Khalil Herbert rushed for 291 yards and didn't win Big 12 weekly honor


Kansas running back Khalil Herbert (10) tries to break away from the West Virginia defense during the first quarter on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 at Memorial Stadium.

Kansas running back Khalil Herbert (10) tries to break away from the West Virginia defense during the first quarter on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 at Memorial Stadium. by Nick Krug

Kansas sophomore running back Khalil Herbert didn't land Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors, even though he rushed for 131 more yards than did TCU's Darius Anderson (three touchdowns, plus four receptions for 41 yards), presumably getting the nod because the Horned Frogs scored the most impressive victory of the week, 44-31, in Stillwater vs. favored Oklahoma State.

Tough break for Herbert, whose effort came in a 56-34 loss to West Virginia, but the talent Herbert showed suggests he'll win the award, perhaps multiple times, before his career is over.

Herbert's was the third-best rushing yardage total in KU history and the 20th 200-yard-plus rushing performance in Kansas football history. The top 20:

Name, Class
Yards Opponent Date
1 - Tony Sands, Sr.
396 Missouri 11-23-91
2 - Nolan Cromwell, Jr.
294 Oregon State
3 - Khalil Herbert, So.
291 West Virginia
4 - Gale Sayers, So.
283 Oklahoma State
5 - David Winbush, So.
268 Colorado 10-24-98
6 - Wade Stinson, Jr.
239 Utah 11-04-50
7 - June Henley, Fr.
237 Iowa State
8 - Laverne Smith, Jr.
236 Missouri 11-22-75
9 - Reggie Duncan, So.
227 Texas Tech
10 - June Henley, Sr.
226 Iowa State
11 - L.T. Levine, Jr.
221 Missouri 11-19-94
12 - Tony Sands, So.
217 Kansas State
13 - June Henley, Sr./
Kerwin Bell, Fr.
216 Utah/K-State 9-28-96/11-1-80
15 - Tony Sands, So.
215 Missouri 11-18-89
16 - James Sims, Sr.
211 West Virginia
17 - June Henley, Sr.
209 Texas
18 - Tony Pierson, So.
202 Texas Tech
19 - Jon Cornish, Sr./June Henley, Sr.
201 Kansas State/TCU
Source: Kansas football media guide


Kent Gaylor 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Tom -

It would be nice to know who votes on the weekly awards? Does each team nominate a player for each award?

Tom Keegan 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Each school nominates players. I believe one media member covering each school votes. I voted for Herbert.

Kent Gaylor 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Does the league announce the vote totals for the players nominated or just who won?

Danny Delgadillo 9 months, 4 weeks ago

2 things-

1) I can see the TCU guy getting an MVP award for the week but not offensive player of the week. That has to be disheartening. Khalil had more offensive production IMO.

2.) Thank You for fixing the David Winbush debacle. When it popped up on tv. on Saturday it said 1978. (Unless my eyes were tricking me)
It took me back to spring ball '98-99 and unless it was an unlikely event where two people had the same exact name, exactly 20 years apart, and at the same position and school, I didn't think it was right.

Brett McCabe 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Tony and June both appear on the top-20 list three times. Both should have their names in the stadium.

Michael Maris 9 months, 4 weeks ago

June Henley's Senior season had 4 great rushing games (back in the days). Loved the June Henley / L.T. Levine dual running back combination. Brings back fond memories of listening to Bob Davis and Max Falkenstien broadcast the Coach Glen Mason era.

Andy Godwin 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Was a truly remarkable performance that could have been even better if drives could have been kept alive with a decent passing performance. It was fun to watch Khalil exploit, as I guess the experts are ranking, and not very good WVU defense. The true shame is a KU offense that generated 564 total yards (367 on the ground) and still manages to loss by 22 (almost 29).

Dirk Medema 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Has TTU improved much since last year? It might be a day for the old husker multi 200 yd performance day. Unfortunately we might lose by 22 again.

John Fitzgerald 9 months, 4 weeks ago

This was the first game my Dad was able to attend with us this year because he was helping with the Hurricane Harvey clean up, but we made it a point to stay the entire game, regardless of what happened. And thank goodness we did because it turned out to be pretty exciting. Herbert definitely put on a heck of a clinic. Also, he's only a sophomore. Meacham has to feel good about that.

Dale Rogers 9 months, 4 weeks ago

And the highest single game rushing yardage this season in all of FBS. Wow. Isn't this why they sometimes have co-winners? What a travesty.

Greg Ledom 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Of those listed, Kerwin Bell is the best I've had the opportunity to see (Sayers is obviously the best, I'm just not old enough to have seen hm play). Before Kerwin got hurt he was something to watch. My next "got to see play" favorites would be Sands, Cornish and Cromwell. My overall would be Sayers. World class talent he was. Good stuff and certainly dissapointing Herbert didn't win. He deserved it. Rock Chalk!!

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