Monday, November 5, 2012
The Oklahoma 10: Week 10
By Jake Trotter
Each week, SoonerNation will rank Oklahoma’s top 10 performers of the season up to this point. The Sooners had several players show up in a 35-20 win at Iowa State.
1. S Tony Jefferson (Last week: No. 1): Jefferson has had another monster day with a team-high nine tackles. He also delivered another bone-rattling shot to an opposing ball-carrier, and picked off a pass late to seal the win.
Receiver Kenny Stills and center Gabe Ikard both make our list of top Sooners players this season.
2. FB Trey Millard (3): “Fat Daddy” helped clear the way for Brennan Clay on the ground. He also got involved in the passing game with three catches for 26 yards.
3. CB Aaron Colvin (2): Colvin slipped another slot with another game that wasn’t his best. Colvin missed a couple of tackles and gave up another big pass play.
4. QB Landry Jones (4): Jones had another solid day. He threw two picks, but his season-high 405 passing yards and four touchdowns outweighed the bad. Jones also got several receivers involved, which made it impossible for Iowa State to zero in on any single player.
5. WR Kenny Stills (8): Stills said he was frustrated during the Notre Dame loss because he didn’t make the big plays he’d hoped to. Stills made plenty of big plays in Ames, including two acrobatic touchdown receptions.
6. C Gabe Ikard (9): The offensive line was minus yet another starter in tackle Lane Johnson, but was terrific against the Cyclones. The Sooners dialed up 593 yards of total offense, and Ikard led the charge up front.
7: WR Jalen Saunders (6): Saunders had a solid afternoon with four catches for 54 yards. He didn’t sneak up on the Cyclones the way he did against Notre Dame. But he was still very effective.
8. WR Justin Brown (10): Brown had his first 100-yard receiving game as a Sooner, with seven receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown he hauled in off a tip. A big day for the Penn State transfer, who’s been Mr. Consistent this season.
9. QB Blake Bell (7): Bell had little success with the Belldozer against the Cyclones. Two straight runs resulted in a turnover on downs in the red zone on OU’s opening drive. The Belldozer, however, remains one of the OU offense’s best weapons.
10. RB Brennan Clay (NR): Clay stepped up in place of Damien Williams with a stellar 157 yards rushing, a career-high. Clay also dashed for an 18-yard touchdown that put OU up two scores for good. With Williams ailing, Clay would play a critical role for the Sooners in the backfield down the stretch.