Reesing And Stuckey Earn Big 12 Football Player Of The Week Honors

Dec. 1, 2008

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing was named the Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week, while Jayhawk safety Darrell Stuckey was tabbed the league’s Defensive Player of the Week it was announced Monday morning.

The duo was recognized after the Jayhawks defeated No. 12 Missouri 40-37 on Saturday. Nebraska placekicker Alex Henery, who hit four field goals, including a game-winning 57-yarder with 1:43 to play against Colorado, earned Special Teams accolades.

Reesing, who shared Big 12 Player of the Week honors for his efforts against Iowa State last year, guided the Jayhawks to a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns, including the game-winner with 27 seconds left in the contest to beat Missouri.

On the day, the junior was 37 of 51 for 375 yards and four touchdowns. On the final two drives Reesing was nine of 12 for 117 yards and two scores to wide receiver Kerry Meier, who finished the day with a school-record 14 receptions for 106 yards.

Stuckey was involved in all three Missouri turnovers as the junior safety recorded two interceptions and then forced and recovered a fumble on the same play. He also added a pass broken up while tying for the team lead with six tackles.

In 2007 KU had three Big 12 Player of the Week honors, as Marcus Herford and Scott Webb were tabbed special teams honorees and Reesing was a co-offensive winner. Stuckey became the first KU defensive player to earn a league weekly honor since defensive end Charlton Keith vs. Nebraska in 2005.

On the season, Reesing has completed 302 of 460 attempts for 3,575 yards and 28 touchdowns. He has set school season records in completions, attempts, and yards, while his touchdown total is second to the school mark of 33 he established last year.

Stuckey has recorded 94 tackles, second on the team to linebacker James Holt, who has 97. He is bidding to become the first non-linebacker to lead the team in tackles in a season since 2001. Stuckey has a team-best five interceptions, as well as seven passes broken up and 4.5 tackles for loss.

Kansas concluded the regular season with a 7-5 record, including a 4-4 mark in Big 12 play. The Jayhawks’ bowl fate will be announced by Sunday.