THE MAX EMFINGER COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWSLETTER
2012 College Super Players of the Week and Top 16 Plays – Week #5
College Super POW Rules
Must Win Your Game or Unless Two Teams in The Top 10 Are Playing!
Emfinger SuperScout Personal Evaluation (ESPE)
ESPE Sweet Sixteen Plays of the Week – Week #5
1. RET D.J. Monroe – Texas – Monroe returning 100-yard kickoff for TD!
2T. RET Christian Jones – Alabama – Jones returning 99-yard kickoff for TD!
2T. LB Michael Mauti – Penn State – Mauti returning a 99-yard interception!
3. RET Tevin Coleman – Indiana – Coleman returning 96-yard kickoff for TD!
4T. WR Steadman Bailey – West Virginia – Bailey catching an 87-yard TD!
4T. RET A.J. Klein – Iowa State – Klein returning 87-yard interception for TD!
5T. RB Kenjon Barner – Oregon – Barner running for 80-yard TD!
5T. WR Ryan Swope – Texas A&M – Swope catching an 80-yard TD pass!
5T. WR Dorial Green-Beckham – Missouri – Green-Beckham catching 80-yard TD!
6. WR Russell Shepard – LSU – Shepard running reverse for 78-yard TD!
7T. WR Ralph Abernathy – Cincinnati – Abernathy catching a 76-yard TD!
7T. WR Rashawn Scott – Miami – Scott catching a 76-yard TD!
8T. RB Keith Marshall – Georgia – Marshall running for 75-yard TD!
8T. WR Marcus Henry – Middle Tennessee – Henry catching a 75-yard TD!
9A. WR Khalek Shephard – Virginia – Shepherd catching a 73-yard TD!
9B. RB Keith Marshall – Georgia – Marshall running for 72-yard TD!
10. RB Joseph Randle – Oklahoma State – Randle running for 69-yard TD!
11. WR Lanear Sampson – Baylor – Sampson catching a 67-yard TD pass!
12. WR Tevin Reese – Baylor – Reese catching a 65-yard TD pass!
13. RB Knile Davis – Arkansas – Davis catching a 64-yard TD out of backfield!
14. WR Devon Smith – Ohio State – Smith catching 63-yard TD!
15. RB Bishop Sankey – Washington – Sankey running for 61-yard TD!
16. WR Phillip Dorsette – Miami – Dorsette catching a 62-yard TD!
SUPER SCOUT EVALUATIONS
MY SUPER SEVEN TEAMS
1. Alabama, 2. FSU, 3. West Virginia, 4. Georgia, 5. LSU, 6. Oregon, 7. Florida
MY SUPER SEVEN SURPRISE TEAMS
1. Mississippi State, 2. Oregon State, 3. Rutgers, 4. Northwestern,
5. Cincinnati, 6. Texas Tech, 7. Louisiana Tech
MY TOP THREE DISAPPOINTING TEAMS
1. Arkansas, 2. Virginia Tech, 3. Kentucky
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2012 CollegeFootball Special 500 Yards of Total Offense POW Players
SUPER FAB FOUR QUARTERBACKS
1. QB Geno Smith – West Virginia – Smith played one of the best games that I have seen in college football as he completed 45 of 51 passes for an incredible 656-yards and eight touchdowns in a 70-63 victory over Baylor. Smith also ran for another 31-yards, giving him a “mind-boggling” 687-yards of total offense. Right now, Smith is the overwhelming favorite for the Heisman Trophy. In this game, Smith also had a “mind-boggling” 248.0 Quarterback Rating.
At this point, Smith is playing even better than RGIII did a year ago. There’s a lot of football left to play, and Smith has a lot of tough opponents ahead. This race is far from over, but there’s no doubt about the front-runner right now. The Mountaineers, under the leadership of Geno Smith, amassed a school-record 807-yards and both teams combined for 1,507-yards of offense and 67 first downs.
After Saturday’s game, the West Virginia coaches told Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports that Smith had checked-off live at the line of scrimmage into a play that wasn’t even in the play book, because he saw something that the seconday of the Bears was doing that he thought that he could exploit. The result: one of his eight touchdown passes on the day.
2. 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 last week for the Bears ninth straight win, but this week, the Bears traveled to West Virginia to play Geno Smith and the Mountaineers in a huge Big-12 shootout.
This game was not going to be a regular type game, because both teams would have high prolific passing quarterbacks that could put-up some huge numbers. Also! Both teams would have some unbelievable playmakers that each quarterback could use in theit passing game. So what happenened in the game?
Well, they put-up the biggest offensive stats of any BCS College Football game in history. Florence completed 29 of 47 passes for 581-yards and five touchdowns; while Smith completed 45 of 51 passes for 656-yards and eight touchdowns. Just the two quarterbacks, alone, accounted for 1,237-yards and 13 touchdowns as the Mountaineers won by a gaudy 70-63 score. They broke the Big-12 record for most points scored with 133-points.
3. QB Stephen Morris – Miami – Morris had a career game last week against Georgia Tech 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. So what does Morris do for an encore in his very next game?
In his encore game, Morris simply sets a school and ACC record with 566-yards passing in an unbelievable 44-37 UPSET victory over the North Carolina State Wolfpack, as he threw the game winning 62-yard pass to Super Receiver Phillip Dorsett with only 19 seconds left in the game. Morris threw for 271-yards in the first quarter alone. Only three BCS players have ever thrown for more yards in a quarter since 2004. Morris then had ’ 287 yards in the first half which was more than his first three games until the Georgia Tech game. Morris threw five touchdown passes, tying five other Miami players for the single-game school record.
The last Miami quarterback to throw five touchdown passes in a game was Kyle Wright in the Wake Forest game in 2005. Morris had thrown for two touchdowns, twice in his career, including last week against Georgia Tech. Former Wake Forest standout Rusty LaRue held the former ACC record, throwing for 545-yards against NC State in 1995.
4. QB Johnny Manziel – Texas A&M – Manziel has been sensational all season, and he has gotton better each week and this unbelievable game against Arkansas is his beat game of his career. In this game, against the Razorbacks at College Station, Manziel completed 29 of 38 passes for 453-yards and three touchdowns; plus he ran for another 104-yards and another touchdown, giving him 557-yards of total offense. This 557-yards is an SEC record for total yards in a single game.
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.
2012 CollegeFootball Special 400 Yards of Total Offense POW Players
FAB FIVE QUARTERBACKS
1. QB Mike Glennon – North Carolina State – Glennon had a pretty sensational passing game in the passing shootout with Stephen Morris and Miami as he completed 24 of 42 pases for 440-yards and four touchdowns in a 44-37 loss to Miami. Glennon had a terrific game and the score was so close, I did not want to keep him off of the MVP Team of the Week. Plus, Glennon made the Elite 400 Passing Team. In this game, Glennon had a 167.0 Quarterback Rating.
2. QB Sean Mannion – Oregon State – Mannion had an incredible game for the second straight Saturday. Last week, Mannion led his Beavers to a 27-17 UPSET over previously undefeated UCLA. In that game, Mannion passed for a career-high 379-yards and two touchdowns. On Saturday, Mannion completed 29 of 45 passes for a new career-high 433-yards and three touchdowns in a 38-35 win over Arizona.
Mannion engineered a 10-play, 75-yard game-winning drive in which he completed six straight passes, connecting with five different receivers for 52-yards, including a nine-yard winning touchdown with 1:09 left in the game. The 433-yard passing performance by Mannion represents the fifth-highest single-game total in school history. Mannion is the first sophomore team captain in the history of the program and has now thrown for career-highs in back-to-back games after racking up 379-passing yards against UCLA last week.
There are a lot of different factors contributing to Mannion becoming a sensational quarterback this year. With Storm Woods, the Beavers have a running game to take some of the pressure off of him. Storm Woods gave Oregon State 161 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Markus Wheaton and Brandin Cooks are great Playmakers at wide receiver. This outstanding duo have gone for more than 100-yards in back-to-back games.
3. QB Matt Scott – Arizona – Scott was awesome again in a losing efford as he completed 31 passes out of 52 trys for 403-yards and three touchdowns and rushed for another 29-yards, giving him 433-yards of offense as Oregon State and Sean Mannion beat them in a passing shootout by a 38-35 score.
4. QB Tajh Boyd – Clemson – Boyd had another outstanding game as he continued his great leadership and passing skills in a 45-31 victory over Boston College. In this game, Boyd completed 28 of 38 passes for 367-yards and three touchdowns and added 42-yards rushing and another touchdown, giving him 409 yards of total offense.
This was the sixth 400-yard total offensive game for Boyd and he just tied Charlie Whitehurst for the school’s career touchdown mark with 49 touchdowns. It took Whitehurst 44 career games to do it; while Boyd did it in only 26 games. On the season, Boyd has thrown for 1,356 yards, 12 touchdowns, had only 3 interceptions, and has added 161-yards rushing and a touchdown. Boyd is still in the Heisman Trophy race.
5. QB Munchie Legaux – Cincinnati – Legaux completed just 19 of 42 passes for 376-yards and 27-yards rushing, giving him 403-yards of total offense. When it mattered the most, Legaux engineering an 85-yard drive that culminated with an unbelievable clutch 39-yard touchdown pass to Damon Julian with only 13 seconds left as they stunned a once proud Virginia Tech defense. This also brought the Surprise Team Cincinnati to another stunning 3-0 record. The biggest story, however, was the offense, and particularly the quarterback play of Legaux, who came of age against the Hokies.
Legaux finished the day with a career-high 376-yards and threw three touchdown passes, but on the final winning touchdown drive, he completed 3 of 7 passes for 68-yards and rushed for 17 more. He had 166 yards passing in the fourth quarter alone, and he kept his trust in Julian after a dropped touchdown pass earlier in the quarter that could have proven costly. Legaux was named Big East offensive player of the week for his efforts.
The junior quarterback from New Orleans, threw just one interception against the Hokies. His accuracy needs to improve, but the skillset of Legaux became evident to many people outside of the conference on Saturday, and now his team is primed to make yet another run at the Big East crown.
SPECIAL MENTION QUARTERBACK
QB A.J. McCarron – Alabama – McCarron didn’t put up “great” numbers against Ole Miss, but he didn’t really need to. He was efficient and he won the game. McCarron passed for 182 yards and two touchdowns against the Rebels. McCarron is still one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the country and has yet to throw an interception, compared to his 12 touchdowns. Winning will help propel any sort of Heisman Trophy run McCarron. He passed the record of Brody Croyle of Alabama with 190 consecutive pass attempts without throwing an interception when he connected with Brent Calloway on a short pass in the first half. McCarron finished 22-of-30 for 182 yards with two touchdowns and no picks. McCarron now has 206 straight pass attempts without a pick.
2012 College Sweet 16 Players of the Week
1. QB Cody Fajardo – Nevada – Fajardo had a sensational game running and passing as he led his Wolf Pack team to a 34-21 victory over Texas State. In that game, Fajardo completed 21 of 34 passes for 286-yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 95-yards on 10 carries and another touchdown, giving him 381-yards of total offense and four touchdowns in the victory.
2. QB Tyler Wilson – Arkansas – Wilson was one of the top quarterbacks in the country last season and he was one of the top quarterbacks going into this football season, but he got hurt and has just made it back into the lineup. In this game against Texas A&M, Wilson completed 29 of 59 passes for 373-yards and one 64-yard touchdown pass to Knile Davis, coming out of the backfield. The Aggies were just too potent as Johnny Manziel put-up an SEC total yard record of 557-yards in a58-10 victory over the Razarbacks.
3. QB J.W. Walsh – Oklahoma State – Walsh was just as impressive in this game as David Ash was on Saturday and either quarterback could have led their team to victory. Walsh completed 18 of 27 passes for 301-yards and two touchdowns and rushed for another 57-yards, giving him 358-yards of total offense.
In fact, Walsh had just led the Cowboys to a 36-34 lead with five minutes left in the game and with those five minutes left in the game, I Tweeted that the Longhorns had just fallen behind and had five minutes to catch up. This is when Ash pulled off his heroic passes and led them to a 41-36 victory over Oklahoma State after the Cowboys had just gone ahead and it looked like they were going to win the game in a huge UPSET victory.
4. QB Seth Doege – Texas Tech – Doege had a tremendoug game in leading the Red Raiders to a 4-0 record as he completed 30 of 46 for 331-yards and three touchdowns in a 24-13 victory over Iowa State. Texas Tech is one of my Surprise Teams of the year and Doege is having a fabulous year. Eric Ward caught nine of the Doege passes for 122-yards and a touchdown. With Doege and Ward on offense and with the vastly improved Red Raider defense, this team is going to pull-off a huge UPSET before the season is over.
5. 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 5-0 record. In the 17-16 victory over Michigan State, Miller completed 16 of 23 passes for 179-yards and one touchdown, including the beautiful 63-yard touchdown pass to Devon Smith. Miller also rushed for another 136-yards on 23 carries, giving him 315-yards of total offense.
Miller initiated the biggest play of the game with his 63-yard touchdown pass down the right sideline to Devon Smith. It was in the third quarter, and the Spartans had just taken the momentum when Keith Mumphery bulled his way into the end zone, carrying would-be tacklers wih him. This gave the Spartans their first lead of the game. But Miller immediately responded and hit Smith with the 63-yarder only 1:44 later. The Buckeyes caught Michigan State in a blitz, and Smith got a step on the cornerback and Miller put the football placed the ball beautifully, hitting Smith in perfect stride, in what later became the game-winning touchdown.
The Buckeyes might not have been overly impressive in their last couple of games, but Miller continues to carry this 5-0 team. Miller is tied for second in the Big Ten in rushing yards with 577 and has run for more touchdowns seven touchdowns, which is more than any other player in the Big-10. He has also thrown for 933-yards and eight 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.
6. QB Joe Southwick – Boise State – Southwick had an outstanding game as he completed 24 of 34 passes for 311-yards and three touchdown as his Broncos beat New Mexico by a 32-29 score. Southwick had an outstanding 176.5 Quarterback Rating.
7. QB Trevor Siemian – Northwestern – Siemian had a great game as he helped lead the Wildcats to a 44-29 victory over the Indiana Hoosiers. In this game, Siemian completed 22 of 32 passes for 308-yards and he also added another seven yards rushing, giving his 315-yards of total offense in this Big-10 victory. In this game, Siemian had a 143.4 Quarterback Rating.
8. QB David Ash – Texas – Ash was simply fantastic on Saturday as he completed 30 of 37 passes for 304-yards and three touchdowns. In fact, Ash brought his team back to a 41-36 victory over Oklahoma State after the Cowboys had just gone ahead and it looked like they were going to win the game. Another fact was that there was a fourth down and six-yards to go and Ash hit D.J. Grant on an unbelievable 29-yard pass and crucial first down to keep their winning drive going and eventually score the winning touchdown.
Grant was sensational on this play as he kept his foot in bounds to keep the game alive for the Longhorns and extend the eventual game-winning drive. Then, on a second down and five-yards to go and time running out, Ash calmly hit clutch receiver, Mike Davis for a beautiful 32-yard catch, down to the Cowboys five-yard line, where seconds later, Joey Bergeron scored the winning touchdown.
Despite throwing his first interception of the season, Ash bounced back to lead Texas to touchdowns on three of their four final drives. Ash has really developed this year into a Heisman Trophy candidate.
9. QB Brett Hundley – UCLA – Hundley dueled Sean Mannion of Oregon State in a classic passing shootout last week and both quarterbacks were pretty sensational, but the Beavers UPSET the Bruins by a 27-17 score. This week, in a 42-14 victory over Colorado, Hundley completed 25 of 38 passes for 281-yards and two touchdowns. Hundley also rushed for 14-yards, giving him 295-yards of offense in the victory.
Last week, in the 27-17 loss to the Beavers, Hundley had 404 yards of total offense. This was 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 Drew Olsen game and it is the fifth best in UCLA history.
10. QB Taylor Kelly – Arizona State – Kelly had another great day as he completed 26 of 45 passes for 292-yards and three touchdowns as the Sun Devils beat the California Golden Bears by a 27-17 score.
11. QB Taylor Martinez – Nebraska – Martinez helped lead his Cornhuskers to another Big-10 victory as he completed 17 of 29 passes for 181-yards and two touchdowns and rushed for another 107-yards and a touchdown, giving him 288-yards of total offense and three touchdowns in the 30-27 victory over Wisconsin. Martinez was outstanding as he brought the Cornhuskers from behind and led them on four straight scoring drives against Wisconsin in the second half in a comeback from a 17-point deficit.
Martinez scored on a 38-yard run, threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Kyler Reed and set up Brett Maher for the game-tying and go-ahead field goals. Maher kicked a 41-yard field goal with 9:41 left gave in the game and gave the Cornhuskers a 4-1 record and their first lead in the Big-10 opener.
12. QB Aaron Murphy – Georgia – Murray had a career-day a couple weeks ago 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 Bulldogs game last week. This week, in a key 51-44 victory over Tennessee, Murray completed 19 of 25 passes for 278-yards and two touchdowns, including two touchdowns to Mike Bennett who tore his ACL and is out for the rest of the season.
Murray had some great help from his two freshmen running backs. Keith Marshall rushed for 164-yards on 10 carries and two incredible 72 and 75-yard touchdowns. Todd Gurley rushed for 130-yards on 24 carries and three touchdowns, including a key 51-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. The Bulldogs blew a 17-point lead, but came back for the victory. 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.
13. QB James Franklin – Missouri – Franklin got back to his great passing game as he helped lead the Tigers to a 21-16 victory over Central Florida as he completed 19 of 30 pases for 257-yards and one touchdown, including an 80-yard touchdown pass to Green-Beckham. Due to an off-the-field problem, Green-Beckham is suspended for the up-coming Vanderbilt game. The 80-yard catch made the ESPE Sweet 16 Plays of the Week.
14. QB Logan Kilgore – Middle Tennessee – Kilgore was a fabulous leader and quarterback as he helped lead his Blue Raiders to a huge 49-28 UPSET over Georgia Tech. In this game, Kilgore completed 17 of 23 passes for 246-yards and two touchdowns. Kilgore also had an outstanding 183.8 Quarterback Rating.
15. QB E.J. Manuel – Florida State – Manuel followed up his breakout game against Clemson with a fairly quiet game this past week against South Florida. Manuel completed 19 of 26 passes for 242-yards and one touchdown, but he was not much of a factor in the run game as the Seminoles won 30-17. Still, Manuel completed more than 70 percent of his passes and continues to lead the ACC in pass efficiency. He ranks No. 8 in the nation in that category. As long as Manuel keeps playing consistently and Florida State keeps winning, he should be in the Heisman Trophy mix.
16. QB Colby Cameron – Louisiana Tech – Cameron has been a pretty sensational quarterback all season in leading his Bulldogs to an exceptional 4-0 record. On Saturday, Cameron completed 23 of 36 passes for 218-yards and a touchdown and ran for 23-yards and another touchdown, giving him 241-yards of offense as they beat ACC power Virginia by a 44-38 score. Last week, Cameron helped the Bulldogs to beat Big-10 power Illinois. A lot of credit for the 4-0 record for the Bulldogs needs to go to Cameron. He has thrown 12 touchdown passes and he has yet to be intercepted.
What is really a unique situation is that these two powers paid the Bulldogs a lot of money for them to come to their stadium to get beat. Illinois paid the Bulldogs $775,000 and Virginia paid them $825,000 to come to their home stadium and then Cameron helped the Bulldogs to beat both of them.
2012 College Dandy Dozen Players of the Week
1. RB Kain Colter – Northwestern – Colter was sensational as he helped his Wildcats to a 44-29 victory over Indiana. Against the Hoosiers, Colter ran for 161-yards and four touchdowns, caught nine passes for 131-yards, and passed for 3-yards, giving him an incredible 295-yards of total offense. Colter helped the Wildcats to set a school record with 704-yards of total offense in the victory over the Hoosiers on Saturday in Big-10 opener. Colter is technically a quarterback, but he’s more like a Swiss army knife. Colter also scored four touchdowns to power Northwestern with a 704-yard offensive effort.
Quarterback Trevor Siemian passed for 308-yards and Venric Mark ran for 138-yards and a touchdown in the Big-10 victory that brought the Wildcats record to 5-0.
2. Kenjon Barner – Oregon – Barner had another sensational game as he rushed for 195-yards and three touchdowns in the 51-26 victory over Washington State. Barner averaged 9.8 yards per carry and ran for touchdown of 22, 10 and 80 yards. He’s second in the PAC-12 in rushing with 121 yards per game and his nine rushing touchdowns leads the PAC-12 conference. Barner also had three catches in this game for another 37-yards and a touchdown, giving him 232-yards of total offense. For the 4-0 season, Barner has 96 carries, 605-yards with a 6.3 yards per carry, and nine touchdowns. He also has 11 catches for 111-yards and a score. Barner made the ESPE Sweet 16 Plays of the Week.
3. RB Antonio Andrews – Western Kentucky – Andrews has been outstanding all season, but on Saturday, he was exceptional as he rushed for 215-yards on 29 carries and one touchdown. Andrews also caught two passes for 14-yards, giving him 229-yards of offense as he helped his team beat Arkansas State by a 26-15 score.
4. RB Benny “Bam Bam” Cunningham – Middle Tennessee – Cunningham was unbelievable as he rolled-up 217-yards rushing on Georgia Tech in one of the biggest UPSET games of the season. Cunningham scored on a beautiful 60-yard touchdown run and caught one pass for 12-yards, giving him 229-yards of offense. Cunningham averaged an amazing 8.2-yards per touch on 28 touches against one of the top teams in the ACC Conference.
5. RB Joe Randle – Oklahoma State – Randle was sensational in his game on Saturday against the Texas Longhorns as he rushd for 199-yards on 25 carries and electrified the crowd and television audience with a 69-yard touchdown run. On his 69-yard run, Randle gave every Longhorn defender a chance to tackle him and a few defenders had two chances. Randle also had for 12 yards in receiving, giving him 211-yards of total offense as the Longhorns came back-from-behind to record a 41-36 victory. With his 69-yard touchdown run, Randle made the ESPE Sweet 16 Plays of the Week.
6. RB Storm Woods – Oregon State – Woods was outstanding as he rushed for 161-yards on 29 carries and caught four passes for 42-yards, giving him 203-yards of total of total offense as the Beavers edged Arizona 38-35 in a huge shootout. Woods, from Pflugerville, Texas, was outstanding in the running game as Sean Mannion passed for a career-high 379-yards and two touchdowns.
7. RB Stefphon Jefferson – Nevada – Two weeks ago, 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. This week, Jefferson rushed for 178-yards on 40 carries as his Wolf Pack team beat Texas State by a 34-21 score. Jefferson also had a catch for 14-yards, giving him 192-yards of offense in the victory.
8. RB Keith Marshall – Georgia – Marshall was sensational in this come-from-behind 51-44 victory over Tennessee. Marshall rushed for 164-yards on 10 carries and two incredible 72 and 75-yard touchdowns. His 75-yard touchdown in the second quarter was unbelievable, but his 72-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter turned out to be the winning touchdown. Georgia led 27-10 in the second quarter, but the Vols tied the game at 30-30 at halftime.
In the first four games of the season, the Bulldogs led the SEC with an average of 47.5 points per game, breaking the previous school record of 40-points in the first four game. Both of the Marshall touchdowns made the ESPE Sweet 16 Plays of the Week.
9. RB Bishop Sankey – Washington – Sankey had an outstanding game in the 17-13 UPSET of Stanford as he rushed for 144-yards on 20 carries and scored on a beautifil 61-yard touchdown run. In a game without many big plays, Sankey electrifyed the crowd when he took a handoff on a fourth-and-one play at the Washington 39-yard line and raced 61-yards for a touchdown in the unbelievable UPSET victory. This great touchdown run by Sankey made the ESPE Sweet 16 Plays of the Week.
10. RB Todd Gurley – Georgia – Gurley had another great rushing day as the Bulldogs defeated Tennessee by a 51-44 score. In this game, Gurley rushed for 130-yards on 24 carries and three touchdowns, including a key 51-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. The Bulldogs blew a 17-point lead, but came back for the victory.
11. RB Eddie Lacy and RB T.J. Yeldon – Alabama – Last week, Lacy had his “Breakout-Game” for the Crimson Tide as the Tide overpowered Florida Atlantic by a 40-7 score and Yeldon had his “Breakout-Game” against Michigan when he rushed for 111-yards on 10 carries. This week, against Ole Miss, Lacy rushed for 82-yards and Yeldon got 38-yards. Throw-in the 18-yards that they got catching the football and you have 138-yards between them. Lacy and Yeldon are two of the greatest running backs in the country and they are playing for the #1 BCS team in the country. If either were playing for another team, they probably would be averaging around 150-yards per game.
12. RB Marcus Lattimore – South Carolina – Lattimore is one of the best running backs in the country and sometimes he’s needed to run for a lot of yards and sometimes he’s not. In this game against Kentucky, Lattimore rushed for 120-yards on 23 carries and caught three passes for 16-yards, giving him 136-yards of offense as the Gamecocks came back from being down 17-7 at halftime.
TRUE FRESHMEN PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
1. OFFENSE – AP Teondray Caldwell – Washington State – Caldwell is a Washington State True Freshman who had a sensational football game on Saturday as he had eight kick returns for 220-yards against Oregon, including a 92-yard effort that set up a Cougars touchdown. It was the second most kickoff return yards in a single game in Washington State school history.
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.
This week, Thornton rushed for 87-yards on 17 carries and caught one pass for 14-yards, giving him 101-yards of offense as his Wolf Pack lost a 44-37 hearbreaker to Miami.
3. OFFENSE – RB Jonathan Gray – Texas – Gray had an outstanding day against Oklahoma State as he rushed for 68-yards on 12 carries in the 41-36 Longhorn victory. With RB Malcolm Brown getting injured, Gray will get his chance to play a lot more.
4. 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. This week, Johnson rushed for 39-yards, caught three passes for 24-yards, and ran one kickoff for 19-yards, giving him 82 All-Purpose yards as the Hurricanes beat NC State by a 44-37 score.
5. 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. Pittsburgh did not play this week.
6. 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. Maryland did not play this week.
1. DEFENSE – LB Eddie Johnson – Miami – Johnson had seven tackles, including six solo tackles, had one sack, two forced fumbles and one pass breakup in Miami’s 44-37 win over NC State. The six solo tackles by Johnson were second among Miami players.
2. DEFENSE – LB Mason Monheim – Illinois – Monheim had a sensational game for a True Freshman as he recorded a game-high 11 tackles in their 35-7 los to Penn State.
3. DEFENSE – DE Devonte Fields – TCU – Fields has been outstanding all of this season and he was again on Saturday as he recorded seven tackles, including four solo tackles, had 2.5 quarterback sacks and four tackles for a loss as the Frogs beat SMU by a 24-16 score.
4. DEFENSE – CB Jalen Mills – LSU – Mills had another great game as he recorded six tackles, including three solo tackles in the 38-22 victory over Towson.
5. 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. This past week, in a 45-31 victory over Boston College, Blanks recorded four tackles, including three solo tackls and twp pass breakups.
6. DEFENSE – LB De’Vante Harris – Texas A&M – Harris had an outstanding game as he recorded three tackles, including two solo tackles and he had two pass breakups as the Aggies routed Arkansas by a 58-10 victory.
LOUISIANA HIGH SCHOOL PLAYER OF THE WEEK #4
2012 College Double Dandy Dozen Players of the Week
ENDS AND ALL-PURPOSE BACKS
1. WR Terrance Williams – Baylor – Williams was sensational to say the least as he caught 17 passes for 314-yards and scored two touchdowns in the West Virginia and Baylor passing shootout. Both teams put-up 1,507 total yards of offense. Williams broke the Baylor single-game pass receiving yardage record and also the single-game receptions, but it still ws not enough, as the Mountaineers beat the Bears by a 70-63 score. Williams (6-2, 210, 4.4) averaged 18.5 yards per catch. Williams will be a #1 Draft Choice.
2. WR Steadman Bailey – West Virginia – Bailey was a Total Freak on Saturday as he caught 13 passes from Geno Smith for 303-yards and five touchdowns, including an 87-yard touchdown pass in the 70-63 victory over Baylor. Bailey also averaged 23.3-yards per catch. Bailey also broke the West Virginia Single-Game receiving yards and career touchdowns with 26 touchdowns. Baylor and West Virginia both combined for 133 points and 1,507 yards of total offense. The 87-yard touchdown by Bailey made the ESPE Sweet 16 Plays of the Week.
3. WR Tavon Austin – West Virginia – Austin was fantastic in the Shootout as he caught 14 passes for 215-yards and a two touchdowns. Austin also returned two kickoffs for 72-yards, giving him 287-All-Purpose yards. His pass receiving yardage was only the third best on the field in one of the greatest offensive games in college football history. That’s what happens when you have a game like West Virginia and Baylor did, combining for 133 points and 1,507 yards of total offense. Austin made a lot of huge plays for the Mountaineers, but most of the press spotlight was on QB Geno Smith and WR Steadman Bailey.
4. AP Phillip Dorsette – Miami – Dorsette had a sensational game on Saturday as he caught seven passes from Stephen Morris for 191-yards and two touchdowns, including a beautiful 62-yard touchdown catch. Dorsette also had five rushing yards, six yards on a punt return, and 24-yards on kickoffs, giving him 226 All-Purpose yards as the Hurricanes beat NC State by a 44-37 score.
5. AP Teondray Caldwell – Washington State – Caldwell is a Washington State True Freshman who had a sensational football game on Saturday as he had eight kick returns for 220-yards against Oregon, including a 92-yard effort that set up a Cougars touchdown. It was the second most kickoff return yards in a single game in Washington State school history.
6. AP D.J. Banks – Louisiana Tech – Banks was outstanding on Saturday against Virginia as he caught three passes for 59-yards and returned five kickoffs for 152-yards, including a 94-yard kickoff return, giving him 211-All-Purpose yards as the Bulldogs UPSET the Cavaliers by a 44-38 score.
7. AP Tobias Palmer – NC State – Palmer was outstanding in a losing effort, but I thought that he deserved to make the MVP Team, just as Mike Glennon, as he caught five passs from Glennon for 94-yards and had six kickoff returns for 112-yards, giving him 206 All-Purpose yards in the 44-37 heartbreak loss to Miami.
8. AP Khalek Shepherd – Virginia – Shepherd had a great game on Saturday as he caught a 73-yard touchdown, ran seven kickoffs back for 120-yards, and had one punt return for five-yards, giving him 202 All-Purpose yards, but it ws not good enough for victory as the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs UPSET the Cavaliers by a 44-38 score.
9. WR DeAndre Hopkins – Clemson – Hopkins had another great game in the 45-31 victory ovrt Boston College as he caught 11 passes for a school-record 197 yards and a touchdown, answering once again that the offense can function without Sammy Watkins, who missed the game with a virus. Hopkins broke the single-game record of 182-yards by Rod Gardner against North Carolina in 2000. Hopkins had his third 100-yard receiving game of the season. In just five games this year, Hopkins has established the Clemson single-game receptions record when he had 13 against Auburn in the opener. He has also tied the record for touchdown catches in a single game with three against Furman and now set the record for receiving yards in a single game.
10. WR Alex Amidon – Boston College – Amidon caught eight passes for a career-high 193-yards and two touchdowns in Boston College 45-31 loss to Clemson, accounting for 52 percent of the team’s receiving yardage and 39 percent of its points. Additionally, the total marked the most receiving yards in a game for a Boston College player since Gerard Phelan had 226 receiving yards against Miami on November 23, 1984. DeAndre Hopkins of Clemson was in the same game with Amidon and he had another great game as he caught 11 passes for a school-record 197 yards. Amidon was just 4-yards behind Hopkins. Amidon has eclipsed 100 receiving yards in three games this fall, and ranks fourth among all BCS players in receiving yards per game with a 139.8-yard average.
11. AP Johnathan Franklin – UCLA – Franklin did not get as many yards rushing as he has been averaging per game, but he still got 111-yards on 15 carries and caught three passes for 78-yards, giving him 189 All-Purpose-yards of total offense in a 42-14 victory over Colorado. In this game, Franklin averaged 10.5 yards on 15 touches.
12. WR Rashawn Scott – Miami – Scott had a great game on Saturday as he caught six passes from Stephen Morris for 180-yards and two touchdowns, including a beautiful 76-yard touchdown as the Hurricanes beat NC State by a 44-37 score. The 76-yard touchdown by Scott made the ESPE Sweet 16 Plays of the Week.
13. AP Odell Beckham – LSU Beckham had a great game on Saturday against Towson as he caught five passes for 128-yards and two touchdowns, including a 53 and 27-yard touchdowns. Beckham also returned three punts for another 41-yards, giving him 169 All-Purpose yards in the 38-22 victory.
14. WR Markus Wheaton – Oregon State – Wheaton had an outstanding game in the crucial game last week with UCLA as he grabbed nine passes for 150-yards as the Beavers UPSET the Bruins by a 27-20. This week, in the great 38-35 victory over Arizona, Wheaton was again outstanding as he caught 10 passes from Sean Mannion for 166-yards and two touchdowns. Wheaton also had two-yards rushing, giving him 168-yards of total offense. Wheaton also extended his record of catching at least one pass in 26 straight games.
15. WR Cobi Hamilton – Arkansas – Hamilton had such a fantastic game last week and eventhough his team lost again, this week, Hamilton has got to be one of the exceptions in the MVP selections. Last week, Hamilton caught ten passes from Tyler Wilson for an SEC Conference Record 303-yards and three touchdowns. This week in a 58-10 loss to Texas A&M, Hamilton caught 11 passes for 162-yards. Last week, Hamilton broke the Single-Game SEC pass-receiving record of 293-yards of Josh Reed in 2001.
16. AP Christian Jones – Alabama – Jones had a sensational game against Ole Miss as he returned a kickoff 99-yards for a touchdown as the Crimson Tide beat the Rebels by a 33-14 score. In the game, Jones had two catches for 19-yards and returned three kickoffs for 142-yards, giving him 161 All-Purpose yards and a touchdown in the victory. The 99-yard touchdown by Jones made the ESPE Sweet 16 Plays of the Week.
17. WR Brandin Cooks – Oregon State – Cooks had an outstanding game against UCLA last week 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. This week, in the great 38-35 victory over Arizona, Cooks caught 8 passes for 149-yards.
18. AP D.J. Monroe – Texas – Monroe had a sensational game for the Longhorns as he returned a kickoff 100-yards for a touchdown as they beat the Oklahoma State Cowboys by a 41-36 score. Monroe rushed for 24-yards and had two kickoff returns for 120-yards, giving him 144 All-Purpose yards in the victory. The 100-yard touchdown by Monroe made the ESPE Sweet 16 Plays of the Week.
19. WR Ryan Swope – Texas A&M – Swope had a great day in teaming-up with Johnny Manziel on five balls for 141-yards, including a beautiful 80-yard touchdown as the Aggies beat the Arkansas Razarbacks by a 58-10 score. The 80-yard touchdown by Swope made the ESPE Sweet 16 Plays of the Week.
20. WR Kenbrell Thompkins – Cincinnati – Thompkins had a great day in hooking-up with Munchie Legaux as he grabbed seven passes for 134-yards and a touchdown as the Bearcats UPSET Virginia Tech.
21. AP Ralph Abernathy – Cincinnati – Abernathy had an outstanding game as he caught a 76-yard touchdown from Munchie Legaux and had two kickoff returns for 53-yards, giving him 129 All-Purpose yards in the 27-24 UPSET victory over Virginia Tech. The 76-yard score by Abernathy made the ESPE Sweet 16 Plays of the Week.
22. WR Eric Ward – Texas Tech – Ward had a great game for the Red Raiders as he grabbed 9 passes for 122-yards and a touchdown as the Red Raiders beat Iowa State by a 24-13 score.
23. WR Tevin Reese – Baylor – Reese had his best game of his career against Louisiana Monroe as he grabbed eight passes for 145-yards and two touchdowns in the 47-42 victory over a very tough Louisiana Monroe team. Reese had another great game against West Virginia as he grabbed four passes for 120-yards, including a beautiful 65-yard touchdown in the 70-63 loss to the Mountaineers. This was one of the great passing games of the century as each team had thre wide receivers with more than 100-yards. The 65-yard touchdown by Reese made the ESPE Sweet 16 Plays of the Week.
24. AP Brandon Carter – TCU – Carter had another great game as he returned two kickoffs for 94-yards and caught three passes for 18-yards, giving him 112 All-Purpose yards as the Frogs beat SMU by a 24-16 score.-
2012 College Terrific 33 Players of the Week
1. DE Jackson Jeffcoat – Texas – Jeffcoat had another outstanding game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys as he recorded seven tackles, including six solo and four tackles for a loss, a quarterback sack, and four quarterback hurries. These stats might not tell the whole story about Jeffcoat in this game, because the Oklahoma State offensive linemen had to be aware of where Jeffcoat was on every play and he might have had more than four quarterback hurries, but I counted four.
2. CB Sanders Cummings – Georgia – Cummings was outstanding in the Bulldogs secondary as he recorded five tackles, including four solo tackles, and two interceptions, including a key interception in the fourth quarter to secure the 51-44 victory over Tennessee. Cummings also had several pass breakups in this victory for the Bulldogs.
3. DE Damontre Moore – Texas A&M – Moore has been the dominant defensive end for the Aggies all season and he was completely dominant against the Arkansas Razorbacks as he recorded six tackles, including four solo tackles and 2.5 tackles for a loss. Moore also forced a fumble that was returned for a touchdown by Tramaine Jacobs as the Aggies beat the Hogs by 55-10 score.
4. DT Will Sutton – Arizona State – Sutton has been sensational all season, but he was especially impressive again in the 27-17 victory over California. Sutton is the top tackler in the PAC-12 who is not a linebacker or defensive back and has recorded 34 tackles, including 21 solo tackles. He also had 10 tackles for a loss for a minus-48 yards and Sutton is tied for second in the conference and eighth nationally with 6.5 sacks. Against The Golden Bears, Sutton recorded nine tackles, including six solo tackles, three quarterback sacks and three quarterback pressures. Sutton was recently added to the Chuck Bednarik Award watch list, as the most outstanding defensive player in the country. Now, he is coming off a monster game on the road against California.
5. CB Dee Milliner – Alabama – Milliner has been outstanding all season, but in most of the games, the Crimson Tide defense rarely gets to play the entire game and few have been able to get any impressive defensive stats. In the game, against Ole Miss however, Milliner was able to have a very good game with some great stats in the 33-14 victory. Against the rebels, Milliner had only two tackles, but he recorded an interception and four pass breakups.
6. LB Steve Edmond – Texas – Edmond had an outstanding game as the Longhorns were able to come back from behind in the last few minutes and beat the Oklahoma State Cowboys by a 41-36 score. Edmond was one of the leaders on defense with seven tackles, including five solo tackles, and two quarterback hurries.
7. MLB Michael Mauti – Penn State – Mauti had a sensational game on Saturday against Illinois in a 35-7 rout by the Nittany Lions as he recorded six tackles, including a half sack, and two interceptions. Mauti set a school record with a 99-yard interception return to end the first half, coming up just short of what would have been a highly poetic touchdown. This amazing interception by Mauti resulted in one of the ESPE Sweet 16 Plays of the Week.
8. LB Damien Holmes – UCLA – Holmes originally started the season as a defensive end, but moved to middle linebacker. Then when junior starter Jordan Zumwalt got hurt, Holmes moved to outside linebacker against the Colorado Buffaloes. This past Saturday, against the Buffs, Holmes had a career-game as he recorded 7 solo tackles, including 5 tackles for a loss, and with 3 quarterback sacks in the 42-14 UCLA victory.
9. LB Kevin Minter – LSU – Minter was pretty sensational in the game against Towson as he led the Tigers with a game-high nine tackles, including one and a half tackles for a loss as they won the game by a 38-22 score. In the defensive struggle, against Auburn, Minter teamed with Sam Montgomery and Eric Reid to lead the great LSU defense that limited the Auburn offense to only nine first downs and 183-yards of offense.
10. FS Christian Bryant – Ohio State – Bryant has been outstanding in every game this year for the Buckeyes. Last week, 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 Michigan State, Bryant helped the Buckeyes to a very close 17-16 victory as he recorded seven tackles, including four solo tackles, one tackle for a loss, and had two pass breakups.
11. CB Cornelius Douglas – Texas Tech – Douglas had his best game of his career as he recorded three tackles, including two solo tackles, and two interceptions for 40-yards as the Red Raiders beat Iowa State by a 24-13 score.
12. SS Cody Davis – Texas Tech – Davis had an outstanding game and although he did not get two interceptions like his teammate Cornelius Douglas, he did get one interception and recorded five tackles, including four solo tackles, and two pass breakups in the 24-13 victory over Iowa State.
13. DE Alex Okafor – Texas – Okafor has been dominating all season, but in this game, he and Jackson Jeffcoat completely dominated the line of scrimmage for the Longhorns in their 41-36 victory. In this game, Okafor recorded six tackles, three quarterback hurries, and a quarterback sack.
14. LB C.J. Mosley – Alabama – Mosley had a really outstanding game against Ole Miss as he recorded ten tackles, including seven solo tackles, and two pass breakups as the Crimson Tide beat the Rebels in a 33-14 victory.
15. LB Etienne Sabino – Ohio State – Sabino had another great game against Michigan State as he recorded eight tackles, including four solo tackles, had two quarterback hurries, and one quarterback sack as the Buckeyes came from behind in their 17-16 victory. Sabino has 37 tackles in the first five games for the 5-0 Buckeyes.
16. DE Carnellius Carradine – Florida State – Carradine recorded a team-high nine tackles, including 1.5 quarterback sacks and a forced fumble, as the Seminoles defeated South Florida. The Seminoles limited USF to 124 total-yards after the first quarter en route to moving to 5-0 for the season. Carradine had a key third-quarter sack late in the third quarter that resulted in a fumble, which teammate Christian Jones picked-up and ran 12-yards into the end zone for the final Seminole score of the game. Through five games, Carradine leads the Seminoles with 28 tackles and seven sacks, while his eight tackles for loss trails only teammate Bjoern Werner by one.
17. 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 Kentucky, Clowney was credited with four tackles, including 2.5 for loss and a sack as the Gamecocks beat the Wildcats 38-17 at Kentucky. South Carolina limited Kentucky to just 70-yards in the second half after yielding 173-yards in the first half. Clowney recorded his sack on the third-down play pf the game, forcing the Wildcats to punt.
18. MLB Bryce Hager – Baylor – Hager has had outstanding games all season, but he was extra Special in the 47-42 Come-From-Behind victory over Louisiana Monroe as he recorded 15 tackles, including 10 solo tackles. This week, against the very tough West Virginia Mountaineers, Hager had a game-high 15 tackles, including eight solo tackles and two quarterback hurries as the Bears lost a heartbreaker by a 70-63 score. Hager has been averaging 13 tackles per game.
19. CB Ahmad Dixon – Baylor – Dixon has been dominating all season for the Bears, but he was sensational in the ULM game, as he recorded eleven tackles, including six solo tackles, two pass breakups, and an interception. This week, against West Virginia, Dixon was outstanding again as he recorded nine tackles, including five solo tackles and two pass breakups as the Bears lost 70-63 to the Mountaineers. Dixon has teamed with MLB Bryce Hager to lead the Bears on defense all season.
20. CB Xavier Rhodes – Florida State – Rhodes did an outstanding job as the Seminoles beat South Florida on Saturday by a 30-17 score. Rhodes had only three solo tackles, but he recorded an interception and two pass breakups; plus he had the job of covering one of the greatest wide receivers in the country. Rhodes did an absolute incredible job of covering the Bulls Super Star receiver Andre Davis as he held Davis to only one catch for three yards.
21. LB Maalik Bomar – Cincinnati – Bomar had a career game and a game-high 16 tackles with a pass breakup and two quarterback hurries to lead the earcats to a 27-24 UPSET victory over Virginia Tech. Bomar teamed with Walter Stewart to lead a Bearcat defense that did not allow the Hokies to gain a first down until late in the second quarter and limited the Virginia Tech offense to just 4-of-13 on third down conversions.
22. DT Walter Stewart – Cincinnati – Stewart has been outstanding all season, but he was especially impressive on Saturday in the huge 27-24 UPSET victory over Virginia Tech, as he recorded six tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, had a quarterback sack. This game Stewart his third sack of the season.
23. MLB Yawin Smallwood – U-Conn – Smallwood had a career-game in the 24-17 victory over Buffalo as he recorded 11 tackles, including five solo tackles, and two pass breakups. On the biggest play of the game, Smallwood stuffed the quarterback for a two-yard loss on a fourth and four at the 34-yard line to ice the game
24. MLB Fionni Paul – Miami – Paul was making his first start at middle linebacker and he recorded a team-high 11 tackles, including eight solo tackles, and forced a fumble in the 44-37 Miami victory over NC State. The 11 tackles in this game for Paul matched his total in his first 11 career games.
25. FS Jordon Byas – Duke – Byas was outstanding as he led Duke to a 34-27 victory over Wake Forest by recording a team-high and career-high 11 tackles. Byas also added one interception and half a sack, both firsts of his career. Byas has helped Duke to a 4-1 start to the season, marking the best five-game opening since the 1994 team went 5-0.
26. FS Calvin Pryor – Louisville – Pryor recorded eight tackles with one tackle for loss in a 21-17 victory over Southern Miss. Pryor helped hold the Golden Eagles to 25 passing yards and two completed passes.
27. LB Jory Johnson – U-Conn – Johnson had a sensational game as he recorded a career-high 14 tackles, including 6 solo tackles, with two tackles for loss and two quarterback hurries in a 24-17 victory against Buffalo.
28. FS Kenny Vaccaro – Texas – Vaccaro had an outstanding game as he recorded five tackles, including three solo tackles and a key interception as the Longhorns came from behind to defeat Oklahoma State by a 41-36 score. Vaccaro, from Brownwood, Texas, might have played his best game of his Longhorn career.
29. CB Ifo “Ieo” Ekpre-Olomu – Oregon – Ekpre-Olomu had a sensational game on Saturday in helping lead the Oregon Ducks to victory as he recorded four tackles, including three solo tackles and four pass breakups in the 51-26 victory over Washington State.
30. CB Avery Patterson – Oregon – Patterson had the best game of his career as he recorded four solo tackles, returned an interception 34-yards for a touchdown, and two pass breakups as the Ducks won in a 51-26 victory over Washington State.
31. LB Will Compton – Nebraska – Compton had an outstanding game in helping the Cornhuskers to beat Wisconsin in a 30-27 victory as he recorded 10 tackles, including 3 solo tackles, one quarterback sack, and had two pass breakups.
32. LB Alonzo Whaley – Nebraska – Whaley has teamed with Will Compton all season to help lead the Cornhuskers defense and they both did a great job again in the 30-27 victory over Wisconsin. In this game, Whaley recorded nine tackles, including four solo tackles, and one quarterback sack.
33. LB Michael Clay – Oregon – Clay led a pretty sensational Oregon defense that shutout the high potent Arizona offense by a 49-0 score. In that game, Clay recorded 13 tackles, including 10 solo tackles, two tackles for a loss, forced a fumble, had two quarterback hurries, and a quarterback sack. In the Washington State game, Clay recorded eight tackles, including four solo tackles in the 51-26 victory over the Cougars.