Aaron Wimberly (Iowa State), Charles Sims (West Virginia), Sam Carter (TCU) and Nick O’Toole (West Virginia) were named Big 12 Football Players of the Week. All four were honored for the first time.
Big 12 Co-Offensive Players of the Week
Aaron Wimberly, Iowa State, RB, Jr, Snellville, Ga.
Aaron Wimberly helped Iowa State defeat Tulsa 38-21 with a career-high 137 yards on 19 carries (7.2 ypc). His 35-yard rush in the first quarter was the longest run for the Cyclones this season and set up the first touchdown of the game. The junior’s 137 yards rushing was the first 100-yard game by an ISU running back since 2012. Wimberly also caught a pass for 31 yards and had a kickoff return for 32 yards to give him 200 all-purpose yards, the most by a Cyclone since 2010. Wimberly has yet to have a tackle for loss in 29 attempts this season.
Charles Sims, West Virginia, RB, Sr, Houston, Texas
Charles Sims had 157 all-purpose yards in leading West Virginia to a 30-21 upset over No. 11 Oklahoma State. He finished with 18 carries for 60 yards and a touchdown with a long run of 25 yards. Sims also tied for the team lead with five catches for a team-best 82 yards and returned a kickoff for 15 yards.
Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week
Sam Carter, TCU, S, Jr, Alief, Texas
Sam Carter forced a fumble and intercepted two passes, including one returned 66 yards for a touchdown in TCU’s 48-17 win over SMU. He also totaled five tackles with 1 1/2 for loss and recorded a sack. The junior safety became the 13th Horned Frog under head coach Gary Patterson with multiple interceptions in a game. He was also honored as the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts.
Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week
Nick O’Toole, West Virginia, P, So, Corona, Calif.
Nick O’Toole punted eight times for 357 yards and an average of 44.6 yards in WVU’s win over Oklahoma State. He placed two inside the OSU 20-yard line with a long of 57 yards. He finished with three punts of 50-plus yards.