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Monday, September 24, 2012
The Oklahoma 10: Week 4

By Jake Trotter

Each week, SoonerNation will rank Oklahoma’s top 10 performers of the season up to this point. After OU’s 24-19 loss to Kansas State, the Power 10 had a major shakeup.

1. CB Aaron Colvin (Last week: No. 2): Colvin seemed to be all over the field and finished with another stellar outing with six tackles and a pass breakup. The Wildcats completed only one pass on Colvin all night, and even on that play, Colvin had excellent coverage.

2. S Tony Jefferson (8): Despite playing on a sprained ankle, Jefferson had a monster night, finishing with a career-high 14 tackles. Jefferson read the K-State QB run game brilliantly most of the night and didn’t give up any big passes over his head.

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Playing with an injured ankle, Tony Jefferson had a career high 14 tackles vs. Kansas State.
3. FB Trey Millard (4): Millard might as well have been wearing a Waldo shirt Saturday. He touched the ball only twice as the Sooners leaned on others in the ground game. He remains OU’s best all-around offensive player, however.

4. WR Kenny Stills (5): You can’t blame Stills for what happened. He’s still averaging more than 100 yards receiving per game, and had a couple of terrific catches in traffic.

5. DT David King (6): King continues to be OU’s most consistent -- and versatile -- defensive lineman. King showed up again and again, despite moving back to end last week.

6. C Gabe Ikard (8): The offensive line wasn’t great, but Ikard had another strong outing at the point of attack. The Sooners ran the ball decently, and the only time Landry Jones was sacked, he had plenty of time in the pocket to unload the ball.

7. RB Damien Williams (1): Another game like the one Saturday, and Williams could fall out of the top 10 altogether. Williams rocked UTEP and Florida A&M, but when it came time to face a viable defensive front, Williams was a virtual non-factor with 34 yards on 10 carries.

8. WR Sterling Shepard (NR): What a night to remember for the true freshman. Shepard sparked the offense and finished with a game-high seven catches for 108 yards and a touchdown.

9. QB Landry Jones (3): In Jones’ last two Big 12 games, he’s committed six turnovers, including two fumbles resulting in touchdowns. If he doesn’t correct that rapidly, the Sooners are in for a long and nightmarish season.

10. CB Demontre Hurst (10): Hurst was solid in coverage all night, but tougher tests await.

On the cusp: WR Justin Brown, DT Jamarkus McFarland, RB Dominique Whaley, S Javon Harris, LB Corey Nelson