Shock Linwood (Baylor), Ryan Mueller (K-State), Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State) and Anthony Fera (Texas) were named Big 12 Football Players of the Week by a panel of media that cover the Conference. Gilbert (co-special teams) was honored for the fourth time in his career. Mueller (defense) and Fera (co-special teams) picked up their second award of the season while Linwood (offense) received his first.
Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week
Shock Linwood, Baylor, RB, Fr, Linden, Texas
Shock Linwood came on in relief of injured starters Lache Seastrunk and Glasco Martin to tally 182 yards on 23 carries in Baylor’s 41-12 win over Oklahoma. The redshirt freshman averaged 7.9 yards per carry and picked up eight first downs. He tallied all of his yards in the final three quarters, including 16 rushes for 143 yards in the second half and 11 carries for 83 yards in the fourth quarter. The 182 yards rushing are the third-most by any Big 12 player this year and marked Linwood’s third game of the season with over 100 yards.
Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week
Ryan Mueller, K-State, DE, Jr, Leawood, Kan.
Ryan Mueller took over the national lead in quarterback sacks following his performance against the nation’s No. 1 passing offense last weekend. He finished the game with five tackles, including a career-high three sacks. The junior DE now has 10.5 sacks this season, which ranks tied for sixth in school history. Mueller and the Wildcat defense held Texas Tech to 4.8 yards a play in K-State’s 49-26 win.
Big 12 Special Teams Co-Players of the Week
Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State, KR, Sr, Huntsville, Texas
Justin Gilbert returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown in the Cowboys’ 42-6 win over Kansas and set a Big 12 career record in the process. Gilbert’s score, the sixth kickoff return touchdown of his career, gave him sole possession of the Conference’s career record. He is also now the active leader among all NCAA players and just one kickoff return touchdown shy of tying the NCAA record of seven, held jointly by Clemson’s C.J. Spiller (2006-09) and Houston’s Tyron Carrier (2008-11).
Anthony Fera, Texas, K/P, Sr, Cypress, Texas
Anthony Fera hit all four of his field goal attempts, including a 24-yarder with 13 seconds left in regulation to send Texas’ game at West Virginia into overtime in a 47-40 win. He also made all five of his PAT attempts to register 17 points on the night. Fera has made 11 straight field goals and 15-of-16 on the year.