Oct. 6, 2008
NORMAN, Okla. -
Oklahoma strong side linebacker Keenan Clayton has been named the Co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week. The junior had a career-high 14 tackles in the Sooners' 49-17 win at Baylor last Saturday.
After starting two games at strong safety in 2006, Clayton had worked in a back-up role until earning a starting linebacker job this season. The change has been good for the junior from Sulphur Springs, Texas.
He currently ranks No. 3 on the team in tackles with 40 and is tied for the top spot in tackles for loss with six and in fumbles forced with two,
Prior to this season, Clayton's career high for tackles was four, which he accomplished twice.
He has exceeded that figure in four of the five games thus far in 2008 and has averaged 10.3 stops over the last three games.
In addition to his big tackle figure at Baylor, Clayton also had two tackles for loss, one sack and one fumble forced.
OU held Baylor 17 points and 160 total yards below its season averages.
Clayton shared the defensive honor with Texas defensive tackle Roy Miller. Other awards when to Texas Tech's Graham Harrell on offense and Oklahoma State's Dez Bryant on special teams.
This week, No. 1 Oklahoma will be at Dallas to take on No. 5 Texas. The game will be televised by ABC and will be visited by ESPN's Gameday.