Dez Bryant (Oklahoma State), Cha’pelle Brown (Colorado), Courtney Herndon (Kansas State) and Niles Paul (Nebraska) have been named Big 12 Conference Football Players of the Week as selected by a media panel. All four earned their first career weekly honor.
Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week
Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State, WR, So., Lufkin, Texas
Dez Bryant had 311 all-purpose yards and scored four touchdowns in OSU’s win over Houston. He had touchdown receptions covering 39, 29, and 74 yards and added a fourth score on a 71-yard punt return. The sophomore wide receiver totaled nine catches for 236 yards. His yardage total is the best in the country this season and the second-best receiving day in OSU history, topped only by Adarius Bowman’s Big 12 record 300-yard game at Kansas in 2006. Bryant leads the Big 12 and ranks third nationally with 163 receiving yards per game. He also leads the league and ranks fifth nationally in all-purpose yards (242 per game).
Big 12 Defensive Co-Players of the Week
Cha’pelle Brown, Colorado, CB, Jr, La Puente, Calif.
Cha’pelle Brown returned an interception 27 yards for a touchdown with 1:44 left in the game to rally Colorado to victory over Eastern Washington. The junior cornerback made six tackles, all solo, including two third down stops. He also contributed a tackle for no yards and broke up two passes.
Courtney Herndon, Kansas State, DB, Jr., Dallas, Texas
Courtney Herndon returned a fumble 43 yards for a touchdown, blocked a punt that was recovered for a touchdown and intercepted a pass and returned it 26 yards to set up another K-State score in the win over Montana State. He recorded four total tackles, one of which went for a loss. The junior defensive back scored or played a part in 21 non-offensive points for the Wildcats.
Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week
Niles Paul, Nebraska, KR/PR/WR, So., Omaha, Neb.
Niles Paul returned two kickoffs for 111 yards, including an 85-yarder for a touchdown in Nebraska’s win over San Jose State. He also had two punt returns for 21 yards and caught two passes for 27 yards. The sophomore is averaging 40.0 yards per kickoff return to rank third in the Big 12 and fifth nationally. He is sixth in the league in punt returns (13.2) and in the top 30 in NCAA rankings.
2008 Big 12 Football Players of the Week
Sept. 2 - Josh Freeman, KSU, QB, Jr and Colt McCoy, UT, QB, Jr.
Sept. 8 - Dez Bryant, OSU, WR, So.
Sept. 2 - Stryker Sulak, MU, DE, Sr.
Sept. 8 - Cha’pelle Brown, CU, CB, Jr. and Courtney Herndon, KSU, DB, Jr.
Sept. 2 - Jeremy Maclin, MU, KR/PR/WR, So.
Sept. 8 - Niles Paul, NU, KR/PR/WR, So.