Sooners Illustrated ranks Oklahoma's top 11 players from the win against TCU

A consistent defensive end takes the top spot followed by OU's flashy playmakers

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 11:

1. Charles Tapper – (21 points): Make it four straight games with a sack for Tapper, who has had back-to-back games with a sack only one other time in his career at Oklahoma. He also added a fumble that he just ripped out of TCU’s hands. In a game where every little play mattered, that one mattered a lot. Add up six tackles too.

2. Samaje Perine – (20 points): Oklahoma had to have some offense against TCU. Perine was about it. He surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the season early in the game and finished with the eventual game winning, 72-yard run. He averaged 7.2 yards per carry and had 188 rushing yards.

3. Zack Sanchez – (18 points): Despite missing time with an injury, Sanchez won his third Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honor. This week, it came off the back of two flashy interceptions. He also had a tackle for loss and a pass break-up.

4. Steven Parker – (16 points): Well, he had the single biggest play in the game, and that alone probably puts him on the board. Parker said Monday that he knew he just had to make a play. There was no right decision. It was the right outcome for Oklahoma, though.

5. Sterling Shepard – (15 points): Remember when we said Perine was just about all the offense that Oklahoma had? Well, Shepard was the other part. He had more receptions (eight), receiving yards (111) and receiving touchdowns (one), than the rest of the Sooners combined.

6. Jordan Evans – (10 points): Evans was all over the field for Oklahoma, making plays at the line of scrimmage and down field. He had seven tackles and knocked down two passes.

7. Ahmad Thomas – (10 points): Thomas has become lethal at the back end of Oklahoma’s defense. Playing center field suits him as he grabbed another interception against TCU.

8. Baker Mayfield – (7 points):  In just a half, Mayfield threw for 126 yards and rushed for 42. He threw two touchdown passes as well. He said himself though that his sub-.500 completion rate needed to be better.

9. Joe Mixon – (5 points): Even in a run-heavy, second-half game plan, Mixon carried the ball only 11 times all game. But he averaged a team-high 7.9 yards on those carries.

10. Eric Striker – (5 points): To nobody’s surprise, Striker had a team-high nine tackles and a team-high 1.5 tackles for loss. He made a ton of plays for Oklahoma but failed to register a sack.

11. Charles Walker – (4 points): Oklahoma’s only other sack on the night went to Walker, who had just one other tackle outside of his quarterback takedown. Walker has been vicious all season.

Honorable mention: Dominique Alexander


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