Monday, November 12, 2012
The Oklahoma 10: Week 11
By Brandon Chatmon
Each week, SoonerNation will rank Oklahoma’s top 10 performers of the season up to this point. Plenty of Sooners continued their strong play in OU’s 42-34 win over Baylor on Saturday.
1. S Tony Jefferson (Last week: No. 1): Jefferson missed some tackles but he remains among the nation’s elite defensive backs. He had 11 tackles including 10 solo stops against a Bears offense built upon winning one-on-one matchups in the open field.
OU receiver Justin Brown has 41 catches and four touchdowns receiving this season.
2. FB Trey Millard (2): Even though Millard only touched the ball four times, he’s incredibly valuable on offense and special teams. He helped the Sooners rush for 183 yards.
3. CB Aaron Colvin (3): A quiet night for Colvin. That’s generally a good thing when talking about a cornerback against a explosive passing offense like Baylor. He recorded three tackles and was rarely tested by BU
4. QB Landry Jones (4): The senior continues to put the Sooners in position to win games. He finished 25 of 36 for 277 yards and two touchdowns but did have one bad throw when he tried to fit the ball between defenders to Kenny Stills.
5. RB Damien Williams (NR): Williams looked relatively healthy has he led OU with 122 all-purpose yards including 99 on the ground. His explosiveness and quick feet was a welcome sight for Sooner nation.
6. WR Justin Brown (8): It’s becoming clear that Brown and Jones have developed a good chemistry. For the second straight week, Jones gave Brown a chance to make a play when he was well covered and the Penn State transfer rewarded him again this week with a 35-yard touchdown catch before the half. He led OU with six catches for 83 yards and a touchdown.
7. S Javon Harris (NR): At some point Harris’ struggles as a junior will be forgotten and the senior will get recognized for ranking second in the team in tackles this year with 54 including 33 solo stops. He led OU with 14 tackles (nine solo) in his redemption game against the Bears.
8. WR Kenny Stills (5): A quiet game for Stills (three catches for 33 yards) but the junior remains a core member of everything the Sooners do on offense. His speed and athleticism create mismatches for himself and teammates.
9. C Gabe Ikard (6): Ikard missed the game due to “head issues” but remains the anchor of an OU offense that averages 486.7 yards per game this season.
10. CB Demontre Hurst (NR): Hurst was superb against the Bears. Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops asked him to win individual battles with Bears’ star wideout Terrance Williams and he did for the most part. Williams finished with six receptions for 91 yards.