December 7, 2006

'PT' is back on top of Hot 11

Well the Sooners have won a Big 12 championship, and are now enjoying the fruits of their labor in the face of serious odds both before and during the season. Only one game left to go but we're not forgetting the Sooners big win with a look at this past weekend's big 21-7 win over rival Nebraska. Take a look at this week's Sooner Hot 11.

9. Rufus Alexander, Linebacker - Stats: Six solo tackles, one fumble recovery
Analysis: Alexander once again put up the solid numbers that he has done throughout the latter half of the season. He could have taken part in one of his formerly predictable big plays had he been able to scoop up Zac Taylor's end of the first half fumble on the first try. However, even in spite of the problem Alexander produced another stellar day and helped the Sooners slow down one of the league's best ground attacks, and star running back Brandon Jackson.

10. Zach Latimer, Linebacker - Stats: Seven tackles (five solo), 3 pass break-ups, one quarterback hurry
Analysis: In the vein of underappreciated players, Latimer may be the two-year winner for the Sooner defense. His plays won't show up on highlight reels and he does provide the bone-jarring hits that leave Sooner fans talking around the water cooler, he just goes out is among the team leader in tackles, breaks up passes and is a general disruption to the opposing quarterback. If you mix in his leadership to the younger Sooner defenders, and Latimer's impact will be felt long after his departure.

11. Michael Cohen, Punter - Stats: Nine punts, 330 yards, long of 47, one inside the 20
Analysis: Cohen deserves to be on this list for punting the ball off a surely frozen foot nine times, almost irregardless of his performance. Well, routinely pinning the Huskers deep into their own half in the first half as well as providing the Sooners some room to work in the second half is more than a moderate days work in the frigid conditions that were Arrowhead last Saturday night. It also seems that Cohen may finally be taking over the full-time punting duties rather than splitting time as had been happening until Saturday.

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