November 15, 2006

Kelly makes his debut on top

There are few things that lead to losses more quickly than turnovers, so to say that after handing the ball to Texas Tech four times the Sooners must feel fortunate to have collected a win might be apt. However, stellar performances from numerous players both offensive and defensively led a 34-24 win over the Red Raiders. We try and cover them all in this week's Hot 11.

11. Nic Harris, Defensive Back - Stats: Seven tackles, one tackle for loss, one sack, quarterback hurry
Analysis: For my money, Harris has been Oklahoma's best defender this year. This thought is helped by the fact that Harris fills so many roles for Oklahoma. He is one of the few players that the Sooners can leave in almost regardless of situation and watch him make plays both against the run as well as the pass. Harris' biggest blessing for the Sooner defense has been his sure tackling all season, there have not been many players this season who have been able to shake free from Harris once the Louisiana sophomore has his hands on them.

10. Chris Brown, Running Back - Stats: 16 carries, 84 yards, two touchdowns
Analysis: He has played two games, and has three touchdowns, that's a track record that would please any coaching staff. Brown's first touchdown run was a somewhat forgettable moment in a rather uneventful game against Colorado, but he more than made up for it with his second as he broke multiple tackles and ran away from the rest of the Red Raider defenders. If the run was any indication then this may be Brown's first trip to the Hot 11, but it certainly won't b e his last.

9. Lendy Holmes, Cornerback - Stats: Two tackles, one tackle for loss, one sack, one pass break-up
Analysis: Holmes has taken himself from a breakthrough player to truly one of the conference's best cornerbacks. The coaching staff shows how much their confidence is growing in Holmes as they diversify his list of uses. Saturday night's sack of Harrell was the first of Holmes' career; mix his continued improvement in run support with the fact that any corner who isn't embarrassed by Tech's high-flying attack and you've got a player who may be the league's most improved in 2006.

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