Here's our weekly shout-out to the Big 12's top performers on Saturday. As usual, the choices are never easy but the honorees are always deserving. And our sincere apologies go out to Texas Tech, whose game at UTEP had not ended when the stickers were digitally passed out.
WR KD Cannon, Baylor: "He's a freak! He's the fastest kid alive!" A line from the great "Superbad" seems fitting for this youngster after his jaw-dropping first-quarter exploits against Northwestern State. Cannon finished with six catches for 223 yards and three touchdowns -- the first three of the night for fill-in QB Seth Russell -- and made the Bears quickly forget their four "best" receivers are all injured during a 70-6 win against Northwestern State. And that's his first career start. Scary to think about how good he might be a year from now -- or a week from now when Petty's back.
QB Jake Waters, Kansas State: When the Wildcats badly needed to rally at Iowa State, their quarterback dug deep. With the frequent help of Tyler Lockett, Waters threw for 239 yards and added a career-best 138 rushing yards, including the game-winner from 8 yards out, to help KSU score the game’s final 19 points and survive in Ames, 32-28.
WR Jarvis West, Iowa State: What can’t this guy do? West finished with 75 yards and a touchdown as a receiver, had an 82-yard punt return TD and stunned the K-State defense with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Allen Lazard off a double reverse.
QB Daxx Garman, Oklahoma State: Thrust in to the lineup in the first quarter after a J.W. Walsh injury, Garman opened some eyes in a 40-23 win over Missouri State. In the first game of his college career, the junior threw for 244 yards and two TDs. No word on how long Walsh is out, but at least OSU knows what they have now in their backup.
LB Geneo Grissom, Oklahoma: We always love a big-man touchdown, and Grissom provided for the second time in his career. The converted defensive end (and ex-tight end) plucked a Tulsa pass out of the air and dashed 38 yards for the score during the Sooners' 52-7 victory. He’s one of the more underrated pieces of this Sooner D, but he makes plays.
WR Nick Harwell, Kansas: Dang, this was a good week for receivers. Harwell beat out several big-time players because, in addition to his two touchdown catches in the Miami (Ohio) transfer's Jayhawk debut, he also fell on top of an onside kick to save the day for KU in a 34-28 win over Southeast Missouri State. He made life much easier for Montell Cozart, and we're going to be hearing a lot more from Harwell as this season goes on.