2012 College Super Players of the Week and Top Ten Plays – Week #2
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Must Win Your Game or Unless Two Teams in The Top 10 Are Playing!
Emfinger SuperScout Personal Evaluation (ESPE)
ESPE Sweet Sixteen Plays of the Week – Week #2
1. AP Onterio McCalebb – Auburn – McCalebb returning kickoff 100-yards for TD!
2. RB Damien Williams – Oklahoma – Williams running for an 89-yard TD!
3. FS Cody Davis – Texas Tech – Davis returning interception 88-yards for TD!
4. QB Denard Robinson – Michigan – Robinson running for a 79-yard TD!
5T. RB Robert Woods – Southern Cal – Woods running a 76-yard reverse for TD!
5T. AP Drew Terrell – Stanford – Terrell returning a punt 76-yards for a TD!
6. QB Marqueis Gray – Minnesota – Gray running for a 75-yard TD!
7. WR Thomas Roberson – Tulsa – Roberson catching a 74-yard TD pass!
8. RB Raymond Sanders – Kentucky – Sanders running for a 67-yard TD!
9. WR Josh Boyce – TCU – Boyce catching a 66-yard TD pass!
10. WR Rodney Smith – Florida State – Smith catching a 61-yard TD pass!
11. WR Andre Davis – South Florida – Davis catching the winning 56-yard TD pass!
12. WR Donte Moncrief – Ole Miss – Moncrief catching a 55-yard TD pass!
13. RB DeAnthony Thomas – Oregon – Thomas running for a 51-yard TD!
14. QB David Ash – Texas – Ash faking a pass and running for a 49-yard TD!
15. QB Braxton Miller – Ohio State – Miller running for a 37-yard TD!
16. QB Kolton Browning – Louisiana Monroe – Browning 16-yard winning TD run!
SUPER SCOUT EVALUATIONS
MY SUPER SEVEN TEAMS
1. Alabama , 2. LSU, 3. USC, 4. OU, 5. FSU, 6. Oregon, 7. Ohio State
MY TOP FIVE SURPRISE TEAMS
1. UCLA, 2. Arizona, 3. Ole Miss, 4. Mississipp State, 5. Arizona State
MY TOP FIVE DISAPPOINTING TEAMS
1. Auburn, 2. Arkansas, 3, Oklahoma State, 4. Wisconsin, 5. Miami
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2012 College Terrific 30 POW Players
1. 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, but injury shortened, season as a freshman in 2011 when he passed for 1,159-yards and 13 touchdowns; while running for another 715-yards and seven touchdowns. There is no question that Miller is one of the greatest quarterbacks in the country if he can stay healthy. In his season opener, 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.
Then in his second game, Miller was even more sensational as he completed 14 of 24 passes for 207-yards and ran for 161-yards on 17 carries, including a “Stadium-Rattling” 37-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. This gave Miller 368-yards of total offense. Miller also threw two short touchdown passes, including a beautiful 12-yard touchdown pass to TE Jake Stoneburner, after a scramble, in leading the Buckeyes to a 31-16 victory over Central Florida Team.
2. QB Denard Robinson – Michigan – Robinson was pretty sensational as he made the Air Force defense look silly on a couple of long touchdown runs for a touchdown. Robinson completed 14 of 25 passes for 208-yards and two touchdowns and also ran for another 218-yards and he also scored on two long touchdowns, giving him 426-yards of total offense as the Wolverines edged a very touch Air Force team by a 31-25 score. Robinson had the Michigan crowd of 112,522 and TV audience on their feet and yelling for most of the game, but his 79-yard touchdown run when he faked a “bubble-screen” and ran, was an exceptional play with an exceptional effort. This play helped Robinson make the ESPE Sweet 16 Plays of the Week.
3. QB B.J. Daniels – South Florida – Daniels passed completed 22 of 40 passes for 363- yards and three touchdowns, including a 56-yard scoring toss to Andre Davis with 38 seconds left in the game to help South Florida come from behind to beat Nevada 32-31. Daniels also rushed 11 times for another 53-yards, giving him 416-yards of total offense.
Daniels also threw another 51-yard touchdown pass to Davis, who finished with 12 catches for 191-yards. Daniels other touchdown pass was a 52-yard pass to Chris Dunkley with 2:37 remaining in the game. Lindsey Lamar rushed for 85-yards for the Bulls who trailed 21-6 in the opening quarter.
4. Kolton Browning – Louisiana Monroe – Browning helped pull off one of the most impressive UPSET games of the year as the Warhawks beat the Arkansas Razorbacks by a 34-31 as Browning scored the winning touchdown in OVERTIME. Browning accounted for an incredible 481-yards of total offense and four touchdowns. Browning also scored the winning touchdown on a 16-yard scramble off of a pass as he out-ran all of the Hog defenders to the goal-line on a fourth down play. This play helped Browning make the ESPE Sweet 16 Plays of the Week.
Browning made his first start as a freshman in the same Little Rock War Memorial Stadium two years ago in a 31-7 loss, but he has matured a lot since then and he inspired his team to play much better in this game. The Warhawks trailed 28-7 midway through the third quarter before Browning rallied his team behind him. The Razorbacks lost their Heisman Trophy quarterback candidate in Tyler Wilson and they never recovered.
5. QB Brett Hundley – UCLA – Hundley was outstanding as he completed 21 of 22 passes for 305-yards and four touchdowns as the Bruins UPSET a very good Nebraska Cornhusker team by a 36-30 score. Hundley also added 53-yards rushing, giving him 358 yards of total offense in the victory. Both teams combines for an amazing 1,091, with UCLA getting 653-yards and Nebraska getting 438-yards.
UCLA has had some big wins on occasion and even some wins over ranked opponents in the last few years, but they have never been consistent or looked like they would turn the corner. With new Head Coach Jim Mora, their approach has been all different. Coach Mora is a coach that is coming from the NFL and his players will play with discipline and accountability and they will play as a Team in raising the bar at UCLA.
6. QB Collin Klein – Kansas State – Klein was nearly perfect through the air on Saturday, as he completed 9 of 11 for 210-yards and a touchdown; while also adding 71-yards and three more scores on the ground. This gave Klein 281-yards of total offense as the Wildcats toyed with the Miami Hurricanes as the Wildcats pounded them by a 52-13 score on a sun-splashed afternoon. Behind Klein, the Wildcats scored on their first four offensive series as RB John Hubert rushed for 106-yards and Daniel Sams added two scores as the Wildcats rolled-up 498-yards of total offense on a speedy Hurricaine defense.
Klein is a quarterback that will grow on you, if you watch him play. Against the once-proud University of Miami, he was unbelievable. The Hurricanes knew exactly what he was going to do on offense and they simply could not stop him. Before this game, Klein might not have been in the Heisman Trophy race, but now his name has been placed on the list of candidates.
7. QB Tanner Price – Wake Forest – Price was outstanding as he led his team from behind to UPSET rival North Carolina by a 28-27 score. Price scored on a 1-yard sneak with 2:09 left in the game to help the Demon Deacons to rally past the Tar Heels by a 28-27 score on Saturday in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.
Price, from Austin, Texas, threw for a career-high 327 yards for the Demon Deacons who struggled to generate much offense throughout the second half until the decisive drive. Starting from his own 7-yard line, Price calmly directed an 11-play, 93-yard scoring drive that ended when he sneaked through the right side of the line for the winning touchdown.
8. QB Tyler Bray – Tennessee – Bray was very impressive in his first game as he completed 27 of 41 passes for 333-yards and two touchdowns. Then in his second game, Bray completed an amazing 18 of 20 for 310-yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions , as the Vols beat Georgia State by a 51-13 score. Bray was really outstanding as he completed his last 13 passes which was the third longest in The University of Tennessee school history.
9. QB Dylan Thompson – South Carolina – Thompson was unbelievable on Saturday as he started at quarterback for the injured starting quarterback Connor Shaw. Thompson, not only filled-in with an adequate or good job, he did an outstanding job as he completed 21 of 37 passes for 330-yards and three touchdowns as he helped the Gamecocks defeat East Carolina by a 48-10 score. With Shaw and Thompson ready for future games, Coach Steve Spurrier says there are no quarterback problems. I’m sure this is true, because the Gamecocks have at least two great quarterbacks that Coach Spurrier can use.
10. QB Matt Scott – Arizona – Scott had a “Breakout Game” on Saturday against Oklahoma State in one of the biggest UPSET games of the year as the Wildcats beat the Cowboys by a 59-38 score. Scott completed 28 of 41 passes for 320-yards and two touchdowns, along with another 55 rushing yards, giving him 375-yards of total offense. In his first two games of the season, Scott has thrown for 707-yards which is #1 in the PAC-10 and #4 in the country.
11. QB A.J. McCarron – Alabama – McCarron threw four touchdown passes and the #1 Alabama Defense also forced four fumbles as the Crimson Tide beat Western Kentucky by a 35-0 score. The result was more about the big plays by The Tide and consistent muscle-flexing dominance for the top-ranked Crimson Tide. McCarron completed 14 of 19 passes for 219-yards and the four touchdowns, passing two touchdowns to Christion Jones and two more touchdowns to Kevin Norwood.
12. QB Landry Jones – Oklahoma – Jones could have declared for the 2012 NFL Draft, but he decided to come back and try to help the Sooners to win the National Championship. Jones played great in the Sooners 69-13 beating of Florida A&M as he only played about three quarters and completed 19 of 28 passes for 252-yards and two touchdowns with only one interception. Jones, of course, is an early Heisman Trophy candidate and he’s working with some new receivers, but the new receivers are pretty incredible, including WR Kenny Stills and RB Damien Williams who rushed for 156-yards.
13. QB Tajh Boyd – Clemson – Boyd had another great game in his opening game of the season as he completed 24 of 34 passes for 208-yards and he also rushed 19 times for another 58-yards, giving him 266 all-purpose yards in the huge 26-19 Clemson Tiger victory over the Auburn Tigers. Against Ball State, in his second game, Boyd completed 19 of 23 for 229-yards passing and three touchdowns.
Boyd now has 44 career touchdown passes, which broke his tie with Woodrow Dantzler for third place on the Clemson career passing touchdowns list. Boyd was sensational in 2011 and he now is a Heisman Trophy candidate in 2012. In this game, Boyd had an amazing 209.3 Quarterback Rating.
14. QB Tyler Russell – Mississippi State – Russell led Mississippi State to a 28-10 victory over Auburn in the SEC opener for both teams. It was the first win for the Bulldogs in an SEC opener since 1999. Russell was outstanding as he completed 20 of 29 passes for 222- yards and three touchdowns. Russell led the Bulldogs on three touchdown drives in its first four second half possessions as the Bulldogs scored 21 unanswered points to seal the victory. Russell passed the football around as he hit nine different receivers.
15 QB Aaron Murray – Georgia – Murray was outstanding all day for Georgia in a very tough battle against a pretty tough Missouri team in the first SEC game for both teams this year. Murray completed a lot of clutch passes as he finished with 22 completions out of 35 for 242-yards and three touchdowns as they beat the Missouri Tigers by a 41-20 score.
16. QB Matt Barkley – Southern Cal – Barkley completed 30 of 40 passes for 377-yards and four touchdowns in his first game of the season as the Trojans beat Hawaii by a 39-10 score. Then, in his second game, against Syracuse, he completed 23 of 30 passes for only 187-yards, but he also threw six touchdown passes and the Trojans won by a 42-29 score. So how can you keep him off of the MVP Team? 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. In this second game, Barkley had a great 188.4 Quarterback Rating.
17. QB Maxwell Smith – Kentucky – Smith had an outstanding day as he completed 30 of 39 passes for 354-yards and four touchdowns and with no interceptions as the Wildcats beat Kent State by a 47-14 in Lexington. The Wildcats were trailing 7-0 at the end of the first quarter, but behind the direction of Smith, they then racked-up 539-yards as Aaron Boyd grabbed 11 passes for 100-yards.
18. QB Josh Nunes – Stanford – Nunes was outstanding in the “SAT Bowl” against Duke as he completed 16 of 30 passes for 275-yards and three touchdowns as the Cardinal beat the Blue Devils by a 50-13 score. Nunes demonstrated great leadership and his three touchdown passes were outstanding as he hit his receivers in heavy coverage. WR Drew Terrell caught his touchdown pass with two defenders on him as did TE Levine Toilolo.
19. QB Taylor Kelly – Arizona State – Kelly was outstanding in his game against Illinois as he completed 18 of 24 passes for 249-yards and a touchdown as the Sun Devils beat the Illini by a 45-14 score. Kelly, from Eagle, Idaho, demonstrated great leadership qualities and finished with an outstanding 175.9 Quarterback Rating.
20. QB Teddy Bridgewater – Louisville – Bridgewater completed 30 of 39 passes for 344-yards and two touchdowns as the Cardinals beat Missouri State by a 35-7 score. This was only one week after Bridgewater completed 19 of 21 throws for 232-yards in less than three full quarters. Missouri State and Kentucky have not been top competition, but you can’t ask for much more than what the sophomore has done through two weeks. I think that the Heisman Trophy Watch has added his name to their list.
21. QB David Ash – Texas – Ash completed 16 of 22 passes for a career high 221-yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for another 31-yards and a touchdown, giving him 252-yards of total offense as the Longhorns beat New Mexico by a 45-0 score. On a fourth and one situation, Ash rolled to his right, didn’t see a receiver, cutback across the field, and ran 49-yards, untouched, for a touchdown. This play helped Ash make the ESPE Sweet 16 Plays of the Week.
In the second quarter, Ash hit Mike Davis on a short pass and he ran 22-yards for a touchdown. Then, Ash hit Daje Johnson on a 45-yard score in the third quarter.
22. QB Seth Doege – Texas Tech – Doege helped lead the Red Raiders to a pair of touchdowns in a 51-second span of the opening four and a half minutes of the game, and the Red Raiders coasted to a 58-10 victory over new-kid-on-the-block Texas State on Saturday night. Doege completed 25 of 32 passes for 319-yards and a career-tying five touchdown passes in less than three quarters of work. Doege threw two touchdowns in the first quarter, his first coming less than a minute after the Tech defense opened the scoring on an 88-yard interception return for a touchdown by safety Cody Davis.
23. QB Marqueis Gray – Minnesota – Gray completed 6 of 8 passes for 100-yards and two touchdowns and ran for 109-yards and two more touchdowns by halftime as Minnesota finally enjoyed an easy victory over an FCS opponent by beating New Hampshire 44-7. This was the most points that the Gophers have scored in five years. Gray only passed eight times, but he completed touchdown passes to Isaac Fruechte and John Rabe. Gray also made a beautiful 75-yard touchdown, right-up-the-middle untouched for a momentum-swinging touchdown at the end of the first quarter. This play helped Gray make the ESPE Sweet 16 Plays of the Week. Gray did not play in the second half.
24. QB Andrew Maxwell – Michigan State – Maxwell completed 20 of 31 passes for 275- yards and two touchdowns and with no interceptions for the Spartans, who scored 10 points in the final minute of the first half to take a 24-0 half-time lead.
25. QB Munchie Legaux – Cincinnati – Legaux went 2-1 as an injury fill-in last season, but against Pittsburgh, he demonstrated his excellent skills that he had playing high school football in New Orleans. Legaux completed 14 of 28 passes for 205-yards and two touchdowns, including a couple of swing passes to RB Ralph David Abernathy IV who turned them into scores. Legaus also rushed for 117-yards, including a 77-yard run as the Bearcats beat the Panthers by a 34-10 score.
26. QB Chuckie Keeton – Utah State – Keeton was outstanding as he led his Aggies to an UPSET 27-20 OT win over Super Rival Utah. In leading the Aggies to victory, Keeton completed 22 of 32 passes for 216-yards and two touchdowns and he also rushed for a career high 86-yards on 17 carries, including a 23-yard scramble to set-up the winning touchdown in Overtime. This gave Keeton a total of 302 total yards in the game.
27. QB Sean Mannion – Oregon State – Mannion completed 29 of 47 passes for 276-yards and a touchdown as the Beavers UPSET the Badgers of Wisconsin by a 10-7 score. The Badgers beat the Beavers 35-0 last year in Madison, but this year was completely different. The Beavers win snapped a 33-game non-conference winning streak, for the Badgers, which was the second longest winning streak in the country behind LSU.
28. QB Cody Green – Tulsa – Green had a great “Breakout Game” in his game with Tulane as he completed 16 of 26 passes for 274-yards in the 45-10 victory. Green also had two touchdown passes, including a beautiful 74-yard touchdown pass to Thomas Roberson in the second quarter. Green ran for another 9-yards, giving him 283-yards of total offense. Remember Green was one of the top quarterbacks in the country when he came out. The Dayton, Texas product signed with Nebraska, but has transferred. Green had a tremendous 174.4 Quarterback Rating in this game.
29. QB E.J. Manuel – Florida State – Manuel was 11 of 13 for 161-yards and three touchdowns against Savannah State, but this was all in the first quarter. His 61-yard touchdown pass to Rodney Smith was a “Thing of Beauty” and made the ESPE Sweet 16 Plays of the Week, because it was such a great-timing pass over the middle and Emanuel will likely team-up with Smith on many more touchdowns in 2012. Manuel has not been sacked one single time this season, but he also hasn’t played a tough team yet. He hasn’t even had to play a four full quarters yet through two games. The spread was at 70½ points, but Mother Nature dealt her own hand Saturday, forcing officials to call the game with 8:59 left in the third quarter after two long delays, because of thunderstorms.
In this game, Emanuel recorded an amazing 264.8 Quarterback Rating. As a starter, Emanuel is 8-2 against ACC opponents heading into this Saturday’s game against Wake Forest. If the Seminoles can maintain their position in the top 10, Manuel is going to be one of the ACC’s best hope at a Heisman Trophy candidate this year. In this game, Emanuel recorded an incredible 264.8 Quarterback Rating.
2012 College Super POW Players
1. 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. Franklin came back after his first 200-yard rushing game with his second 200-yard rushing game as he rushed for 217-yards and caught three passes for another 59-yards, giving him 276-yards of total offense as the Bruins UPSET a pretty good Nebraska team by a 36-30 score.
Franklin, a senior from Los Angeles, rushed for a career-best 217 yards on 26 carries with a great 8.3 yards per carry average and averaged 19.6 yards per catch on three catches. In this second game, Franklin finished with a fabulous 9.5 yards per touch and he now leads the country in rushing with 431-yards after two games. Franklin also has just vaulted himself into the Heisman Trophy race and he’s averaging an “eye-popping” 10.5 yards per carry and 215.5 yards per game.
2. RB Kenjon Barner – Oregon – Barner had an outstanding game as he rushed for 201-yards on 34 carries and scored three touchdowns as the Ducks beat Fresno State by a 42-25 score after being ahead at halftime by a 35-6 score. Barner was sensational as he also grabbed three pases for 21-yards, giving him 222-yards of total offense in the victory.
3. RB Damien Williams – Oklahoma – Williams had an outstanding rushing day as he rushed for 156-yards and scored four touchdowns as the Sooners beat Florida A&M by a 69-13 score. This was the most rushing yardage for an opening game at Owen Field and Williams, a former Junior College Star, became one of only four Sooner players to rush for 100-yards in his first two career games. His 89-yard touchdown run was one of the ESPE Sweet 16 Plays of the Week. The last Sooner running back to rush for 100 yards in his first two games was Adrian Peterson in 2004.
4. RB Ka’Deen Carey – Arizona – Carey was pretty dominating in the Wildcats game with Oklahoma State as he scored an impressive four touchdowns as the Wildcats UPSET the Oklahoma State Cowboys by a 59-38 score. Carey rushed for 126-yards on 26 carries and scored three touchdowns and caught four passes for another 28-yards and a touchdown, giving him 154-yards of total offense and four touchdowns scored.
5. RB John Hubert – Kansas State – Hubert teamed with QB Collin Klein to dominate a pretty good Miami defense with some outstanding speed. Hubert was overshadowed by all of the great plays of Klein, but Miami had just as much trouble containing Hubert as they did Klein. He is a little undersized, but he is a hard runner, and sometimes very difficult to see behind the huge offensive linemen. Hubert finished with 106 yards and a touchdown on just 19 carries, averaging 5.58 yards a carry.
6. 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 in their first game. Gillislee, came back with another great game against Texas A&M in game two as he rushed for 83-yards, including two touchdowns and the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter as the Gators came from behind to beat Texas A&M by a 20-17 score in front of 87,114 fans and an ESPN TV audience.
7. RB Raymond Sanders – Kentucky – Sanders rushed for 115-yards on 13 carries, including a 67-yard touchdown run as the Wildcats beat Kent State by a 47-14 score. Sanders also made one catch for 10-yards, giving him 125 yards of total offense. This victory gave the Wildcats their seventh straight home opening victory. His 67-yard touchdown helped Sanders make the ESPE Sweet 16 Plays of the Week.
8. RB Venric Mark – Northwestern – Mark had an outstanding game as he rushed for 123-yards on 24 carries and scored the Wildcats first touchdown in the fourth quarter on a seven-yard run as they beat Vanderbilt by a close 23-13 score. Mark also caught one pass for 14-yards, giving him 137-yards of total offense in the huge UPSET victory.
9. RB Alex Singleton – Tulsa – Singleton, from LaPlace, Louisiana, was outstanding in the game against Tulane as he rushed for 102-yards on 14 carries and scored three touchdowns in the 45-10 victory.
TRUE FRESHMEN PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
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. OFFENSE – WR Trey Metoyer – Oklahoma – Metoyer was one of the top wide receivers in the country two years ago and last year, he was the top wide receiver in Prep School. This past weekend, Metoyer caught three passes for 30-yards, including a touchdown as the Sooners beat Florida A&M by a 69-13 score.
1. 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 in his first start by getting two solo tackles and two assisted tackles in the 41-14 victory over North Texas. Mills, then made his second straight start at cornerback for the Tigers and was second on team with seven tackles to go with first interception of career in 41-3 win over Washington. Mills added one pass breakup as the Tigers dominated the Huskies, holding them to just 183-yards of total offense. passing).
2. DEFENSE – CB Deante’ Gray – TCU – Gray returned five punts for 160-yards, including a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown in the Horned Frogs 56-0 victory over Grambling. With only two-minutes into the game, Gray returned his 70-yard punt to start the scoring for the Frogs. This Frog win was #110 for Head Coach Gary Patterson.
LOUISIANA HIGH SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE WEEK #2
2012 College Super Eleven POW Players
ENDS AND ALL-PURPOSE BACKS
1. WR Andre Davis – South Florida – Davis was had a “breakout game” on Saturday as he grabbed 12 passes for 191-yards and two touchdowns as South Florida beat Nevada by a 32-31 score. The 191 receiving yards by Davis was 27 more yards than any other BCS player in Week #2, and it marked a school single-game record, breaking the old record of 149-yards of Clif Dell in 1997. This was the first ever game for South Florida.
Davis helped the Bulls to overcome an 11-point deficit with less than three minutes left in the game. With 38 seconds to go in the game, Davis caught the game-winning 56-yard touchdown catch from QB B.J. Daniels in very tight coverage that was eventually flagged. The 51-yard touchdown by Davis in the first quarter got the Bulls on the board after falling behind 14-0 early. It was the kind of win that the Bulls could never seem to pull out last season, when it lost five games by a touchdown or less. Davis only had one catch for 13-yards in Week #1, and as a freshman last season, he never recorded more than four catches or 62-yards in a game.
2. AP Robert Woods – Southern Cal – Woods did a lot of things to help the Trojans beat Hawaii by a 39-10 score. First of all, Woods had 10 catches for 93-yards and two touchdowns and then he had an unbelievable reverse for a 76-yard touchdown. And then, Woods returned a punt 31-yards, giving him 200-yards of total offense. His 76-yard touchdown run was one of the ESPE Sweet 16 Plays of the Week.
3. WR Marlon Brown – Georgia – Brown was outstanding all day Saturday in making clutch catch after another. Brown finished with eight catches for 106-yards and two touchdowns, including an 11-yard touchdown that put the Bulldogs ahead for good at 24-20 late in the third quarter and they went on to beat Missouri by a 41-20 score. Both of the touchdown catches of Brown could have made our ESPE Top 10 Plays.
4. WR Kenny Stills – Oklahoma – Stills caught 10 passes for 120-yards and a touchdown as the Sooners beat Florida A&M by a 69-13 score. Stills has done his part to become the #1 target of QB Landry Jones, although there are a lot of talented receivers on the Sooner team this year. Stills made a great catch of a 16-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Stills has caught passes for 120-yards in both games far the season, and caught touchdown passes in both wins for the Sooners.
5. WR DeAndre Hopkins – Clemson – Hopkins had another sensational game while Sammy Watkins is suspended and out. In this second game, Hopkins caught six passes for 105-yards with three touchdowns in the first half against Ball State. With his three touchdown receptions, Hopkins tied a school record for receiving touchdowns and he did it in one half. Hopkins also now has three consecutive games of at least 100 receiving yards, which ties a school record.
6. WR Justin Hunter – Tennessee – Hunter was outstanding on Saturday in Knoxville as he tied a Tennessee school record by catching three of four touchdown passes from QB Tyler Bray as the Vols beat Georgia State by a 51-13 score. Hunter caught eight passes for 146-yards in his second game back for the Volunteers after tearing his knee ligament last September.
7. AP Deante Gray – TCU – Gray gave TCU a special moment in its grand opening of the rebuilt Amon G. Carter Stadium, as he returned a punt 70-yards for a touchdown. The thing that was Special was that the Frogs scored on the first possession of the ball in their new stadium. Gray finished with 160-yards on five punt returns, a new TCU single-game record. Gray also added a 61-yard return in the second half.
8. AP Drew Terrell – Stanford – Terrell returned a punt 76-yards for a touchdown early in the first quarter and altogether returned four punts for 100-yards as the Cardinal beat Duke by a 50-13 score. Terrell also caught three passes for 39-yards, including a beautiful touchdown catch in the victory. This punt return helped Terrell make the ESPE Sweet 16 Plays of the Week.
9. WR Michael Campanaro – Wake Forest – Campanaro was pretty sensational on Saturday as he grabbed 13 balls for 164-yards as he helped the Demon Deacons to an UPSET 28-27 victory over North Carolina. Campanaro also rushed for 9-yards, giving him 173-yards of total offense in the victory.
10. WR Josh Boyce – TCU – Boyce only caught four passes in the 56-0 shutout of Grambling, but two catches went for touchdowns of 66 and 12-yards in the second quarter and ended with four catches for 102-yards. Last year, Boyce came two yards short of a 1,000-yard receiving season and this is a very good start for this year. This 66-yard play helped Boyce make the ESPE Sweet 16 Plays of the Week.
11. WR Aaron Boyd – Kentucky – Boyd had an outstanding game on Saturday as he grabbed 11 passes for 100-yards, including a 14-yard touchdown in the second quarter as the Wildcats beat Kent State by a 47-14 score. Boyd caught his first career touchdown in the back of the endzone with 14:04 left in the first half.
12. AP Roy Finch – Oklahoma – Finch rushed for 50-yards on five carries, including a 15-yard touchdown run in the 69-13 Sooner victory over Florida A&M, but Finch did a lot of other things for the Sooners as he returned three kickoffs for 87-yards, giving him 137 All-Purpose Yards in the team victory.
13. AP Justin Brown – Oklahoma – Brown caught two passes for 55-yards in the 69-13 victory over Florida A&M, but this was not all that Brown did in the victory. Remember last year when Brown was the starting wide receiver for Penn State? Well, he has transferred to Norman and in this game, he returned three punts fo 102-yards, including a 62-yard punt, giving him 157-yards of total offense.
14. AP Tyler Lockett – Kansas State – Lockett was outstanding in the 52-13 victory over Miami as he rushed for 14-yards; caught three passes for 59-yards; and returned two kickoffs for 54-yards, giving him 127 All-Purpose yards.
15. AP De’Anthony Thomas – Oregon – Thomas rushed for 102-yards on seven carries as the Ducks beat Fresno State by a 42-25 score. Thomas also had four catches for 26-yards, giving him 128 All-Purpose yards in the victory.
2012 College Super 25 Players
1. DE Jarvis Jones – Georgia – Jones looked like he “Was on a Mission” to prove that he is the best in the country or that Georgia is one of the best in the country; or both. Against Missouri, Jones recorded recorded nine tackles, including six solo; had two sacks; forced a fumble; had two pass breakups; and an interception. The interception and the forced fumble, by Jones, both resulted in touchdowns as the Bulldogs beat Missouri in their first SEC game of the season. After this game, Jones was named as the Bronko Nagarski National Defensive Award and he was also named as the Chuck Bedarik Defensive Player of the Week.
2. LB Arthur Brown – Kansas State – Brown was sensational against a Miami team that he once played for as he recorded 10 tackles, including five solo tackles; had two pass breakups; recovered a fumble; and caused a fumble as the Wildcats cruised to a 52-13 victory over the Hurricanes. Brown has already been Selected to the Dick Butkus Watch List as the Best Linebacker in the Country.
3. DE Sam Montgomery – LSU – Montgomery recorded four tackles, including two solos and a sack for minus three yards and another 1 1/2 tackle for a four-yard loss as the Tigers beat Washington by a 41-3 score. Montgomery also added three QB hurries as the Tigers held the Huskies to only 12 first downs and 183-yards of total offense.
4. DE Damontre Moore – Texas A&M – Moore is going to be one of our exceptions to the Rule that you have to win your game on Saturday to become an MVP. Both Texas A&M and Georgia played like they belonged in the Top 10 and Moore was not only good in this game, he was pretty sensational, once you realize that he recorded four quarterback sacks in the first half. For the game, Moore recorded 10 total tackles, seven solos, and had four sacks for a minus 24-yards in the Texas A&M 20-17 loss to Florida. Moore now leads the nation in sacks per game with three and is fifth in tackles for loss per game with also three per game. Moore also played in our 2010 All-American Bowl Game Classic.
5. DE William Gholston – Michigan State – Gholston might be one of the most disruptive defensive ends in the country and on Saturday, he proved it as he recorded eight tackles, including two solo tackles, a quarterback sack, and a pass breakup. Gholston was the leader of a Spartan defense that did not give up an offensive touchdown for the second straight week as they beat Central Michigan.
6. LB Kevin Minter – LSU – Minter was all over the field in the game on Saturday against Washington as he recorded a team-high nine tackles, including five solo tackles as the Tigers beat the Huskies by 41-10 score. Minter also had one tackle for a loss and two quarterback hurries to go with his nine tackles.
7. DE Jackson Jeffcoat – Texas – Jeffcoat was pretty sensational in the 45-0 shutout of New Mexico and their new Head Coach Bob Davie. Jeffcoat dominated the game with five tackles, including three solo tackles of which 2.5 of those solo tackles were for a loss, plus a sack for minus seven yards. Jeffcoat also recorded a pass breakup and forced a fumble. This Vince Lombardi Trophy candidate was very impressive to those voters as he helped lead the Longhorn defense to a shutout.
8. CB Jonathan McKnight – Arizona – McKnight returned an interception 48-yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter and it sealed the fate of Oklahoma State in one of the biggest UPSET games of the season with a 59-38 victory over the Cowboys.
9. DE Datone Jones – UCLA – Jones was dominate in the UPSET game against Nebraska as he recorded four solo tackles, had two assists, fourced a fumble, and had a fourth quarter sack that resulted in a safety as the Bruins beat Nebraska by a 36-30 score.
10. LB D.J. Welch – Oregon State – Welch led a tremendous defensive effort that held Wisconsin to only 207 yards of total offense. Welch recorded four solo tackles of which two tackles were for a minus eight yards; and he also had three assisted tackles. The Beavers also held Heisman Trophy Candidate Montee Ball out of the end zone for the first time in 21 games.
11. DE Adam Davis – Kansas State – Davis was a wrecking ball on the defensive line for the tough Wildcat defense as he was one of the most disruptive forces in the game. Davis finished with just four tackles, but he had two sacks and forced two fumbles, one of which was scooped up by teammate Arthur Brown as they beat Miami by a 52-13 score.
12. LB Jordan Hicks – Texas – Hicks was spectacular in leading the Longhorn defense in tackles with nine tackles as they shutout New Mexico by a 45-0 score in Austin. Hicks had a game high nine tackles that also included 1.5 tackles for a loss and two quarterback hurries. Hicks joins his Longhorn teammate, Jackson Jeffcoat, on the Vince Lombardi Check List.
13. DE Walter Stewart – Cincinnati – Stewart led a very tough Bearcat defense that kept Pittsburgh out of the end zone until 34 seconds remained in the game, helping Cincinnati to a 34-10 win. Stewart recorded nine tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and a forced fumble that led to a touchdown.
14. CB Quandre Diggs – Texas – Diggs was was one of the top cornerbacks in the country a couple years ago and he was one of the best cornerbacks in the country on Saturday as he helped lead a very tough Texas Longhorn defense to pitch a shutout against New Mexico with a 45-0 victory. In this game, Diggs recorded five tackles, including three solo tackles and an interception. Diggs also returned a punt 35-yards.
15. FS Jimmy Legree – South Carolina – Legree had an outstanding game as he helped lead the Gamecocks to a 48-10 victory over East Carolina. Legree recorded four solo tackles and picked off a key interception in the third quarter and raced 29-yards for a touchdown to give them a 35-0 lead.
16. CB Johnthan Banks – Mississippi State – Banks was outstanding in leading the Bulldogs to a 28-10 UPSET victory over Auburn. In this game, Banks recorded two key interceptions and had six tackles, including four solo tackles. When you think about this UPSET, you need to remember the records of the two teams, only two years ago.
17. CB Kenneth Acker – SMU – Acker was amazing as he had two interceptions and scored two touchdowns as the Mustangs beat Stephen F. Austin by a 52-0 score. Acker scored on a 77-yard interception return and his other touchdown was scored on a blocked field goal that he picked-up and ran 56-yards for another touchdown.
18. LB Dion Bailey – USC – Bailey was dominating as the Trojans beat Syracuse as he picked-off two interceptions and had eight tackles, including seven solo and two pass breakups as the Trojans beat the Orangemen by a 42-29 score.
19. DT Tyler Scott – Northwestern – Scott had an outstanding game against Vanderbilt as he recorded six tackles, including four solo tackles, a quarterback sack, and a forced a key fumble as the Wildcats beat the Commodores by a 23-13 score. The sack by Scott caused a key fumble that was the turning point of the game.
20. LB Sam Barrington – South Florida – Barrington was outstanding in the South Florida come from behind in the 32-31 victory over Nevada. In leading the Bulls defense, Barrington recorded eight tackles; had two pass breakups; and forced two key fumbles.
21. DE Travis Johnson – San Jose State – Johnson was pretty sensational on Saturday as he completely dominated the game in tying the WAC Conference and school records with six tackles for a loss for 46-yards in their 45-13 victory over UC Davis. Johnson also tied a school record with four sacks for a minus 25-yards.
22. FS Christian Bryant – Ohio State – Bryant graded out at 96% in the Central Florida 31-16 victory when he led the team in tackles with seven tackles, including four solo tackles and two pass breakups.
23. CB Jemarlous Moten – ULL – Moten was pretty unbelievable on Saturday in the 37-24 victory over Troy State. Moten helped lead a very tough defense as he recorded a team-high 12 tackles and he picked-up a fumble and raced 56-yards for a touchdown. The Ragin’ Cajuns stopped Troy on two fourth downs and forced three turnovers, including the Moten fumble for a touchdown that keyed 20 unanswered points in the first half.
24. FS Brison Williams – South Carolina – Williams was outstanding on defense as the Gamecocks beat East Carolina by a 48-10 score. Playing in the same secondary of Jimmy Legree, Williams added an interception and three solo tackles
25. FS Elisha Olabode – TCU – Olabode returned an interception 28-yards for a touchdown in the 56-0 shutout of Grambling State. Oladode returned his interception in the first quarter to make the score 21-0 with 7:54 still left in the quarter.