Sooners Illustrated ranks the top 11 players from Oklahoma's victory against Baylor

There were plenty of offensive and defensive standouts in the win, but the top weapons were at the top.

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 10:

T1. Baker Mayfield – (21 points): Mayfield has had some great games this season, but Saturday night might have been his best. Finishing 23-for-34 for 270 yards and three touchdowns, including 100 rushing yards (outside of the three sacks), Mayfield shined against a defense that had been one of the best in the Big 12.

T1. Sterling Shepard – (21 points): Shepard was targeted 16 times Saturday. He finished with 14 catches and most of them weren’t easy. His two touchdowns actually came with defenders on his back. Shepard is proving to be one of the top receivers in the nation.

3. Jordan Thomas – (18 points): In a game that was about validation for the secondary, validation came for Thomas, who could be destined for an All-Big 12 nomination at the end of the season. He didn’t have major statistical numbers, but Corey Coleman’s three catches for 51 yards is all the proof you should need.

T4. Samaje Perine – (15 points): Running over tacklers early and past them for a 55-yard score in the third quarter, Perine looked back to his old self. He ran about as well as he has all season and churned up 166 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 5.9 yards per carry.

T4. Charles Tapper – (15 points): There isn’t a player that better mirrors Oklahoma’s rise as a total defense than Tapper, who put together another great game. This one, which included a sack, two tackles for loss, a quarterback hurry and a tipped pass, came against one of the nation’s elite teams.

6. Dimitri Flowers – (11 points): From a man without a place in the air raid offense to a key cog in what Oklahoma wants to do passing and rushing. Flowers caught the game-sealing touchdown by releasing from his blocking assignment just one week after hauling in a double-reverse flea flicker. Flowers isn’t the biggest producer, but he gets Oklahoma’s offense going.

7. Jordan Evans – (9 points): Evans shrugged off a bonehead penalty early against Baylor to lead Oklahoma with nine tackles and forced a fumble in the victory. He also had a tackle for loss and was exceptional outside of slamming Jarrett Stidham to the ground without the ball.

8. Orlando Brown – (8 points): This was supposed to be a tough assignment for Brown. But the player nicknamed “Zeus” made pretty easy work of All-Big 12 defensive end Shawn Oakman, who had half a sack and one tackle for loss.

9. Jordan Wade – (6 points): From the looks of things, Wade might have passed over fellow defensive tackle Matt Romar for the starting spot in the middle of the defensive line. Wade was disruptive for much of the night and was key in keeping Stidham in a collapsing pocket.

10. Dominique Alexander – (3 points): Oklahoma shut down Baylor’s run game after the first quarter, and Alexander was a big part of that. He finished with seven tackles, one for loss.

11. Zack Sanchez – (2 points): Sanchez had someone looking out for him when Jay Lee dropped a sure touchdown pass. A late interception helped Oklahoma seal the game, another big play from Sanchez.

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Honorable mention: Charles Walker, Ahmad Thomas


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