Big 12 Notebook: Week Eight

Jacob Martella

Oklahoma cornerback clarifies headband message

Sooner sophomore cornerback Zack Sanchez had a solid day against the Longhorns on Saturday, including a pick-six, but it was his headband and eye black that got most of the attention. Sanchez appeared to have written “B.T.P Frank Shannon,” referring to suspended Sooner linebacker Frank Shannon, on his headband and “Free BM,” referring to the NCAA blocking transfer quarterback Baker Mayfield’s eligibility for this year, on his eye black. However, Sanchez clarified what he wrote, saying on Twitter that “B.T.P” stood for “Big Time Players making big time plays” and the “Free BM” was actually “Free RM,” referring to his cousin.

Texas Tech shifts around defensive coaches

It’s no secret the Texas Tech defense has had issues slowing down opposing offenses. The Red Raiders have surrendered 484 yards per game, which ranks 115th in the country. With that in mind, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal said interim defensive coordinator Mike Smith is moving some of the defensive coaches around. According to the Avalanche-Journal, safeties coach Trey Haverty is now taking over coaching the outside linebacker position, while Smith, who had been coaching that position before being named the interim defensive coordinator, will coach the defensive ends, and defensive line coach John Scott Jr. will focus on nose guards and defensive tackles.

Pair of tight ends on Mackey Award watch list

Neither Kansas nor Iowa State have had much to celebrate so far this season, with the two sides combining for an 0-6 record in conference play. However, each school landed a tight end on the John Mackey Award Watch List, which was released Monday. Iowa State senior E.J. Bibbs and Kansas senior Jimmay Mundine were named to the award’s watch list, which recognizes the nation’s most outstanding tight end. Bibbs leads the Cyclones with 22 receptions and four touchdown receptions and has 190 receiving yards this season. Mundine leads Big 12 tight ends with 212 receiving yards and has 16 receptions. The winner of the Mackey Award will be named on Dec. 10.

Hill, Lambert split Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week

After making plays to help each of their teams win over the weekend, OSU junior returner Tyreek Hill and WVU senior kicker Josh Lambert were both named Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week. Hill became the only player in the country to return a kickoff for a touchdown in back-to-back games with a 99-yard return in the fourth quarter to give the Cowboys a 27-20 win over Kansas. Lambert capped off a Mountaineer comeback with a game-winning 55-yard field goal against Texas Tech. Baylor senior quarterback Bryce Petty was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for 510 yards and six touchdowns in a 61-58 win over TCU. Oklahoma sophomore cornerback Zack Sanchez rounded out the weekly awards, receiving Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week after making eight tackles and intercepting a pass for a touchdown against Texas.