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 3:
1. Joe Mixon (22 points): Mixon is clearly the best offensive player – and maybe the best player – on the roster. He averaged 8.7 yards per carry against Ohio State, but he is averaging 9.34 yards per touch this season. Oklahoma needs the best Mixon for the rest of the year.
2. Jordan Wade (20 points): Without Marquise Overton and Matt Romar, Wade took 66 snaps at nose guard. It was a testament to his fortitude and determination. The number of snaps alone at that position is truly an accomplishment. And he was pretty good.
3. A.D. Miller (18 points): Miller finally made that first impression the Sooners’ fans had been waiting for, even if some might just remember his stumble short of the goal line. Miller finished with three catches for 72 yards and one touchdown. Could this have been a breakout game for Miller?
4. Emmanuel Beal (13 points): Beal jumped in when Tay Evans left the game in the first half with in an injury. He might have been the best player on the defense. Beal finished with six tackles and a forced fumble.
5. Mark Andrews (11 points): There was toughness to Andrews’ game on Saturday, when he took two big hits on arrant passes. Andrews finished with four catches for 57 yards and one touchdown. He was targeted more than he had been in the past.
6. Charles Walker (10 points): Positionally, Walker was strong against Ohio State. When the defensive line was crippled by injuries, Walker helped hold the group together.
7. Dede Westbrook (10 points): Again Oklahoma’s leader in receptions, Westbrook hauled in five passes for 51 yards. He made a nice play on a back-shoulder fade that finally showed some fight in an otherwise beleaguered receiving corps.
8. Erick Wren (8 points): Wren didn’t know he was going to need to play Saturday, but he held his own – a walk-on in the middle of Saturday’s epic showdown. Bob Stoops even pointed out Wren on Monday afternoon.
9. Ahmad Thomas (7 points): Thomas picked up Oklahoma’s only sack of the night, and it was one of only three tackles for loss that the Sooners’ registered. He finished second on the team in solo tackles.
10. Jordan Evans (5 points): Evans was solid in the middle of the defense, where there was a lot of displacement around him. He had 4.5 tackles and half a tackle for loss.
11. Samaje Perine (5 points): Perine finished with 60 rushing yards and moved into eighth all-time on Oklahoma’s career yardage list.
Honorable mention: Geno Lewis, Neville Gallimore