Ganz, Pawelek and Banks Named Big 12 Football Players of the Week
Joe Ganz (Nebraska), Joe Pawelek (Baylor) and Brandon Banks (Kansas State) have been named Big 12 Conference Football Players of the Week as selected by a media panel. Ganz was honored for the second time in his career. Pawelek (defense) and Banks (special teams) picked up their first weekly accolade.
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BIG 12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Joe Ganz, Nebraska, QB, Sr, Palos Heights, Ill.
Joe Ganz accounted for 365 yards of total offense and four touchdowns in Nebraska’s win at Kansas State. He was 16-25-1 through the air for 270 yards and two touchdowns in addition to rushing for a career-best 95 yards and two scores. Ganz set the NU season record for completions in a game and became the program single-season leader in total offense (3,351 yards). The Palos Heights, Ill., senior has guided Nebraska to at least 30 points in nine of 11 games this season and 12 times in 14 career starts.
BIG 12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Joe Pawelek, Baylor, LB, Jr, San Antonio, Texas
Joe Pawelek recorded seven tackles and two interceptions, plus an additional pass break up in Baylor’s victory over Texas A&M. He leads all Bowl Subdivision linebackers with six interceptions, the most by a BU player since 1991. The San Antonio, Texas, junior intercepted a pass for the third straight game and grabbed two picks for the first time in his career. Three of Pawelek’s six interceptions this season have come in the end zone, including one of his two against Texas A&M. He is sixth nationally in tackles per game (11.0).
BIG 12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Brandon Banks, Kansas State, KR, Jr, Garner, N.C.
Brandon Banks returned four kickoffs for 167 yards against Nebraska, including a 98-yarder for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. The return tied for the second-longest in the Big 12 this season and tied for the longest in league games. It was the 13th kickoff returned for a touchdown in school history and the first since James Johnson went 85 yards for a score at Texas on Sept. 29, 2007.
2008 BIG 12 FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
S2 - Josh Freeman, KSU, QB, Jr and Colt McCoy, UT, QB, Jr
S8 - Dez Bryant, OSU, WR, So
S15 - Robert Griffin, BU, QB, Fr
S22 - Chase Daniel, MU, QB, Sr
S29 - Manual Johnson, OU, WR, Sr
O6 - Graham Harrell, TTU, QB, Sr
O13 - Colt McCoy, UT, QB, Jr
O20 - Colt McCoy, UT, QB, Jr
O27 – Graham Harrell, TTU, QB, Sr
N3 - Graham Harrell, TTU, QB, Sr
N10 - Graham Harrell, TTU, QB, Sr
N17 - Joe Ganz, NU, QB, Sr
S2 - Stryker Sulak, MU, DE, Sr
S8 - Cha’pelle Brown, CU, CB, Jr and Courtney Herndon, KSU, DB, Jr
S15 - Daniel Charbonnet, TTU, SS, Sr
S22 - Sean Weatherspoon, MU, LB, Jr
S29 - Trent Hunter, TAMU, S, Fr
O6 - Keenan Clayton, OU, LB, Jr and Roy Miller, UT, DT, Sr
O13 - Andre Sexton, OSU, LB, Jr
O20 - Lendy Holmes, OU, FS, Sr
O27 – Travis Lewis, OU, LB, Fr
N3 - Daniel Charbonnet, TTU, SS, Sr
N10 - Ndamukong Suh, NU, NT, Jr
N17 - Joe Pawelek, BU, LB, Jr
S2 - Jeremy Maclin, MU, KR/PR/WR, So
S8 - Niles Paul, NU, KR/PR/WR, So
S15 - Jeff Wolfert, MU, PK, Sr
S22 - Aric Goodman, CU, PK, So
S29 - Nate Swift, NU, PR/WR, Sr
O6 - Dez Bryant, OSU, WR/PR/KR, So
O13 - Jordan Shipley, UT, WR/KR, Sr
O20 - Brooks Rossman, KSU, PK, Sr
O27 - Matt Williams, TTU, PK, So
N3 - Leonard Johnson, ISU, KR, Fr
N10 - Cyrus Gray, TAMU, KR, Fr
N17 - Brandon Banks, KSU, KR, Jr