Nov. 14, 2011
IRVING, Texas - Baylor senior linebacker Elliot Coffey has been named Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Week, as selected by a panel of media Monday.
Coffey had two interceptions, 10 tackles (seven solo) and a tackle-for-loss in Baylor's 31-30 overtime win at Kansas on Saturday. The win made the Bears bowl-eligible for the second consecutive season.
Coffey doubled his career interceptions total in his 43rd career game. After Baylor rallied from 21 points down to tie the game at 24-24 in the fourth quarter, Kansas drove to the Baylor 39-yard line in the final minute of regulation. Coffey came up with his second interception of the game at the BU 25-yard line to end the Jayhawks' scoring threat with 35 seconds remaining in regulation.
His first interception came in the second quarter and was returned 33 yards to the Kansas 1-yard line. Coffey also had a tackle for no gain to force a third down in the red zone that held KU to a field goal, and he had another tackle for no gain to force a fourth down in the second quarter.
Coffey's defensive player of the week honor is the first by a Baylor player this season and the first by a Baylor linebacker since Joe Pawelek on Sept. 8, 2009. Pawelek, Colin Allred and Coffey are the only linebackers in program history to win Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week.
Baylor has had three players earn Big 12 weekly honors this season. Quarterback Robert Griffin III was named offensive player of the week after leading the Bears to a season-opening win over then-No. 14 TCU on Sept. 2, and place kicker Aaron Jones was named co-special teams player of the week on the same day.
Baylor returns to action Saturday when it hosts No. 5 Oklahoma at 7 p.m. at Floyd Casey Stadium. The Bears will be looking for their first six-game home winning streak since 1992-93. The game will be televised live nationally on ABC and tickets can be purchased online at BaylorBears.com/tickets, by calling 254-710-1000 or at the Baylor Athletic Ticket Office at the Ferrell Center.