's Weekly Honors

We'll hand out awards each week during the football season for outstanding effort during the previous game. Let's get started with the season opener against Mississippi State.

Offensive MVP: J.W. Walsh came in and provided a spark, and his ability to run with the football was a difference maker. When a defense has a good plan and is causing an offense a problem the best way to loosen that defense up is even the score. When someone other than the quarterback runs the ball it is generally 10 vs. 11 in favor of the defense. When the quarterback runs the ball it is 11 vs. 11. Walsh can throw the ball too. He really earned the job throughout August in addition to his performance against Mississippi State. He leads the Big 12 in rushing.

Defensive MVP: Caleb Lavey and Shamiel Gary - You can't argue with the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week, and I added Gary because he is a guy that fans have been extremely critical of as he tried to adjust to his role last season. He is more comfortable in the defense the way Glenn Spencer is running it. I've had more fans come up and say they thought Gary was all over the place on Saturday. He was with a bunch 10 tackles, all unassisted.

Special Teams MVP: In his first game as punter, Kip Smith averaged 45.2 yards a kick and only allowed two return yards total. That is fantastic. He is a great story after overcoming a serious hip injury.

Coaching MVP: Glenn Spencer is handling this whole scenario so well, let the play do the talking. He has come up with an attitude and a style of play on the defensive side the players have truly embraced. He also came up with some quick adjustments in the first quarter and then more at halftime that really shut down the Bulldogs. Players believe in him.

Best Play Offense: J.W. Walsh's 46-yard run in the second quarter was like a can opener in prying open the MSU defense. It really caused the Bulldogs to break out of their two-deep safety approach and respect the run.

Best Play Defense: It's easy to go with the Justin Gilbert pass interception but I'm going with defensive end Tyler Johnson's pass rush on third-and-seven at the OSU 16. He broke free and caused the tackle to grab his jersey. The penalty led to MSU having to kick a field goal. Later in the second quarter Johnson had his one sack in the game on a fourth-and-15 at the OSU 39 to end another threat.

Most Unsung Play (tie): Brandon Garrett and Davidell Collins combined to tackle Tavese Calhoun on his return of the blocked field goal that ended the half. Freshman wide receiver Marcell Ateman becoming a defender to knock the ball out of the hands of MSU safety Jay Hughes. Both plays saved potential momentum changing touchdowns.

Best Block: Desmond Roland's block on the edge to help free quarterback J.W. Walsh on his 11-yard run to the MSU three on the first scoring drive. It was a good block and no flag on the play.

Best Tackle: Caleb Lavey smacked LaDarius Perkins down for a short gain in the first quarter. It was just a good big hit.

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