2012 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: Quarterback Landry Jones

It's a bit of a grand mystery why Jones is so underappreciated among the Sooner faithful. Yes, he's been inconsistent from time to time and, yes, he's thrown horrible picks in key situations. But he's also been clutch in many big spots and because of that, commanded the Sooners to a pair of Big 12 Championships and BCS victory as OU's signal caller. With his 4,267 passing yards and 30 touchdowns in 2012, he was able to guide them to yet another, a shared Big 12 Title this season. Jones completed 66.1 percent of his passes and averaged 328.2 passing yards per game in doing so. The way he finished the season, though, seals the deal. Jones led OU on two pivotal game-deciding drives in back-to-back weeks against West Virginia and Oklahoma State. He fired a clinching 5-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Kenny Stills in Morgantown and methodically marched his troops downfield in the waning moments of the Bedlam battle to pave the way for an overtime win. None of OU's success in those situations could have been possible without his clutch play.

Defensive MVP: Free safety Tony Jefferson

Jefferson was the most dominant and consistent defender on the field this year, racking up a team-high 119 tackles in his last season as a Sooner. Among those, 3.5 were for loss, and he had a half sack. The 5-foot-11, 212-pound DB from Chula Vista, Calif., also tallied a pair of picks to go along with three pass breakups and five passes deflected. Jefferson's effectiveness in run support was his most impressive quality this season, where he was a force most times outside of late in the season.

Special Teams MVP: Punter Tress Way

One of the most overlooked players the Sooners will miss in 2013 is their redshirt senior punter who exits Norman as perhaps the greatest ever in OU history. Way boomed 53 punts and placed 22 of those inside the 20. Thirteen of those distanced 50 yards or longer, including a long of 75. When the Sooners needed field position, Way gave it to them, averaging 44.2 yards per punt.

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