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Opening Week Football Awards Announced
September 06, 2016

Three quarterbacks are among the award winners for the opening week of the 2016 Big 12 football season. Signal callers Kenny Hill (TCU) and Tyrone Swoopes (Texas) shared the offensive honor while Shane Buechele (Texas) collected the newcomer award. Chris Nelson (Texas) was the defensive honoree and KaVontae Turpin (TCU) was recognized for special teams play. Turpin picked up his second career award while the others are first-time honorees.

Kenny Hill, TCU, QB, Jr, Southlake, Texas
· Hill became the first FBS player with 400 yards passing, two touchdown passes and three rushing scores in a game since Michigan's Devin Gardner against Indiana in 2013.
· His 439 yards passing and 484 yards of total offense both rank seventh for a single game in TCU history.
· Completed 33-of-49 passes for 439 yards while adding 45 yards rushing on seven carries.
· Directed a TCU offense that totaled 662 yards.
· 33 completions tied for sixth-best in a game in TCU history.

Tyrone Swoopes, Texas, QB, Sr, Whitewright, Texas
· Swoopes rushed 13 times for 53 yards and three touchdowns in the 50-47 2OT victory against No. 10 Notre Dame.
· His third touchdown, the game-winner in double-overtime, clinched Texas' first win over a Top-10 opponent at home since 2008 and its first such win in a season-opener since 1980.
· Scored both of Texas' touchdowns in OT with a three-yarder in the first extra period and a six-yarder for the win.
· With his 53 yards rushing, Swoopes is now seventh among QBs in school history with 845 yards rushing. His three touchdowns move him into a tie for third among QBs with 20.

Chris Nelson, Texas, DT, So, Lakeland, Fla.
· Nelson started the first game of his career in the season opener against No. 10 Notre Dame at defensive tackle.
· Led the Longhorns' defensive effort with a team-high eight tackles and two tackles for loss.
· Both marks – the eight tackles and two tackles for loss – were career-highs. Nelson's previous career marks in a game were three tackles and one tackle for loss.

KaVontae Turpin, TCU, WR/PR, So, Monroe, La.
· Had the momentum-changing play in the game with his 81-yard punt return for a touchdown when TCU was trailing 17-7.
· The 81-yarder for a TD was the second of his career (also had a 49-yard punt return for a score against Kansas in 2015.).
· The 81-yard effort tied for the sixth-longest punt return in TCU history and the Horned Frogs' longest since LaVar Veale went 85 yards versus Nevada in 2000.
· Turpin's two punt returns for touchdowns leave him one shy of tying TCU's career record of three, held by Linzy Cole (1968-69) and Blanard Spearman (1930-32).
· Seven receptions for 62 yards tied a career-high set on two occasions last season.
· Totaled 177 all-purpose yards (82 punt returns, 62 receiving, 33 rushing).

Shane Buechele, Texas, QB, Fr, Arlington, Texas
· Buechele became just the second true freshman to start the season opener at quarterback for Texas, joining Bobby Layne in 1944.
· Finished the night responsible for three touchdowns – two through the air and one on the ground.
· Was 16-of-26 passing and had 313 yards of total offense.
· His 72-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter was tied for the fourth-longest by a freshman in school history.

Date Offensive Player of the Week Defensive Player of the Week
Sept. 6 Kenny Hill, TCU, QB, Jr
Tyrone Swoopes, UT, QB, Sr
Chris Nelson, UT, DT, So
Date Special Teams Player of the Week Newcomer of the Week
Sept. 6 KaVontae Turpin, TCU, WR/PR, So Shane Buechele, UT, QB, Fr
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