Chris Warren III (Texas), Ty Summers (TCU) and Morgan Burns (K-State) were named Big 12 Football Players of the Week by a panel of media that covers the Conference. Burns (special teams) became the first player to pick up third-consecutive awards while freshmen Warren (offense) and Summers (defense) were honored for the first time.
Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week
Chris Warren III, Texas, RB, Fr, Rockwall, Texas
True freshman running back Chris Warren III rushed for a Texas freshman record 276 yards and four touchdowns in a 48-45 loss to Texas Tech. The rushing yards also rank No. 6 on the UT all-time single-game rushing chart. Warren broke the freshman record set by Cedric Benson (213) in 2001. His 91-yard TD run was the longest in history by a Longhorn freshman and fourth-best overall. Warren added TD runs of 23, 21 and eight yards to average 36 yards per touchdown run in the game. He rushed 25 times, averaged 11 yards per carry and added two receptions for 12 yards to tally 288 yards from scrimmage on the day.
Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week
Ty Summers, TCU, LB, Fr, San Antonio, Texas
Ty Summers totaled 23 tackles, including the stop on Baylor’s 4th-and-1 rush in the second overtime to end the game and seal the Horned Frogs’ 28-21 win. The 23 stops are the most in a game during the 15-season tenure of TCU head coach Gary Patterson and tie for the most by a Big 12 player since 2000. Summers also had 1.5 tackles for loss as he took part in stopping 24.2 percent (23-of-95) of Baylor’s offensive plays. He keyed the TCU defense that held Baylor to a season-low in points and total yards (335).
Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week
Morgan Burns, K-State, KR, Sr, Wichita, Kan.
Senior Morgan Burns was all over the field last Saturday in K-State’s 45-14 win over Kansas. He got the game underway by tackling KU punter Matthew Wyman for a loss and forcing a fumble on a Jayhawk punt attempt which then led to the game’s first touchdown on the next play. Burns then recovered a blocked punt later in the quarter for a touchdown, K-State’s nation-leading 100th non-offensive touchdown since 1999. Two plays later he intercepted KU quarterback Ryan Willis on a second-down pass attempt. Burns finished the game with three more tackles and a pass breakup in addition to his fumble return score, forced fumble and interception.