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High Noon Highlights (12/9): Jim Knowles nominated for Broyles Award

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Knowles nominated for award:

Oklahoma State defensive coordinated was announced as a nominee for the Frank Broyles award yesterday. The award is given to nation’s top assistant coach for college football.

The 56 nominees in this year’s class were selected from approximately 1,270 assistant coaches representing 127 Division One programs across the country. The Broyles Award selection process includes the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), broadcasters, a college football hall-of-fame selection committee and current college head coaches. {BroylesAward.com}

Knowles has really come into his own in his third year in the program. With a defense that has been the real deal. He more than deserves the recognition. Other nominees from around the Big 12 include Jordan Lesley, defensive line coach at West Virginia and Calvin Thibodeaux, defensive line coach at Oklahoma and Tom Manning, offensive coordinator at Iowa State.

Analyzing the recruiting class ahead of early signing period:

Scott Wright of the Oklahoman wrote a great breakdown of the 2021 Oklahoma State recruiting class before the first guys start to sign of Dec.16.

The last time Oklahoma State signed a pair of twins from Texas, it worked out well. While Tracin Wallace’s career was cut short by injury, his twin brother, Tylan, has become one of the greatest receivers OSU has ever had.

This time, the Cowboys are trying to double down on brothers Blaine and Bryson Green from Allen, Texas. Each listed at 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, the twins are ultra-productive receivers with high-end potential. {Oklahoman}

Ogbongbemiga finalist for Lott Impact Trophy:

Oklahoma State linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga is in the running to be college football’s defensive player of the year.

Ogbongbemiga has enjoyed an outstanding 2020 season, leading the team with 74 total tackles while adding 5.0 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, three quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Also OSU’s leading tackler in six of its nine games played this season, Ogbongbemiga most recently set a school record and tied a Big 12 record with three forced fumbles in the game at TCU, earning Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week and Pro Football Focus National Defensive MVP of the Week for his performance. {okstate.com}

Around the Big 12:

ISU in the top-10 in College Football Playoff Rankings

TCU’s bowl possibilities

Rattler has message after championship game clinch