In case you all forgot, the Big 12 is here to remind you that points not only matter, but they’re also exciting. The more points the better, right? (As every football fan over the age of 40 cringes reading that sentence.)
If you take out Kansas, Kansas State and TCU, the clear-cut worst three teams in the conference, every other team scored at least 30 points in their games on Saturday.
With big-time points come big-time performances, and these were out big winners and storylines from the Big 12 around the weekend.
Grier Gets Signature Game
Talent is certainly the thing that people look at and focus on most when it comes to prospects and their NFL outlook, but there is something called a “signature game” or “signature moment” that scouts and GM love to be able to go back and point to as a reference point of that talent in the tape, if they can.
For West Virginia quarterback Will Grier, he got his signature game in a 42-41 win in Austin against the Longhorns.
Grier went 28-for-42 for 346 passing yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Grier also had arguably the three biggest moments in the game. The first was tossing the final touchdown of the game with 16 second left while his team was trailing. The second was when they decided to go for two points and the win, and Grier tossed the completed pass in the end zone, but a late timeout by Texas negated it. But then, on the third play, Grier scampered into the end zone himself to take the lead and seal the win.
That’s the kind of game NFL circles want to have on a guy’s resume when drafting a quarterback in the first round.
Huge stock up for Grier.
Hakeem Butler Flashes First Round
We’ve tip-toed around the praise of Butler throughout the season, but it’s time to go full-blown spotlight on the Cyclones’ big-time wide out.
Against Kansas, Butler had 164 receiving yards on five catches and two touchdowns. He is somehow one of the best deep threat wide receivers in the country at 6-foot-6, 225 pounds.
Butler’s biggest moment in the game came when he absolutely “Moss’d” a poor Kansas defensive back, and then ran for a good amount of yards after the catch for a score.
Butler has some of the best measureables, the best stats and the best highlights of any wide receiver. It’s time to fully talk about him as one of the best receivers in the class, and a player who can go first round.
Keep An Eye Out For The Kids
There were three underclassmen who aren’t draft-eligible this year that popped that we need to keep on our radar.
Sam Ehlinger, QB, Texas
Texas may have lost, but for the second week in a row, Ehlinger balled out.
He finished the game against West Virginia 25-for-36 with 354 passing yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. He threw a 48-yard touchdown to take the lead with two minutes left in the game, but Grier’s comeback meant most forgot that detail.
We didn’t. Ehlinger’s a stud, and he almost out-dueled a future first round quarterback.
Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State
Wallace got over the 1,000-yard receiving mark for the season in just his ninth game, thanks to an 8-catch, 122-yard performance against Baylor that also included a touchdown.
Wallace (6-foot, 185 pounds) now has more than 100 yards receiving in six of his nine games this season. He’s going to be a major deep-threat option for next year’s draft class. His style is so smooth in a dynamic part of the passing game.
Trey Sermon, RB, Oklahoma
Earlier this week, Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson announced he would be declaring for this year’s NFL Draft, as he rehabs from his ACL injury. With Anderson likely the best back in the country, it was a wonder what would happen with OU’s running game.
Sophomore back Trey Sermon put on a performance that certainly gave the Sooners a sigh of relief with a 206 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries against Texas Tech.
Another potential future RB1 at OU?
Big 12 Power Rankings
- West Virginia
- Iowa State
- Texas Tech
- Oklahoma State
- Kansas State