With the conclusion of the season, the Big 12 has announced the winners of the conference awards. Featuring a slew of Oklahoma Sooners, it’s clearly a reflection of what the program has accomplished on the field as a whole.
Taking home a second Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, Baker Mayfield last earned the title in 2015. The quarterback eclipsed the 4,000 yard mark in passing yards throwing to a bunch of unproven receivers. Connecting for 37 touchdowns to five interceptions, Mayfield set himself apart from the competition. Undoubtedly, the senior claimed the label as best offensive player in the conference. Could this be a foreshadowing of things to come for the signal caller?
Joining the list, Obo Okoronkwo found himself tabbed as the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. A force to be reckoned with as a pass rusher, the defensive player recorded 17.5 tackles for loss this season. The number ranks second in the conference along with the eight sacks recorded by the senior. It’s hard to ignore the impact Okoronkwo has on the field while still drawing the attention of offensive coordinators.
These awards prove that individual performances are to be celebrated. However, each of these players have a much larger goal.