Baker Mayfield (Texas Tech), Caleb Lavey (Oklahoma State) and B.J. Catalon (TCU) picked up the season’s first Big 12 Football Player of the Week awards. All three were honored for the first time.
Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week
Baker Mayfield, Texas Tech, QB, Fr., Lake Travis, Texas
Believed to be the first true freshman walk-on to start at quarterback in a season opener for a BCS team, Baker Mayfield made the most of his opportunity. He completed 43-of-60 pass attempts for 413 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions in Texas Tech’s 41-23 win at SMU. Mayfield also added an 11-yard rushing score in the fourth quarter. The Lake Travis, Texas, native set the TTU record for most completions by a signal caller in a career debut. Additionally, he became the fifth Red Raider to pass for 400-plus yards and throw at least four TD passes in their first game.
Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week
Caleb Lavey, Oklahoma State, LB, Sr., Celina, Texas
Caleb Lavey recorded 11 tackles, two tackles for loss and a half sack in Oklahoma State’s 21-3 win over Mississippi State in Houston’s Reliant Stadium. The OSU defense allowed the Bulldogs to cross midfield just five times in the game and only three times after the first quarter.
Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week
B.J. Catalon, TCU, KR/TB So., Houston, Texas
B.J. Catalon’s 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown versus LSU tied for the second-longest in TCU history, behind only a 105-yard effort by Charles Casper in 1933. It was the program’s first kickoff return for a score since 2011 and the first 100-yarder for a TD since 2005. Catalon also had a team-best 52 yards rushing on eight carries, including a 26-yard third-quarter TD run for his first career rushing score. He added three receptions for 22 yards.
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