The Big 12 was able to avoid major upsets in a week filled with them, and a few player performance stood out. West Virginia quarterback Will Grier has been named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the week as well as the Newcomer of the Week, Oklahoma defensive end and linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo is the Defensive Player or the Week, and Iowa State running back Trever Ryen has earned Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance on kick return duties.
— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) October 16, 2017
Naming an offensive player of the week in the Big 12 has to be about like picking which M&M color tastes the best. It’s blue, but if I’m honest with myself, I can’t really tell a difference. Kenny Hill put up nearly 300 yards passing, Mason Rudolph put up 459 yards passing with three touchdowns against Baylor, while his receiver James Washington caught six passes for 235 yards. 235 yards! However, Will Grier’s 352 yards passing and five touchdowns in a late, come-from-behind victory was enough to get the nod in week seven. Grier also earned Newcomer of the Week honors.
Okoronkwo’s performance in the Red River Showdown is proof that the Big 12 does in fact play defense. (Someone please get that message to Paul Finebaum. He seems to think defense isn’t capable of crossing the Mississippi River.) The Oklahoma senior recorded an impressive five tackles, a sack, forced five QB hurries, broke up a pass, and forced a fumble in the Sooner’s rivalry win.
There’s some controversy for who deserves special teams honors. Oklahoma kicker Austin Seibert had a fantastic performance against Texas. He went 3-3 on field goals with a long of 36 yards, 2-2 on extra points, and averaged 47 yards a punt on five punts. That’s about as solid of a performance as you can get in the kicking game. However, anytime someone houses a return it is almost always going to get weekly honors, and that’s just what Ryen did against Kansas. With just under two minutes left in the first quarter, Ryen return a punt 68 yards for the score to put Iowa State up by two scores.
Those are your week seven players of the week. Did the Big 12 get it right? Is there a player that stood out, but no one is noticing? Let us know in the comments.