2012 College Super Players of the Week and Top 16 Plays – Week #3
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ESPE Sweet Sixteen Plays of the Week – Week #3
1. RET Trey Wilson – Vanderbilt – Wilson returning interception 100-yards for TD!
2. RET Tyler Lockett – Kansas State – Lockett returning kickoff 96-yards for TD!
3. WR Damiere Byrd – South Carolina – Byrd catching a 94-yard TD!
4. RB Zac Stacy – Vanderbilt – Stacy running for an 86-yard TD!
5. RB Chris Thompson – FSU – Thompson running for an 80-yard TD!
6. RB Trey Burton – Florida – Burton running for an 80-yard TD!
7. WR Frankie Hammond – Florida – Hammond catching a 75-yard TD pass!
8. RET Darius Jones – Baylor – Jones returning interception 73-yards for TD!
9T. WR Devin Smith – Ohio State – Smith catching a 72-yard TD pass!
9T. WR Chad Bumphis – Mississippi State – Bumphis catching a 72-yard TD pass!
10. RB Kenny Hilliard – LSU – Hilliard running for a 71-yard TD!
11. AP Marquise Goodwin – Texas – Goodwin running 69-yard reverse for TD!
12. WR Michael Bennett – Georgia – Bennett catching a 67-yard TD pass!
13. RB Ja’Terian Douglas – Tulsa – Douglas running a 67-yard TD!
14. FS D.J. Swearinger – South Carolina – Swearinger running 65-yard fumble for TD!
15. AP De’Anthony Thomas – Oregon – Thomas running a 59-yard TD!
16. RB Stepfan Taylor – Stanford – Taylor running a 59-yard TD!
SUPER SCOUT EVALUATIONS
MY SUPER SEVEN TEAMS
1. Alabama , 2. LSU, 3. FSU, 4. OU, 5. West Virginia, 6. Florida, 7. Oregon
MY TOP FIVE SURPRISE TEAMS
1. UCLA, 2. Arizona, 3. Mississipp State, 4. Louisville, 5. Arizona State
MY TOP FIVE DISAPPOINTING TEAMS
1. Arkansas, 2. Virginia Tech, 3. Kentucky, 4. Miami
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2012 College Special 400 Yards of Total Offense POW Players
1. 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 their 69-34 opening game victory over Marshall. In that first game, Smith also ran for another 65-yards and another touchdown, giving him 388-yards of total offense and five touchdowns and another Heisman Trophy performance.
In his second game against James Madison, Smith kept himself in the Heisman Trophy race as he completed an amazing 34 of 39 passes for 411-yards and five touchdowns as the Mountaineers won their second game by a 42-12 score. Smith also rushed for 18-yards on two carries and finished with 429 Total All-Purpose Yards.
Smith passed Marc Bulger to earn the West Virginia All-time passing record. In his first two games of the season, Smith has nine touchdowns and an incredible nine incompletions. After two games, Smith has thrown nine touchdown passes and only nine incompletions. His passing efficiency in the first game was 87.2 and then he improved to 88.9 in his second game. Atter those first two games, Smith had an “Eye-Popping” 218.00 Quarterback Rating and is now the leading candidate for the Heisman.
2. QB J.W. Walsh – Oklahoma State – Walsh got a chance to start for the injured starter Wes Lunt and a lot of people did not realize that he was not the starter, because he completed 21 of 30 passes for 347-yards and four touchdowns and led the Cowboys to a 65-24 blowout of ULL. Lunt started the game and lasted six plays before his left knee was injured on the sixth play. Walsh calmly came in and helped the Cowboys to break a school record with 742-yards of total offense. Walsh also added 73-yards rushing, giving him 420 Total All-Purpose Yardsof Offense and 420-yards of total offense of the 742 Cowboys total.
3. QB Johnny Manziel – Texas A&M – Manziel had another sensational game in which he completed 20 of 36 passes for 294-yards and four touchdowns; plus he ran for another 124-yards and another two touchdowns as the Aggies defeated SMU by a 48-3 score. Both of these teams once played in the old SWC conference, in which I played in a long time ago. Manziel had touchdown passes of 29, 26, 42, and 12-yards; plus he ran for touchdowns of 48 and 15-yards in the rout. This gave Manziel a total of 418 Total All-Purpose Yards and six touchdowns. Against SMU, Manziel had a 160.8 Quarterback Rating.
Manziel is already becoming an Aggie Hero. He did about everything you could ask of a redshirt freshman quarterback and then some. Manziel juked some tacklers and threw off the wrong foot, but became the Great Playmaker that all of the Aggie fans and players knew that he could become. The heroic growth of the new Aggie starting quarterback seemed to take-off on Saturday in the Aggies’ 48-3 rout of SMU at Gerald J. Ford Stadium.
Manziel, from Kerrville Tivy, is already called “Johnny Football” and “Captain Amazing” and he is emerging with more nicknames as he’s already becoming a Legend.
4. QB Denard Robinson – Michigan – Robinson was pretty sensational in his second game against Air Force as he completed 14 of 25 passes for 208-yards and two touchdowns and also ran for another 218-yards and scored on two long touchdowns, giving him 426 All-Purpose Yards as the Wolverines edged a very touch Air Force team by a 31-25 score. This past week, against U-Mass, Robinson completed 16 of 24 passes for 291-yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 106-yards on 10 carries, giving him 397-yards and four touchdowns at the Wolverines won again 63-13.
OK! Yes, it was U-Mass, but Robinson still dominated this game from start to finish. Robinson is definitely boosting his stats with these weaker teams, right now, but the quality of opposition is about to change, because Robinson gets to play Notre Dame this week, and that could change things very quickly. Robinson has had two great games against the Irish in the last two years, and another one under the lights at South Bend can put him back in the Heisman Trophy hunt in a hurry. Robinson had a very impressive 201.40 Quarterback Rating in this game and you can’t do much better. In the last two games, Robinson has averaged 411.5 All-Purpose Yards. Also: Robinson has recorded 948-yards against Notre Dame in the last two years and he plays them this week.
2012 College Top 20 POW Players
1. QB Aaron Murphy – Georgia – Murray had a career-day as he completed 14 of 19 passes for 342-yards and two touchdowns; plus another 20-yards rushing and two touchdowns, as the Bulldogs defeated Florida Atlantic by a 56-20 score. This gave Murray a total of 362-yards of total offense. Todd Gurley rushed for 111-yards on 10 carries and a 11.1 yards per carry average and Keith Marshall rushed for another 104-yards on 10 carries and a 10.4 yards per carry as the Bulldogs had 713-yards of total offense.
The running game production of Gurley, Marshall, and Ken Malcome is actually one of the most important factors in Georgia’s ability for Murray to throw deep because the tailbacks occupy the opposing safeties attention and create favorable coverages for the receivers. Murray is probably the top real Heisman Trophy candidate in the SEC and he keeps putting up the big numbers every week. I was very impressed with him in the game against Missouri and he has gotten better each week. Murray is currently third in the SEC with 842-yards and he is now tied for first with eight touchdowns. Murray is also second in the SEC with a 180.16 Quarterback Rating.
2. QB A.J. McCarron – Alabama – McCarron is the #1 quarterback for the #1 team in the country and the Crimson Tide are so dominating, he is very rarely going to be able to put-up any huge numbers. This week, McCarron completed 11 of 16 passes for 189-yards and a touchdown as the Tide shutout Arkansas, a once #8 team in the country, by a 52-0 score. McCarron has thrown 152 passes without an interception this season and he is third nationally in passing efficiency with a 196.6 Quarterback Rating. McCarron has thrown seven touchdown passes in his first three games and he is in total command of the Alabama Crimson Tide offense right now.
3. QB David Ash – Texas – In his second game of the season, 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. In his third game of the season against Ole Miss, in Oxford, Ash completed 19 of 23 passes for 326-yards and four touchdowns as the Longhorns routed the Rebels by a 66-31 score.
Ash is one of only three other Big-12 quarterbacks, Geno Smith and Casey Paschall, without an interception for the season, and he has seven touchdown passes, including four in Texas victory over Ole Miss. Ash also rushed for 19-yards against Ole Miss, giving him 345-yards of total offense. Ash had an incredible 259.1 Quarterback Rating against Ole Miss. Ash is also completing 76 percent of his passes, including 83 percent on Saturday night. His 326-yards were the second consecutive game in which Ash has set a career high for passing yardage, too.
4. QB Tajh Boyd – Clemson – Boyd has had great games in his first two opening games 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.
In his third game against Furman, Boyd completed 20 of 29 passes for 310-yards and two touchdowns in the Tigers 52-0 victory. In this game, Boyd had a 181.5 Quarterback Rating. Boyd now has 46 career touchdown passes, which broke the record of 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.
5. QB Braxton Miller – Ohio State – 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 in leading the Buckeyes to a 31-16 victory over Central Florida Team.
Miller continued to be a Sophomore Sensation in the new Ohio State offense and on Saturday, as the Buckeyes fell behind 21-20 in the fourth quarter, he brought the team from behind with some huge Playmaker plays against a pretty good California team. Miller quickly responded by leading a 75-yard scoring drive that ended with a touchdown strike to Tight End Jake Stoneburner. Then after the Bears scored again to tie the game, Miller hit WR Devin Smith on a beautiful 72-yard winning touchdown. This play would make the ESPE Sweet 16 Plays of the Week.
Miller finished with a career-high 249-yards passing, 75-rushing, and five touchdowns, including four passing and one running. If Miller wasn’t already on the Heisman Trophy list, he undoubtedly put himself on it with this performance against Cal. Miller ranks 12th nationally in total offense with a 329.3-yard per game average and 10th in rushing with a 125.7-yards per average. Miller also has a 151.8 Quarterback Rating.
6. QB Jeff Driskel – Florida – Driskel was sensational again as he led the Gators to another come-from-behind 37-20 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers in front of a packed crowd of 102,455 at Neyland Stadium and an ESPN audience. All that Driskel did was to complete 14 of 20 passes for 219-yards and two touchdowns and run for another 81-yards in the victory, giving him 300-yards of total offense. RB Mike Gillislee had another great day with 115-yards rushing.
Driskel wasn’t even sure that he would play in the Florida season opener, but three weeks later, he has locked down the starting quarterback job and has been named the SEC offensive Player of the Week. With his outstanding play, Driskel has also been drawing comparisons to former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow. For the three-game season, Driskel has completed 71 per-cent of his passes for 495-yards and three touchdowns and no interceptions. Driskel also has 113-yards rushing, making as many big plays with his feet as his right arm.
7. QB Teddy Bridgewater – Louisville – In his second game of the season, Bridgewater completed 30 of 39 passes for 344-yards and two touchdowns as the Cardinals beat Missouri State by a 35-7 score. This sophomore was even more impresive this week in the huge 39-34 UPSET against North Carolina. In fact, Bridgewater was sensational in this game as he completed 23 of 28 passes for 279-yards and three touchdowns, and recorded his third straight game without throwing an interception.
I think that the Heisman Trophy Watch has added his name to their list. Bridgewater has completed 81.8 percent of his passes for the season and he is third-best among BCS quarterbacks. The only two ahead of him are Geno Smith of West Virginia at 88.0 percent and Casey Paschall of TCU at 84.6 percent.
8. 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 their game last week and the Red Raiders coasted to a 58-10 victory over Texas State. In that game, last week, Doege completed 25 of 32 passes for 319-yards and a career-tying five touchdown passes in less than three quarters of work.
In the game this week, Doege threw for an amazing six touchdowns as he completed 27 of 35 passes for 340-yards in their 49-14 victory over New Mexico. Doege had some great help in the running game against New Mexico as Eric Stephens rushed for 118-yards on 12 carries and Kenny Williams rushed for another 105-yards on 14 carries, giving the Red Raiders 702-yards of total offense and 325-yards on the ground.
9. QB Casey Paschall – TCU – Paschall had a very impressive game on Saturday as he completed 24 of 30 passes for 335-yards and two touchdowns as the Horned Frogs beat Kansas by a 20-6 score in their first Big-12 Conference game ever. The former Brownwood quarterback demonstrated great leadership in posting his first Big-12 victory. Paschall is one of only three BCS quarterbacks that have not thrown an interception and have at least a 75.0 percent passing record. Geno Smith of West Virginia at 88.0 percent; Casey Paschall of TCU at 84.6 percent; and David Ash of Texas at 76.0 percent. Paschall finished this game with a 195.8 Quarterback Rating.
10. QB Collin Klein – Kansas State – Klein was nearly perfect through the air on against Miami 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 pounded them by a 52-13 score. In the third game of the season, Klein completed 15 of 20 for 230-yards and two touchdowns and ran another 85-yards, giving him 315-yards of total offense and three scores as the Wildcats beat North Texas 35-21.
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.
11. QB Josh Nunes – Stanford – Nunes was outstanding in the “SAT Bowl” in game #2 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. This was only a preview, as Nunes led his Stanford Cardinal to his biggest win as a starter as he helped them to UPSET the heavily favored Southern Cal team for the fourth straight year by a 21-14 score.
Nunes demonstrated great leadership as he threw a g0-ahead 37-yard touchdown pass to Zach Ertz to give the Cardinal a 3-0 record for the third straight season for the first time since 1970-72 and gave them their longest winning streak over Southern Cal in school history.
12. QB Brett Hundley – UCLA – Hundley was outstanding last week 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. This past week, Hundley was outstanding again against Houston as he completed 27 of 42 passes for 320-yards and two touchdowns as the Bruins beat the Cougars by a 37-6 score.
13. QB Marcus Mariota – Oregon – Mariota has so many weapons to use, it’s difficult to know which ones to use in each game, but when you are as talented as Mariota, it’s pretty scary as to just how talented the Ducks can be. Although Mariota has De’Anthony Thomas and Kenjon Barner at his disposal, on Saturday, he completed 21 of 28 passes for 308-yards and four touchdowns and rushed for another 17-yards, giving him 325-yards as the Ducks beat Tennessee Tech by a 63-14 score. Mariota also had a tremendous 207.4 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. The Auburn win for the Bulldogs was their first 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.
In his game on Saturday, Russell hooked-up with Super Star wide receiver Chad Mumphis on three scoring passes of 72, 58, and 25-yards as the Bulldogs defeated Troy by a 30-24 score. The Bulldogs finished their scoring when Bumphis made a beautiful catch in the back of the end zone on a fourth and four play that proved to be the winner. Russell completed 11 of 26 passes for 244-yards and the three touchdowns to Bumphis. Russell also added 26-yards rushing, giving him 270-yards of total offense.
15. QB Matt Scott – Arizona – Scott had a “Breakout Game” last week 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.
This week, Scott came back with another outstanding game in their 56-0 victory over South Carolina State. In this game, Scott completed 30 of 36 passes for 288-yards and three touchdowns, along with rushing for another 61-yards and a touchdown, giving Scott 349-yards of total offense. Scott also had an outstanding 178.0 Quarterback Rating.
16. QB Colby Cameron – Louisiana Tech – Cameron completed passes for 276-yards and four touchdowns as the Bulldogs beat Rice by a 56-37 score. In the process, the Bulldogs did something that had not been done in Ruston at Joe Aillet Stadium in 100 years. For the first time since 1910, the Bulldogs scored 50 points in back-to-back games in the same season. Cameron led the Louisiana Tech offense that amassed 609-yards of total offense on 72 plays while recording 30 first downs.
17. QB Tino Sunseri – Pittsburgh – Sunseri has been the Panthers starting quarterback for three years, but it has not been a smooth ride. It was more smooth on Saturday as Sunseri completed 19 of 28 passes for 283-yards and three touchdowns and helped lead the Panthers to a huge 35-17 UPSET victory over Virginia Tech. Former Head Coach Todd Graham ran a shotgun offense that never really fit Sunseri and his skills, but with return of the pro offense under new Head Coach Paul Chryst gave Sunseri a new opportunity to be successful.
It took two weeks longer than expected, but Sunseri delivered Saturday against Virginia Tech in Week #3. He has the great respect of his teammates in the Panthers locker room and it is unwavering. The Panthers racked up 537-yards of total offense against a stout Hokies defense. Sunseri, playing with a sore ankle, was sacked only once against Virginia Tech and in comparison, he was sacked six times a week earlier by Cincinnati. In this game Sunseri had a great 181.0 Quarterback Rating.
18. QB Gary Nova – Rutgers – Nova completed 23 of 42 passes for 277-yards and one touchdown as the Scarlet Knights snapped a 13-13 tie on a 22-yard field goal with 2:48 remaining in the game. A little more than a minute later, Jawan Jamison scored on a 41-yard touchdown and the Scarlet Knights pulled off a huge 23-13 UPSET of South Florida.
19. QB Zach Mettenberger – LSU – Mettenberger was finally able to show what he can do with his right arm in the passing game. Now, when you are the quarterback of such a talented team as the Tigers and with all of the great running backs, and if you are winning by 40 or 50 points, you are not going to get to throw the football that much, but Mettenberger did take advantage of his little opportunity as he completed 17 of 23 passes for 222-yards and two touchdowns as the Tigers routed Idaho by a 63-14 score.
20. QB Tevin Washington – Georgia Tech – Washington was outstanding on Saturday as he led the Yellow Jackets to a 56-20 victory over Virginia in a key ACC Conference game. In this game, Washington ran the option offense to perfection as he completed 6 of 8 passes, only when necessary, for 125-yards and a touchdown and rushed for another 93-yards and three touchdowns, giving him 218 total yards of offense. Washington had an unbelivable 247.5 Quarterback Rating.
2012 College Sweet 16 POW Players
1. RB Chris Thompson – Florida State – Thompson had an incredible game as he rushed for 197-yards on only nine carries as the Seminoles beat Wake Forest by a 52-0 score. First of all! Thompson has got to be the most inspirational player of the year in college football. He is also the most incredible comeback story of this season or any season. Last year against Wake Forest, Thompson broke two vertebrae in his back, and many thought that his career was over. Florida State Head Coach Jimbo Fisher said recently that Thompson was consoling him as the two sat together in a North Carolina hospital after the injury and Thompson vowed that he would be back and play for the Seminoles.
Even then, Thompson was one of the most inspirations to his team, and then he came back against Wake Forest, the very team that he got hurt against last season. In this first game of extended action of play this year, Thompson was unbelievable against this very same Wake Forest team, as he put-up career numbers with 197-yards and two long touchdowns in the second quarter. Thompson also caught two passes for 23-yards, giving him 220-yards of total offense.
No player in Florida State football history has ever run for that many yards in the first half. In fact, Thompson made his two long touchdown runs of 74 and 80-yards on consecutive plays in the second quarter. Thompson helped put the game so far out of reach, he did get to play in the second half. His 80-yard touchdown made the ESPE Sweet 16 Plays of the Week.
2. RB Stepfan Taylor – Stanford – Taylor had a sensational game on Saturday against Southern Cal as the Cardinal UPSET the Trojans 21-14 and hand them their fourth straight loss to the Cardinal in this series. Taylor rushed for 153-yards and scored two of the three touchdowns that the Cardinal scored on the Trojans. Taylor took a bubble-screen pass in the third quarter and raced 23-yards to tie the score at 14-14 in the third quarter. QB Josh Nunes hit tight end Zach Ertz for the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter. Taylor also caught five passes for 60-yards, giving him 213-yards of total offense. His 59-yard touchdown made the ESPE Sweet 16 Plays of the Week.
3. RB Johnathan Franklin – UCLA – Franklin was unstoppable in the first game of the season as he rushed for 214-yards and scored three touchdowns as the Bruins beat Rice by a 49-24 score. 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.
In his second game, Franklin finished with a fabulous 9.5 yards per touch average and he was leading the country in rushing with 431-yards after two games. Franklin also vaulted himself into the Heisman Trophy race and he was averaging an “eye-popping” 10.5 yards per carry and 215.5 yards per game.
Last Saturday against Houston, Franklin failed to get 200-yards, but he did get 110-yards on 25 carries and caught four passes for 58-yards, giving him 168-yards of total offense in the 37-6 against the Cougars. Franklin still leads the nation with 180.33 yards rushing per game. He also leads the nation in all-purpose yards (222.33). He’s averaging 8.2 yards per rush with three TDs. Franklin also has eight receptions for 121 yards (15.1 yards per reception) with a touchdown.
4. RB Stefon Jefferson – Nevada – Jefferson had a sensational “Breakout Game” as he rushed for a career-best 247-yards and two touchdowns and the Wolf Pack beat Northwestern State by a 45-34 score. Jefferson scored to start off the third quarter when he raced 48-yards to score and then he scored his second touchdown on a 52-yard run to start off the fourth quarter. Jefferson caught one pass for three-yards, so he finished with an even 250-yards of total offense.
5. RB Ja’Terian Douglas – Tulsa – Douglas had an outstanding “Breakout Game” as he rushed for 163-yards on only five carries, including a 67-yard touchdown to start the scoring in the first quarter as the Golden Hurcanes beat Nicholls State by a 66-16 score. Douglas also made an 11-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. His 67-yard touchdown run made the ESPE Sweet 16 Plays of the Week.
6. RB Ladarius Perkins – Mississippi State – Perkins had an unbelievable “Breakout Game” as he rushed for 179-yards on 23 carries and one touchdown as the Bulldogs beat Troy 30-24. Perkins scored on a 30-yard touchdown run at the end of the first quarter, just before Chad Bumphis made his long touchdown catches from Tyler Russell.
7. RB Ameer Abdullah – Nebraska – Abdullah returned a kickoff 100-yards for a touchdown last year as a True Freshman, but he had a “Breakout-Game” in the Cornhuskers 42-13 victory over Arkansas State, as he rushed for a career-high 167-yards and two touchdowns as he was filling in for the injured Rex Burkhead.
8. RB Onterio McCalebb – Auburn – McCalebb rushed for 128-yards on 11 carries and scored on a 27-yard touchdown as the Tigers broke into the win column bt edging UL-Monroe by a 31-28 score in Overtime.
9. RB Eric Stephens – Texas Tech – Stephens rushed for 118-yards on 12 carries as the Red Raiders beat New Mexico by a 49-14 score. Teammate Kenny Williams also rushed for 105-yards on 14 carries as the Red Raiders rushed for 325-yards and had 702 total offense in the victory.
10. RB Kenny Hilliard – LSU – Hilliard rushed for 116-yards pn 11 carries and scored two touchdowns on runs of 71 and one yard runs as the Tigers beat Idaho by a 63-14 score. Hilliard made his electrifying 71-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and his touchdown run made the ESPE Sweet 16 Plays of the Week.
11. 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 and then Gillislee got 83-yards against Texas A&M, 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.
In the come-from-behind victory over Tennessee and after getting 115-yards, Gillislee is now the SEC leading rusher. In front of 102,455 screaming fans and an ESPN TV audience, Gillislee has become the Gators No. 1 offensive weapon, averaging 6.4 yards per carry. He has to get more publicity to get Heisman Trophy recognition, but he currently has 346-yards rushing and four touchdowns for the season.
12. RB Malcolm Brown – Texas – Brown was one of the greatest running backs that I had ever seen when he came out of high school and he is still one of the greatest running backs in the country. In the 66-31 victory over Ole Miss, Brown was outstanding as he rushed for 128-yards on 21 carries and two touchdowns and caught two passes for another 15-yards, giving him 143 yars of total offense in the victory.
13. RB Tevin King – Louisiana Tech – King was sensational in the 56-7 victory for the Bulldogs over Rice as he rushed for an unbelievable 204-yards on 22 carries. Although he did not score, King averaged an incredible 9.3-yards per carry. Teammate Kenneth Dixon added 113-yards on 14 carries. Remember that this was the first time that Louisiana Tech has scored 50-points in two straight games.
14. RB Todd Gurley – Georgia – Gurley had another great rushing day as the Bulldogs defeated Florida Atlantic by a 56-20 score. In this game, Gurley rushed for 111-yards on 10 carries and a touchdown while averaging a first down or 11.1 yards per carry.
15. RB Keith Marshall – Georgia – Marshall had to have another great day in order to keep-up with his teammate Todd Gurley as he rushed for 104-yards on ten carries, averaging 10.4 yards per carry as the Bulldogs defeated Florida Atlantic by a 56-20 score.
16. RB Jawan Jamison – Rutgers – Jamison was outstanding as he helped his Scarlet Knights to UPSET South Florida by a 23-13 score at their place in Tampa, Florida. Jamison rushed for a career-high 151-yards on 41 carries and scored one touchdown. Jamison began this season with 100-yard performances against Tulane and Howard.
Jamison had his fourth consecutive 100-yard game rushing, dating back to last season and this is the longest string of 100-yard performances by a Rutgers player since Ray Rice had seven straight to end the 2007 season. Jamison (5-8, 200) has been compared to Rice. “That’s cool. I’m trying to get where he’s at,” said Jamison about Rice, who has developed into one of the top running backs in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens. “That’s all I can say. I’m trying to get where to where he’s at.”
SPECIAL 2010 MAX EMFINGER TOP GUN CAMP PLAYERS
1. RB Ameer Abdullah – Nebraska – Abdullah returned a kickoff 100-yards for a touchdown last year as a True Freshman, but he had a “Breakout-Game” in the Cornhuskers 42-13 victory over Arkansas State, as he rushed for a career-high 167-yards and two touchdowns as he was filling in for the injured Rex Burkhead.
2. RB Jeremy Hill – LSU – Hill had an unbelievable game in the Tigers victory over Idaho as he rushed for a career-high 61-yards on 10 carries and two touchdowns as the Tigers beat Idaho 63-14. Hill, a True Freshman, making his first appearance, scored on touchdown runs of four and eight and he had a long run of 16-yards.
3. WR Odell Beckham II – LSU – Beckham had another outstanding day as he caught four passes for 73-yards, including a 46-yard catch and he returned four punts for another 31-yards, giving him 104 All-Purpose yards in the 63-14 victory over Idaho. Beckham was a True-Freshman All-American last season as he was a Tiger starter.
4. FS Ronald Martin – LSU – Martin picked off two interceptions, returning one of them 45-yards for a touchdown, as he had a “Breakout-Game” in the Tigers 63-14 victory over Idaho. True Freshman cornerback Jalen Collins tipped a pass and Martin intercepted his first pass at the Idaho 30-yard line. RB Alfred Blue later scored to put the Tigers ahead 14-0.
Collins and Martin teamed-up again to give the Tigers another two-touchdown lead as Collins tipped another pass and Martin caught it and raced 45-yards for the touchdown. Martin got his chance to start in place of injured Craig Loston and he was sensational. Martin also recorded five tackles, including four solo tackles, to go with his two picks.
TRUE FRESHMEN PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
1. OFFENSE – RB Rushel Shell – Pittsburgh – Shell had his “Breakout Game” on Saturday and helped the Panthers to their huge 35-17 UPSET over Virginia Tech. Shell rushed for 157-yards on 23 carriesand had two catches for 15-yards, giving him 172-yards of total offense. Playing in his first game for Pitt at Heinz Field, Shell looked like the player that we thought he was when he came out last year.
Shell was making his Heinz Field debut for Pittsburgh Saturday, because he was one of six players suspended for “disciplinary reasons” for the Pittsburgh season opener against Youngstown State two weeks ago. That meant that Saturday was his first football game in Western Pennsylvania since he broke the PIAA career rushing record in the 24-21 Hopewell loss to Franklin Regional a year ago in the WPIAL playoffs.
2. OFFENSE – RB Brian Kimbrow – Vanderbilt – Kimbrow was one of the top All-Purpose backs in the country last year. This week, in the 58-0 blowout of Presbyterian, Kimbrow had a huge “Breakout Game” as he rushed for 137-yards on 14 carries. He also caught one pass for two-yard, giving him 139-yards of total offense.
3. 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. This past week, Yeldon rushed for 55-yards on 13 carries and scored on a one-yard touchdown run as the Crimson Tide beat Arkansas 52-0 in SEC Conference play. Yeldon also caught one pass for 18-yards, giving him 73-yards of offense in the victory.
4. OFFENSE – RB Jeremy Hill – LSU – Hill had an unbelievable game in the Tigers victory over Idaho as he rushed for a career-high 61-yards on 10 carries and two touchdowns as the Tigers beat Idaho 63-14. Hill, a True Freshman, making his first appearance, scored on touchdown runs of four and eight and he had a long run of 16-yards.
5. OFFENSE – RB Trey Williams – Texas A&M – Williams had a “Breakout Game” for the Aggies in their 48-3 victory over SMU. Last year, Williams was one of the top All-Purpose backs in Texas and his best forty time was a 4.3. Against SMU, Williams rushed for 42-yards on 12 carries and caught a pass for 16-yards, giving him 58-yards of total offense.
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.
In the third game against Idaho, Collins tipped a pass and Ronald Martin intercepted his first pass at the Idaho 30-yard line. RB Alfred Blue later scored to put the Tigers ahead 14-0. Collins and Martin teamed-up again to give the Tigers another two-touchdown lead as Collins tipped another pass and Martin caught it and raced 45-yards for the touchdown. Against Idaho, Collins recorded three tackles, two tipped passes that resulted in interceptions, and had two pass breakups.
2. DEFENSE – CB De’Vante Harris – Texas A&M – Harris was sensational as he recorded an impressive seven tackles, including four solo tackles as the Aggies routed SMU by a 48-3 score. Harris also had two pass breakups.
3. DEFENSE – LB Jordan Jenkins – Georgia – Jenkins got a chance to start after Jarvis Jones was not able to play and Jenkins made it a “Breakout Game” as he recorded four tackles, including two solo tackles as the Bulldogs beat FAU by a 56-20 score. Jenkins also recovered a fumble on the five yard line against Texas A&M.
LOUISIANA HIGH SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE WEEK #3
2012 College Sweet 16 POW Players
ENDS AND ALL-PURPOSE BACKS
1. 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.
This week, against Tennessee Tech, Thomas was sensational again as he rushed for 62-yards, including a beautiful 59-yard touchdown; had three catches for 73-yards and a touchdown; and returned four punts for 87-yards, giving him 222-yards of total offense as the Ducks routed Tennessee Tech by a 63-14 score. The 59-yard run for a touchdown by Thomas made the ESPE Sweet 16 Plays of the Week.
2. WR Marquise Goodwin – Texas – Goodwin was simply sensational in the 66-31 football victory over Ole Miss as he ran an electrifying 69-yard reverse for a touchdown; caught two passes from David Ash for 102-yards and another touchdown; and returned a kickoff 16-yards, giving him a total of 198-total yards of offense. The 69-yard reverse for a touchdown by Goodwin made the ESPE Sweet 16 Plays of the Week. Also: Goodwin does is a 27-foot long jumper and a 10.4 in the 100 meters.
3. WR Chad Bumphis – Mississippi State – Bumphis made some unbelievable plays for the Bulldogs in their 30-24 victory over Troy as he grabbed six passes for a career-high 180-yards and tied a school record with three touchdowns. With these three touchdown catches, Bumphis tied the records Eric Moulds and Justin Jenkins for the most touchdown receptions in school history with 17. Bumphis now has a touchdown catch in the first three straight games for the first time in his Mississippi State career.
Bumphis got things going with a 72-yard touchdown that came on a screen pass in which he eluded a couple of defenders before sprinting to the end zone early in the second quarter. Bumphis found the end zone again late in the first half after burning his defender on a play-action pass from QB Tyler Russell that went for 58-yards. After Troy fought back from a 23-7 halftime deficit to make it a 23-21 game, Bumphis put the game away with a tremendous 25-yard grab in the back of the end zone in which he barely kept one foot in bounds while making the catch. The 72-yard catch made the ESPE Sweet 16 Plays of the Week.
4. WR Steadman Bailey – West Virginia – Bailey was on the receiving end of 13 passes from Super Star quarterback Geno Smith and he also scored three touchdowns in the 42-12 victory over James Madison. Bailey made career-high yards and touchdowns and he had one kickoff for 19-yards, giving him 192-yards of total offense.
5. WR Brandon Carter – TCU – Carter had a outstanding first game in the Big-12 as he caught 8 passes for 141-yards and two touchdowns as the Horned Frogs beat the Kansas Jayhawks in their first Big-12 game ever. Carter also rushed for 14-yards on a reverse as he ended with 155-yards of total offense. One of the great Carter catches was an acrobatic 25-yard catch-and-run in the third quarter as they beat Kansas 20-6.
6. WR Terrance Williams – Baylor – Williams grabbed 6 balls for 131-yards and two touchdowns as the Bears got off to a slow start, but came back to beat Sam Houston State by a 48-23 score.
7. WR Josh Stewart – Oklahoma State – Stewart grabbed 9 passes for 104-yards as the Cowboys beat ULL by a 65-24 score in Stillwater. Quarterback J.W. Walsh teamed-up with his old high school teammate Stewart as Walsh was senssational as he came in and played quarterback after the starter was injured on the sixth play from scrimmage. Stewart caught a couple touchdowns of 33 and 17-yards from Walsh.
8. WR Blake Jackson – Oklahoma State – Jackson caught five passes for 112-yards and a 20-yard touchdown catch as the Cowboys beat ULL by a 65-24 score.
9. 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. Against North Texas, Lockett returned two kickoffs for 119-yards, including one 96-yards for a touchdown; plus he made one catch for six-yards, giving him 125-yards of total offense as the Wildcats beat North Texas 35-21. Lockett is averaging 20.7 yards per touch and was named Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week after his 96-yard kick return for touchdown against North Texas. His kick return made the ESPE Sweet 16 Plays of the Week.
Lockett stepped onto the Kansas State campus from Tulsa Washington, Oklahoma and he immediately became one of the top playmakers for the Wildcats. As a true freshman, Lockett averaged 19.1 yards per touch while earning All-American honors as a kick returner and averaging 35.19 yards per return. Lockett accounted for 315 all-purpose yards against #3 Oklahoma State in the Wildcats 52-45 loss in Stillwater in 2011.
10. WR Michael Bennett – Georgia – Bennett was unbelievable in making clutch catches. Last week, Marlon Brown finished with eight catches for 106-yards and two touchdowns as the Bulldogs beat Missouri by a 41-20 score. This week, against Florida Atlantic, Bennett made the clutch plays, including 4 catches for 110-yards and a beautiful 67-yard catch from Aaron Murray in te second quarter as the Bulldogs won by a 56-20 score. His 67-yard touchdown made the ESPE Sweet 16 Plays of the Week.
11. TE Zach Ertz – Stanford – Ertz caught the g0-ahead 37-yard touchdown pass from Josh Nunes to give the Cardinal a 3-0 record for the third straight season for the first time since 1970-72. It also gave them their longest winning streak over Southern Cal in school history. Ertz caught three balls for 71 yards, including the game-winner, a 37-yard touchdown with 10:20 left in the game and Stanford won their fourth straight game over the Trojans. Ertz also turned in a solid blocking performance in the fourth quarter when the Cardinal were able to eat away at the clock and protect the one-score lead.
Ertz won the John Mackey Award this week for the Top tight end in the country. It’s the second straight year a Stanford player has been honored with the John Mackey Weekly Award as Coby Fleener picked up the weekly award last year.
12. WR Mike Evans – Texas A&M – Evans was outstanding on Saturday as he grabbed six passes from Johnny Manziel for 123-yards, including a beautiful 38-yard touchdown as the Aggies defeated SMU by a 48-3 score.
13. AP Antonio Andrews – Western Kentucky – Andrews was a workhorse for the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers as he carried the football 34 times and gained 125-yards in their huge 32-31 UPSET victory over an SEC team, the Kentucky Wildcats. Andrews was obviously the star of the game and he also added 36-yards on three catches, giving him 161 All-Purpose yards of total offense in the victory.
14. WR Devin Smith – Ohio State – Smith was outstanding in the 35-28 California victory as he grabbed five passes from Braxton Miller for 145-yards, including a beautiful 72-yard touchdow that made the ESPE Sweet 16 Plays of the Week.
2012 College Top 20 Players
1. LB Manti Te’o – Notre Dame – Te’o was pretty sensation this week against Michigan State as he recorded an impressive 12 tackles in the 20-3 victory over Michigan State. Te’o is a very impressive physical specimen. I met him in Hawaii a few years ago at my 2007 Honolulu Super Combineand he is a very impressive athlete and person. The thing that really impressed me about Te’o was his aggressive style of play, especially at the last of the game when he intercepted a lateral. You rarely see a linebacker do this.
2. DE Jadeveon Clowney – South Carolina – Clowney was pretty sensational in the Gamecocks 49-6 victory over UAB as he completely dominated the line of scrimmage in the rout. Clowney recorded seven tackles, including 3.5 tackles for a loss and a minus 17-yards and two quarterback sacks. Everyone will remember that Clowney was our #1 player in the country in the 2010 Recruiting Class.
3. LB Ryan Shazier – Ohio State – Shazier was outstanding in the California game and helped the Buckeyes to hold-on to victory as they won the game by a 35-28 score. Shazier had seven tackles in the first half and finished with 13 tackles, including 10 solo tackles, two pass breakups, and two quarterback hurries. One of the quarterback hurries by Shazier was in the final quarter and was intercepted by Christian Bryant.
4. 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.
Then in the Houston game, Jones was dominating on both side of the football as the Bruins beat the Cougars by a 37-6 score. Jones was unbelievable as he recorded four tackles, including three for a loss and then switched jersey numbers to No. 97, went in as a tight end and caught a 7-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter. Jones leads the PAC-10 conference with eight tackles for a loss. Jones also has two sacks and 13 total tackles with a forced fumble.
5. DT Star Lotulelei – Utah – Lotulelei is one of the most disruptive defensive tackles in the country and he was at his best on Saturday in the 24-21 victory over big-time rival, BYU. Normally, his job is to disrupt and play havock, but on Saturday, he recorded seven tackles, including six solo tackes, a blocked field goal, and two pass breakups. Lotulelei (6-4, 320) is exceptional at disrupting, which is why many project him to be a top NFL Draft Choice in the 2013 NFL Draft.
6. DE Damontre Moore – Texas A&M – Moore was pretty sensational in the Florida game as he recorded three quarterback sacks in the first half and recorded 10 total tackles, seven solos, and the three sacks for a minus 24-yards in the Texas A&M 20-17 loss. In the 48-3 victory over SMU, Moore recorded six more tackles, including four solo tackles; had three pass hurries; and two more quarterback sacks. Moore still 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.
7. CB Quandre Diggs – Texas – Diggs was one of the top cornerbacks in the country a couple years ago and he was one of the best cornerbacks in the country in the game against New Mexico the Longhorns 45-0 victory. In this game, Diggs recorded five tackles, including three solo tackles and an interception. This week in the 66-31 victory over Ole Miss, Diggs was pretty dominating as he recorded two key interceptions and he also made two key tackles.
8. FS Jordan Richards – Stanford – Richards was outstanding in the huge 21-14 UPSET of Southern Cal as he recorded two interceptions; made three solo tackles; and had four crucial pass-breakups.
9. LB Chase Thomas – Stanford – Thomas was dominating for the Cardinal in their huge 21-14 UPSET over Southern Cal as he recorded six tackles, including five solo tackles and a quarterback sack. After a 3-0 start for the Cardinal, Thomas has recorded 16 tackles, four tackles for a loss, and a sack.
10. FS Steve Edmond – Texas – Edmond was all over the field in the 66-31 Longhorn victory over the Ole Miss Rebels. In that game on Saturday, Edmond recorded 5 tackles, including three solo tackles and returned an interception 22-yards for a touchdown.
11. LB Nick Clancy – Boston College – Clancy will be my one exception this week to the rule that a player can only be on the College MVP List if your team won their game. The reason that I am making an exception in the case of Clancy is because after three games, he is leading the BCS College Teams in tackling and since his team is 1-2, he has NEVER made our MVP List. This week, in the 22-13 loss to Northwestern, Clancy recorded an “eye-popping” 24 tackles, including 14 solo.
The Eagles have replaced one NFL #1 Draft Choice and tackling machine with another one. First-year starter Nick Clancy (6-3, 235) has done an unbelievable job of replacing All-American and #1 Draft Choice linebacker Luke Kuechly with another linebacker who is leading the country with 43 total tackles after a sensational 24-tackle game against Northwestern last week.
12. LB Kevin Minter – LSU – Last week, 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. In the game this week, against Idaho, Minter again was all over the field as he recorded a game-high six tackles, including two solo, and 1.5 tackles for a loss and a minus four yards in the 63-14 victory.
13. LB Kevin Pierre-Louis – Boston College – Pierre-Louis is a teammate of Nick Clancy and he is also another exception as he recorded 17 tackles, including 10 solo tackles; one quarterback sack; and one pass breakup in the 22-13 loss to Northwestern. Clancy plays middle linebacker and Pierre-Louis plays outside linebacker.
14. CB Jonathan McKnight – Arizona – Last week, McKnight returned an interception 48-yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter that sealed the fate of Oklahoma State in one of the biggest UPSET games of the season with a 59-38 victory over the Cowboys. This week, McKnight got another interception, recorded two tackles and had two pass breakups as the Wildcats beat South Carolina State by a 56-0 score.
15. FS D.J. Swearinger – South Carolina – Swearinger had a tremendous defensive game for the Gamecocks in their 49-6 victory over UAB as he recorded three solo tackles; had one pass breakup; and picked up a fumble and ran 65-yards for a touchdown. His fumble return for a touchdown made the ESPE Sweet 16 Plays of the Week.
16. 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.
In the third game of the season against North Texas, Brown was also outstanding as he recorded 13 tackles, including 5 solo tackle, and two quarterback hurries as the Tigers beat the Mean Green by a 35-21 score. Brown has already been Selected to the Dick Butkus Watch List as one of the Best Linebacker in the Country.
17. FS Jonathan Dowling – Western Kentucky – Dowling was probably the #1 defensive player on the field in the huge 32-31 UPSET victory in Overtime over Kentucky. In this game, Dowling recorded three interceptions and became only the fifth player in Hilltopper history to record three interceptions in one game.
18. FS Andrew Johnson – Louisville – Johnson had an outstanding game in the huge 39-34 UPSET against North Carolina. Johnson recorded four solo tackles and two crucial pass breakups in the final quarter. In fact, I saw Johnson make a very impressive pass breakup on the very last play of the game on a play that could have been disaster if caught by the Tar Heel receiver.
19. FS Christian Bryant – Ohio State – Bryant graded out at 96% in the Central Florida 31-16 victory last week when he led the team in tackles with seven tackles and he came back this week with another outstanding game as the Buckeyes beat a pretty good California team by a 35-28 score. Against the Golden Bears, Bryant recorded five tackles, including three solo tackles; had two pass breakups; and returned an interception 38-yards for a touchdown in the key victory.
20. DE Alex Okafor – Texas – Okafor had another outstanding game on Saturday against Ole Miss as he recorded three solo tackles, including two quarterback sacks, and three quarterback hurries in the victory for the Longhorns.