Cowboys Hill And Stephens Named Big 12 Players Of The Week


Monday, December 8th 2014, 12:02 pm
By: News 9


Oklahoma State athlete Tyreek Hill and safety Larry Stephens each received Big 12 Player of the Week honors for their performances in Saturday's 38-35 overtime win over Oklahoma, the conference announced today.

Hill, who was named the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week, returned a punt 92 yards for a touchdown with 45 seconds remaining to tie the game and set the stage for Oklahoma State's Bedlam win over the 18th-ranked Sooners in Norman. Hill's return was the second-longest in school history and was his third non-offensive touchdown of the year, as he had a game-winning 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown at Kansas and a 97-yard kickoff return against Iowa State earlier in the season.

Hill is one of only five players in the nation to return both a kickoff and a punt for a touchdown this year and is one of only two players in the country with more than one kickoff return for a score plus a punt return score.

It is the second Big 12 Player of the Week honor for the junior from Pearson, Ga., as Hill also received the special teams award after his performance at Kansas.

Stephens, who was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week, led all players with 14 tackles and recovered a fumble that signaled the turning point of the game. Stephens, a senior who missed most of the last two seasons due to injury, made only the sixth start of his career in the contest, but was a central figure for an Oklahoma State defense that forced the Sooners to go three-and-out on each of OU's most important offensive possessions of the fourth quarter.

This marks the first career Big 12 Player of the Week recognition for the Houston native.

Four Oklahoma State players earned a total of five conference weekly honors during the 2014 regular season.

Oklahoma State Players to Earn Big 12 Weekly Honors in 2014

Sept. 2 – Emmanuel Ogbah, Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week

Sept. 29 – Daxx Garman, Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week

Oct. 13 – Tyreek Hill, Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week

Dec. 8 – Tyreek Hill, Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week; Larry Stephens, Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week