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ESPE Sweet Sixteen Plays of the Week – Week #7
1T. RET Stefon Diggs – Maryland – Diggs returning 100-yard kickoff for TD!
1T. RET Rashad Ross – Arizona State – Ross returning 100-yard kickoff for TD!
2T. RET Marcus Murphy – Missouri – Murphy returning 98-yard kickoff for TD!
2T. RET Cordarrelle Patterson – Tennessee – Patt’son returning 98-yard KO for TD!
3. RB Damien Williams – Oklahoma – Williams running for a 95-yard TD!
4. RET Quandre Diggs – Texas – Diggs returning 88-yard blocked PAT for 2-points.
5. RB J.C. Colemen – Virginia Tech – Coleman running for an 86-yard TD!
6. RET Akeem Hunt – Purdue – Hunt running for an 81-yard TD!
7A. WR Marc Edwards – Tulane – Edwards catching a 79-yard TD pass!
7B. WR Travis Kelce – Cincinnati – Kelce catching a 78-yard TD pass!
8T. WR Kenny Shaw – Florida State – Shaw catching a 77-yard TD pass!
8T. WR Terrance Williams – Baylor – Williams catching a 77-yard TD pass
8T. WR Jonathan Williams – Arkansas – Williams catching a 77-yard TD pass!
9T. RET Deven Drane – Cincinnati – Drane returning 76-yard fumble for TD!
9T. WR Shane Wynn – Indiana – Wynn catching a 76-yard TD pass!
10T. WR Mike Evans – Texas A&M – Evans catching a 75-yard TD pass!
10T. WR Duron Harmon – Rutgers – Harmon returning 75-yard blocked FG for TD!
10T. WR Devante Parker – Louisville – Parker catching a 75-yard TD pass!
11T. WR Jonathan Williams – Arkansas – Williams catching a 74-yard TD pass!
11T. WR Terrance Williams – Baylor – Williams catching a 74-yard TD pass!
12. RB Eddie Lacy – Alabama – Lacy running for 73-yard TD!
13A. QB Johnny Manziel – Texas A&M – Manziel running for 72-yard TD!
13B WR Charlie Moore – Oklahoma State – Moore catching a 72-yard TD pass!
14. QB Jeff Driskel – Florida – Driskel running for 70-yard TD!
15. WR Keenan Allen – California – Allen catching a 69-yard TD pass!
16T. RB Montee Ball – Wisconsin – Ball running for 67-yard TD!
16T. QB Braxton Miller – Ohio State – Miller running for 67-yard TD!
SUPER SCOUT EVALUATIONS
MY TOP TEN TEAMS
1. Alabama, 2. Florida, 3. Oregon, 4. LSU, 5. Kansas State, 6. Ohio State,
7. South Carolina, 8. Notre Dame, 9. Oregon State, 10. FSU
MY ELITE EIGHT SURPRISE TEAMS
1. Mississippi State, 2. Oregon State, 3. Rutgers, 4. Northwestern,
5. Cincinnati, 6. Texas Tech, 7. Ole Miss, 8. Louisiana Tech
MY SUPER SIX DISAPPOINTING TEAMS
1. Auburn, 2. Kentucky, 3. Virginia Tech, 4. Illinois,
5. Miami, 6. Georgia Tech
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2012 CollegeFootball Special 400 Yards of Total Offense POW Players
SUPER FAB FOUR QUARTERBACKS
1. QB/ATH Johnny Manziel – Texas A&M – Manziel was incredible against Louisiana Tech in a huge shootout with Colby Cameron. Manziel completed 24 of 40 passes for 395-yards and three touchdowns and also ran for another 181-yards on 19 carries and scored three touchdowns on the ground, including a “mind-boggling” 72-yard touchdown run. Manziel lead his team to a 59-57 victory over the Bulldogs as he recorded a SEC total offense record of 576-yards of offense. After this game, Manziel is the #2 total offense leader in the country with a 392.7 yards per game offense average. With these fabulous numbers, Manziel is now one of the top candidates in the Heisman Trophy race. His 72-yard touchdown run made the ESPE Sweet Sixteen Plays of the Week.
2. QB Colby Cameron – Louisiana Tech – Cameron was just about as sensational in this game with Texas A&M as their quarterback Johnny Manziel. Cameron completed 44 of 58 passes for 450-yards and five touchdowns and rushed for another 25-yards giving him 475-yards of total offense. Cameron threw for five touchdowns and also scored on a two-point conversion as the Aggies just edged them by a 59-57 score, giving the Bulldogs their first loss of the season.
3. QB Seth Doege – Texas Tech – Doege had a truly sensensational game on Saturday against Geno Smith and the West Virginia Mountaineers as he had a career game with six touchdown passes as he led the Red Raiders to a 49-14 UPSET victory over a #5 team in the country. In this career-game, Doege completed 32 of 42 passes for 504-yards and six touchdowns. This was the most lopsided win over a Top-five team in school history. Doege completed 21 of 30 passes for 336-yards and four touchdowns in the first half alone and became the fifth Tech quarterback to throw 50 career touchdown passes.
4. QB E.J. Manuel – Florida State – Manuel was pretty sensational again on Saturday after being off a little against NC State last week. On Saturday, against Boston College, Emanuel completed 27 passes for 439-yards and four touchdowns and ran for five yards, giving him 444-yards of total offense as the Seminoles demolished Boston College by a 51-7 score.
2012 College Football Special Nifty 250 Yards of Total Offense POW Players
SWEET 17 QUARTERBACKS
1. QB Tyler Wilson – Arkansas – Wilson only played in about two quarters, but he completed 23 of 31 passes for 372-yards and tied a school record with five touchdown passes in the weather-shortened 49-7 victory over Kentucky. Wilson hit 10 different receivers and was 11-of-12 in the first quarter for 263-yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for five yards, giving him 377-yards of offense. Wilson now has 14 touchdown passes in six games.
2. QB/ATH Taylor Kelly – Arizona State – Kelly completed 20 of 28 passes for 308-yards and five touchdowns and rushed 14 times for another 67-yards, giving him 375-yards of total offense. The Sun Devils are using the screen game as well as any team in the country and Kelly is executing this offense to perfection. Kelly should be listed to the Heisman Trophy List and he is an excellent candidate.
3. QB/ATH Braxton Miller – Ohio State – Miller was pretty sensational again as he he led the Buckeyes to a closer than expected 52-49 victory over Indiana. Miller completed 13 of 24 passes for 211-yards and two touchdowns to Devin Smith; rushed for 149-yards and averaged 6.6 yards on 23 carries and a 67-yard touchdown run, giving him 360-yards of total offense. Miller also recovered a teammate fumble in the third quarter that just might have saved the game. Miller finished with his third straight 100-yard rushing effort, topped his average of 303.8 yards in total offense and helped the Buckeyes extend their record to 7-0. Smith caught both of his touchdown passes for 106-yards. His 67-yard touchdown made the ESPE Sweet Sixteen Plays of the Week.
4. QB Cody Vaz – Oregon State – Vaz, a junior from Lodi, California, completed 20 of 32 passes for 332-yards and three touchdowns in a 42-24 road win over BYU. Vaz was in his first collegiate start and his first game action since 2010. He averaged 16.6 yards per completion against a team that ranked fifth in the nation in total defense. Vaz is the first quarterback to throw for 300-yards against BYU since the Beavers put up 306-yards in Corvallis last year, and his passing total is the highest for a first-game Beaver starter since 2005. Vaz had a tremendous 180.59 Quarterback Rating.
5. QB Landry Jones – Oklahoma – Jones was back to his old-self on Saturday as he helped lead his Sooners to a huge 63-21 victory over the Texas Longhorns. In this game, Jones completed 21 of 37 passes for 321-yards and two touchdowns in the victory. Jones is probably back on the Heisman Trophy list after a pair of big wins and a couple of great performances in both of the Sooners last two victories.
6. QB/ATH Trevone Boykin – TCU – Boykin is an outstanding athletic quarterback who got his chance on Saturday against Baylor and he took full advantage of the opportunity as he led the Horned Frogs to an impressive 49-21 victory over the Bears. In this game, Boykin completed 22 of 30 passes for 261-yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 56-yards and another touchdown, giving him 317-yards of total offense.
7. QB/ATH Logan Thomas – Virginia Tech – Thomas had an outstanding Saturday in a 41-20 victory over Duke. The versatile Thomas completed 14 of 28 passes for 256-yards and two touchdowns and rushed for another 50-yards on 11 carries, giving him 306-yards of total offense in the ACC victory.
8A. QB Teddy Bridgewater – Louisville – Bridgewater was outstanding again as he led his Cardinals to a 45-35 victory over Pittsburgh. On Saturday, Bridgewater completed 17 of 26 passes for 304-yards and a touchdown in the victory. Devante Parker caught four of his passes for 153-yards and the touchdown. In this game, Bridgewater recorded a 176.3 Quarterback Rating.
8B. QB/ATH J.W. Walsh – Oklahoma State – Walsh had another outstanding game as he led the Cowboys to a 20-14 victory over a tough Kansas Jayhawk team. In this game, Walsh completed 18 of 29 passes for 255-yards, including a 72-yard touchdown pass to Charlie Moore; and he ran for 49-yards on nine carries, giving him 304-yards in the victory. His 72-yard touchdown made the ESPE Sweet Sixteen Plays of the Week.
9. QB Ryan Griffin – Tulane – Griffin was outstanding in the Superdome on aturday as he led his Green Wave to a 27-26 victory over SMU and end a long losing streak. Griffin completed 17 of 32 passes for 302-yards and three touchdowns, including scores from 31, 79, and 16-yards. This victory snapped a 15-game losing streak and gave new Green Wave Head Football Coach Curtis Johnson his first win. After missing the last three weeks with an injured shoulder, Griffin made an exceptional return to lead them to victory.
10. QB/ATH Collin Klein – Kansas State – Klein was spectacular again in leading the Wildcats to a victory in a very close 27-21 win over Iowa State. In this game, Klein completed 16 of 24 passes for 187-yards and rushed for 105-yards on 25 carries and scored three touchdowns, giving him 292-yards of total offense.
11. QB Tyler Russell – Mississippi State – Russell was outstanding on Saturday in leading the Bulldogs in the big 41-31 victory over Tennessee. In this game, Russell completed 23 of 37 passes for 291-yards and two touchdowns.
12. QB/ATH Bo Wallace – Ole Miss – Wallace completed 17 of 22 passes for 226-yards and a touchdown; rushed for 39-yards and two more touchdowns; and caught a 25-yard touchdown pass, giving him 290-yards of offense as they beat Auburn 41-20.
13. QB/ATH Denard Robinson – Michigan – Robinson completed 7 of 11 passes for 152-yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 128-yards on 11 carries and two touchdowns, giving him 280-yards of offense and four touchdowns in 45-0 victory over Illinois.
14. QB/ATH Munchie Legaux – Cincinnati – Legaux, from New Orleans, was outstanding again as he led the Bearcats to a 49-17 victory over Fordham. In that game, Legaux completed 15 of 24 passes for 262-yards and a couple touchdowns and he also rushed for seven yards, giving him 269-yards of offense. In this game, Legaux had a 181.7 Quarterback Rating.
15. QB/ATH Zach Maynard – California – Maynard was very impressive in leading the Golden Bears to a 31-17 victory over Washington State as he completed 14 of 23 passes for 189-yards and a touchdown and also rushed for another 78-yards and a touchdown on 10 carries. This gave Maynard a total of 267-yards of total offense in the victory.
16. QB/ATH Jeff Driskel – Florida – Driskel completed 11 of 20 passes for 77-yards; but he rushed for 177-yards and three touchd runs of 37, 13, and 70-yards, giving him 254-yards of offense as the Gators beat Vanderbilt by a 31-17 score. His 70-yard touchdown made the ESPE Sweet Sixteen Plays of the Week.
17. QB/ATH Brett Hundley – UCLA – Hundley had another outstanding Saturday as he completed 15 of 21 passes for 183-yards and a touchdown and rushed for 68-yards on 15 carries and a touchdown, giving him 251-yards of total offense and two touchdowns as the Bruins beat Utah with a 21-14 victory.
2012 CollegeFootball Special Nifty 150 Yards of Total Offense POW Players
SWEET 16 RUNNING BACKS, RECEIVERS, AND ALL-PURPOSE
1. RB Montee Ball – Wisconsin – Ball rushed for 247-yards on 29 carries and scored three touchdowns and caught one pass for 14-yards, giving him 261-yards of offense as the Badgers beat Purdue by a 38-14 score. The Badgers run game was awesome as Ball teamed with James White who rushed for 124-yards
2. RB J.C. Coleman – Virginia Tech – Coleman rushed for 183-yards on 13 carries, caught one pass for three yards; and ran three kickoffs back for 67-yards, giving him 253-yards of offense in a 41-20 victory over Duke. Coleman also scored on a beautiful 86-yard touchdown run which made the ESPE Sweet Sixteen Plays of the Week.
3. WR Quinton Patton – Louisiana Tech – Patton was incredible as he had a “Career-Game” against the Texas A&M Aggies when he caught 21 passes for 233-yards and four touchdowns in the Aggie-Bulldog Shootout that the Aggies finally won by a very close 59-57 score. Patton scored on four passes from Colby Cameron, including touchdowns of 11, 2, 5, and 62-yards. The Aggies finished with 678-yards of offense and the Bulldogs finished with 615, giving them 1,293 total yards between them.
4. RB Venric Mark – Northwestern – Mark was outstanding on Saturday as he rushed for 182-yards on 20 carries as he helped the Wildcats in a 21-13 victory over Maryland. In this game, Mark scored two touchdowns and had two kickoff returns for 32-yards, giving him 214-yards of total offense.
5. RB Giovani Bernard – North Carolina – Bernard rushed for 177-yards on 27 carries and scored two touchdowns and caught four passes for 36-yards, giving him 213-yards of offense in a great 18-14 victory over Miami.
6. RB Jeff Scott – Ole Miss – Scott rushed for 137-yards on 21 carries and caught 3 passes for 70-yards, including a 55-yard touchdown pass from Bo Wallace, giving him 207-yards of offense as the Rebels UPSET the Auburn Tigers by a 41-20 score.
7. AP Cordarrelle Patterson – Tennessee – Patterson was pretty sensational on Saturday in the 41-31 loss to Mississippi State. In this game, Patterson rushed three times for 57-yards; caught two passes for 25-yards; and returned two kickoffs for 115-yards, including a beautiful 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown; giving him 197-yards of total offense. His 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown made the ESPE Sweet Sixteen Plays of the Week.
8. RB Eddie Lacy – Alabama – Lacy rushed for 177-yards and three touchdowns, including a beutiful 73-yard touchdown run and caught two passes for 17-yards, giving him 194-yards of offense as the Tide beat Missouri by a 42-10 score. His 77-yard touchdown made the ESPE Sweet Sixteen Plays of the Week.
9. WR Brandin Cooks – Oregon State – Cooks has been sensational all season, but he was Special on Saturday as he helped his Beavers to a 42-24 victory over BYU. In this game, Cooks was unbelievable as he grabbed eight passes for 173-yards. Cooks also had two rushes for 10-yards, giving him 183-yards of total offense. Cooks had a monster game as he averaged 21.6 yards per catch. Plus! Cooks played three quarters on a taped-up ankle after hurting it in the first quarter.
10. RB Carlos Hyde – Ohio State – Hyde had a “Break-Out Game” as the Buckeyes defeated Indiana by a 52-49 score. In this game, Hyde rushed for 156-yards on 22 carries and a touchdown and he also scored a touchdown on a 14-yard shovel pass from QB Kenny Guiton when Braxton Miller left briefly after he was hit out of bounds. Hyde caught two passes for 27-yards, giving him 183-yards and two touchdowns in the victory.
11. RB – Damien Williams – Oklahoma – Williams was unbelievable on Saturday in the Texas-OU Classic at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. First of all, Williams made history as he raced 95-yards for a touchdown in the first half which is the longest touchdown run in the rivalry history of the game. For the game, Williams rushed for 167-yards on 22 carries and caught one pass for 10-yards, giving him 177-yards of total offense in the 63-21 victory over the Texas Longhorns. His 95-yard touchdown run made the ESPE Sweet Sixteen Plays of the Week.
12. AP James White – Wisconsin – White had an outstanding game on Saturday in the 38-14 victory over the Purdue Boilermakers. In that game, White rushed for 124-yards on 16 carries and a touchdown and ran two kickoffs back for 45-yards, giving him 169-yards of total offense. White teamed with Montee Ball who rushed for 247-yards.
13. WR Terrance Williams – Baylor – Williams caught only three passes, for 163-yards, but two of them went for touchdowns of 77 and 73-yards, but the Bears lost 49-21 to TCU. Nobody in the Big 12 has ever caught two 70-plus touchdowns in the same game before, but Williams did it in this game against a pretty good TCU defense. He started the scoring with a 74-yard catch and then caught a 77-yard touchdown late in the third quarter, getting the Bears to within 28-21 going into the fourth quarter. Both touchdown catches made the ESPE Sweet Sixteen Plays of the Week.
14. TE Jace Amaro – Texas Tech – Amaro caught five passes for 156-yards, including a beautiful 39-yard touchdown as the Red Raiders UPSET West Virginia by a 49-14 score. Amaro also turned a short bubble-screen catch into a 61-yard gain in the victory. Amaro may not get to play in the upcoming game, because he injured his ribs late in the game.
15. RB Silas Redd – Southern Cal – Redd had a “Breakout-Game” on Saturday in the 24-14 victory over Washington as he rushed for 155-yards on 26 carries and a touchdown. Redd transferred from Penn State to Southern Cal before the season started.
16. WR Devante Parker – Louisville – Parker was outstanding on Saturday as the “go-to” receiver for Teddy Bridgewater as he caught four passes for 153-yards and a 75-yard touchdown catch from Bridgewater as the Cards beat Pittsburgh by a 45-35 score. The 75-yard touchdown catch made the ESPE Sweet Sixteen Plays of the Week.
2012 College Football True Freshman Super Seven POW Players – Week #7
1. QB Perry Hills – Maryland – Hills was unbelievably accurate as he led his Terps to a huge 27-20 victory over Virginia. Hills has been outstanding all season, but he was extra Special in this game as he completed 14 of 26 passes for 237-yards and a touchdown. Hills also ran for seven yards, giving him 244-yards of offense in the victory.
2. RB. Jeremy Hill – LSU – Hill had his “Breakout-Game” on Saturday against South Carolina and all of the LSU Nation were extremely happy that he did. Hill has been outstanding all season, but he was pretty sensational on Saturday as he came into the game and became the Hero of the Game as he led the Tigers to a 23-21 victory over #3 South Carolina. In this game, Hill rushed for 124-yards and scored two touchdowns, including a beautiful 50-yard touchdown that put the Tigers ahead 23-14 with only 5:03 left in the game. Hill also caught a pass for 21-yards, giving him 145-yards of offense.
3. RB T.J. Yeldon – Alabama – Yeldon has been a True Freshman Super Star all season and Sturday was no different as he helped lead the Crimson Tide to a 42-10 victory over Missouri. In this game, Yeldon rushed for 144-yards on 18 carries and scored two touchdowns on runs of 15 and one yard, both in the first half.
4. RB Rushal Shell – Pittsburgh – Shell has also been outstanding all season and on Saturday, he was again as he rushed for 96-yards on 18 carries and scored a touchdown and caught five passes for another 34-yards, giving him 130-yards of total offense. It was not enough for the Panthers as they lost to the Louisville Cardinals by a 45-35 score.
5. AP Stefon Diggs – Maryland – Diggs has been unbelievable all season and he continued his brilliant play on Saturday as he teamed with Perry Hills to defeat Virginia by a 27-20 score. On Saturday, Diggs caught five passes for 68-yards; had three yards rushing; and returned three kickoffs for 147-yards, giving him 218-yards of total offense. Diggs also had an unbelievable 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and it made the ESPE Sweet Sixteen Plays of the Week. Diggs is averaging 21.6 yards per catch which is #1 among all ACC receivers and also leads the ACC in All-Purpose yards with 168.8 yards per game average, which ranks #9 in the country.
6. DE Devante Fields – TCU – Fields has been sensational all season and has been the most productive pass-rusher in the Big-12 this season. On Saturday in the 49-21 win over Baylor, Fields recorded five solo tackles; had 2.5 tackles for a loss, one quarterback sack; forced a fumble; and recovered a fumble. Fields leads the Big-12 with 6.5 sacks and has 11.5 tackles for loss, two more than any other defensive player in the league. He’s also third in the league with two forced fumbles. An injury paved the way for Fields to get his first starting spot, but he’s been a huge impact player for TCU all season.
7. ROT Vadal Alexander – LSU – Alexander was outstanding on Saturday in the 23-21 victory over South Carolina. Alexander was given his chance to start when Chris Faulk was lost for the season with an injury and Alexander has now started for the third straight week in SEC competition. The young offensive line played a big part in the victory.
1. OG Jon Halapio – Florida – Halapio was outstanding on all of the Jeff Driskel runs and graded out a team-high 95 percent among all of the Gator offensive linemen in the Florida 31-17 win over Vanderbilt. The Gators rushed for 326-yards, averaging 9.3 yards per rush, which is the most in an SEC game since 2008.
2. OG Tobias Smith – Mississippi State – Smith graded out at 95 percent with 12 knockdown blocks, despite missing the third quarter due to injury, in the 41-31 UPSET victory over Tennessee. Smith played in our 2008 All-American Bowl Gameand came to our first practice without a single scholarship offer. Players like Smith were the reasons why we did our All-American Bowl Game for Eight years, but we were never able to get a Sponsor and after eight years, we will not be able to do another game. NOTE: Over 500 players were given added publicity by playing in our game and got a scholarship.
SUPER 16 DEFENSE
1. OLB C.J. Mosley – Alabama – Mosley accounted for a team-high 12 tackles, including nine solo tackles, forced a fumble, one quarterback hurry, and a quarterback sack in the 42-10 victory over Missouri. Mosley led a dominating Crimson Tide defense that held the Tigers to just 129-yards of total offense and only 31-yards in the first half, and with only three rushing yards. Mosley had a fumble recovery at the end of the first half that ended a drive that had reached the Alabama 9-yard line.
2. CB Johnthan Banks – Mississippi State – Banks has been sensational all season, but he was really Special this past Saturday against Tennessee. With the Bulldogs leading the Vols 27-24, and 9:12 left in the game, Banks stripped the ball loose of one of the Vols running backs and then pounced on it at the Vols 30-yard line. The Bulldogs scored three plays later to take a 10-point lead with just less than eight minutes to play. Banks has been one of the big leaders on defense all season and in this huge UPSET victory for the Bulldogs, he recorded six tackles, including four solo, two pass breakups, the forced fumble, and fumble recovery.
3. MLB David Nwabuisi – Northwestern – Nwabuisi might have made one of the biggest plays of the game for the Wildcats on Saturday against Minnesota when he made an acrobatic, one-handed interception off of a tipped pass by Quentin Williams that stalled the Gophers touchdown drive. Nwabuisi, from Houston, then gave his hometown buddy, Venric Mark, a chance to pile-up some more yardage and the Wildcats were on their way to a rebound victory after losing at Penn State last week. Nwabuisi also recorded six tackles, including four solo, and two pass breakups, to go with his key interception as the Wildcats recorded a 21-13 victory over the Gophers.
4. OLB Khaseem Greene and FS Duron Harmon – Rutgers – Greene has been outstanding all season for the Scarlet Knights, but he was especially impressive on Saturday in their 23-15 victory over Syracuse as he recorded 14 tackles, including 8 solo tackles; had three tackles for a loss; 1.5 quarterback sacks, and a key interception to stop a Syracuse drive that was getting ready to score. Greene was also named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week.
Harmon was also outstanding as he recorded six tackles, including five solo tackles, had two pass batdowns, and recovered a fumble and ran 75-yards for a touchdown. The 75-yard fumble return by Harmon made the ESPE Sweet Sixteen Plays of the Week.
5. SS Matt Elam – Florida – Elam is one of the most aggressive strong safeties that I have seen this year. Elam was very impressive in the Gators game with LSU last week and he was again this past Saturday in the 31-17 victory over Vanderbilt. On Saturday, Elam recorded seven tackles, including six solo, and had two pass breakups.
6. OLB Jake Ryan – Michigan – Ryan has really come on in the last couple weeks and is one of the very best linebackers in the Big-10 right now. This past Saturday, in the Wolverines 45-0 victory over Illinois, Ryan recorded 11 tackles, including 7 solo tackles; had 3.5 tackles for a loss; had 1.5 quarterback sacks; two quarterback hurries; and forced a fumble which led to a quick touchdown.
7. The LSU 4MB Defense – The LSU 4MB Defense includes Kevin Minter, Sam Montgomery, Barkevious Mingo, and Jalen Mills and a Lamin Barrow. These five were the main reasons why LSU only gave-up 34-yards rushing to the explosive South Carolina offensive machine. The 4M’s have been the defensive leaders all season for the Tigers, but in this game WLB Barrow was also exceptional. In fact, Barrow probably had his best game of his career. All of their stats were very impressive.
Remember Minter had 20 tackles last Saturday against Florida, but he had nine tackles this week while Barrow had eight and Eric Reid had seven tackles and a very key interception. Mills, Mingo, and Montgomery had four tackles apiece, but that’s not the whole story, because Montgomery had two tackles for a loss which were sacks for a minus 12-yards. Mingo also had a sack for a minus nine-yards as the Tigers beat the #3 ranked Gamecocks 23-21. These stats do not include quarterback hurries and I would guess that Minter, Mingo, Barrow, and Montgomery had several apiece.
8. Southern Cal Defense – Not a perfect performance, but the USC defense made big plays against Washington when they really needed them. Linebacker Dion Bailey had a very impressive game as he recorded seven tackles, including three solo, but he also recorded a tremendous first quarter interception. Super Safety Jawanza Starling only had two solo tackles, but he made a great fourth quarter interception that helped get the 24-14 victory over the Huskies and his interception might have been the play of the game.
9. FS Eric Reid – LSU – Reid has been outstanding all season for the Tigers, but against South Carolina, he made some really exceptional plays. Reid recorded a fourth quarter interception that probably was the biggest play of the game, because he returned it 29-yards to the Gamecocks 22-yard line and led to a 22-yard field goal by Drew Alleman. This gave LSU the final lead with only 6:37 left in the game and a 23-21 victory. Reid also recorded seven tackles, including three solo tackles and two pass breakups.
10. WLB Shaq Wilson and FS D.J. Swearinger – South Carolina – Wilson was outstanding on Saturday in the 23-21 loss to LSU as he recorded 14 tackles, including five solo tackls, and a quarterback sack for a minus six yards. Swearinger has been a beast in the Gamecocks secondary all season and on Saturday, he recorded ten tackles, including five solo tackles, and one pass breakup.
11. MLB Manti Te’o Notre Dame – Te’o has been pretty sensational all season in leading one of the top defenses in the country. On Saturday, in the huge 20-13 Overtime victory over Stanford, Te’o recorded 11 tackles, including three solo tackles and three quarterback hurries. Te’o has become the great Notre Dame leader and he’s the best player on the #2 scoring defense in the country. Te’o leads the Irish with 59 tackles; has two tackles for loss; three interceptions; and two fumble recoveries for the season.
12. WLB Anthony Hitchens and DE Joe Gaglione – Iowa – Hitchens was unbelievable on Saturday in the 19-16 Overtime UPSET of Michigan State as he recorded 15 tackles, including six solo tackles, and two quarterback hurries. Gaglione was equally impressive as he recorded 11 tackles, including four solo tackles, two quarterback hurries, and a quarterback sack.
13. CB Steve Williams – California – Williams from Dallas, Texas, recorded six tackles, including five solo tackles, a key interception in the end zone, and an unbelievable four pass breakups as the Golden Bears beat Washington State by a 31-17 score. Williams notched his team-high-tying third interception of the season in the Cal end zone and held the Cougars great WR Marquess Wilson to four receptions.
14. FS Cody Davis – Texas Tech – Davis, from Stephenville, Texas, was very impressive in the 49-14 UPSET victory over West Virginia as he was all over the field making tackles. In this game, Davis recorded an amazing 13 solo tackles and had two pass breakups.
15. FS Tevin McDonald – UCLA – McDonald was all over the field for the Bruins in their 21-14 victory over Utah as he recorded 10 tackles, including 8 solo tackles and two pass breakups in the closer than expected victory.
16. LB Tyler Matakevich – Temple – Matekevich had a career-game and a game-high 19 tackles, including 9 solo tackles and one pass breakup as the Owls beat U-Conn by a close 17-14 score.