Here are the unsung heroes in the Big 12 for Week 9.
Baylor receiver Levi Norwood: Nobody even mentions Norwood when the Bears come to mind. Yet he has been a solid contributor throughout the season and was one of five Bears to record at least 100 all-purpose yards (104), including six receptions for 66 yards, in their 59-14 win over Kansas. His returns and open-field ability provide yet another weapon for Art Briles’ squad.
Kansas linebacker Victor Simmons: Simmons has been consistently among the most productive defenders for the Jayhawks, recording at least five tackles in KU’s past five games. He continued his productive play with six tackles, two forced fumbles and one tackle for loss in KU’s 59-14 loss to Baylor.
Kansas State receiver Curry Sexton: The junior provided a quality No. 2 receiving option for the Wildcats against West Virginia with six receptions for 112 yards in KSU’s 35-12 win. He was starting to emerge with Tyler Lockett and Tramaine Thompson sidelined in the Wildcats’ previous two games then continued his solid contribution to the offense on Saturday.
Iowa State receiver Quenton Bundrage: The Cyclones receiver made two superb touchdown catches against Oklahoma State, beating standout cornerback Justin Gilbert in one-on-one situations. He finished with four receptions for 50 yards in ISU’s 58-27 loss.
Oklahoma running back Damien Williams: The senior had a quiet but enormous impact on the Sooners’ 38-30 win over Texas Tech. A lot of the attention went to Blake Bell for his solid performance, but Williams had 19 carries for 97 yards and two touchdowns and added a 30-yard reception to finish with 127 all-purpose yards.
Oklahoma State offensive line: The Cowboys passed for 78 yards yet scored six offensive touchdowns. OSU’s offensive line has been much-maligned after the offense’s struggles this season, but they played their best game of the season on Saturday, paving the way for 342 rushing yards including 219 rushing yards and four touchdowns from Desmond Roland in OSU’s 58-27 win.
Texas defensive tackle Chris Whaley: With Jackson Jeffcoat earning Big 12 defensive player of the week honors alongside him, Whaley was almost as productive. He finished with three tackles including two tackles for loss and one sack against TCU. The Longhorns’ overall dominance up front played a key role in UT’s 30-7 win.
TCU receiver LaDarius Brown: The sophomore receiver finished with seven receptions for 87 yards and one touchdown in the Horned Frogs’ 30-7 loss. He’s a big, talented. target at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds but he needs to be more consistent and productive to provide a spark for TCU’s offense. in the final month of the season.
Texas Tech safety Tre' Porter: It was a rough day for the Red Raider defense but it would have been even worse without Porter. He had 13 tackles, including nine solo stops, and forced a fumble. He often ended up in one-on-one situations in the open field with OU’s talented playmakers and Porter won his share.
West Virginia safety Karl Joseph: The sophomore provided an early spark for the Mountaineers, forcing a fumble on Kansas State’s first possession. He finished with a team-high 12 tackles, all solo, including two tackles for loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.