Welcome to Big 12 DieHards’ Week 8 Special Teams Player of the Week. There were a number of exciting performances across the Big 12 from special teams players, but one stood apart.
Also check out our other Big 12 player of the week awards:
- Offensive player of the week Rodney Anderson
- Defensive player of the week Marcel Spears
- Special teams player of the week KaVontae Turpin
- Newcomer of the week Charlie Brewer
TCU WR KaVontae Turpin
Coming into the year, TCU wide receiver KaVontae Turpin was considered perhaps the Big 12’s best all-around player. Through the start of the season – because of injuries – we haven’t gotten to see Turpin be much of a playmaker anywhere.
Turpin had just 52 punt return yards heading into the game against Kansas. Against Kansas, fans finally got to see the magic once again.
Up 37-0 against Kansas in the third quarter, Turpin fielded the ball at the 10-yard line. He ran back all the way to the 3-yard line trying to avoid a slew of tacklers, and managed to break free. Turpin ran the ball 90 yards for a touchdown to put the Horned Frogs up 43-0.
— Pat Doney (@PatDoneyNBC5) October 22, 2017
If Turpin can continue building on this for the rest of the season, he has an excellent chance to be an All-Big 12 performer once again.
Texas punter Michael Dickson is the nation’s best. He launched 11 punts on a 50.9 yards per punt average. Six went for more than 50 yards, while 4 landed inside the 20-yard line. Just one punt went for a touchback in a narrow 13-10 loss to Oklahoma State.
Baylor kicker/punter Connor Martin continues to be one of the best in the nation. He nailed field goals from 42, 23 and 23 to reach 14 made field goals on the year. He also added 4 punts on a 45.8 yards per punt average in the 38-36 loss to West Virginia.
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