Postseason Wrap-Up Series: Day III

NORMAN, Okla. — Sooners Illustrated now presents the third edition of this year's postseason series recapping the season with the offensive, defensive and special teams MVPs.

Offensive MVP: Slot receiver Ryan Broyles

Before his injury, Broyles was having a magnificent season. In nine games, he managed a team-leading 1,157 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns and averaged 128.6 yards per game. Broyles shattered the all-time career receptions mark when he caught a 57-yard touchdown at Kansas. He also broke the Big 12 career receiving touchdowns record on that same play. The Sooners' most sure-handed receiver ended up with 83 catches on the season and 13.9 yards per reception.

Defensive MVP: Defensive end Frank Alexander

Alexander had a monstrous year with 19 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. He also finished with 54 total tackles, 35 solo. He hassled quarterbacks game after game after game with seven quarterback hurries and also broke up eight passes, forced three fumbles, recovered another and picked off a pass. Alexander was the most complete player on this 2011 team and did it not just with production on the field, but with a leadership presence as well.

Special Teams MVP: Place kicker Michael Hunnicutt

A tough call here considering punter Tress Way flipped the field so many times and landed 32 punts inside the 20, but Hunnicutt was the first Sooner in a while to bang balls through the uprights with any sort of consistency. His 21-of-24 field goal kicking featured a 53-yarder and perfect 4-for-4 mark outside 40. He missed a couple of crucial field goals against Texas Tech but was lights out outside of that and responded quite nicely. Hunnicutt shanked just one extra point all season in 56 tries.

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