Oklahoma Sooners: Terrance Bullitt

Seventeen Big 12 players heard their names called during the 2014 NFL draft. Many other Big 12 alums will have a chance at the next level as undrafted free agents.

Below is a list of undrafted players who reportedly have agreed to free agent deals. This is not a final list, as teams are still working to sign undrafted free agents. But these are the players we know of so far.

Iowa State
Kansas State
Oklahoma State
Texas Tech
West Virginia

Big 12 weekend rewind: Week 3

September, 16, 2013
Oklahoma and Oklahoma State rolled, Texas capitulated, Texas Tech prevailed, TCU scuffled, West Virginia and Kansas State cruised, Iowa State and Kansas faltered and Baylor watched. The third weekend that was in the Big 12:

Team of the week: Texas Tech. So far, the Red Raiders have been the big surprise of the Big 12. The first two games Tech won with quarterback Baker Mayfield and its air assault. Thursday, the Red Raiders beat TCU 20-10 with hard-nosed defense. Tech is off to a phenomenal start and could keep it going with four winnable games coming up next. Those games will be even more winnable if this defense proves to be the real deal.

Disappointment of the week: Iowa State. After a disappointing opener, the Cyclones had high hopes they could turn their season around against their instate rival. Instead, Iowa jumped to a 27-7 lead, then withstood Iowa State’s mild fourth-quarter rally. The Cyclones have not looked good offensively through two games, and outside Sam Richardson throwing the ball up to Quenton Bundrage, have really shown no pop. The Cyclones desperately need a running back and a running game to emerge. So far, neither has.

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Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY SportsBlake Bell took charge as quarterback for Oklahoma.
Big (offensive) man on campus: Blake Bell. After losing the preseason quarterback battle to Trevor Knight, Bell roared back to recapture the job for good. Bell completed 27 of 37 passes for 413 yards and four touchdowns in Oklahoma’s 51-20 win over Tulsa. Accounting for both rushing and passing, Bell finished the game with a QBR of 96.7. According to ESPN Stats & Info, that’s the highest single-game QBR (before opponent adjustment) by a qualifying Oklahoma quarterback since Sam Bradford recorded a 99.0 at Baylor in 2008.

Big (defensive) men on campus: Terrance Bullitt and Will Smith. Several different Red Raiders qualified for the honor, but the senior linebackers were instrumental in the win over TCU. Bullitt collected six tackles and batted down four passes, which helped prevent Horned Frogs quarterback Trevone Boykin from generating any rhythm on his shorter passes. Smith, who led Tech with nine tackles, helped stuff TCU’s run up the middle. With Tre’ Porter anchoring the secondary and Kerry Hyder wreaking havoc up front, the Red Raiders have the makings of a very solid defense, if this level of linebacker play from Bullitt and Smith continues.

Special teams player of the week: Anthony Fera. Don’t blame the Texas kicker for the Longhorns’ 44-23 loss to Ole Miss. Fera nailed all three of his field goal attempts in the defeat, including a 47-yarder that put Texas up two scores just before halftime (of course, the Longhorns failed to score the rest of the game). Fera was effective punting, too, pinning Ole Miss inside its own 20 twice. The Longhorns don’t have much going for them at the moment, but at least they have a reliable kicker and punter.

Play of the week: Texas Tech’s DeAndre Washington appeared to have scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 49-yard pass in the fourth quarter against TCU. Washington, however, let go of the football just before crossing the goal line. The ball rolled into the end zone and came to a stop, but no one touched it after the field judge signaled touchdown. The play was reviewed and the touchdown was overturned, but Tech was given the ball at the half-yard line (though a celebration penalty pushed the ball back to the 15). The Frogs have a beef about the field judge signaling touchdown prematurely, but, according to the rulebook, officials made the right call on the replay. Had a Frog picked up the ball or had the ball rolled out of the end zone, TCU would have taken over possession, but none of that happened. Instead, Tech was given back the ball, and Davis Webb found Bradley Marquez for the game-winning touchdown -- a play that could have long-lasting effects for both the Red Raiders and TCU.

Stat of the week: After giving up 272 rushing yards to Ole Miss, Texas now has the third-worst rush defense in college football. The Longhorns are allowing 308.7 rushing yards per game. No one else in the Big 12 is giving up more than 223.

Quote of the week: “Forget the coaches, come for the kids. Come for the young guys who are really trying, and come watch them try to beat Kansas State, which we haven't done very often.” -- coach Mack Brown, in a plea to Texas fans to keep filling the stadium despite the Longhorns’ 1-2 start.

Sooners schedule preview: Texas Tech 

July, 3, 2012
October 6, 2012: at Texas Tech
2011 record: 5-7 | 2011 conference record: 2-7 (Big 12)
OU’s all-time against Texas Tech: 13-6

Top returners: QB Seth Doege, RB Eric Stephens, WR Alex Torres, WR Eric Ward, WR Cornelius Douglas, OT LaAdrian Waddle, DE Leon Mackey, LB Daniel Cobb, LB Cqulin Huber, CB Tre' Porter, S Cody Davis, S D.J. Johnson, S Terrance Bullitt

Key losses: RB Aaron Crawford, WR Adam James, WR Jacoby Franks, OG Lonnie Edwards, OT Mickey Okafor, C Justin Keown, DE Scott Smith, DT Donald Langley

2011 statistical leaders (*returners)
Rushing: Eric Stephens* (565 yards)
Passing: Seth Doege* (4,004 yards)
Receiving: Eric Ward* (800 yards)
Tackles: Cody Davis* (93)
Sacks: Scott Smith (5.5)
Interceptions: D.J. Johnson* (2)

Three things to watch:

1. The Sooners should have revenge on the mind. Tech ruined the Sooners’ season by ending OU’s home-winning streak with a 41-38 victory – a final score that could have been a lot worse had it not been for OU’s furious fourth quarter rally. Up to that point, OU had been one of the most impressive teams in the country with a win at fifth-ranked Florida State and a beat down of Texas. But the Sooners were never the same after the Tech loss, and eventually dropped games to Baylor and Oklahoma State in November. Another loss to the Red Raiders would, again, tarnish OU’s season.

2. Will OU be ready to go to Tech this time around? Lubbock, historically, has been an awful place for the Sooners to play. In 2005, OU lost in the final seconds after a series of controversial calls. In 2007, Sam Bradford was knocked out of the game in the first quarter and an OU rally came up short. In 2009, the Sooners were run out of Jones AT&T Stadium.

3. Quietly, Tech has one of the better quarterbacks in the country in Seth Doege, and Doege has his best offensive weapons back from last season, including Alex Torres, who torched the Sooners. Doege will also have running back Eric Stephens, who suffered a season-ending injury early in the year, at his disposal again. The Red Raiders have the pieces to have one of the more prolific offenses in the country, which will make them dangerous.


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