STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State running back Jaden Nixon and safety Jason Taylor II earned honors from the Big 12 Monday for their performances Saturday in OSU’s win at No. 16 Baylor. Nixon was named both the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week and Co-Newcomer of the Week, while Taylor was named the Big 12 Co-Defensive Player of the Week.
Nixon returned the opening kickoff of the second half 98 yards for a touchdown to mark the longest return of his career, OSU's longest return of the season and the first OSU kickoff return touchdown since Brennan Presley's 100-yard return in last year's win over Oklahoma. The play also tied for the eighth-longest kickoff return in Cowboy history and marked the longest kickoff return for any Big 12 player this season. The freshman finished the game with three kickoff returns for 131 yards, with his yardage total also ranking as the most for a Big 12 player in a game this season.
Taylor earned the defensive honor after he sealed the 36-25 win with a toe-tapping interception on the sideline at OSU’s 29-yard line with less than three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. He also led all players in the game with seven solo tackles and registered nine total tackles.
The recognition marks OSU’s third, fourth and fifth conference player of the week honors for the Cowboys this season, as well as the second career weekly honor for Taylor and first two for Nixon.
Oklahoma State returns to action Saturday, hosting Texas Tech at 2:30 p.m. CT at Boone Pickens Stadium.
OSU’s 2022 Big 12 Players of the Week
Spencer Sanders (Offensive Player of the Week vs. Central Michigan)
Trace Ford (Special Teams Player of the Week vs. UAPB)
Jason Taylor II (Co-Defensive Player of the Week vs. Baylor)
Jaden Nixon (Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Baylor)
Jaden Nixon (Co-Newcomer of the Week vs. Baylor)