Oklahoma State quarterback Clint Chelf and Southern Nazarene's Stan West are also among the nominees.
SOONERS STRESSING FOURTH QUARTER
Oklahoma found itself worn down in the fourth quarter of last season's home loss to Notre Dame, but definitely won the final frame this year against the Irish.
The Sooners held the ball for 12:11 in the fourth quarter of Saturday's 35-21 win at Notre Dame, running off more than five minutes on a 10-play, 38-yard drive to end the game.
“We definitely lacked that last year,” senior safety Gabe Lynn said of fourth-quarter prowess. “All year long and going back to before the season, Coach (Bob) Stoops has been stressing to us the importance of the fourth quarter.
“We when went into the fourth quarter, as a defense we knew we had to stop them. We did and the offense did a great job of running the clock out. That's how we brought it home.”
Junior nickelback Julian Wilson, on the media:
“Now everybody wants to say how good we are, we've got a chance to compete for the national championship. But before the season we weren't predicted to win anything, win five or six games. We never really paid much attention to the media before the season, so there's no reason to start now.”