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Big 12 Players Of The Week: Washington’s Season-Leading Performance Earns Him Honors

Standout performances in week 3 are honored by the Big 12.

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Offensive Player Of The Week

WR JAMES WASHINGTON (OSU) – Cowboy quarterback Mason Rudolph set a school record with 540 passing yards against Pitt, but it was his main target of the day that earned Big 12 offensive player of the week honors. And rightfully so. Rudolph, despite eye-popping numbers, didn’t look great most of the day. Those numbers are a credit to his receiving corps, and that started with Washington on Saturday.

He was simply dominant. He racked up 296 receiving yards and two touchdowns on just 9 receptions, including a 91-yard bomb he reeled in for six on the first play of the game. The nearly 300 yard performance is the most by any receiver so far this season.

Defensive Player Of The Week

LB TY SUMMERS (TCU) – The Horned Frog defense had been less than stellar so far this season, but they seemed to have turned a corner against Iowa State on Saturday, and that started with the performance of linebacker Ty Summers.

The Cyclones had no answers as Summers’ 16 tackles on the day led to holding Iowa State to just 4.3 yards a play.

If TCU is to have success against stiffer competition, Summers will need to continue to be a force lurking behind the line.

Special Teams Players Of The Week

PR DOMINIQUE HEATH (KSU) – After a week to lick their wounds, Kansas State came out on fire against FAU. The Wildcats routed the Owls 63-7, and the highlight of the game came when Dominique Heath housed a 75-yard punt return.

Not many team will want to test Heath the rest of the year as the Wildcats continue to be impressive in special teams. They lead the nation in kick and punt returns since 2005.

P ZACH SINOR (OSU) – A 65-yard touchdown right before the half, and two fumbles that lead to scores kept Pittsburgh in the game against the Cowboys. The Pokes pulled it out in the fourth quarter, and punter Zach Sinor was a big reason why.

After the rain delay, the Cowboy offense took a couple of possessions to get going again. Pitt couldn’t capitalize though, as Sinor kept them pinned against their own endzone. OSU punted four times in the fourth quarter, and the Panthers’ average starting position was on their own 14 yard line.

He averaged 47.7 yards per punt on six punts on Saturday, including a 65-yard punt that matched his career long.

Newcomer Of The Week

RB JAMYCAL HASTY (BU) – Ironically, in a game where starting running back Shock Linwood became the Bears’ all-time leading rusher, backup running back JaMycal Hasty led Baylor in rushing against Rice on Saturday.

Hasty, is well, as his name describes. The redshirt freshman is a quick, shifty back, and he racked up 105 yards and a touchdown on just 14 carries.

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