Monday, October 8, 2012
The Oklahoma 10: Week 6
By Jake Trotter
Each week, SoonerNation will rank Oklahoma’s top 10 performers of the season up to this point. After OU’s 41-20 win at Texas Tech, the Power 10 had the same No. 1, but also a couple of risers:
1. CB Aaron Colvin (Last week: No. 1): Colvin had maybe his best game as a Sooner yet, intercepting one pass and tipping another that led to Javon Harris’ 46-yard touchdown return. Bob Stoops called Colvin “special” after the win.
2. FB Trey Millard (3): The Sooners have been saying and saying they want to get the ball in Millard’s hands. Finally in Lubbock, they were able to. Millard got four carries for 19 yards and two receptions for 26 yards, and was a load to bring down.
3. S Tony Jefferson (2): Jefferson didn’t do anything special, but he continued to play solid ball, which is just what Mike Stoops wants out of his free safety. Jefferson finished with five tackles and made sure QB Seth Doege didn’t complete anything deep over the middle.
4. QB Landry Jones (9): Under extreme pressure, Jones posted his game since losing Ryan Broyles to a knee injury last November. Jones threw for 259 yards and a pair of third-down touchdowns. He also, perhaps most importantly, did not turn the ball over.
5. WR Kenny Stills (4): The Sooners spread the ball around, but Stills still factored into the offense. He finished with seven receptions, including a 13-yard touchdown in the second quarter on a corner route. There’s no doubt who OU’s No. 1 receiver is.
6. DT David King (5): Playing tackle mostly Saturday, King didn’t factor into the box score. But he continues to be OU’s most consistent defensive lineman, and his ability to play either end or tackle is a boon to this defense.
7. C Gabe Ikard (6): The offensive line controlled the trenches as Landry Jones had plenty of time to throw all afternoon. The running game was decent, too, as the Sooners averaged 4.2 yards on the ground. Ikard was a big reason why the Sooners fired on all cylinders.
8. S Javon Harris (NR): Harris quietly is having a heck of a senior year. He picked off his fifth career pass and returned it 46 yards for a touchdown, effectively putting the game away in the third quarter.
9. RB Damien Williams (7): Williams finally got his first career start and the made the most of it. He rushed 14 times for 48 yards, and caught six passes for 82 yards, including a 38-yard grab down the sidelines in the third quarter. It’s clear who the running game will go through going forward.
10. WR Sterling Shepard (8): Shepard continues to spark the offensive off the sidelines. He turned a quick screen pass into a first down by juking a pair of defenders near the line of scrimmage. Shepard finished with 41 yards on four catches.