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 12:
1. Samaje Perine – (20 points): For the fifth time in the last six games, Perine averaged more than seven yards per carry. Perspective? He averaged more than 5.5 yards per carry just one time prior to this stretch. Against Oklahoma State, he had 131 yards and two touchdowns.
2. Jordan Thomas – (20 points): You just can’t throw at Thomas. The sophomore had two interceptions and was third on the team with six tackles. He picked off anything deep and made a sound tackle on anything short.
3. Joe Mixon – (16 points): Bedlam was nearly Mixon’s best game for Oklahoma. He had 136 yards, two touchdowns and a career-high 9.7 yards per carry. The only game better was a 154-yard, two-touchdown performance against Texas Tech. He’s a weapon that Oklahoma can’t afford to not use.
4. Baker Mayfield – (15 points): Small numbers but big efficiency out of Mayfield, who completed 68 percent of his passes and scored three times. He was most effective with his legs against Oklahoma State.
5. Orlando Brown – (14 points): The biggest stage turned out the biggest performance for Oklahoma’s biggest player. Brown pretty much locked down All-American candidate Emmanuel Ogbah. Oklahoma center Ty Darlington joked that if Brown still needs confidence, he won’t be able to get it anyhwere. He’s playing at a high level.
T6. Jordan Evans – (12 points): With a team-leading nine tackles, including one for loss, Evans continues to make plays all over the field for Oklahoma. It’s been said before, but he’s a stabilizing force for the defense.
T6. Eric Striker – (12 points): It’s been three games without a sack for Striker, but he’s made plays in other ways. His three quarterback hurries were more than the rest of the game combined – Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. He kept J.W. Walsh from getting any rhythm.
8. Sterling Shepard – (11 points): Make it five straight games for Shepard with a touchdown and at least 85 receiving yards. He’s in the middle of a big stretch, although his 10 catches for 87 yards was a season-low in yards per catch.
9. Steven Parker– (5 points): The Oklahoma secondary isn’t playing at an elite level without Parker, who had two pass break-ups and six tackles against Oklahoma State. It’s just not.
10. Ty Darlington – (3 points): The Oklahoma offensive line might have had its best game of the season, averaging 8.2 yards per carry and holding one of the nation’s best pass rushes to just two sacks. Its leader deserves some credit.
11. Alex Ross – (2 points): He finally broke one, and after the game, Ross definitely looked relieved. Prior to Saturday, Ross’ longest return was 28 yards, although he’s still upset about being caught from behind.