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Baylor has been lauded all season for its offensive firepower during its first season without former Heisman winner Robert Griffin III. Quarterback Nick Florence leads the nation in total offense, while receiver Terrance Williams is a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award.
The defense? That's the side of the ball that's been ridiculed by outsiders and shredded by the other potent offenses in the Big 12 for much of the season.
The last two weeks, however, the Big 12's Defensive Player of the Week has come from Baylor.
Linebacker Eddie Lackey followed cornerback Joe Williams for the honor after his performance against Texas Tech last week. He had two interceptions — including one that was returned 55 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown and gave the Bears their first lead of the game — and a fumble recovery in a 52-45 overtime victory.
“A lot of people dream about taking it to the house and scoring a touchdown,” Lackey told the Waco Tribune-Herald. “If we didn't have pressure from (defensive end) Terrance Lloyd, he would have never thrown that ball. I just happened to be there and make that play.”