Wide receiver Hubert Anyiam could potentially miss the remainder of the season after he broke a bone in his left foot last week against Missouri. Fellow wide receiver Justin Blackmon was held out of the second half against Missouri as a precautionary measure after he suffered a blow to the head. Defensive end Cooper Bassett missed the Missouri game because of an undisclosed injury.
Center Shaun Simon entered last week’s game against Kansas as a reserve. It was his first action since suffering an undisclosed injury in the Wildcats’ season opener. At 7-0, the Wildcats are off to their third-best start in school history. Only the 1998 (11-0) and 1999 (9-0) Wildcats have recorded longer winning streaks. Freshman wide receiver Tyler Lockett also set a school record when he returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown against Kansas. It was his second touchdown return in as many weeks after he returned a kickoff against Texas Tech two weeks ago. No other player in school history has returned a kick for a touchdown in back-to-back games.
Quarterback Robert Griffin III was named as a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award, given to the country’s top quarterback each year. Cornerback Chance Casey has moved to safety. Baylor remains the only FBS school to average 300+ yards passing and 200+ yards rushing per game. Wide receiver Kendall Wright ranks third among active players with 249 career receptions — including at least one catch in every game he has played (43 straight).
Redshirt freshman Jared Barnett has replaced junior Steele Jantz as the Cyclones’ starting quarterback. Head coach Paul Rhoads made the announcement this week after Jantz struggled throughout the year with injuries and overall inefficiency.
Last week’s loss to Texas Tech in Norman, Okla., was the first time the Sooners have lost at home since the opening game of the 2005 season when they lost to TCU 17-10. Walk-on running back Dominique Whaley did not play against the Red Raiders because of illness. Linebacker Tom Wort also missed the game with a back injury. Cornerback Jamell Fleming also didn’t see any action against the Red Raiders as he was recovering from a knee injury. Defensive Casey Walker did not play because of a thumb injury.
Center Jeremiah Hatch returned to his starting role after injuring his neck against Oklahoma two weeks ago. Running back Darrian Miller received his first start against Kansas State last week, rushing for 42 yards on 13 carries. Kansas State marked the seventh-straight undefeated opponent the Jayhawks’ had faced this year. It was the longest streak of its kind in Kansas history.
Defensive tackle Terrell Resonno did not dress against Oklahoma State last week because of a sprained knee. Head coach Gary Pinkel is unsure of a timetable for when he will return. Defensive end Brayden Burnett also missed the Oklahoma State game with a hyperextended elbow. Running back Henry Josey now leads all Big 12 rushers with 855 yards on 99 attempts. At 3-4 on the season, the Tigers risk not becoming bowl eligible for the first time since 2004.
Cornerback Coryell Judie missed his second-consecutive game with a hamstring injury. Wide receiver Kenric McNeal also missed last week’s game against Iowa State because of a sprained foot. Kicker Randy Bullock became the school’s fourth player to reach the 300-point mark in scoring, joining kickers Kyle Bryant, Todd Pegram and running back Jorvorskie Lane. With their 33-17 victory over Iowa State last week, the Aggies improved to 10-1 all time against the Cyclones in what could prove to be the last game between the teams.