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CCM Top 5 Sooner Players of the Week: Tennessee

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The step up in competition was obvious, but the Sooners found a way to shine in the end. Here are who we believe were the Top 5 Players as the Sooners pulled out an amazing double overtime victory in Knoxville Tennessee.

Matt

5. Zack Sanchez

He obviously had one of the most dramatic plays with the game-clinching interception, but even before that he was pretty salty with six tackles and quarterback hurry.

4. Baker Mayfield

Beyond the stats, you can't register the moxie this quarterback has on paper. It's been a while since Oklahoma has had a signal caller who had the leadership qualities to keep his team believing they can, and will, win.

3. Ahmad Thomas

Oklahoma's junior safety quietly led the team with 11 tackles and is off to a very solid start to the season.

2. Sterling Shepard

I don't think there's enough you can say about this kid. He was just as clutch in the 4th quarter as Baker Mayfield and his touchdown in the second overtime will be one of those plays that just lives on in Sooner Football history.

1. Devante Bond

He's absolutely my defensive MVP for this game. Dude was out his mind with two quarterback sacks, five tackles, and a forced fumble. This is the player I was expecting to see when he transferred to Oklahoma.

Rich

5. Zack Sanchez

It's hard to ignore that Sanchez came up big with the interception in overtime. That alone lands him top 5 this week. However, the corner could be found in the backfield on a blitz as well as making solid tackles time and time again.

4. Sterling Shepard

A timely grab while staying in bounds kept a crucial drive alive highlighting the play making ability of this kid. Without Shepard's seven catches and two touchdowns, this game has an entirely different ending.

3. Austin Seibert

Asked to punt near his own endzone during the majority of the game, Seibert gave the defense plenty of field to work with. The composure and confidence of the true freshman is unreal.

2. Baker Mayfield

Determination sums up the play we saw from Mayfield on Saturday. Simply put, the transfer willed Oklahoma to a win by showcasing his skills as an escape artist.

1. Devante Bond

Bond made his presence known more often than not. Not only did the linebacker make Joshua Dobbs uncomfortable, Bond came up with 2 sacks and a forced fumble. The best performance against Tennessee belongs to the Senior.

Joey

5. Samaje Perine

The holes just haven't been there so far this season. Even with virtually no running room, Perine has excelled as a receiver out of the backfield as well as in pass protection.

4. Zack Sanchez

I've long been a believer that Sanchez is overrated. While that still might be true, Sanchez showed a willingness to tackle that I've rarely seen from him. Oh, and he had the interception.

3. Devante Bond

Bond is currently chasing down Josh Dobbs as we speak. The first year starter had 2 sacks, forced a fumble, and dropped into coverage a few times as well.

2. Baker Mayfield

Mayfield impressed me more this week than he did against Akron. He came back from throwing two interceptions to throw 3 TD's in the 4th quarter and overtime and ran for another. Thank you sir, I'll have another.

1. Sterling Shepard

Quiet almost all night long, Sterling Shepard showed up when the team needed him most. Catching 2 touchdowns that sent the game into overtime and eventually win it. Shepard might've been the only OU receiver to not drop a ball.

Caymen

5. Samaje Perine

He still hasn't had a huge game on the ground for the first two weeks, but his touchdown reception near the goal line was an amazing play.

4. Zack Sanchez

I was wondering how long it would be before Sanchez picked one off. I really didn't think the Sooners would go two games without forcing one, but I started to doubt the secondary in the first half. Sanchez showed up at the right time though, clinching the win in double overtime with his interception. He also put pressure on the quarterback in the fourth with some blitzes and forced the quarterback to get rid of the ball.

3. Austin Seibert

Geez, I knew the kid was good but I didn't think he would be dominant in the kicking/punting game for two straight weeks! He was Oklahoma's only points in the first half and punted the ball with efficiency and distance.

2. Sterling Shepard

Oklahoma's best receiver came up clutch for the Sooners in overtime, making a miraculous touchdown catch to give their Sooners a lead they wouldn't surrender.

1. Baker Mayfield

Some throws were bad from Mayfield, especially in the first half. But after his first two interceptions he turned on the jets and scored 4 touchdowns in the 4th quarter and overtime. He also showed fight and toughness, something not seen from the Oklahoma offense in a long time.

Donnie

5. Samaje Perine

While the yardage doesn't bear it out (23 carries for 78 yards), Perine was instrumental in the Sooners comeback win in Knoxville. He mad a great adjustment catching the Sooners first TD pass and delivered a crushing block allowing Mayfield to score in the 1st overtime.

4. Zack Sanchez

We didn't hear his named called much on Saturday Night (which is a good thing for a DB), but he came up huge with the INT to seal the victory in OT. He also showed a lot more willingness to to stick his nose in and tackle, something that had seemingly been missing up to this point in his Sooner football career.

3. Charles Walker

He is starting to quietly show signs of playing at a level of a former Sooner defensive lineman to wear 97. He was an absolute force along the Sooners defensive line.

2. Sterling Shepard

I debated on whether to have him #1 or #2 on this list. He made three of the most incredible plays in recent Sooner memory (sideline catch, the fade for a TD, and the hurdle/dive for the TD that ultimately won the game)

1. Baker Mayfield

His stats ended up making him look much worse than he was. The receivers had a horrible case of the drops and neither INT was his fault. Baker accounted for 4 TD's and was able to evade the Tennessee rush for basically the entire game. Plus he can really dance.


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