Each week Sooners Illustrated ranks the top performances from Oklahoma. This time around a look back at OU’s 38-17 win vs. Kansas State.
1. Dede Westbrook
Goes beyond another three-touchdown performance. With Westbrook at 100 percent, that home run threat is there for Sooners and should open up the door for other guys second half of season.
2. Baker Mayfield
Everybody asked about the wind, but Mayfield did his job just like always. Another fluke turnover keeps him from being perfect. Four more touchdowns, no sacks, Mayfield is rolling.
3. Joe Mixon
A running back who scored two different ways but didn’t run for any of them? That type of game from Mixon who caught and threw for a touchdown pass and continues to show his versatility.
4. Steven Parker
Parker is making Jordan Parker look good through the first two games. The help he is providing is giving a big lift to the overall secondary and Steven Parker playing as well as he has in Norman.
5. Ogbonnia Okoronkwo
Another game, another sack for Okoronkwo. It did feel like he wasn’t able to disrupt as much this time around but could be because of the lack of snaps and opportunities to make something happen.
6. Geno Lewis
First inclusion of Lewis and first time felt like he was starting to find his footing in the offense. Three more catches, and he shows such a competitive fire that doesn’t translate in the media room.
7. Emmanuel Beal
Wondering if Beal will ever slow down. It didn’t happen against Kansas State. Again, it’s not like the five tackles say he did his job. It’s in all the other things and how he has helped steady the ship at ILB.
8. Orlando Brown
Broken record alert where it’s like anybody from the offensive line could be in this spot. Quintet of Brown, Ben Powers, Erick Wren, Dru Samia, Bobby Evans simply getting job done.
9. Jordan Wade
Bob Stoops likes to call Wade ‘Bear’ and he’s playing like one. He’s just become such a force in the middle of the defense. Wouldn’t be wrong to say he’s the biggest surprise of season.
10. Jordan Thomas
If OU is going to help out Jordan Parker, then Mr. Thomas is gonna be on an island. That’s OK. Thomas did his job once again with three more PBUs and a touchdown against him that wasn’t actually his fault.
11. Curtis Bolton
Some love for Buzzy. The redshirt sophomore isn’t playing much on defense, but he has found a little bit of niche on special teams. Three clear-cut tackles in that department has given Jay Boulware a weapon.