QB: Kellen Mond, Texas A&M
Send all the Mond haters my way. The junior survived a tremendous Georgia defense and led the way with 275 yards and a score to make things much closer than expected. If not for Mond, the Aggies might have scored zero points. Mond is a top-three SEC quarterback, there’s no way around it.
RB: Charlie Booker, Rice (Cypress Ranch)
The Owls dusted off little-used Harvard transfer running back Booker, who responded with the best performance of his career. The senior posted 78 yards and a key touchdown in a huge 20-14 win over North Texas, the second straight win for Rice.
WR: Denzel Mims, Baylor (Daingerfield)
Mims saved one of his best performances for his final game at McLane Stadium. The senior caught seven balls for 125 yards and a score, including a couple of circus catches down the sideline. With a guaranteed three games remaining, Mims has a career-high 11 touchdowns.
The Bears’ offensive line almost completely erased the Texas defensive line. The Longhorns mustered two total tackles for loss against the Bears, and Baylor averaged 4.4 yards per carry in a dominant victory.
UT: RJ Turner, Texas Tech
Turner was tremendous in his final game at Jones AT&T Stadium, catching seven passes for 141 yards and a touchdown against a solid Kansas State defense. He caught a 58-yard touchdown pass from Jett Duffey to give the Red Raiders a chance to win the game late. Turner has a combined 257 yards and three scores in the last two games.
DL: James Lynch, Baylor (Round Rock)
Lynch set the Baylor record for career sacks, but his two sacks, pass breakup and quarterback hurry doesn’t do credit to his disruption. The true junior dominated Texas’ offensive line and helped make Sam Ehlinger completely uncomfortable all day, culminating in a five-sack performance by the Bears.
LB: Blaze Alldredge/Antonio Montero, Rice
Really, give the whole Rice defense an award. The Owls stepped up and played their best defensive game of the year against an elite quarterback. Alldredge and Montero combined for 11 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and two QB hurries, ultimately limiting the Mean Green to just 238 total yards. It was a tremendous effort.
DB: Vernon Scott, TCU (Mansfield Summit)
TCU gave Oklahoma a major scare, and Scott is a huge part of the reason why. The senior nabbed an interception off Jalen Hurts and took it 98 yards for a score to cut the game to one score. He also added seven tackles to limit the run game, and a fumble recovery.
UT: Anthony Hines III, Texas A&M (Plano East)
Hines led a fantastic overall defensive effort for Texas A&M, lead the way with seven tackles and two tackles for loss. He was a big part of the Aggies doing the impossible – holding Georgia to a paltry 2.7 yards per carry.
ST: Marquez Stevenson, Houston
The Cougars led by just three points at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Then, Stevenson happened. He fielded a kickoff at the 6-yard line and took it 94 yards for what ended up being a game-sealing touchdown to beat Tulsa. Another special nod goes out to his teammate, Dane Roy, who put on a tremendous punting display with six of his eight punts falling within the 20-yard line.