Big 12 Quick Hits: Week 7

Nick Cremona

Oklahoma State
Center Grant Garner, a Rimington Award nominee, sat out last week’s game against Kansas with a sprained knee. Freshman running back linebacker Tyler Johnson also made his season debut after suffering a knee injury in preseason camp. Johnson recorded seven tackles, with two going for losses.

With his nine catches for 122 yards last week, wide receiver Ryan Broyles became the 12th player in NCAA history and the second in Big 12 history to reach 4,000 yards receiving. He is only four receptions from breaking the NCAA record of 316 set by Taylor Stubblefield of Purdue in 2004. Defensive ends Frank Alexander and Ronnell Lewis have been added to the watch list for the 2011 Bednarik award, presented annually to the top defensive player in college football.

Linebacker Will Ebner missed his fourth-straight game last week with a high ankle sprain. One half of the Tigers’ injured running back duo returned last week when Kendial Lawrence carried the ball six times for five yards in his first game back since breaking his fibula. The other injured back, De’Vion Moore (high ankle sprain), traveled and dressed for the game but did not see any action.

Kansas State
Running back Bryce Brown has been absent from all team functions for the past three weeks and unconfirmed reports speculate that the Tennessee transfer will leave Kansas State and declare for the NFL Draft.

Tight end Blaine Irby caught his first pass since injuring his knee in a game against Rice in 2008. The Texas defense still has not allowed an opponent to score a first-quarter touchdown through five games. Running back Fozzy Whittaker tied a UT school record with his 100-yard kickoff return last week. Johnny “Lam” Jones was the first to do it in 1978 against SMU.

Iowa State
Running back Shontrelle Johnson did not play against Baylor because of a neck injury and will likely miss this week’s game against Missouri. Redshirt sophomore James White filled in for Johnson by rushing for 148 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries in his first career start last week. Linebacker Jake Knott dislocated his shoulder twice against Baylor and was in a sling earlier this week but is still expected to play this week.

Safety Keeston Terry left with an undisclosed injury in the first quarter of last week’s game against Oklahoma State and did not return. Running back Brandon Bourbon suffered a concussion in the second quarter after he was tackled on a kickoff return.

Texas Tech
Junior running back Eric Stephens injured his left knee late in the third quarter last week against Texas A&M and could miss at least one game. Senior kicker Donnie Carona tied a Texas Tech school record with four field goals against the Aggies. Carona connected twice from 49 yards, once from 30 and again from 27 yards out.

With his 22 completions last week, quarterback Robert Griffin III became the all-time leader in pass attempts at Baylor. The junior from Copperas Cove now owns 43 school records and is the career leader in 16 categories. Senior wide receiver Kendall Wright moved in to a tie for second on Baylor’s single-season touchdown reception list when he grabbed his eighth touchdown last week.

Texas A&M
Wide receiver Jeff Fuller was knocked out of last week’ game against Texas Tech with a concussion. Defensive end Brandon Alexander also left the game with a dislocated elbow. The Aggies received a commitment from the recruiting class of 2012 this week with the signing of junior college running back Marion Grice from Blinn College.