Oklahoma State senior running back Dantrell Savage has been named as the Big 12 Conference offensive player of the week the league office announced Monday.
Savage, a native of Columbus, Ga., ran for a career-best 212 yards Saturday afternoon in Oklahoma State’s 45-14 win at Nebraska. In the decisive first half in which OSU outscored the Huskers 38-0, Savage rushed for 148 yards on just 16 carries for an average of 9.2 yards per attempt. His afternoon also included a 30-yard touchdown run in the second half, and a 10-yard reception.
Savage is the Big 12 Conference’s leading rusher with 150 yards per conference game. His season average of 124 yards per game would make him the ninth leading rusher in the country if he had played enough games to qualify for the NCAA statistics report.
Savage will become eligible for NCAA statistical listing by playing in one more game. The effort at Nebraska marked the ninth 100-yard effort for Savage in his last 11 games and his fourth straight game over 100 yards since returning from an injury that forced him to miss OSU’s games against Florida Atlantic and Troy and limited him to just 10 carries in the season opener at Georgia.
For the season, Savage leads OSU with 622 rushing yards. He has also caught 10 passes for 80 yards and he completed a touchdown pass at Texas A&M in his only passing attempt of the season. Savage is the first Oklahoma State player honored as a Big 12 player of the week in 2007.