Max Emfinger’s 2012 College Super Players of the Week and Top Ten Plays – Week #1

RB Le’Veon Bell of Michigan State makes ESPN Sportscenter Top Plays of the Week as he hurdles over a Boise State defender in the season opener.

Max Emfinger’s
2012 College Super Players of the Week and Top Ten Plays – Week #1

College Super POW Rules
Must Win Your Game or Unless Two Teams in The Top 10 Are Playing!

Emfinger SuperScout Personal Evaluation (ESPE)
ESPE Top Ten Plays – Week #1

1. RB Le’Veon Bell – Michigan State – Bell hurdling a Boise State player!
2. RET Marquise Lee – USC – Lee returning a kickoff 100-yards for a TD!
3. RB Andre Ellington – Clemson –  Ellington running for a beautiful 68-yard gain!
4. RET Todd Gurley – Georgia – Gurley running a kickoff 100-yards for a TD!
5. RET Odell Beckham – LSU – Beckham running punt return 70-yards for TD!
6. RET Marcus Murphy – Missouri – Murphy returned punt 72-yards for TD!
7. WR Cordarrelle Patterson – Tennessee – Patterson runs reverse 67 yards for TD!
8. QB Braxton Miller – Ohio State – Miller running for a sensational 65-yard TD!
9. WR Donte Moncrief – Ole Miss – Moncrief  catching a beautiful 53-yard TD!
10. TE Chris Gragg – Arkansas – Gragg catching a 30-yard touchdown pass!


2012 College Super POW Players

1. QB Matt Barkley – Southern Cal – Barkley completed 30 of 40 passes for 377-yards and four touchdowns as the Trojans beat Hawaii by a 39-10 score. Barkley would have been a #1 Draft Choice in the 2012 NFL Draft, but came back for his senior season and this was an outstanding first game for his Heisman Trophy performance for his campaign. In 2011, Barkley was sensational as he passed for 3,528-yards and a PAC-10 Conference Record 39 touchdowns as he completed almost 70% of his passes.

2. QB Tyler Wilson – Arkansas – Wilson was sensational in 2011 and he started the 2012 season off with another sensational game as he completed 19 of 27 passes for 367-yards and three touchdowns as the Razorbacks beat Jacksonville State by a 49-24 score. Wilson is a tremendous leader and this game was a great Heisman Trophy performance for him in his run for the Award. The Razorbacks led the SEC in total offense in 2011 with a 438.08-yards a game average and Wilson was the offensive leader and triggerman and he will be again for new Head Coach John L. Smith.

Arkansas entered this season minus three of its top receivers from last season in Joe Adams, Greg Childs and Jarius Wright. Each of those great receivers was selected in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL draft, and it was thought that without them, it would be a difficult transition period for Wilson and the Razorbacks, but with TE Chris Gragg, WR Brandon Mitchell, and WR Javontee Herndon, Wilson has found three new great Playmakers; plus  WR Cobi Hamilton is currently out with a concussion.

3. QB Braxton Miller – Ohio State – Miller was one of my Top Quarterbacks in the country a couple of years ago and he had an outstanding season as a freshman in 2011 as he passed for 1,159-yards and 13 touchdowns, while running for another 715-yards and seven scores. In his season opener as a sophomore, Miller was sensational as he completed 14 of 24 passes for 207-yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 161-yards on 17 carries, including a sensational 65-yard touchdown as the Buckeyes beat Miami (Ohio) by a 56-10 score.

If Miller can stay healthy, it will be a huge boost to new Head Coach Urban Meyer, who will be in his first year for the Buckeyes after a one-year sabbatical during the 2011 season. Coach Meyer led his Utah team to a 12-0 season in 2004 and then in 2005 his Florida Gators team won the BCS National Championship. His Florida Gators team recorded back-to-back 13 win seasons in 2008 and 2009 and the 2008 team won another BCS National Championship

4. QB Geno Smith – West Virginia – Smith was sensational as a junior when he passed for 4,385-yards and 31 touchdowns and he started this season off with another awesome performance as he completed 32 of 36 passes for 323-yards and four touchdowns in 69-34 victory over Marshall. Smith also ran for another 65-yards and another touchdown, giving him 388-yards and five touchdowns and another Heisman Trophy performance. Smith will get a chance to become a Super Star in the Big-12 Conference.

5. QB Taylor Martinez – Nebraska – Martinez was sensational and his passing was vastly improved from last year as he completed 25 of 34 passes for 354-yards and an amazing five touchdowns as the Cornhuskers beat a pretty good Southern Miss team by a 49-20 score. Martinez has had Saturday’s game at UCLA marked on his calendar ever since his senior year at Centennial HS in Corona, California. Martinez picked Nebraska over UCLA and he penciled in September 8, 2012: Nebraska at UCLA in the Rose Bowl.

6. QB Nick Florence – Baylor – Florence had some pretty big shoes to fill in taking over for Heisman Trophy Award Winner RGIII and Florence really answered the call as he completed 21 of 30 passes for 341-yards and four touchdowns in leading the Bears to a 59-24 victory over SMU. Florence led the Bears to 613 yards of total offense and they scored 45 points for the fifth straight game. Florence led the Bears to touchdowns on their first two drives in the third quarter and did not play in the fourth quarter.

7. QB Tyler Bray – Tennessee – Bray was very impressive as he completed 27 of 41 passes for 333-yards and two touchdowns, including a 41-yard touchdown to Cordarrelle Patterson and a 72-yard touchdown to Zach Rogers as the Vols beat North Carolina State by a 35-21 score in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. This was a very important opening victory for Head Coach Derek Dooley in his third season. The Vols finished 5-7 overall in 2011 and last in the SEC Eastern Division.

8. QB Bo Wallace – Ole Miss – Wallace was at East Mississippi Community College last year and this was his first career start and he completed 20 of 24 passes for 264-yards and two touchdowns. Wallace also rushed for another 82-yards on 13 carries and another touchdown as he garnered 346 all-purpose yards in 49-27 victory over Central Arkansas. Ole Miss was on a five-game losing streak and they were losing 20-14 at halftime. Last season, Wallace was sensational as he passed for 4,604-yards and 53 touchdowns.

9. QB Tajh Boyd – Clemson – Boyd had another great day as he completed 24 of 34 passes for 208-yards and rushed 19 times for another 58-yards, giving him 266 all-purpose yards in the huge victory as the Clemson Tigers beat the Auburn Tigers 26-19 in one of the best games of the day on Saturday. Boyd was sensational in 2011 and he could become a Heisman Trophy candidate in 2012.

2012 College Super POW Players

1. RB Le’Veon Bell – Michigan State – Bell was pretty sensational in the season opener against a pretty good previously ranked #24 Boise State team as he rushed for 210-yards on 44 carries, including the game winning touchdown with 8:12 left in the game. Bell also caught six passes for another 55-yards, giving him 265-yards of total offense and two touchdowns as the Spartans won by a close 17-13 score. It was a Heisman Trophy performance for Bell and in The Photo it shows Bell hurdling a Boise State player in trying to make the ESPN Sports Center Top 10 Plays of the Week. Bell also threw a key pass protection block on the Spartans winning touchdown drive.

2. RB Andre Ellington – Clemson – Ellington rushed for 231-yards on 26 carries as the Clemson Tigers beat the Auburn Tigers 26-19 in one of the best games of the day on Saturday. Ellington had two long runs to set-up chip-shot field goals with the longest run on a beautiful 68-yard run. Clemson Quarterback Tajh Boyd also had another great day as he completed 24 of 34 passes for 208-yards and rushing 19 times for another 58-yards, giving him 266 all-purpose yards in the victory.

3. RB Johnathan Franklin – UCLA – Franklin was unstoppable in the season opener as he rushed for 214-yards and scored three touchdowns as the Bruins beat Rice by a 49-24 score in their rare Thursday night opener.

4. RB Kenny Hilliard – LSU – Hilliard rushed for career-high 141-yards on 13 carries and scored two touchdowns on runs of 38 and five yards as the Tigers beat North Texas by a 41-14 score. Teammate Alfred Blue added 123-yards on 16 carries. The two LSU backs combined for 264-yards to become the first LSU tandem to exceed 100-yards in the season opener since Dalton Hilliard (Kenny’s Uncle) and Garry James did it against Oregon State in 1982.

5. RB Mike Gillislee – Florida – Gillislee had a career-high 148-yards on 24 carries and scored two touchdowns on runs of 15 and 38-yards as the Gators beat Bowling Green by a 27-14 score.  Gillislee, a senior, has been waiting his chance and responded with an outstanding opening game.


1. OFFENSE – RB T.J. Yeldon – Alabama – Yeldon led his Daphne, Alabama HS team to the Alabama 6A State Championship as a junior and he was my #1 running back as a senior. In his opening game as a True Freshman, Yeldon rushed for 111-yards on 11 carries for a nice 10.1 yards per carry average as the Crimson Tide beat Michigan by a 41-14 score. Yeldon originally committed to Auburn and then change his mind for Alabama. Yeldon entered school at mid-term and was MVP of the Alabama Spring Game.

2. DEFENSE – CB Jalen Mills – LSU – Mills is a True Freshman from Desoto, Texas who was able to start his first game of his career after Tyrann Mathieu was dismissed and he met the challenge by getting two solo tackles and two assisted tackles in the 41-14 victory over North Texas. Then, when Mills moved to nickelback, redshirt freshman Jalen Collins played his cornerback.


1. AP Hakeem Deggs – Plaquemine – Deggs could not have been more impressive as he caught two touchdowns of 60 and 70-yards on offense and on defense, he picked up a fumble and ran 90-yards for another touchdown. On these three touches, Deggs averaged an incredible 76.3 yards per touch.

2012 College Super Eleven POW Players

 1. WR Marqise Lee – Southern Cal – Lee was sensational in the season opener as he caught 10 passes for 197-yards from Barkley, including a 75-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage. Lee also returned a kickoff 100-yards for a touchdown, giving him 297 All-Purpose Yards as the Trojans beat Hawaii by a 39-10 score.

2. WR Cordarrelle Patterson – Tennessee – Patterson was the #1 JUCO Player in the country in 2011 and he had a “Breakout Game” on Friday night in the Georgia Dome and in front of millions on ESPNU.  Patterson caught a 41-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tyler Bray to get the Volunteers on the scoreboard. Then, in the second quarter, Patterson ran a reverse 67 yards for another touchdown that gave the vols a two score lead as they beat North Carolina State by a 35-21 score.

3. AP Marcus Murphy – Missouri – Murphy missed the entire 2011 season with a shoulder injury, but he was sensational in the season opener as he returned five punts for 181-yards, including two for touchdowns of 70 and 72-yards as the Tigers beat Southeast Louisiana by a 62-10 score. Murphy also added 32 rushing yards on five carries and finished with 213 all-purpose yards. Murphy averaged 21.3 yards per touch.

4. AP Marcus Lattimore – South Carolina – Lattimore was pretty awesome in the season opener as he rushed for 110-yards on 23 carries and scored two touchdowns on runs of 29 and one-yard as the Gamecocks edged a very tough Vanderbilt team by a 17-13 score. Lattimore also caught 3 passes for 21-yards, giving him 141-yards of total offense.

5. AP Odell Beckham – LSU – Beckham was sensational as he took over the punt return duties from Tyrann Mathieu. Beckham ran a punt return 70-yards for a touchdown. Beckham only caught three passes for 30-yards from Zach Mettenberger, but his Special Teams play included four punt returns for 75-yards and one kickoff return for 26-yards, giving him 131-yards of total offense. In the first quarter, Beckham ran a punt return 76-yards for a touchdown, but it was called back because of an illegal block after he had already scored.

6. AP Todd Gurley – Georgia – Gurley rushed for 100-yards and two touchdowns on eight carries. Gurley also ran a kickoff back 100-yards for another touchdown in the 45-23 victory over Buffalo. On those nine touches, Gurley averaged 22.2 yards per touch and three touchdowns.

7. TE Chris Gragg – Arkansas – Gragg is one of the most impressive tight ends in the country and he had his “Coming-out Party” in this opening game as he grabbed seven passes for 110-yards and two touchdowns as the Razorbacks beat Jacksonville State by a 49-24 score. In 2011, Gragg caught 41 balls for 518-yards. He scored two touchdowns in 2010 and again in 2011 and then duplicated those two scores in the opening game in 2012. Gragg was one of 33 players nominated for the John Mackey Award as being the Top Tight End in the country and he was selected as the John Mackey Top TE of the Week for this game.

8. WR Brandon Mitchell – Arkansas – Mitchell, the former Amite, Louisiana quarterback, was a backup quarterback to Tyler Wilson before he became a starting wide receiver and he also had a “Coming-out Party” as he grabbed 4 passes for 122-yards and averaged a very impressive 30.5 yards per catch. Razorback teammate Javontee Herndon also had four catches from Wilson for 96-yards.

9. TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins – Washington – Seferian-Jenkins was my #1 tight end when he came out and he had an outstanding freshman year in 2011 when he caught 41 passes for 538-yars and six touchdowns. In the season opener, he caught nine passes for 82-yards as the Huskies beat San Diego State by a 21-12 score.

10. WR Donte Moncrief – Ole Miss – Moncrief led the Rebels with eight catches for 104-yards, including a beautiful 53-yard touchdown in the third quarter that gave the Rebels a 28-20 lead after they had been behind 20-14 at halftime. This was a huge win for new Ole Miss Head Coach Hugh Freeze.

11. WR Austin Franklin – New Mexico State – Franklin was outstanding as he set career highs with eight catches for 236-yards and two touchdowns in a 49-19 victory over Sacramento State.

2012 College Super Eleven Players

1. CB Dee Milliner – Alabama – Milliner recorded five tackles, an interception, and a career-high four pass deflections as the Crimson Tide beat previously ranked #8 Michigan by a 41-14 score.

2. FS Eric Reid – LSU – Reid recorded 3 solo tackles, 4 assisted tackles, and a key interception as the LSU Tigers beat North Texas by an identical 41-14 score that Alabama beat Michigan. Reid was sensational in 2011 as a sophomore and he has started this season with an outstanding game that could vault him into the 2013 NFL Draft.

3. DE Chris Smith – Arkansas – Smith recorded seven tackles, a quarterback sack, and two quarterback hurries as the Razorbacks beat Jacksonville State by a 49-24 score.

4. DE C.J. Johnson – Ole Miss – Johnson recorded seven tackles and a quarterback sack as the Rebels beat Central Arkansas by a 49-27 score.

5. LB Yawin Smallwood – U-Conn – Smallwood recorded seven tackles and a quarterback sack in leading the Huskies in an outstanding defensive effort and a 37-0 victory over U-Mass. Smallwood and the Huskies gave up only 59-yards and were only one of five teams to post a shutout over the opening game weekend.

6. LB Mike Hicks – Baylor – Hicks was sensational as he picked up a fumble and raced 66-yards for a touchdown. Hicks also recorded nine tackles, including six solo tackles as the Bears beat SMU 59-24 in the opening game for both teams.

7. DT Justin Hamilton – ULL – Hamilton was making his first career start and he recorded four tackles for a loss, forced two fumbles, and had a quarterback sack as the Ragin’ Cajuns posted a 40-0 shutout of Lamar University. The two forced fumbles in the first quarter by Hamilton led to 10 points.

8. LB Jeremy Grove – East Carolina – Grove recorded nine tackles and had a career best two forced fumbles in the 35-14 victory over Appalachian State.

9. CB Travis Howard – Ohio State – Howard had a real “Breakout Game” as he recorded two interceptions in the 56-10 victory over Miami (Ohio). Howard had 11 starts in 2011 and he recorded two interceptions in the entire season and he duplicated that in his first game of the season.

10. LB Arthur Brown – Kansas State – Brown was sensational as he recorded five tackles and had two pass breakups as the Wildcats beat Missouri State by a 51-9 score in the opening game for both teams.

11. LB Ryan Shazier – Ohio State – Shazier was outstanding against Miami (Ohio) as he recorded nine tackles, including seven solo tackles as the Buckeyes beat the Redhawks by a 56-10 score.



About maxemfingerrecruiting

My mission and goal is to search for that hidden high school football talent that has not been found yet. I then evaluate him and try to help him to get some publicity. In 2003, 2004, 2005. and 2006, I hosted my Annual 7on7 National Championship. My goal was to get great athletes to one area where I could evaluate them and then help them with college coaches. The only drawback was that college coaches wanted to see the hidden gems in a game-type highlight film and so the college coaches suggested to me that I host a real All-American Bowl Game so that they could view these talented players in a highlight film, playing against other talented players. It's noted that the NCAA doesn't allow the college coaches to attend All-American Games or practices and so the Game Film is a great tool for the college coaches. In 2005, I hosted my 1st Annual All-American Bowl Game. In nine games in nine years, my wife and I have helped 549 HS football players to get a scholarship that came to our first Bowl Game practice without a single scholarship offer. This also does not count over 1,000 players who we have helped that did not play in our game, including over 100 players in the 2010 Recruiting Season. My Super Elite Top Gun Camp idealogy, is of course, to get as many Top Football Players to a Top Gun Camp so that all of my coaches and I can evaluate them, rate them, rank them, and promote them. There will always be "Diamonds in the Rough" to be found. My First Annual Max Emfinger's Super Elite Top Gun Camp was in July of 2010. The Camp was amazing and loaded with unknown and known talent. Many of them were invited to play in our 2011 All-American Bowl Game Classic. In 2007, in my 3rd Annual All-American Bowl Game, a player by the name of Kareem Jackson came to our first Monday practice, without a single scholarship offer. Jackson decided to come out early and he became a #1 Draft Choice in the 2010 NFL Draft for the Houston Texans.
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