special Teams POW: TCU’s Derius Davis

TCU was off to a slow start on Friday night in Boulder against Colorado. And down 3-0 early in the second quarter, Derius Davis gave the Horned Frogs the spark they needed with a 60-yard punt return for a touchdown. TCU would never trail in the game and the offense would break it open in the second half to roll to a big win.


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