Texas quarterback Colt McCoy, Colorado cornerback Cha' pelle Brown, Texas Tech defensive end Brandon Sharpe and Missouri kicker Grant Ressel were named as the Big 12's players of the week by a media panel. McCoy picked up his second consecutive honor, the third of the season and the sixth of his career. Brown was picked for the second time in his career and Sharpe earned the second award of the season. Ressel was honored for the first time.
Offensive Player of the Week
Texas QB Colt McCoy, Sr., Tuscola, Texas (Jim Ned H.S.)
McCoy threw for 304 yards and four touchdowns and also rushed for a career-high 175 yards to lead Texas to a 49-39 victory over Texas A&M. McCoy became only the third player in FBS history to pass for at least 300 yards and rush for at least 150 yards in the same game. McCoy’s 479 yards of total offense was the third-best effort in school history. His 175 yards on 18 carries (9.7 yards per carry) were the fifth-best in a game by a UT quarterback. His 65-yard TD run was tied for the third-longest run by a quarterback in school history and was his personal best. He also had a 43-yard rush in the game.
Defensive Player of the Week (tie)
Colorado CB Cha'pelle Brown, Sr., La Puente, Calif. (Los Altos H.S.)
Brown made 11 tackles, including 10 solo stops in the Buffaloes' 28-20 loss to Nebraska. Two of his tackles were for losses with one sack. He made three stops on third-down plays and one that saved a touchdown. Brown also recorded the first three tackles of the game. The senior cornerback finished his career with 257 tackles, becoming the 20th player in Colorado history to reach 250.
Brandon Sharpe, Texas Tech, DE, Sr, Lyons, Ga. (Toombs County H.S./Fresno City College)
Sharpe notched two sacks against Baylor, the last breaking the Tech single-season record of 14, in the Red Raiders' 20-13 victory. His tackle of Baylor quarterback Blake Szymanski on third and goal forced Baylor into a failed touchdown attempt on their final drive. Sharpe has produced 15 sacks for the season, ranking second in the Big 12 and ranking among the top five nationally. Since recording two sacks in the first five games, he has collected 13 in the last seven games -- all conference games.
Special Teams Player of the Week
Missouri K Grant Ressel, So., Jackson, Mo.
Provided the game-winning field goal as time expired to boost Missouri to a 41-39 victory over Kansas. Ressel made four field goals on the day, connecting from 43, 28, 37 and 27 yards. His final two kicks came in the fourth quarter. The sophomore’s game-winner marked the first time since 1972 that a Mizzou kicker booted a game-winning field goal in the final two minutes of play when the Tigers were trailing. Ressel improved to 24-of-25 on field goals (96.0 percent) and also made 3-of-3 PATs against KU to improve to a perfect 38-of-38 for the year, giving him a combined kick mark of 62-of-63 (98.4 percent). Ressel is the most accurate field goal kicker in the NCAA this season.
Ressel is the most accurate field goal kicker in the NCAA this season.