OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Baylor football senior cornerback Ryan Reid was named the Jim Thorpe Player of the Week, Phil Steele and the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame announced Wednesday.
Reid had two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown to help Baylor defeat Kansas 49-7, Saturday in Waco.
In the first quarter, Reid picked off KU QB Ryan Willis and returned it 64 yards for a score to give BU a 14-0 lead. In the second quarter, the senior repeated the feat and brought that interception back 52 yards to set up the Bear offense at the KU 19.
The 116 INT return yards are the most by any FBS player in a single game in 2016 and were just 14 yards shy of the school single-game record of 130 by Charles McClanahan at Missouri in 1974.
Reid was part of a BU defense that had four turnovers on the day and set a school record for combined interception return yards (170), which broke the school record of 160 vs. Rice in 1956. He also helped BU limit KU to 217 yards of total offense and only 134 passing yards.
The Dallas, product set a new career-high with the two INTs and upped his career total to five with his first return TD.
The Jim Thorpe Player of the Week is chosen by Phil Steele each week and is part of the year-long search for the Jim Thorpe Award winner, who is the nation’s top defensive back and will be announced on Dec. 8.
On Monday, Reid won his first career Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honor. He joins NB Travon Blanchard (Sept. 28) as Bears who have been named the Jim Thorpe Player of the Week in 2016.
The ninth-ranked Bears (6-0, 3-0) will have the weekend off, before playing at Texas Oct. 29 at 2:30 p.m.
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