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Texas Tech Quarterback Baker Mayfield Named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week

Ashley Wirz, 1340TheFan.com

Monday morning, the Big 12 Conference announced Player of the Week honors for Week 1 of the 2013 season.

Texas Tech’s Baker Mayfield was named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Red Raiders to a 41-23 win over SMU.  Mayfield, a true freshman from Lake Travis HS, went 43/60 passing for 413 yards and 4 touchdowns.  He also had an 11 yard touchdown run.

According to Texas Tech, Mayfield is the first true freshman walk-on to start a season opener for a BCS program. Texas Tech hosts SMU this Saturday at 6p. Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury said on Monday that Mayfield will get some playing time this week.

The other two players honored this week are:

Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week
Caleb Lavey, Oklahoma State, LB, Sr., Celina, Texas
Caleb Lavey recorded 11 tackles, two tackles for loss and a half sack in Oklahoma State’s 21-3 win over Mississippi State in Houston’s Reliant Stadium.  The OSU defense allowed the Bulldogs to cross midfield just five times in the game and only three times after the first quarter.

Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week
B.J. Catalon, TCU, KR/TB  So., Houston, Texas

B.J. Catalon’s 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown versus LSU tied for the second-longest in TCU history, behind only a 105-yard effort by Charles Casper  in 1933. It was the program’s first kickoff return for a score since 2011 and the first 100-yarder for a TD since 2005. Catalon also had a team-best 52 yards rushing on eight carries, including a 26-yard third-quarter TD run for his first career rushing score. He added three receptions for 22 yards.

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