Monday, October 22, 2012
The Oklahoma 10: Week 8
By Jake Trotter
Each week, SoonerNation will rank Oklahoma’s top 10 performers of the season up to this point. After a 52-7 win over Kansas, several Sooners continue to play their best ball of the season:
1. CB Aaron Colvin (Last week: No. 1): Colvin was distressed in the locker room for allowing Kansas to complete a short first down on a crossing rout. We’ll give him a pass. Colvin continues to be dominant.
2. FB Trey Millard (2): Millard dropped a wide-open touchdown pass, but atoned for it with a 25-yard TD catch at the end of the third quarter that put OU up 52-0. It’s no coincidence that the OU offense starting rolling once Millard started getting the ball more.
3. S Tony Jefferson (3): Jefferson pummeled the KU run game with a team-high 11 tackles. Oh, and the longest pass reception by a KU receiver? Eleven yards.
4. QB Landry Jones (5): Jones has been red-hot since the Kansas State loss. Over the last three games, he’s completed 62 percent of his passes, with seven touchdowns to just one interception.
5. RB Damien Williams (4): With Kansas crowding the box, the Sooners took advantage in the passing game with a four-wide receiver set. Williams still got into the end zone, and continued to be a threat catching the ball out of the backfield.
6. WR Kenny Stills (7): With the emergence of Jalen Saunders, Mr. Reliable played much of the game at outside receiver instead of the slot. He was just as effective from wideout, hauling in a 44-yard touchdown on a play-action post route for OU’s first touchdown.
7. QB Blake Bell (6): Bell collected his 21st career rushing touchdown out of the Belldozer, and is on pace to challenge DeMarco Murray’s OU touchdown record. Bell got a chance to quarterback the offense, too, in the fourth quarter, and completed two passes for 13 yards.
8. C Gabe Ikard (9): The Sooners didn’t run the ball as much this game, but still averaged 5.2 yards per carry. OU is fifth in the country with a 5.93 average on the ground, and has achieved that with a patchwork offensive line led by Ikard.
9. WR Justin Brown (10): Brown dropped a touchdown, and fumbled a punt away. But he also delivered a 90-yard punt return touchdown, OU’s first in three years. Thanks to Brown and Roy Finch, OU’s return units have become a threat to go the distance at any moment.
10. DT Casey Walker (NR): The big man had maybe the best game of his four-year career, with six tackles and a 45-yard fumble recovery. An underrated OU defensive line has been dominating opponents, and Walker’s return after missing the first two games is a big reason why.