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Is Jeremy Beal a favorite for Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year?

OU football notebook: Despite frequent double-teams, Oklahoma defensive end Jeremy Beal leads the Big 12 in sacks and tackles for loss. Will that be enough for him to earn Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors?
By MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Modified: November 18, 2010 at 3:48 pm •  Published: November 17, 2010
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Senior defensive end Jeremy Beal might be the leading candidate for Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. Beal leads the Big 12 in sacks (eight) and tackles for loss (16.5) even though offensive coordinators often have double-teamed him or used a running back to chip block.

"That's probably why my stats are a little down," Beal said. "I've had less opportunities to make plays and have to take advantage when I get those opportunities. I feel like I've had a really good year technique-wise."

AUSTIN BOX'S NEW 'DO TURNS TRAVIS LEWIS INTO HAIR CRITIC

Middle linebacker Austin Box has grown his hair out similar to New England quarterback Tom Brady. Travis Lewis, who sports a mohawk, was asked which linebacker has the best hair.

"I've always had the best hair," Lewis said. "Come on now. Box? He just has that (Justin) Bieber, Tom Brady, who else has that look? It's a bad look.

"The way he brushes it behind his ear like women do, they put it behind their ear. You'll see him when he gets out of the shower he has that Steven Segal kind of rub on his head. I told him but it's his thing. I'll just let him run with it."

OU ISN'T THE ONLY BIG 12 TEAM HAVING KICKING WOES

OU isn't the only team having kicking issues. Baylor kicker Aaron Jones is 18-of-25 on field goals this season but missed from 27 and 39 yards last week in a loss to Texas A&M.

"I talked to our kickers a bunch during fall camp," said Baylor coach Art Briles. "Once we got into the season he was really consistent so I just kind of stayed away other than to say, 'Good job' every now and then. I'm more involved this week."

The Bears also gave up an 84-yard kickoff return to Coryell Judie, who returned a kickoff for a touchdown the previous week against the Sooners.

By Mike Baldwin