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Johnston, Mayers earn weekly Big 12 honors

September 30, 2019
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WACO, Texas – Baylor senior linebacker Clay Johnston was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week, while redshirt freshman kicker John Mayers was named Big 12 Co-Special Teams Player of the Week, it was announced today by the Conference office. 

The honor is the first of the season for Johnston and the second of his career. It is the first such honor of Mayers’ young career.

Johnston led a staunch Baylor defense that held Iowa State’s potent offensive scoreless through the first three quarters. He tallied 13 tackles in the 23-21 victory, his second-straight multi-tackle performance and ninth of his career. 11 of those 13 tackles came in the first half, while he also added 1.0 sack 1.5 TFLs, 2 pass breakups and 1 QB hurry.

Mayers played hero for the Bears in the 23-21 victory over Iowa State, knocking home his first career field goal when it mattered most, a 38-yarder with 21 seconds left in the game, lifting the Bears over the Cyclones. He was also 2-for-2 in extra point attempts. Mayers was named Co-Special Teams Player of the Week with TCU wide receiver Jalen Reagor.

The Bears have had four player of the week honorees on the season, as Johnston and Mayers join Mims and Arnold who were Offensive Player of the Week and Special Teams Player of the Week, respectively, on September 9th.  

The Bears travel to Kansas State for a 2:30 p.m. CT kick on ESPN2 on Saturday, Oct. 5.

BAYLOR'S 2019 BIG 12 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Sept. 9 – Denzel Mims (Offense)
Sept. 9 – Grayland Arnold (Special Teams)

Sept. 30 – Clay Johnston (Defensive) 
Sept. 30 – John Mayers (Co-Special Teams) 

BAYLOR'S BIG 12 DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
2001 - Samir Al-Amin, FS (Nov. 24)
2004 - Willie Andrews, RS (Sept. 27)
2005 - Colin Allred, LB (Nov. 21)
2006 - Dwain Crawford, CB (Oct. 2)
2007 - Jordan Lake, FS (Sept. 24)
2008 - Joe Pawelek, LB (Nov. 17)
2009 - Joe Pawelek, LB (Sept. 8)
2010 - Byron Landor, S (Oct. 18)
2010 - Byron Landor, S (Nov. 1)
2011 - Elliot Coffey, LB (Nov. 14)
2011 - Sam Holl, S (Dec. 5)
2012 - Joe Williams, CB (Nov. 19)
2012 - Eddie Lackey, LB (Nov. 26)
2012 - Eddie Lackey, LB (Dec. 3)
2013 - Terrell Burt, S (Sept. 23)
2013 - Eddie Lackey, LB (Oct. 21)
2013 - K.J. Morton, CB (Dec. 9)
2014 - Shawn Oakman, DE (Nov. 24)
2015 - Shawn Oakman, DE (Oct. 26)
2015 - Andrew Billings, NT (Nov. 23)
2016 - Orion Stewart, S (Sept. 12)
2016 - Travon Blanchard, NB (Sept. 26)
2016 - Ryan Reid, CB (Oct. 17)
2018 – Clay Johnston, LB (Nov. 5)
2019 – Clay Johnston, LB (Sept. 30)

BAYLOR'S BIG 12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
2003 - Robert Quiroga, WR (Nov. 10)
2004 - Braelon Davis, CB (Sept. 27)
2004 - Willie Andrews, S (Nov. 1)
2005 - Ryan Havens, PK (Oct. 10)
2005 - Daniel Sepulveda, P (Nov. 21)
2006 - Daniel Sepulveda, P (Nov. 6)
2010 - Derek Epperson, P (Nov. 1)
2011 - Aaron Jones, PK (Sept. 6)
2014 - Terrell Burt, S (Oct. 6)
2017 – Connor Martin, PK (Sept. 25)
2018 – Drew Galitz, P (Sept. 24)
2019 – Grayland Arnold, S/PR (Sept. 9)
2019 – John Mayers, K (Sept. 30)

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