Ranking the Oklahoma Sooners after the victory against West Virginia

Eric Striker tops the list after his best game of the season for Oklahoma

Each week Sooners Illustrated will rank the top 11 players from Oklahoma’s past week’s performance.

Players are assigned a point value equal to the rating given by Bob and Justin. (Top player on either list gets 11 points, 11th player gets 1). That makes for a maximum of 22 points.

Here’s the OU 11 for Game 4:

1. Eric Striker – (22 points): Saturday was Striker’s best game of the season, and it showed in Oklahoma’s elite pass rush. Before Oklahoma’s victory against, Striker had just half a sack. Against West Virginia, Striker was relentless. He had a career-high 13 tackles and finished with two sacks, three tackles for loss and a forced fumble that turned into the game-sealing touchdown. For all of that, he was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week.

T2. Jordan Evans – (19 points): His stat line wasn’t as full as Striker’s, but there’s no doubt that Evans is becoming one of Oklahoma’s best defensive players. He’s second on the team in tackles despite playing part-time (in comparison to Dominique Alexander). Evan’s fumble return touchdown against West Virginia sealed the victory and capped his stellar nine-tackle game.

T2. Jordan Thomas – (19 points): Thomas has shown flashes of brilliance and flashes of stupidity this season. One comes off the field and one comes in the form of his two-interception performance against West Virginia last week. He’s becoming a really elite player, who the coaching staff believes will only improve more – as long as he can stay on the field.

4. Austin Seibert – (15 points): Seibert is still perfect. There’s not much more you could ask from a true freshman, who is also averaging more than 45 yards per punt. Seibert hit three field goals against West Virginia, including two kicks of at least 40 yards. He hit his career-long of 44 yards in the fourth quarter.

5. Matt Dimon – (14 points): It wasn’t quite Roy Williams over the Texas offensive line, but Dimon had a signature “Superman” moment when he forced a fumble in the third quarter that led to a field goal. He had seven tackles to go along with that big play.

6. Baker Mayfield – (11 points): The numbers say that Mayfield had a game consistent with the rest of the season – 320 yards and three touchdowns. He was also sacked four times, and for the first time all season, Mayfield finished with negative rushing yards. He threw an interception that offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley took full blame for Monday.

7. Orlando Brown – (11 points): Picked out by Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops, Brown had the first stellar game of his young career. Just four starts into his career, which could be potentially as a four-year starter, Brown has shown plenty of potential. There have still been a few hiccups, but he’s by far a better player now than he was just three weeks ago.

8. Steven Parker – (9 points): Being quiet isn’t exactly a bad thing. Parker had a sack – like everybody else – and made four tackles. Parker also had a pass break-up, but other than that, he wasn’t mentioned much. That’s a good thing. He’s developed into an above-average pass defender, and he’ll only get better.

9. Dede Westbrook – (3 points): Don’t forget about Westbrook’s fumble, but remember his game-high 107 yards and five catches. He actually had more yards than any two West Virginia receivers combined. Westbrook didn’t have a touchdown but had another game where he showed he’s evolved beyond a JuCo transfer.

10. Ahmad Thomas – (3 points): Thomas had one of Oklahoma’s five turnovers (interception) and played solidly on the back end. He had eight tackles, including a sack.

11. Michiah Quick – (2 points): Welcome back to the Sooners, Michiah Quick. There’s so much that he could contribute to Oklahoma, and some of it came out Saturday. He had three catches against West Virginia – two big ones down the sideline and a key catch in the fourth quarter when Oklahoma was backed up to its own end zone.

Honorable mention: Zack Sanchez, Joe Mixon, Durron Neal.


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