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ESPE Sweet Sixteen Plays of the Week – Week #9
1A. RET Reggie Dunn – Utah – Dunn returning a 100-yard kickoff in 1st Q for TD!
1B. RET Reggie Dunn – Utah – Dunn returning a 100-yard kickoff in 4th Q for TD!
2. RET Quincy McDuffie – UCF – McDuffie returning a 98-yard kickoff for TD!
3A. RET D.J. Hayden – Houston – Hayden returning a 97-yard interception for TD!
3B. RET Jamal Golden – Georgia Tech – Golden returning a 97-yard kickoff for TD!
4. WR DeVante Adams – Fresno State – Adams catching an 89-yard TD pass!
5. WR Tobais Palmer – NC State – Palmer catching an 83-yard TD pass!
6. FS DeAndre Elliott – Colorado State – Elliott returning 76-yard interception for TD!
7A. RET Tyler Hunter – FSU – Hunter returning a 75-yard kickoff for TD!
7B. RET Paul Porras – Rice – Porras returning a 75-yard interception for TD!
8A. RET Giovani Bernard – North Carolina – Bernard returning 74-yard punt for TD!
8B. RB Brian Kimbrow – Vanderbilt – Kimbrow running for a 74-yard TD!
9. RET De’Anthony Thomas – Oregon – Thomas returning a 73-yard punt for TD!
10A. TE Jake Stoneburner – Ohio State – Stoneburner catching a 72-yard TD pass!
10B. WR Kyle Griswould – Mid-Tennessee – Griswould catching a 72-yard TD pass!
10C. RB Zurlon Tipton – Central Michigan – Tipton running for a 72-yard TD!
11. WR Rashad Greene – FSU – Greene catching a 71-yard TD pass!
12. WR Stefon Diggs – Maryland – Diggs catching a 66-yard TD pass!
13. WR DeVante Parker – Louisville – Parker catching a 64-yard TD pass!
14. WR A.J. Barker – Minnesota – Barker catching a 63-yard TD pass!
15. RB Cierre Wood – Notre Dame – Wood running for 62-yard TD!
16A. WR Vincent Dallas – Tennessee – Dallas catching a 61-yard TD pass!
16B. WR Sammy Watkins – Clemson – Watkins catching a 61-yard TD pass!
ESPE Sweet Six MidField Kickers of the Week – Week #9
1. K Dustin Hopkins – Florida State – Hopkins kicking a 56-yard Field Goal!
2. K Matt Sims – Northern Illinois – Sims kicking a 54-yard Field Goal!
3. K Bryson Rose – Ole Miss – Rose kicking a 53-yard Field Goal!
4. K Will Scott – Troy – Scott kicking a 52-yard Field Goal!
5. K Brett Maher – Nebraska – Maher kicking a 51-yard Field Goal!
6A. K Caleb Sturgis – Florida – Sturgis kicking a 50-yard Field Goal!
6B. K Corey Acosta – Southern Miss – Acosta kicking a 50-yard Field Goal!
SUPER SCOUT EVALUATIONS
MY TOP TEN TEAMS
1. Alabama, 2. Oregon, 3. Kansas State, 4. Notre Dame, 5. Georgia, 6. LSU,
7. Ohio State, 8. FSU, 9. Florida, 10. Louisville
MY ELITE EIGHT SURPRISE TEAMS
1. Mississippi State, 2. Louisville, 3. Oregon State, 4. Northwestern,
5. Cincinnati, 6. Texas Tech, 7. Ole Miss, 8. Louisiana Tech, 9 SMU
MY SUPER SIX DISAPPOINTING TEAMS
1. Auburn, 2. Kentucky, 3. Virginia Tech, 4. Illinois,
5. Miami, 6. Georgia Tech
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2012 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SPECIAL SUPER 16 OFFENSIVE POW PLAYERS
College Super POW Rules
Must Win Your Game or Unless Two Teams in The Top 10 Are Playing!
1A. QB/ATH Matt Scott – Arizona – Scott was sensational on Saturday as he led his Wildcats to a huge 39-36 UPSET victory over Southern Cal in Tucson. Scott completed 27 of 50 passes for 369-yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 100-yards and another touchdown, giving him 469-yards of offense and four touchdowns. The Wildcats had come-up short in a few games this year, but Scott was not going to let them come up short in this one as he rallied the team with a 10-yard touchdown run, late in the third quarter. Austin Hill caught 10 of his passes for 259-yards. With five minutes left in the game, Scott threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to David Richards to put the Wildcats ahead 39-28. Scott was wobbly and did not play on their last possession, but he had already done enough to give Coach Rich Rodriguez his biggest win as a Wildcat. Matt Scott was named the Walter Camp Offensive Player of the Week this week!
1B. QB Ryan Griffin – Tulane – Griffin was spectacular on Saturday as he lead the Green Wave to a 55-45 victory over UAB at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. In this game, Griffin completed 34 of 42 passes for 466-yards and five touchdowns and ran for three-yards, giving him 469-yards of offense. The Tulane offense has only recently been the most anemic offense in the country, but in this game, it exploded for 619-yards of total offense and a record-setting 466-yards of passing. Griffin broke the single-game passing record, breaking the old record of Patrick Ramsey in 1999. Two weeks ago, Griffin led the Green Wave to a 27-26 victory over SMU to snap a long losing streak. In that game, Griffin completed 17 of 32 passes for 302-yards and three touchdowns, including scores from 31, 79, and 16-yards. That victory snapped a 15-game losing streak and gave new Green Wave Head Football Coach Curtis Johnson his first win.
2. QB/ATH Tajh Boyd – Clemson – Boyd was his old awesome self again on Saturday in the 42-13 victory over Wake Forest as he completed 27 of 38 passes for 428-yards and five touchdowns. Boyd also rushed for 27-yards, giving him 455-yards of offense. Boyd also broke two school passing records. His 428-yards passing are the most in Clemson history. He also set a Clemson record for touchdown passes in a half with five in the first half. His five touchdown passes tied the Clemson single-game record. Boyd had five last year against North Carolina. Boyd threw five touchdown passes to five different receivers in the first half. Boyd had a first half 273.9 Passing Rating and he finished with an outstanding 208 Passing Rating. Boyd is still on the Heisman Trophy Watch List.
3. QB/ATH Steele Jantz – Iowa State – Jantz was sensational on Saturday as he helped the Cyclones to UPSET the Baylor Bears in a very important Big-12 game for both teams. In this 35-21 victory over the Bears, Jantz completed 36 of 52 passes for 381-yards and five touchdowns and he also ran for another 54-yards, giving him 435-yards of offense. Jantz started for the first time since late September and he responded with one of the best quarterback performances in school history. Three of the Jantz touchdowns went to Jarvis West and his 22-yard touchdown catch with 8:37 left made it 35-14 Cyclones.
4. QB Teddy Bridgewater – Louisville – Bridgewater was outstanding again as he led his Cardinals to an incredible 34-31 OVERTIME victory over Cincinatti. In this game, Bridgewater completed 24 of 41 passes for 416-yards and two touchdowns. The Cardinals trailed the Bearcats by 10 points on two different occasions and Bridgewater rallied his team both times. The undefeated Cardinals kept their cool, even when a bobbled-snap nearly cost them the game. His favorite receiver was Devante Parker and he caught four of his passes for 120-yards and both touchdowns, including a beautiful 64-yard touchdown pass. His 30-yard bobbling catch falling out of the back of the end zone was initially ruled incomplete but was overturned to tie the score at 24. Parker then caught his 64-yard touchdown from Bridgewater raced 64 yards with 1:56 remaining to give the Cardinals a 31-24 lead. The Bridgewater and Parker 64-yard touchdown pass made the ESPE Sweet Sixteen Plays of the Week.
5. QB/ATH Connor Shaw – South Carolina – Shaw was outstanding again as he led his Gamecocks to a close 38-35 victory over Tennessee in Knoxville. In leading the Gamecocks, Shaw completed 22 of 32 passes for 356-yards and three touchdowns and he also rushed for 33-yards and another touchdown, giving him 389-yards of total offense and four touchdowns in the crucial victory for the Gamecocks. In this game, RB Marcus Lattimore rushed for 65-yards, but he damaged his knee and will be lost for the rest of the season. Our Hearts and Prayers go out to Lattimore and his family, friends and teammates in his recovery.
On Monday, about 1,000 people gathered to wish Lattimore on his 21st birthday and a speedy recovery from his devastating knee injury that he suffered in the Tennessee game on Saturday. Lattimore Jersey #21 were all over the area in front of the McKissick Museum on South Carolina’s historic Horseshoe. Cards were made and balloons were brought, as people sang “Happy Birthday” to support their most cherished star. Governor Nikki Haley, who is a huge Clemson fan, declared it “Marcus Lattimore Day” in the state of South Carolina. Although the injury looked horrible on Saturday, Lattimore says: “I’ll be back.”
6. QB Bryn Renner – North Carolina – Renner was unbelievable on Saturday as he led his Tar Heels to a huge 43-35 victory over cross-state-rival North Carolina State. In this game, Renner completed 30 of 47 passes for 358-yards and a touchdown; while Erik Highsmith also ran for a touchdown on a 45-yard reverse on the Tar Heels second possession of the game. Renner took a knee to end it, and the Tar Heel players soon started jumping into the front row of the student section near the tunnel to celebrate before heading into the locker room. Giovani Bernard also was sensational on Saturday as he returned a punt 74-yards for a touchdown, rushed for 135-yards and two touchdowns, and caught eight passes from Renner for 95-yards, giving him 304-yards of All-Purpose offense in the victory. This win was especially Special for ole friend Larry Fedora, in his first year as Tar Heels Head Coach.
7A. Garrett Gilbert – SMU – Gilbert has completely turned the Mustangs around with his arm and leadership and on Saturday in a 44-13 victory over Memphis, he was sensational. In that game, Gilbert completed 25 of 35 passes for 353-yards and rushed for two one-yard touchdowns, giving him 355-yards of offense in the C-USA victory. The former Texas quarterback scored on a short run after Memphis had pulled within three in the third quarter, and his 10-yard scramble put the Mustangs up 30-13 in the fourth. Darius Johnson caught nine of his passes for 141-yards.
7B. QB/ATH Johnny Manziel – Texas A&M – Manziel got back to his old self against Auburn as he lead the Aggies to a 63-21 rout over the Tigers. In this game, Manziel completed 16 of 23 passes for 265-yards and two touchdowns and he also ran for 90-yards and two more touchdowns, giving him 355-yards of offense and four touchdowns in the victory. His favorite receiver was Ryan Swope who caught six passes for 140-yards and two touchdowns. Two weeks ago, Manziel was incredible against Louisiana Tech as he 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. With these fabulous numbers, Manziel is still a top candidate in the Heisman Trophy race.
8A. QB Ryan Nassib – Syracuse – Nassib has been outstanding all season, but in the 37-36 UPSET victory over South Florida on Saturday, he might have played his best game of his career. In Tampa, on their turf, and with three seconds left in the game, Nassib threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Alec Lemon and it brought his team back from a 20-point halftime deficit to win the game. Nassib completed 27 of 40 passes for 328-yards and four touchdowns and all of the touchdowns came in the second half. Nassib led the Orangemen on a 75-yard winning touchdown drive that took 1:20 for the winning score. Nassib had helped cut the deficit to 33-31 on a 19-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Sales with only 7:17 left in the game.
8B. QB Wes Lunt – Oklahoma State – Lunt was able to come back from his injury just in time, because J.W. Walsh, who had been the starter ever since Lunt was injured, had a season-ending injuey last week. Lunt was rusty at first, but he did a great job in leading the Cowboys offense to a 36-14 victory over TCU in Stillwater. In this game, Lunt completed 18 of 33 passes for 324-yards and a touchdown. RB Joe Randle was also outstanding as he rushed for 126-yards on 32 carries and a touchdown. Quinn Sharp tied a school record with five field goals and the Cowboys overcame a sluggish start to beat the Frogs. Lunt was playing for the first time since suffering a knee injury in the September 15 game against Louisiana-Lafayette and although they started slowly, they finished strong and scored 36 unanswered points after falling behind 14-0.
8C. QB Tino Sunseri – Pittsburgh – Sunseri was outstanding as he led his Panthers to a 47-17 rout over Temple. In this game, Sunseri completed 20 of 28 passes for 321-yards and three touchdowns. RB Ray Graham was also outstanding as he rushed for 109-yards and two touchdowns and caught four passes for another 71-yards and a touchdown, giving him 180-yards of All-Purpose yards. WR Devin Street was also sensational as he grabbed a career-best six balls for 140-yards and a touchdown.
9A. QB/ATH Collin Klein – Kansas State – Klein was spectacular again in keeping the Wildcats undefeated in a surprising 55-24 victory over Texas Tech in Manhattan, Kansas. In this game, Klein was his great self as he completed 19 of 26 passes for 233-yards and two touchdowns and rushed for another 83-yards, giving him 316-yards of offense. Last week, Klein completed 19 of 21 passes for 323-yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 41-yards, giving him 364-yards of offense in a 55-14 victory over West Virginia. In the West Virginia game, Klein had an incredible 266.8 Quarterback Rating. After these two weeks, Klein might be the leading Heisman Trophy contender.
9B. QB Bo Wallace – Ole Miss – Wallace ws unbelievable on Saturday as he led the Rebels on a final eight-play 61-yard drive that gave Super Kicker Bryson Rose a chance to kick the winning field goal to beat Arkansas in a heartbreaker 30-27 victory with no time on the clock. In the game, Wallace completed 29 of 37 passes for 278-yards and a touchdown and he also rushed for 38-yards, giving him 316-yards of total offense. This win was the second straight SEC victory. The Rebels broke a 16-game losing streak in their victory last week to Auburn and are one win away from giving Head Coach Hugh Freeze a Bowl Eligible team in his first year as Head Coach.
10. RB Giovani Bernard – North Carolina – Bernard was sensational on Saturday as he helped lead his team to a 43-35 victory over cross-state rival NC State. In this unbelievable game for Bernard, he returned a punt 74-yards for a touchdown, rushed for 135-yardsand two touchdowns, and caught eight passes for 95-yards, giving him 304-yards of All-Purpose offense in the victory. His 74-yard punt return for a touchdown with 13 seconds left in the game gave the Tar Heels the victory. The punt return was his second punt return of the season, tying the school record for punt return touchdowns in a season. His 74-yard touchdown made the ESPE Sweet Sixteen Plays of the Week. Two weeks ago, Bernard rushed for 177-yards on 27 carries and scored two touchdowns and had four passes for 36-yards, giving him 213-yards of offense in a great 18-14 victory over Miami. These two games have vaulted Bernard back into the Heisman Trophy watch.
11. QB/ATH Brett Hundley – UCLA – Hundley had another outstanding Saturday as he completed 19 of 29 passes for 274-yards and four touchdowns in a thrilling 45-43 victory over Arizona State. Hundley, only playing a few miles from his home where he grew up, drove the Bruins into field-goal range after Sun Devils QB Taylor Kelly threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to D.J. Foster to put the Devils in the lead at 43-42 with 1:33 to play in the game. Hundley also rushed for 27-yards, giving him 301-yards of offense. Johnathan Franklin rushed for 164 yards, leaving him 20-yards shy of the UCLA career rushing record. Damien Thigpen caught three passes for 92-yards and had one kickoff for 41-yards, giving him 133-yards of All-Purpose yards. Thigpen caught a 65-yard touchdown from Hundley, but his second touchdown catch was a 20-yard touchdown that put UCLA ahead 42-33 with 9:01 to play. The Sun Devils then scored the next 10 points to regain the lead. After all of this excitment, Kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn kicked a 33-yard field goal with no time on the clock to give the Bruins a 45-43 victory.
12. QB Chase Rettig – Boston College – Rettig was outstanding on Saturday in a last second come from behind 20-17 UPSET victory over Maryland. In this game, Rettig completed 21 of 39 passes for 287-yards and two touchdowns, but the last touchdown was a 14-yard touchdown pass to Johnathan Coleman with 52 seconds left in the game to give the Eagles the huge victory. This victory by the Eagles snapped a five-game losing streak for them and helped to avoid their worst start since 1989.
13. QB/ATH E.J. Manuel – Florida State – Manuel was not as dominating as he has been all season, but he was still one of the top players on the field and he dominated when it counted the most. In this game, Manuel completed 8 of 16 passes for 282-yards and two touchdowns while rushing for another four yards, giving him 286-yards of offense touchdowns in a 48-7 victory over Duke. Two weeks ago, Manuel was sensational against Boston College, after being off a little against NC State the week before. Against Boston College, Manuel completed 27 of 34 passes for 439-yards and four touchdowns and ran for five yards, giving him 444-yards of total offense and his Seminoles demolished Boston College by a 51-7 score. In this game, Manuel had a 239.3 Quarterback Rating.
14. QB/ATH Braxton Miller – Ohio State – Miller was pretty sensational again after a one-week layoff. In this game against Penn State, Miller was his old self as he led the Buckeyes to a 35-23 victory and remained undefeated with a 9-0 record. Miller completed 7 of 19 passes for 143-yards, including a 72-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jake Stoneburner. Miller also rushed for 134-yards on 10 carries and two touchdowns, giving him 277-yards and three touchdowns in the victory. Miller is the greatest player on the football field in every game that he plays in and in this game, he was the reason why the Buckeyes won the game in Happy Valley. It was only last week that Miller left Ohio Stadium in an ambulance after a scary neck injury. Miller became the first quarterback in Ohio State history to eclipse 1,000-yards rushing in a season; and he still has three games left. His 72-yard touchdown pass made the ESPE Sweet Sixteen Plays of the Week.
15. QB/ATH Everett Golson – Notre Dame – Golson answered all of the questions that anyone might have had on him as he rose to the big occasion in a big game. Golson, a redshirt freshman, was pretty sensational as he kept bringing his Fighting Irish back after the Oklahoma Sooners would do something great as he completed 13 of 25 passes for 177-yards in the shocking 30-13 UPSET victory over the Sooners. Golson had no turnovers and he also rushed for another 64-yards and a touchdown, to go with his 50-yard touchdown pass to Chris Brown in the fourth quarter, giving him 241-yards of total offense in the victory that brought their record to 8-0. for the season.
16A. QB A.J. McCarron – Alabama – McCarron is the #1 quarterback for the #1 team in the country and it is his job, as a leader, to lead his team and to not make mistakes. In this capacity, McCarron is not called on to pass for 400-yards, but he is called on to not make mistakes. In the 38-7 victory over previously undefeated Mississippi State, McCarron completed 16 of 23 passes for 208-yards and two touchdowns and again with no interceptions. McCarron hit Kenny Bell in full stride for a 57-yard touchdown in the first quarter that completed a 96-yard drive and then hit tight end Michael Williams with a 9-yard touchdown early in the second quarter. McCarron has 18 touchdowns for the season and that ties him with John Parker Wilson for the second-most in school history, only two behind the 20 that Greg McElroy had two years ago.
16B. WR Sammy Watkins – Clemson – Watkins was sensational last year and after some off of the field problems, he’s back. On Saturday, in the 42-13 victory over Wake Forest, Watkins was the best player, along with his quarterback Tajh Boyd, on the field. In this game, Watkins set a Clemson record for reception yards in a game with 202-yards on eight receptions and he averaged 25.3 yards per catch. Watkins had a 61-yard touchdown catch and it made the ESPE Sweet Sixteen Plays of the Week.
2012 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SPECIAL SUPER 16 DEFENSIVE POW PLAYERS
College Super POW Rules
Must Win Your Game or Unless Two Teams in The Top 10 Are Playing!
1. OLB Jarvis Jones – Georgia – Jones (6-3, 241) is one of the most impressive linebackers in the country on any level. In college, Jones has very few peers. In the huge 17-9 victory over Florida, Jones was the most dominating defensive player on the football field. In that game, Jones recorded a career-high 13 tackles, including an amazing 12 solo tackles, and 4.5 tackles for loss, with three sacks. He also forced two fumbles and recovered two fumbles. His strip of Gators tight end Jordan Reed, on the five-yard line was recovered by FS Sanders Commings in the end zone with 2:05 left in the fourth quarter was basically the play of the game for the Bulldogs. Commings (6-2, 212) was also outstanding as he recorded five tackles, including four solo, with his fumble recovery.
2. MLB Manti Te’o Notre Dame – Te’o (6-2, 255) has been pretty sensational all season in leading one of the top defenses in the country that has helped the Fighting Irish to an undefeated season. . On Saturday, in the huge 30-13 UPSET victory over the Oklahoma Sooners in Norman, Oklahoma Te’o was all over the field in making plays and keeping the Sooners from scoring any more than 13 points. In that game, Te’o recorded 11 tackles, including six solo tackles with two tackles for a loss, and an interception and fumble recovery. One of the most important factors for Te’o is his tremendous leadership.
3. OLB C.J. Mosley – Alabama – Mosley (6-2, 232) was outstanding again for the great Crimson Tide defense as he recorded 7 tackles, including four solo tackles, and two quarterback hurries and two pass breakups as the Tide beat a very good Mississippi State team by a 38-7 score. In the 42-10 victory over Missouri, Mosley accounted for a team-high 12 tackles, including nine solo tackles, forced a fumble, one quarterback hurry, and a quarterback sack. In this game, 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.
4. OLB Ryan Shazier Ohio State – Shazier (6-2, 226) has had two straight sensational games. On Saturday, in a 35-23 victory over Penn State, Shazier was all over the field as he recorded seven tackles, including three solo tackles, two sacks, and an interception that he returned 17-yards for a touchdown. On Saturday, the Buckeyes defense held the Nittany Lions without an offensive touchdown until the final 10 minutes of the game and allowed only 32-yards rushing. In the key play of the game, Shazier broke through the line untouched to tackle the quarterback in the third quarter and then picked off the interception and ran 17-yards for the touchdown on the very next play. Two weeks ago, against Purdue, in a 29-22 OVERTIME victory, Shazier recorded 13 tackles, including 8 solo tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss and a quarterback sack.
5. MLB Preston Brown – Louisiville – Brown (6-2, 255) was outstanding in the thrilling 34-31 OVERTIME victory over Cincinnati. In the game, Brown recorded a game-high 13 tackles, including six solo tackles, had an interception, and two pass breakups. Brown led a great defense that limited the Bearcats to a season-low 353-yards and with three turnovers. Brown ranks 10th in the Big East in tackles for the this season, with an average of 7.2 tackles per game.
6. DE Mark Fackler – Kent State – Fackler (6-3, 244, 4.7) was an incredible player on Saturday in the huge 35-23 UPSET over Rutgers. Fackler made the biggest play of the game when he made a one-handed, 25-yard interception return for a touchdown early in the second quarter that gave the Golden Flashes a 14-3 lead. It also gave them the belief that they could actually beat Rutgers. It was his second interception of the game and one of six interceptions of the game for the Golden Flashes, who forced a season-high seven turnovers. “We were dropping some of our inside guys, and I just saw his eyes, followed his eyes and was right there on the first one,” Fackler said after his first two-interception game since high school. “The second one was a play call. We were going that way, and I saw what he did. That was a play that was going to happen. It was there.”
7. CB Bradley Roby – Ohio State – Roby (5-11, 190, 4.4) has been outstanding all season and he is always around the football. In the 35-21 victory over Penn State at Happy Valley, Roby recorded five solo tackles and he had four pass breakups. Roby is one of 15 of the The Jim Thorpe Award Semi-Finalist for the award given to the Top Defensive Back in the Country. Roby is the only Big Ten player on the list as he has recorded 42 tackles, two interceptions, one blocked kick, one fumble recovered and an amazing 16 pass breakups, which leads the nation. Roby leads the nation in total passes defended with 18. Roby has scored three touchdowns: one on an interception return, one on a fumble recovery and one on a recovery of a blocked punt.
8. DE William Gholston – Michigan State – Gholston (6-7, 278) was pretty sensational on Saturday in the 16-13 OVERTIME victory over Wisconsin. In this game, Gholston was his old self again as he was all over the field and probably was the best player on the field as he recorded five tackles, including four solo tackles and 4.5 tackles for a loss and a sack and a pass breakup. Gholston also put a hit on the Wisconsin quarterback that changed the game and the season for both teams.
9. SS Marquis Flowers – Arizona – Flowers (6-3, 221) was unbelievable on Saturday in the 39-35 UPSET victory over Southern Cal. In that game, Flowers recorded seven tackles, including three solo tackles and he had two key interceptions. Flowers, a junior from Phoenix, Arizona, actually accounted for three turnovers. On the Southern Cal opening possession, Flowers halted a 13-play USC drive with an interception at the Wildcat 26-yard line to set up a seven-play, 60-yard touchdown drive for the Wildcats. In the second quarter, Flowers stopped another USC threat deep in Arizona territory with a strip of USC running back, and later in the quarter, he preserved a three-point Wildcat lead with with his second interception of the afternoon. His three takeaways were part of a five turnover day for the Arizona defense, its best single-game total since 2008.
10. OLB Arthur Brown – Kansas State – Brown (6-1, 228, 4.6) has been sensational all season and has dominated in every single game of the undefeated Wildcat season. On Saturday, in the crushing 55-24 victory over a very good Texas Tech team, Brown was one of the best defensive players in the game as he recorded five tackles, including three solo tackles, and he intercepted a pass and ran it 37-yards for a touchdown. Brown also had two pass breakups and two quarterback hurries in the key Big-12 victory.
11. SS Bacarri Rambo – Georgia – Rambo (6-0, 212, 4.5) is one of the best defensive backs in the country and on Saturday, in the biggest game against Florida, Rambo was outstanding. In the crucical 17-9 victory over the Gators, Rambo recorded five tackles, including four solo tackles, one quarterback sack, and a key interception in the end zone to stop one Gator drive. Teammate FS Shawn Williams (6-1, 213, 4.5) was also outstanding as he recorded six tackles, including five solo tackles, and two pass breakups.
12. DE Datone Jones – and FS Tevin McDonald – UCLA – Jones (6-4, 272, 4.8) has been a dominating force all season for the surprising UCLA Bruins and on Saturday, he was the best defensive player on the football field. In the thrilling 45-43 victory over Arizona State, Jones recorded nine tackles, including six solo tackles, two quarterback hurries, and one pass breakup. McDonald (6-0, 198, 4.4) was all over the field again for the Bruins as he recorded five soo tackles. In their 21-14 victory over Utah, McDonald recorded 10 tackles, including 8 solo tackles and two pass breakups in the closer than expected victory.
13. DE Jadeveon Clowney – South Carolina – Clowney (6-6, 256, 4.7) is a real Freak that is rarely blocked and he is usually the best defensive player on the field in every game that he plays. On Saturday, in the Gamecocks 38-35 victory over Tennessee in a key SEC game, Clowney recorded six tackles, including four solo tackles, two quarterback sacks, and at least two quarterback hurries. These stats do not reflect that the offense has to assign at least two blockers to try to slow-down Clowney on every single play.
14. DE Damontre Moore – Texas A&M – Moore (6-4, 250, 4.6) has been the best defensive player on the field in every game that he’s played in this year and on Saturday against the Auburn Tigers, it was no different. In that 63-21 stunning SEC victory over the Tigers, Moore recorded four solo tackles, a quarterback sack, and a quarterback hurry in only half the game. The Auburn offense was aware of Moore on every play. Moore has been leading the nation in sacks per game with three and is fifth in tackles for loss per game with also three per game. He has recently been added to the Heisman Trophy Watch List. Moore played in our 2010 All-American Bowl Game Classic.
15. DE C.J. Johnson – Ole Miss – Johnson was outstanding in a great comeback 30-27 victory over Arkansas. In this game, Johnson recorded five tackles, including three solo tackls, a quarterback sack, and two quarterback hurries.
16. DT Sheldon Richardson – Missouri – Richardson was one of the top defensive players in the country when he came out of high school, but he has never been the dominant player that we were hoping he would be, but on Saturday, he might have turned the corner. In the 33-10 victory over Vanderbilt in their long-awaited first SEC win of the season, Richardson recorded five tackles, including three solo tackles, two quarterback hurries, and a fumble recovery that he returned 60-yards. On the fumble recovery, Richardson stripped the ball from Jonathan George and ran 60-yards to the Kentucky 25-yard line to set up the first touchdown of the game.-
2012 College Football True Freshman Elite Eight POW Players – Week #9
1. QB Philip Nelson – Minnesota – Nelson has been Red-Shirting all season, but his Red-Shirt came off on Saturday in a 44-28 victory over Purdue. The Minnesota true freshman was tremendous in just his second college game as he completed 11 of his first 12 passes and finished with 15 of 22 for 246-yards and three touchdowns, all in the first half. Get ready to see a lot of Philip Nelson in the next three or four years. A.J. Barker caught a 63-yard touchdown from Nelson. His 63-yard touchdown pass made the ESPE Sweet Sixteen Plays of the Week. Nelson was so good that Gopher fans are asking why it took so long for him to get to play.
2. RB Trey Williams – Texas A&M – Williams had his “Break-Out Game” in the 63-21 victory over Auburn as he rushed for 109-yards on 19 carries, caught three passes for 24-yards, and returned two kickoffs for 45-yards, giving him 178-All-Purpose yards.
3. AP Stefon Diggs – Maryland – Diggs has been unbelievable all season and he continued his brilliant play on Saturday as he caught 11 passes for 152-yards, including a beautiful 66-yard touchdown in a 20-17 loss to Boston College. In the 27-20 victory over Virginia, 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.
4. RB Johnathan Gray – Texas – Gray has been outstanding all season, but he probably had his “Break-Out Game” on Saturday in a 21-17 victory over the Kansas Jayhawks. In this game, Gray rushed for 108-yards on 18 carries.
5. RB Brian Kimbrow – Vanderbilt – Kimbrow got his big chance when Zac Stacy went to the bench early in the game with an injury and he took ful advantage as he rushed for 98-yards on seven carries, including a beautiful 74-yard touchdown. His 61-yard touchdown made the ESPE Sweet Sixteen Plays of the Week.
6. 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 victory over Mississippi State. In this game, Yeldon rushed for 84-yards on 10 carries, averaging 8.4-yards per carry and a touchdown. In the 42-10 victory over Missouri, Yeldon rushed for 144-yards on 18 carries and scored two touchdowns on runs of 15 and one yard.
7. RB Rushal Shell – Pittsburgh – Shell has also been outstanding all season and on Saturday, he was again as he rushed for 79-yards on 12 carries and scored a touchdown as the Panthers beat Temple by a 47-17 score.
8. CB Lorenzo Doss – Tulane – Doss was spectacular on Saturday in the impressive 55-45 UPSET victory over UAB. Only a few months ago, Doss was playing in our Eighth Annual All-American Bowl Game Classic, in Baton Rouge, but on Saturday, he was playing in the Green Wave secondary. This secondary has been maligned all year, but on Saturday, Doss was very dominating as he picked-off two interceptions that stopped two UAB possessions in the fourth quarter. For the game, Doss recorded 6 tackles, including 3 solo tackles, two interceptions for 35 and 17 returns, and two pass breakups. Incidentally, Doss is a Stud-Player. He made a catch on the Southern practice field that I will never forget when he leaped-up and made a one-handed catch before he went out of bounds.