Hot 11: Baylor

Josh McCuistion, Editor
Sooner Scoop

Oklahoma's 49-41 win over Baylor may not have gone exactly the way some had anticipated but in the end, Lincoln Riley claimed his first Big 12 win as a Sooner head coach. Though one might expect the list to be heavy on the offensive side of things, that's not the way it played out and one Sooner specialist also made his way onto this week's Hot 11.

11. Kahlil Haughton

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Stats: Three tackles (two solo).

Analysis: A lot of people will focus on Haughton's error in coverage on Baylor's would-be touchdown that was dropped. However, go look at the tape no defender was more consistently in phase with his coverage than Haughton. He also made several nice tackles in space.

Last Week: N/A

10. Caleb Kelly

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Stats: Five tackles (four solo), quarterback hurry, fumble recovery.

Analysis: At first glance Kelly didn't do a ton but as you went back and watched his game it was clear that his impact wasn't always about you could see statistically. Plays like his quarterback hurry on Baylor's first down in their final series may not draw a lot of attention but he continued to make plays out in space throughout the night.

Last Week: N/A

9. Baker Mayfield

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Stats: 13-19 for 283-yards and three touchdowns (24, 52, 48) and eight carries for 30-yards.

Analysis: Mayfield may not have been at his peak performance, and his deep ball issues continue to flare up at weird times, but Mayfield at 85% of his normal production is still among the elite handful of quarterbacks in college football. It was interesting to see how dynamic he was in the run game and if that could be an indicator of some prior things.

Last Week: No. 5

8. Kenneth Mann

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Stats: Five tackles (two solo), 1.5 sacks (12-yards).

Analysis: So it's official that work against Tulane wasn't just an aberration, Oklahoma has a budding playmaker on their defensive line. To the tune that it makes you wonder if the Sooners don't start finding more ways to get him on the field. With the return of Amani Bledsoe, Oklahoma's defensive end depth is quickly coming into the black.

Last Week: No. 11

7. Austin Seibert

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Stats: Five punts for an average of 46.6, one inside the 20, eight kickoffs, 7 touchbacks.

Analysis: It's kind of wrong that Seibert hasn't gotten any attention to date, the guy is playing really well particularly in what featured against the Bears. He showed off a powerful leg on both kickoffs as well as punting and helped the Sooners in a game that, at times, was a bit of a field position battle and held his own with two-time All Big 12 punter Drew Galitz.

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6. Emmanuel Beal

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Stats: Eight tackles (six solo), one pass breakup.

Analysis: This one will surprise some people who haven't watched the game closely but Beal was doing a great job working sideline to sideline and on several occasions was the difference between a forgotten play and a huge gain for the Bears. The much maligned linebacker, so far, has put together a truly strong senior season.

Last Week: N/A

5. Ben Powers

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Stats: N/A.

Analysis: For a guy that apparently still isn't healthy Powers put together a really strong game on tape. Go back and look when the Sooners found real running success it was almost unanimously on the left side of the line. Powers helped Oklahoma open up a ton of running lanes, particularly in the fourth quarter for Trey Sermon.

Last Week: N/A

4. Marquise Overton

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Stats: Six tackles (four solo), one tackle for loss (one yard).

Analysis: I'll get it out, because everyone will remind me if I don't, but I didn't see how good Overton was in the first watch. But go back and look if you see Baylor having trouble working up the middle it was almost always Oklahoma's talented sophomore. He is putting together a monstrous season and is growing increasingly hard to keep out of the starting lineup.

Last Week: N/A

3. Abdul Adams

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Stats: 11-carries for 164-yards and a 99-yard touchdown and one catch for 7-yards.

Analysis: It's not every day that one play ensures your role in the Hot 11 but it isn't every day that one play sets a school record. Adams' huge run in the first quarter got Oklahoma out of trouble at their own one-yard line and seemed to put the wheels in motion for a blowout. But even without the run he averaged over 6 yards per carry.

Last Week: No. 7

2. Trey Sermon

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Stats: 12 carries for 148-yards and two touchdowns (34, 9).

Analysis: Was it really the gameplan for Sermon to stay idle on the sideline until the fourth quarter and then just create a bloodbath in his wake? I'm not sure if it was genius or crazy but either way Sermon looked like Maximus running through foes in the Coliseum. Sermon's physical style of play gets a lot of attention but he is quicker footed than he often gets credit for.

Last Week: N/A

1. Orlando Brown

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Stats: N/A.

Analysis: For the first time in Hot 11 history, Oklahoma has back-to-back No. 1 spots for an offensive lineman. Brown was just an enormous wall leaving Baylor Bears in his wake. The big man gets, deservedly, a lot of buzz as a run blocker but his pass blocking is an area where he has truly grown from 2016.

Last Week: No. 1

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