Sterling Shepard tops the list of Oklahoma's top performers

Sooners Illustrated ranks Oklahoma's top 11 players from the Red River Showdown.

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 5:

1. Sterling Shepard– (21 points): Oklahoma is tracking dangerously close to last year’s problem, when it was just Shepard on the receiving corps capable of making big plays. Shepard finished the loss to Texas with six catches and 95 yards. No other receiver on the roster had more than 26 yards. In a game lacking offense, Shepard was about it for Oklahoma.

2. Baker Mayfield – (15 points): The numbers weren’t very good, but Mayfield surviving a six-sack loss and saying Monday that he was still in one piece is a good enough sign moving forward. Mayfield went 20-for-28 for 211 yards and threw one touchdown. He didn’t throw an interception though and ran 12 times.

3. Austin Seibert – (14 points): Seibert was the only consistent player for the Sooners outside of Shepard. He has reset the school record for made field goals (eight) to start a career and pinned Texas inside the 15-yard line four times in seven punts.

4. Samaje Perine – (13 points): Last season, Perine had just two games with fewer than 62 yards – and only one after he became the starter. He’s been under that mark twice already this year – and he’s only gone over 100 yards only once. Against Texas, he had just 36 yards and one touchdown. His 10 carries were the fewest this season and the fewest as a starter outside of Baylor last year. Perine’s best play was a blitz pick-up, though.

5. Jordan Thomas – (12 points): The first defensive player on the list was definitely the most deserving. There was nothing Thomas could do to slow down the Texas rushing attack, but at the back end of Oklahoma’s defense, Thomas made a couple plays to keep the Longhorns one-dimensional.

6. Eric Striker – (12 points): Aggressive: It’s really the best word to describe Striker’s game. He was overaggressive at times, pinching inside and losing contain on Texas’ quarterback run scheme. He also had two sacks and four tackles.

7. Jordan Evans – (9 points): Evans led all tacklers with 11 at the end of the game and was rangy against Texas. He had a few missed tackles to go along with the rest of the team though.

8. Steven Parker – (9 points): Usually seven tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss is a good ledger for a defensive back. Parker had to make more plays than he should have against Texas.

9. Dominique Alexander – (8 points): Alexander finished with eight tackles but his highlight was a missed tackle on the sideline that led to a touchdown. He took the sole blame for the play that feature five missed tackles.

10. Joe Mixon – (7 points): Nine touches is not enough for arguably the most dynamic player on the Oklahoma offense. Mixon averaged just four yards per touch. He and Perine need the ball more.

11. Dimitri Flowers – (6 points): Flowers scored the first touchdown of his career on a play-action, goal-line pass. Flowers was a solid blocker against Texas – and for the whole season – and finished with two catches and 14 yards.

Honorable mention: Matt Romar, Nick Hodgson


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