Alexander Robinson (Iowa State), Danario Alexander (Missouri), Earl Thomas (Texas) and Brandon Banks (Kansas State) have been named Big 12 Conference Football Players of the Week as selected by a media panel. Robinson (offense), Alexander (offense) and Thomas (defense) were honored for the first time while Banks (special teams) received his second career recognition.
BIG 12 CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Alexander Robinson, Iowa State, RB, Jr, Minneapolis, Minn.
Alexander Robinson recorded 178 yards of total offense and scored three touchdowns in Iowa State’s 31-20 win over Army. The junior running back rushed for 127 yards on 21 carries to improve his season total to 453 yards. He is the first Cyclone to record three consecutive 100-yard games since Ennis Haywood in 2000. Robinson scored on a two-yard run, 68-yard run and a 32-yard reception.
Danario Alexander, Missouri, WR, Sr, Marlin, Texas
Danario Alexander caught nine balls for a career-high 170 yards and two touchdowns in Missouri’s 31-21 win at Nevada. His scores covered 31 and 74 yards. Alexander’s receiving yardage was the 11th-best single game performance in MU history, and marked the second straight game that he has recorded multiple touchdown receptions. The senior ranks third in the Big 12 and 13th in the NCAA in receptions per game (7.25), as well as fifth in the Conference and 18th nationally in receiving yards per game (101.00). Alexander now has 12 career touchdowns, which is tied for eighth in the Mizzou record book.
BIG 12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Earl Thomas, Texas, S, So, Orange, Texas
Earl Thomas recorded two interceptions and added a solo tackle in Texas’ 64-7 win over UTEP. Both of his picks came in the first half and were converted into scores with a touchdown and a field goal as the Horns raced to a 47-7 halftime lead. The Texas defense limited UTEP to 53 yards on 51 plays and held the Miners without an offensive touchdown for the first time since 2003.
BIG 12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Brandon Banks, Kansas State, WR/KR, Sr, Garner, N.C.
Brandon Banks tied an NCAA record and set a Big 12 and school mark by returning a pair of Tennessee Tech kickoffs for touchdowns in Kansas State’s 49-7 win. The senior, who averaged 91.5 yards per return on the day, became one of 11 players in the nation to accomplish this feat and the first since Brandon Breazell of UCLA in 2005. He gave K-State its 69th and 70th non-offensive touchdowns since the 1999 season. Banks totaled 303 all-purpose yards, a figure that ranks fifth in single-season school history. His performance propelled him to the top of the Big 12 rankings in both kickoff return scores, yards, average and all-purpose yardage.
2009 BIG 12 FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
S8 Blaine Gabbert, MU, QB, So
S14 Taylor Potts, TTU, QB, Jr
S21 Landry Jones, OU, QB, Fr
S28 Alexander Robinson, ISU, RB, Jr
Danario Alexander, MU, WR, Sr
S8 Joe Pawelek, BU, LB, Sr
S14 Max Onyegbule, KU, DE, Sr
Lamarr Houston, UT, DT, Sr
S21 Roddrick Muckelroy, UT, LB, Sr
S28 Earl Thomas, UT, S, So
S8 Perrish Cox, OSU, DB/PR/KR, Sr
S14 Dez Bryant, OSU, WR/PR/KR, Jr
S21 Alex Henery, NU, PK/P, Jr
S28 Brandon Banks, KSU, WR/KR, Sr