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Baylor’s Reid Tabbed Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week

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Baylor football cornerback Ryan Reid was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week, conference officials announced Monday.

Reid, a senior, had two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown to help Baylor defeat Kansas 49-7, Saturday in Waco.

The Dallas, product set a new career-high with the two INTs and upped his career total to five with his first return TD.

In the first quarter, Reid picked 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.

For the senior defender, it is his first career Big 12 weekly award. In total, Baylor has had 18 defensive players recognized a combined 23 times since 2001. Reid is the third BU defender to be recognized by the league in 2016, along with Orion Stewart (Sept. 12) and Travon Blanchard (Sept. 26). BU has had three defensive winners in three of the last five years, after never having more than two in a single-season previously.

Reid is also the sixth BU player to be honored with a Big 12 weekly award in 2016, joining Shock Linwood (offense), Travon Blanchard (defense), JaMycal Hasty (newcomer), Seth Russell (offense) and Orion Stewart (defense). That total of six honorees is tied for the second-most in program history in a single season with the record being seven in 2011.

The Bears will now have their second off-week of 2016, before traveling to face Texas in Austin on Oct. 29. 

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