Manual Johnson (Oklahoma), Trent Hunter (Texas A&M) and Nate Swift (Nebraska) have been named Big 12 Conference Football Players of the Week as selected by a media panel. All three received their first career weekly award.
BIG 12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Trent Hunter, Texas A&M, S, Fr, Katy, Texas
True freshman Trent Hunter earned his first start and responded with a team-high 17 tackles against Army in the Aggies’ 21-17 victory. Eleven of his tackles were solo stops, including a two-yard loss on an Army third-down play. The Aggie defense held Army to 284 yards of total offense.
BIG 12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Manual Johnson, Oklahoma, WR, Sr, Gilmer, Texas
Playing against the nation’s top-ranked defense, Manual Johnson set a school record with 206 receiving yards on five receptions in OU’s 35-10 win over No. 24 TCU. He broke Mark Clayton’s record of 190 yards against Texas in 2003. Johnson also became the second player in OU history to record three plays of 55+ yards in the same game, joining Antonio Perkins (three punt returns against UCLA in 2003). Johnson recorded touchdown receptions of 79, 55 and 63 yards against the Horned Frogs and averaged 41.2 yards per reception.
BIG 12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Nate Swift, Nebraska, PR/WR, Sr, Hutchinson, Minn.
Nate Swift had an 88-yard punt return for a touchdown and three catches for 58 yards in Nebraska’s 35-30 loss to Virginia Tech. His punt return cut Virginia Tech’s lead to 28-23 in the fourth quarter. It was the fourth-longest punt return for touchdown in school history and the first Nebraska punt return for a touchdown since the 2002 Independence Bowl. With his pass receptions, Swift moved into second on the Huskers’ career receiving yardage list.
2008 BIG 12 FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
S2 - Josh Freeman, KSU, QB, Jr and Colt McCoy, UT, QB, Jr
S8 - Dez Bryant, OSU, WR, So
S15 - Robert Griffin, BU, QB, Fr
S22 - Chase Daniel, MU, QB, Sr
S29 - Manual Johnson, OU, WR, Sr.
S2 - Stryker Sulak, MU, DE, Sr
S8 - Cha’pelle Brown, CU, CB, Jr and Courtney Herndon, KSU, DB, Jr
S15 - Daniel Charbonnet, TTU, SS, Sr
S22 - Sean Weatherspoon, MU, LB, Jr
S29 - Trent Hunter, TAMU, S, Fr
S2 - Jeremy Maclin, MU, KR/PR/WR, So
S8 - Niles Paul, NU, KR/PR/WR, So
S15 - Jeff Wolfert, MU, PK, Sr
S22 - Aric Goodman, CU, PK, So
S29 - Nate Swift, NU, PR/WR, Sr