Monday, December 3, 2012
Oklahoma 10: Week 14 power rankings
By Jake Trotter
Each week, SoonerNation ranked Oklahoma’s top 10 performers of the season. With OU’s 24-17 win over TCU to cap the regular season, here is SoonerNation’s final Oklahoma 10:
1. QB Landry Jones (Last week: No. 1): Jones cooled off in Fort Worth, throwing another senseless interception. But his third-and-long touchdown pass to Jalen Saunders just before halftime was one of the finest of his career. A career that ranks up there in OU history.
Safety Tony Jefferson finished the regular season with 113 tackles and two interceptions.
2. S Tony Jefferson (3): After struggling in two straight games, Jefferson came up big in OU’s regular-season finale. He tipped away two touchdown passes, including TCU’s final play of the day, which would have sent the game to overtime. Jefferson also led the Sooners with eight tackles.
3. CB Aaron Colvin (2): Colvin had a quiet game at TCU, mostly because the Frogs didn’t throw on him. Colvin has had a stellar season that should warrant All-Big 12 consideration.
4. WR Kenny Stills (4): Battling Jason Verrett, one of the best cornerbacks in the Big 12, Stills only had two catches for 12 yards. But with Stills taking Verrett’s attention, that allowed OU’s other receivers to get going. With 11 TDs, Stills has had a fantastic junior season.
5. FB Trey Millard (5): When “Fat Daddy” gets a head of steam, he’s a load to bring down. The Frogs found out the hard way. Millard had two catches for 25 yards. He doesn’t touch the ball often, but when he does something good usually follows.
6. WR Jalen Saunders (6): Saunders’ seven-catch, 108-yard performance at TCU was sullied by the news that he was arrested Sunday morning on a complaint of marijuana possession. His status for the bowl game is tenuous, and blots what otherwise has been a tremendous season for the Fresno State transfer.
7. WR Justin Brown (7): Coming off a school-record, 15-reception game against OSU, Brown had only four catches for 27 yards Saturday, as the passing game was a little out of sync. Still, this year could not have gone better for the Penn State transfer, who finished the regular season with a career-high 66 catches, 822 yards and four touchdowns.
8. C Gabe Ikard (8): Another offensive line injury, another sparking performance by Ikard and the O-line. With Adam Shead sitting out with ankle and back injuries, Ikard slid to guard and Ty Darlington came in at center. The Sooners hardly missed a beat, piling up 177 yards on the ground. Considering the injuries, it’s remarkable how well Ikard and the line have played.
9. QB Blake Bell (9): The Belldozer picked up a key first down, though it was not as effective as it was against OSU. Still, Bell now has 24 career rushing touchdowns and is the favorite to take over for Landry Jones next season.
10. RB Damien Williams (NR): Williams finally looked 100 percent again, dashing for 115 rushing yards on 18 carries, and 39 yards receiving on four catches. Williams’ 66-yard touchdown run gave him four scoring runs of 60 yards or more on the season. He’ll figures to be back to anchor the OU run game next season.