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 8:
1. Charles Tapper – (21 points): Remember the Sugar Bowl? Tapper sure does, and for the first time since that game, he put up numbers equal to his talent. Three sacks and two forced fumbles led the way for a dominating defensive performance. He’s played three really good games in a row.
2. Baker Mayfield – (20 points): Mayfield was on point for much of the victory. He didn’t really make too many mistakes in the passing game and threw for 383 yards before the third quarter was halfway over. He threw only five incompletions in 32 attempts.
3. Sterling Shepard – (19 points): Shepard was on pace to set the single-game records for receptions and receiving yards – and nearly hit both by halftime. He didn’t play after the third quarter and walked away with 11 receptions for 183 yards – four catches and 28 yards shy of both records.
4. Samaje Perine– (14 points): Averaging more than eight yards per carry, it seems as though Perine has found his footing in the offense. At the very least, Oklahoma offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley has found Perine’s place in the offense.
5. Joe Mixon – (12 points): Mixon opened the scoring with a 68-yard touchdown reception, his second scoring catch of the season of more than 65 yards. He finished with 116 all-purpose yards.
6. Dominique Alexander – (11 points): Alexander posted a team-high 11 tackles against Kansas and was “awarded” a defensive player of the game nod from coach Bob Stoops. Alexander is on pace for 106 tackles – one shy of a career-high – and already has equaled a career-high in tackles for loss and sacks.
7. Frank Shannon– (10 points): In the last three games, Shannon as risen from afterthought to sixth on the team in tackles. The most memorable part of the last three games? The thud every time he hits someone. He might be the best tackling middle linebacker on the team. Might be.
8. Orlando Brown – (6 points): Zeus showed up again. He’s a different player than he was to start the season, a much different player. He’s proven to be a rock on the left side of the line, and he’s only going to get better.
9. Dede Westbrook – (6 points): With six catches and 83 yards, Westbrook continues to be a great second option for Oklahoma – right where he was projected to be. He’s solid on inside routes, but he’s proven to be deadly catching screens.
10. Steven Parker – (4 points): The Sooners’ do-it-all man in the secondary posted another solid game – although it went mostly unrecognized on the stat sheet. Parker was solid in coverage all day.
11. Matt Dimon– (3 points): Really a “Dimon in the Rough” for Oklahoma. Dimon has been as steady as possible for Oklahoma. You never hear of him out of position or over pursuing. Opposite Tapper, he’s been everything the Sooners could have wanted.
Honorable mention: Jordan Thomas, Dakota Austin, Mark Andrews