Max Emfinger’s 2012 College Super Players of the Week and Top 16 Plays – Week #4

E.J. Manuel is the first Florida State quarterback since Charlie Ward who has thrown for at least 300-yards and rushed for at least 100-yards in the same game. Manuel had a career day in Saturday’s 49-37 victory over Clemson when he had 482-yards.

Max Emfinger’s
2012 College Super Players of the Week and Top 16 Plays – Week #4

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ESPE Sweet Sixteen Plays of the Week – Week #4

1. RET Dustin Harris – Texas A&M – Harris returning a 96-yard punt for TD!
2. RET Lemarcus Joyner – FSU – Joyner returning a 90-yard kickoff to the 10!
3. WR Kenny Bell – Alabama – Bell catching an 85-yard TD pass!
4. WR Cobi Hamilton – Arkansas – Hamilton catching an 80-yard TD pass!
5. WR Mike Shanahan – FSU – Shanahan catching a 77-yard TD pass!
6. WR Quinton Patton – Louisiana Tech – Patton catching a 78-yard TD pass!
7. RB Ray Graham – Pittsburgh – Graham running for a 76-yard TD!
8. WR Brandon Cooks – Oregon State – Cooks catching a 75-yard TD pass!
9. RB Quenton Hines – Akron – Hines running for a 70-yard TD!
10T. WR Phillip Dorsett – Miami – Dorsett catching a 65-yard TD pass!
10T. WR Shaquelle Evans – UCLA – Evans catching a 65-yard TD pass!
11. WR Mark Harrison – Rutgers – Harrison catching a 60-yard TD pass!
12. WR Cobi Hamilton – Arkansas – Hamilton catching an 57-yard TD pass!
13. WR Stefon Diggs – Maryland – Diggs catching a 56-yard TD catch!
14. RET Ifo Ekpre-Olomu – Oregon – Ekpre-Olomu returning a 54-yard INT for TD!
15. RB Keith Marshall – Georgia – Marshall running for a 52-yard TD!
16. LB Doug Rigg – West Virginia – Rigg returning a 51-yard fumble for TD! 


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2012 College Special 400 Yards of Total Offense POW Players

1. QB E.J. Manuel – Florida State – Manuel was awesome in his 49-27 comeback victory over Clemson as he completed 27 of 35 passes for 380-yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 102-yards on 11 carries, giving him 482-yards of total offense. Emanuel put-up his best performance of the year and his career in the comeback victory. I watched the entire game and Manuel was just unbelievable as he very calmly led the Seminoles back from a 14-point, second half deficit as he completed 12 of 17 second half attempts for 199-yards and two touchdowns to Rashad Green and Rodney SmithManuel helped the  Seminoles to erase a 28-14 Clemson lead by outscoring them 28-3 in the second half.

When you play that way in a national spotlight game, people will certainly take notice. The 482 yards of total offense against the Tigers ranks #3 in the country among all players in all games through the first four weeks of the season. With this awesome game, Manuel has become one of the top two players on the Heisman Trophy watch and on Monday Manuel was named the Davey O’Brien Quarterback of the Week.

Manuel is probably the #2 candidate behind Geno Smith of West Virginia, but he probably moved ahead of quarterback Collin Klein of Kansas State and Oregon All-Purpose back De’Anthony Thomas. If Manuel keeps playing well and Florida State continues to win, he will get an invite to New York City. Manuel also finished this game with an outstanding 187.2 Quarterback Rating. The 482 total yards of offense helped Manuel to make the 400-Club.

2. QB Stephen Morris – Miami – Morris had a career game as he completed 31 of 52 passes for a career-high 436-yards and two touchdowns as the Hurricanes UPSET the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets by a 42-36 score. this was a classic game between the run and the pass and the passing game of Morris dominated and won. Morris was not sacked a single time and he was rarely pressured. The Yellow Jackets run oriented offense still had 419-yards of offense, but their rushing total was good for only 287-yards which is below their 374-yard average per game. With 436-yards passing, Morris made the 400-Club.

3. QB Nick Florence – Baylor – Florence completed 26 of 39 passes for 351-yards and a career-high four touchdowns as the Bears came from behind to defeat Louisiana Monroe by a 47-42 on Friday night. For the season, Florence has 11 completions longer than 30 yards and he has done it in just three games. Only Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson has thrown more and Florence has two more than Geno Smith of West Virginia. Florence also ran for 55-yards in this game, giving him 406 total yards and putting him in the 400-Club. The Bears won their third straight game of the season and this also was their ninth straight win.

4. QB Brett Hundley – UCLA – Hundley dueled Sean Mannion of Oregon State in a classic passing shootout on Saturday and both quarterbacks were pretty sensational, but the Beavers UPSET the Bruins by a 27-17 score this key Pacific-10 Conference season opener for both teams. Hundley, a freshman redshirt, completed 27 of 42 passes for 372-yards and a touchdown. Hundley also rushed for 32-yards, giving him 404 yards of total offense. These 372-yards were the most for a Bruin quarterback since Drew Olsen when he passed for 510-yards against Arizona State and the 404 total yards of offense was the most since the Olsen game and it is the fifth best in UCLA history.

5. QB Tyler Bray – Tennessee – Bray was outstanding in the game against Akron as he completed 27 of 43 passes for 401-yards and four touchdowns as the Vols beat the Zips by a 47-26. Justin Hunter caught eight of those passes for 115-yards. Bray is a Super talented quarterback that leads the SEC with 12 touchdown passes. Bray simply hasn’t won any big games, but he has piled up most of his stats throughout his career against lesser teams. Bray could easily move up and he gets a chance to show just how talented he is on Saturdaty against Aaron Murphy and the Georgia Bulldogs. With this great 401 passing yards in the game, Bray put himself into the 400-Club.

2012 College Super 16 Players of the Week

1. QB Sean Mannion – Oregon State – Mannion was sensational as he lead his Beavers to a 27-17 UPSET over previously undefeated UCLA. In this huge Pac-10 win, Mannion completed 24 of 35 passes for a career-high 379-yards and two touchdowns. Mannion has passed for 200-yards or more in 13 straight games. Markus Wheaton caught nine of his passes for 150-yards and he has also caught at least one pass in 25 straight games. Brandon Cooks grabbed six catches for 175-yards and Storm Woods rushed for 96-yards on 21 carries.

2. QB Gary Nova – Rutgers – In the game, last week, 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 and the Scarlet Knights pulled off a huge 23-13 UPSET of South Florida.

This week, against Arkansas, Nova continued his passing brilliance as he completed 25 of 35 passes for 397-yards and an amazing five touchdowns against the Razorbacks defense. Nova not only lead the Scarlet Knights to a 35-26 win over the Hogs, but he has led the Scarlet Knights to a 4-0 record for the first time since 2006.  Nova threw two touchdown passes to Brandon Coleman, but none of his five touchdown passes were more important than a 60-yard touchdown to Mark Harrison in the fourth quarter.

This also made first year Head Coach Kyle Flood as the third Scarlet Knight coach to start off the season with a 4-0 record. Brandon Coleman also caught six of his passes for 89-yards, including two touchdowns. The 60-yard touchdown pass from Nova to Harrison made the ESPE Sweet 16 Plays of the Week.

3. QB Jordan Webb – Colorado – Webb completed 29 of 42 passes for 345-yards and two touchdowns and added a pair of rushing scores in a 35-34 come-from-behind UPSET victory over Washington State. Colorado trailed 31-14 midway through the fourth quarter, but Webb and the offense scored three touchdowns and had 255 yards of total offense in the last quarter to complete the comeback victory. Webb was amazing as he accounted for 19 first downs, three rushing and sixteen passing as the Buffs won their first game of the season. Webb had a 149.0 Quarterback Rating.

4. QB Geno Smith – West Virginia – Smith was sensational as a junior when he passed for 4,385-yards and 31 touchdowns. In his game on Saturday, Smith completed 30 of 43 passes for 338-yards as the Mountaineers beat Maryland by a 31-21 score. Smith kept himself in the Heisman Trophy race and will play Baylor on Saturday.

5. 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 their game last week. In the Bulldogs game this week against Illinois, Cameron was again pretty sensational as he completed. Cameron has 11 touchdown passes in his first three games of the seson and he does not have an interception. Cameron has only been sacked three times.

6. QB Teddy Bridgewater – Louisville – In his third game of the season, Bridgewater completed 23 of 28 passes for 279-yards and three touchdowns, and recorded his third straight game without throwing an interception in their huge 39-34 UPSET against North Carolina. In his game this week, Bridgewater had more incompletions than he had in his first three games combined, but he did not let that spoil his Homecoming against FIU in his Hometown Miami and the Cardinals won their fourth straight game by a 28-21 score. 

Bridgewater came into this game having completed 73 of 88 passes and five touchdowns and no interceptions. In the game against FIU, Bridgewater completd 19 of 36 passes for 194-yards, but with two interceptions. I believe that the Heisman Trophy Watch has added his name to their list and with this win, the Cards have really shocked the BCS College Football world with a 4-0 record and Bridgewater is the reason.  

7. 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 in the Bulldog game last week. In his game this week against Vanderbilt, Murray completed 18 of 24 passes for 250-yards and two touchdowns as the Bulldogs beat the Commadores 48-3.

In this game, Murray completed his first 12 passes and scored on a quarterback sneak. Todd Gurley rushed for 130-yards and two touchdowns. 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.

8. QB Tino Sunseri – Pittsburgh – Sunseri has been the Panthers starting quarterback for three years, but it has not been a smooth ride. Last week, it was more smooth on  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.

This past weekend in a 55-10 victory over Gardner-Webb, Sunseri completed 18 of 24 passes for 344-yards and three touchdowns, including a beautiful 77-yard touchdown pass to Mike Shanahan. Ray Graham also rushed for 94-yards and True Freshman Rushel Shell rushed for 41-yards and a touchdown. Sunseri had an amazing 236.6 Quarterback Rating in this game. This 77-yard touchdown pass from Sunseri to Shanahan made the ESPE Sweet 16 Plays of the Week.

9. QB Taylor Kelly – Arizona State – Kelly had another great day as he completed 19 of 26 passes for 326-yards and three touchdowns as the Sun Devils beat Utah by a 37-7 score. Kelly also rushed for 19 yards, giving him 345-yards of total offense.

10. QB Johnny Manziel – Texas A&M – Manziel has been sensational all season, especially in his game last week when 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. This week, against a much weaker team, South Carolina State, Manziel threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more before halftime with the Aggies holding a 49-7 lead. Manziel did not play in the second half, but still completed 15 of 20 passes for 174-yards and rushed for another 78-yards on eight carries, giving him 252-yards and five touchdowns in the first half as the Aggies won by a 70-14 score.

As I have said, Manziel is already becoming an Aggie Hero. He is a pretty sensational Playmaking quarterback that all of the Aggie coaches and fans knew that he was and the heroic growth has seemed to take-off in his last two games against SMU and South Carolina State. Manziel is already being called “Johnny Football” and “Captain Amazing” and he is emerging with more nicknamesand already becoming a Legend.

11. QB A.J. McCarron – Alabama – McCarron is the #1 quarterback for the #1 team in the country and the Crimson Tide are so dominating, McCarron is very rarely going to be able to put-up any huge numbers. Last 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 167 passes without an interception this season.

This week, against Florida Atlantic, McCarron completed 15 of 25 passes for 212-yards and three touchdowns in a 40-7 victory over the Owls. Early in the first quarter, McCarron hit Kenny Bell with a beautiful 85-yard touchdow pass to give the Crimson Tide an early 7-0 lead. The Owls managed only one first down before the fourth quarter and McCarron left the game midway through the third quarter. This 85-yard touchdown pass from McCarron to Bell made the ESPE Sweet 16 Plays of the Week

12. QB Connor Shaw – South Carolina – Shaw was pretty sensational as he threw an incomplete pass on his first throw and then completed 20 straight passes. In this 31-10 victory over Missouri, Shaw completed 20 of 21 passes for 249-yards and two touchdowns and in the process, he set a school-record with his 20 consecutive pass completions. Shaw also rushed for 41-yards, giving him 290 total yards of offense.

Shaw had a pass completion percentage of 94.8 which is a school record and it is the second longest passing streak in SEC history. The 20 consecutive passes is second in SEC history and the streak is active going into the next game for the Gamecocks. The SEC record is 24 straight pass completions by Tee Martin of Tennessee in 1998. In this game, Shaw also had an incredible 226.3 Quarterback Rating.

13. QB Casey Paschall – TCU – Paschall had a very impressive game on last week 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. 

This week, in the 27-7 victory over Virginia, Paschall completed 21 of 32 passes for 305-yards and three touchdowns, including a beautiful 68-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Carter. Paschall also had 21-yards rushing, giving him 326-yards of total offense.

14. 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. This past weekend, Mariota helped lead the Ducks to an unbelievable 49-0 victory over previously undefeated Arizona Wildcats. In this game Mariota completed 20 of 35 passes for 260-yards and two touchdowns and added 17-yards rushing, giving him 277-yards of total offense.

15. QB Collin Klein – Kansas State – In the Miami game, Klein  was nearly perfect through the air 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.

This past weekend, Klein took his Wildcats to Norman and whipped the Sooners in their own backyard. His leadership is pretty uncanny as he completed 13 of 21 passes for 149-yards and rushed for another 79-yards in the 24-19 victory over the Sooners.  

Klein is a quarterback that will grow on you, if you watch him play. Against the once-proud University of Miami, he was unbelievable and he was unbelievable again against the Sooners on Saturday. Both teams knew exactly what he was going to do on offense and they simply could not stop him. Before this game, Klein was a fringe player in the Heisman Trophy race, but now he is a firm candidate on the list 

16. QB Braxton Miller – Ohio State – Miller is one of the greatest quarterbacks in the country and he has been pretty sensational all season in leading the Buckeyes to a 4-0 record. In his second game of the season, Miller 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 touchdown passes in leading the Bucks to a 31-16 victory over Central Florida Team.

In his third game, Miller continued to be a Sophomore Sensation in the new Ohio State offense. The Buckeyes fell behind 21-20 in the fourth quarter against a very good California team and he brought them from behind to win the game. Miller finished with a career-high 249-yards passing, 75-rushing, and five touchdowns, including four passing and one running. 

The Buckeyes might not have been overly impressive in their last couple of games, but Miller continues to carry this 4-0 team. Miller is tied for second in the Big Ten in rushing yards with 441 and has run for more touchdowns seven touchdowns, which is more than any other player in the Big-10. He has also thrown for 754-yards and seven touchdowns. That puts him on pace for over 3,500 yards of total offense and 42 touchdowns. If the Buckeyes keep winning, Miller will stay in the Heisman Trophy race.

2012 College Top 12 Players of the Week

1. Le’veon Bell – Michigan State – Bell was pretty sensational in the season opener against a previously ranked #24 Boise State team as he rushed for 210-yards on 44 carries, including the game winning touchdown with 8:12 left in the game. Bell also caught six passes for another 55-yards, giving him 265-yards of total offense and two touchdowns as the Spartans won by a close 17-13 score.

The opening game was a Heisman Trophy performance for Bell, but he has been quiet since that game until this week when he rushed for 253-yards on 53 carries and a touchdown as the Spartans beat Eastern Michigan by a 23-7 score. Bell was so dominating in this game, he accounted for 59.1 percent of the Spartans offense.

2. RB Stefphon Jefferson – Nevada – Last week, 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 caught one pass for three-yards, so he finished with an even 250-yards of total offense.

This week, Jefferson had a sensational performance as the Wolf Pack beat Howard by a 69-24 score. In that game, Jefferson rushed for 170-yards on 31 carries and scored six touchdowns on the ground. Jefferson also caught three passes for 76-yards and another touchdown, giving him 246-yards of total offense. In dominating the game, Jefferson averaged 7.24 yards per touch and a touchdown on every 4.86 touch.

3. 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.

This past Saturday, Gurley rushed for 130-yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries in the 48-3 victory over Vanderbilt. Gurley also caught one pass for 13-yards, giving him 143-yards of offense. Teammate Keith Marshall also rushed for 82-yards and scored two touchdowns, including a 52-yard touchdown in the victory.

4. RB Jawan Jamison – Rutgers – Last week, 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.

This past weekend in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Jamison had his fifth 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. Before the season started, there were not too many fans that would have thought that Rutgers could beat the SEC power Arkansas, but it did happen as Jamison dominated the running game as he rushed for 118-yards on 33 carries in the 35-26 victory.  Jamison also caught two passes for 23-yards, giving him 141-yards of total offense.

5. RB John Hubert – Kansas State – Hubert (5-7, 191, 4.4) is probably the smallest football player on the football field in every game that he plays in, but he is also one of the forces to be reckoned with if you are going to try to beat Kansas State. On Saturday against Oklahoma, Hubert rushed for 130-yards on 23 carries and one key touchdown as the Wildcats UPSET the Sooners by a 24-19 score.

6. RB Silas Redd – Southern Cal – Redd, who transferred to the Trojans from Penn State just before the season started, helped his team to get back on their winning ways as he rushed for 158-yards on 21 carries and a touchdown as they beat California 27-9.

7. RB Rajion Neal – Tennessee – Neal had a “Breakout-Game” on Saturday as the Vols beat Akron by a 47-26 score. In that game, Neal rushed for a career-high 151-yards on 22 carries and caught three passes for 22-yards, giving him 172 yards of offense.

8. RB Curtis McNeal – Southern Cal – McNeal joined his RB teammate Silas Redd in giving the Trojans two 100-yard rushers as they beat the California Bears by a 27-9 score. McNeal rushed for 115-yards on only 115 carries and averaged 11.5 yards per carry.

9. RB Chris Thompson – Florida State – Thompson had an incredible game last week as he rushed for 197-yards on only nine carries as the Seminoles beat Wake Forest by a 52-0 score. Last year, against Wake Forest, Thompson broke his vertebre in his back, and many thought that his career was over. 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 came back this week with another great game against Clemson as he rushed for 103-yards on 15 carries and scored two touchdowns. In the great 49-27 come-from-behind victory, Thompson also made some key catches from quarterback E.J. Manuel as he caught 8 balls for 79-yards, giving him 182 All-Purpose yards.

10. RB Marcus Lattimore – South Carolina – Latimore is usually a dominating running back, but in the 31-10 victory over Missouri, Lattimore rushed for 85-yards on 21 carries and two touchdowns; plus he caught seven passes for another 60-yards, giving him 145 All-Purpose yards.

11. RB Eddie Lacy – Alabama – Lacy had a “Breakout-Game” for the Crimson Tide and it seemed like just yesterday that I was watching him play at Dutchtown. As the Tide overpowered FSU by a 40-7 score, Lacy was sharing time with a lot of other running backs, including T.J. Yeldon, who got 63-yards, but Lacy was still able to rush for 105-yards on 15 carries and averaged a nice seven yards per carry.

12. RB Rex Burkhead – Nebraska – Burkhead was injured for a couple of games, but he was back last Saturday as the Cornhuskers beatup Idaho State in a 73-7 rout. In that game Burkhead rushed for 119-yards and scored two touchdowns.


1. OFFENSE – QB Perry Hills – Maryland – Hills has been sensational all season, but in this game against West Virginia, he was pretty Special, although his Terps lost 31-21 to Geno Smith and the Mountaineers. Hills was playing for Pittsburgh Central Catholic last year. In this game, Hills completed 20 of 29 passes for 305-yards and three touchdowns and one of his favorite receivers was True Freshman Stefon Diggs who caught three passes for 113-yards and two touchdowns. In this game, Hills had a great 184.6 Quarterback Rating.

2. OFFENSE – RB Shadrach Thornton – NC State – Thornton had a “Breakeout-Game” that Wolfpack fans haven’t seen in 31 years as he rushed for 145-yards on 21 carries and two touchdowns. Not since 1981 has NC State had a true freshman rush for more than 100-yards in his first collegiate game. Thornton hadn’t even taken a snap in a game prior to lwin over The Citadel. In fact, he wasn’t even on the depth chart heading into this season. Then all of a sudden, Thornton became the school’s first running back to rush for over 100 yards this season and the first freshman to gain at least 100-yards in a game since Andre Brown had 248-yards against Southern Miss in 2005.

3. OFFENSE – RB Rushel Shell – Pittsburgh – Shell had his “Breakout Game” last  Saturday and helped the Panthers to their huge 35-17 UPSET over Virginia Tech. Shell rushed for 157-yards on 23 carries and had two catches for 15-yards, giving him 172-yards of total offense. This week against Gardner-Webb, Shell rushed for 41-yards and a touchdown as the Panthers won by a 55-10 score.

4. 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.

This week, against Florida Atlantic, Yeldon rushed for 63-yards on 10 carries as the Crimson Tide won their fourth straight game by a 40-7 victory.

5. OFFENSE – AP Stefon Diggs – Maryland – Diggs is a True Freshman who has been sensational all season. In the Terps 31-21 loss to West Virginia, Diggs was still outstanding as he grabbed three passes for 113-yards and an incredible two touchdowns of 56 and 42-yards; returned a punt 25-yards and returned two kickoffs for 63-yards, giving him 201 All-Purpose Yards.

6. OFFENSE – AP Duke Johnson – Miami – Johnson has been sensational all season as a true All-Purpose Super Star. Johnson was a Super Starat Miami Norland in high schol and he has continued to be a dominating force. In his 42-36 Overtime victory over Virginia Tech, Johnson rushed for 72-yards on 13 carries and caught four passes for 38-yards, giving him 110-yards of total offense.

1. DEFENSE – CB Travis Blanks – Clemson – Blanks was incredible in the big Florida State game as he recorded eight solo tackles in the 49-37 loss to the Seminoles. Blanks is from Tallahasee North Florida Christian and he was getting ready to play on my National Super Select 70n7 team in 2011, but at the last minute he decided to play for a 7on7 Team in Tallahassee. 

2. 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.

Last Saturday, in a huge 48-3 rout over Vanderbilt, Jenkins was completely dominating in a limited action role, because of the score. In that game, Jenkins recorded two solo tackles, but both tackles were quarterback sacks.


2012 Louisiana High School Players of the Week
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2012 College Super 16 Players of the Week

1. WR Cobi Hamilton – Arkansas – Hamilton had such a fantastic game and eventhough his team lost again, he has got to be one of the exceptions in the MVP selections. Hamilton caught ten passes from Tyler Wilson for a SEC Conference Record 303-yards and three touchdowns. The Razorbacks led early in the game when Wilson hit Hamilton on a 57-yard touchdown, but lost as the Scarlet Knights came back to win by a 35-26 score.

Hamilton broke the Single-Game SEC pass-receiving yardage record by the 293-yards of Josh Reed in 2001. Hamilton also caught an 80-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter and both touchdowns made the ESPE Sweet 16 Plays of the Week.

2. AP Dustin Harris – Texas A&M – Harris had a “Breakout-Game” as he set a school and SEC punt return record with 246 punt return yards on eight returns in the Texas A&M 70-14 victory over South Carolina State. Harris had a 96-yard punt return for a touchdown in the third quarter and this 96-yard return for a touchdown is the second-longest in Aggie history and made the ESPE Sweet 16 Plays of the Week.

3. AP Lamarcus Joyner – Florida State – Joyner was responsible for one of the biggest plays in the 49-37 victory over #10 Clemson when he raced 90-yards to the 10-yard line with a third quarter kick return after the Tigers had taken a 31-21 lead with 7:32 remaining in the quarter. Two plays later, E.J. Manuel completed a 9-yard touchdown pass to Rashad Green and the Seminoles scored 28 unanswered points. Joyner finished with 185 kickoff return yards on five returns. In addition to his kick returns, Joyner was also instrumental on defense, contributing three tackles. His 90-yard kickoff return to the 10-yard line made one of the ESPE Sweet 16 Plays of the Week

4. WR Phillip Dorsett – Miami – Dorsett had a “Breakout-Game” as he caught a career and game-high nine balls for 184-yards and a touchdown in the Hurricanes great come-from-behind 42-36 victory over Georgia Tech. His first catch of the game was a career-long 65-yard touchdown in the first quarter. With his 184-yards receiving, Dorsett recorded the #7 single game yardage in school history. Dorsett, from Ft. Lauderdale, also caught a 41-yard catch in the second quarter. Dorsett entered the game with 12 catches for 89 yards through first three games of season and only 236-yards in 15 career games. His 65-yard touchdown catch by Dorsett made one of the ESPE Sweet 16 Plays of the Week

5. WR Tavon Austin – West Virginia – Austin caught 13 passes for 179-yards and in the process, he set a school record for receptions as the Mountaineers beat Maryland by a 31-21 score. Austin is a Baltimore native and this was his last time to play against his Home-State School. Despite scoring two quick touchdowns, the Mountaineers looked a little flat after averaging 56 points and 612-yards in their first two Non BCS teams.

6. WR Brandon Cooks – Oregon State – Cooks had an outstanding game against UCLA as he grabbed six passes for 175-yards, including a beautiful 75-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Sean Mannion as the Beavers UPSET the Bruins by a 27-17 score. The 75-yard touchdown catch made the ESPE Sweet 16 Plays of the Week.

7. WR Quinton Patton – Louisiana Tech – Patton had a great game catching the football against Illinois as he grabbed six passes for 164-yards, including a beautiful 78-yard touchdown in the third quarter. These catches by Patton helped the Bulldogs to beat Illinois by a 35-17 score and this catch made the ESPE Sweet 16 Plays of the Week.  

8. WR Markus Wheaton – Oregon State – Wheaton had an outstanding game in the crucial game with UCLA as he grabbed nine passes for 150-yards as the Beavers UPSET the Bruins by a 27-20. Wheaton also extended his record of catching at least one pass in 25 straight games.

9. 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. One of the great Carter catches was an acrobatic 25-yard catch-and-run in the third quarter as they beat Kansas 20-6.

Then Carter was sensational again in the 27-7 Virginia game as he caught five passes for 128-yards, including a beautiful 68-yards touchdown catch from Casey Paschall. On his 68-yard catch, Carter reached into the air with his right arm fully extended and made a one-handed catch that resulted in one of the ESPE Sweet 16 Plays of the Week. 

10. WR Tevin Reese – Baylor – Reese had his best game of his career on Friday night as he grabbed eight passes for 145-yards and two touchdowns in the 47-42 victory over a very tough Louisiana Monroe team.

11. WR Justin Hunter – Tennessee – Hunter had another great game as he helped the Vols beat Akron by a 47-26 score. In this game, Hunter caught six passes from Tyler Bray for 115-yards, including a 19-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.

12. AP Marqise Lee – Southern Cal – Lee is a sensational All-Purpose athlete and he put-up some more huge numbers on Saturday against California. In this game, Lee caught 11 passes for 94-yards and returned two kickoffs for 41-yards, giving him 135 All-Purpose yards in the 27-9 victory over the Bears.

13. WR Mike Shanahan – Pittsburgh – Shanahan had an outstanding game against Gardner-Webb as he caught five passes for an amazing 144-yards and two touchdowns in the 55-10 victory.

14. WR Jered Abbrederis – Wisconsin – Abbrederis had a tremendous game in the 37-26 victory over UTEP. In that victory, Abbrederis caught six passes for 147-yards and a touchdown.

15. AP Duke Johnson – Miami – Johnson has been sensational all season as a True Freshman All-Purpose Super Star. Johnson was a Super Star in high schol and he has continued to be a dominating force. In his 42-36 Overtime victory over Virginia Tech, Johnson rushed for 72-yards on 13 carries and caught four passes for 38-yards, giving him 110-yards All-Purpose yards of total offense.

16. AP Stefon Diggs – Maryland – Diggs is a True Freshman who has been sensational all season. in the 31-21 loss to West Virginia, Diggs was still outstanding as he grabbed three passes for 113-yards and an incredible two touchdowns of 56 and 42-yards; returned a punt 25-yards and two kickoffs for 63-yards, giving him 201 All-Purpose Yards. His 56-yard touchdown was one of the ESPE Sweet 16 Plays of the Week. 

2012 College Super 16 Players of the Week

1. LB Manti Te’o – Notre Dame – Te’o was pretty sensation last week against Michigan State as he recorded an impressive 12 tackles in the 20-3 victory over the Spartans. Te’o was completely dominating again this week against Michigan in the 13-6 victory over the Wolverines. In that game against the Wolverines, Te’o recorded eight tackles, including three solo tackles and two key interceptions. I met Te’0 in Hawaii a few years ago at my 2007 Honolulu Super Combineand he is a very impressive athlete and person.

2. DE Sam Montgomery – LSU – Montgomery was sensational in the 12-10 victory over Auburn as he recorded four tackles, including three solo tackles and 3.5 tackles for a loss for a minus 14-yards. His first tackle for a loss resulted in a safety and a 2-0 LSU first quarter lead. Montgomery also had a quarterback sack for a minus five yards. For the game, LSU limited Auburn to only nine first downs and 183-yards of offense. The LSU defense held Auburn’s to its longest drive of the game that went 42 yards and Auburn got inside the LSU 25-yard line just twice, one of which came after an LSU fumble that gave Auburn the ball on the LSU 26-yard line.

3. DT Omar Hunter – Florida – Hunter had a career-high and team-leading eight tackles, including three solo tackles in the 38-0 Florida victory over Kentucky. Hunter helped lead a defensive unit that shutout an SEC opponent for the first time in 11 seasons or since 2001 against Mississippi State when the Gators beat them 52-0. The Gator defense was so dominating, it only allowed 60-yards passing and it held the Wildcats to only 4 of 15 on third down conversions.

4. LB Michael Clay – Oregon – Clay led a pretty sensation Oregon defense that shutout the high potent Arizona offense by a 49-0 score. Clay recorded 13 tackles, including 10 solo tackles, two tackles for a loss, forced a fumble, had two quarterback hurries, and a quarterback sack. Clay was also the leader of that Duck defense that limited Arizona to just 332-yards of total offense, after they had been averaging 604.7 yards of total offense in their three previous games. The Ducks defense also only allowed 89 yards rushing as they recorded their first shutout since 2003.

5. 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 as he recorded seven tackles, including 3.5 tackles for a loss and a minus 17-yards and two quarterback sacks. This week against Missouri, Clowney was again dominating as he recorded four tackles, including two solo tackles, two quarterback hurries, and 1.5 tackles for a loss in the Gamecocks 31-10 victory.

6. CB Ifo “Ieo” Ekpre-Olomu – Oregon – Ekpre-Olomu had a sensational game on Saturday in helping lead the Oregon Ducks against the Arizona Wildcats. In this unbelievable 49-0 shutout victory over the Wildcats, Elpre-Olomu recorded two interceptions, including a 54-yard return for a touchdown; had one solo tackle; and three pass breakups. His 54-yard interception return for a touchdown made the ESPE Sweet 16 Plays of the Week. On Monday, Ekpre-Olomu was selected as the Jim Thorpe Defensive Back of the Week.

7. FS Christian Bryant – Ohio State – Bryant has been outstanding in every game this year for the Buckeyes. He graded out at 96% in the Central Florida 31-16 victory when he led the team in tackles with seven tackles and he came back last 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 victory.

This week against UAB, Bryant helped the Buckeyes to 29-15 victory as he recorded eight tackles, including four solo tackles and two pass breakups.

8. MLB Bryce Hager – Baylor – Hager has outstanding games all season, but he was extra Special in the 47-42 Come-From-Behind victory over Louisiana Monroe on Friday night. In a very dominating game, Hager recorded 15 tackles, including 10 solo tackles. Hager had recorded 14 tackles against SMU and now has 39 tackles in only three games, averaging 13 tackles per game. 

9. LB Ryan Shazier – Ohio State – Shazier was outstanding in the California game last week and helped the Buckeyes to hold-on to victory as they won the game by a 35-28 score. In that game, 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. This week, in the 29-15 victory over UAB, Shazier recorded 14 tackles, including seven solo tackles and two pass breakups.

10. CB Ahmad Dixon – Baylor – Dixon has been dominating all season for the Bears, but he was sensational this past week. In the ULM game, he recorded eleven tackles, including six solo tackles, two pass breakups, and an interception as the Bears had a come-from-behind 47-42 victory over a very tough and inspired ULM team in Monroe, Louisiana. Dixon teamed with MLB Bryce Hager to lead the Bears defense. With this victory, the Bears remained undefeated with a 3-0 record and won their ninth straight game.

11. MLB Kevin Minter – LSU – Last week, Minter has been a dominating force on the LSU defense all season. Against Washington, 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  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.

This week against Auburn, Minter had four solo tackles, including one tackle for a minus four yards; plus he assisted with Sam Montgomery for a safety in the first quarter. For the defensive struggle, Minter teamed with Sam Montgomery and Eric Reid to lead the great LSU defense. For the game, LSU limited the potent Auburn offense to only nine first downs and 183-yards of offense. 

12. CB Adrian Bushell – Louisville – Bushell was outstanding, as the Desoto, Texas native helped the Cardinals to defeat Florida International in a 28-21 victory. In this outstanding game for Bushell, he recorded seven tackles, including five solo tackles, one tackle for a loss, and two pass breakups.

13. MLB Kenny Cain – TCU – Cain was a real defensive force in the 27-7 victory over Virginia as he recorded four tackles, including two solo tackles, recovered a fumble, and had two key interceptions. Cain returned the two interceptions for 56-yards.

14. 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.

In the crucial game this past weekend against the Oklahoma Sooners, Brown recorded eight tackles, including three solo tackles and two quarterback hurries as the Wildcats UPSET the Sooners by a 24-19 score. Brown has already been Selected to the Dick Butkus Watch List as one of the Best Linebacker in the Country.

15. LB Etienne Sabino – Ohio State – Sabino had an outstanding game this past weekend against UAB as he recorded twelve tackles. including seven solo tackles and two pass breakups as the Buckyesy beat UAB by a 29-15 score. Sabino recorded seven tackles and a quarterback sack for a minus ten yards last week in the 35-28 victory over California. Sabino has 29 tackles in the first four games for the 4-0 Buckeyes. 

16. LB Doug Rigg – West Virginia – Rigg was outstanding on defense for the offensively talented Mountaineers as he return a fumble 51-yards for a touchdown. In the 31-21 victory over Maryland, Rigg recorded seven tackles, including five solo tackles to go with his fumble return. His 51-yard fumble return for a touchdown made the ESPE Sweet 16 Plays of the Week.


About maxemfingerrecruiting

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