THE MAX EMFINGER COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWSLETTER WEEK #11
Emfinger SuperScout Personal Evaluation (ESPE)
ESPE Sweet Sixteen Plays of the Week – Week #11
1A. SS Craig Loston – LSU – Loston returning a 100-yard interception for TD!
1B. RET Jamal Golden – Georgia Tech – Golden returning 100-yard KO for TD!
1C. WR Tobais Palmer – NC State – Palmer returning 100-yard KO for TD!
2. CB Justin Gilbert – Oklahoma State – Gilbert returning 96-yard KO for TD!
3. RET Duke Johnson – Miami – Johnson returning 95-yard Kickoff for TD!
4. RET Jimmie Hunt – Missouri – Hunt returning 87-yard Kickoff for TD!
5A. WR Marqise Lee – Southern Cal – Lee catching an 80-yard TD pass!
5B. RET Vick Williams – U-Conn – Williams returned an 80-yard punt for TD!
6. RET Jackie Williams – UAB – Williams returned a 79-yard punt for TD!
7. RB Giovani Bernard – North Carolina – Bernard catching a 78-yard TD pass!
8. RB Kendial Lawrence – Missouri – Lawrence running for a 77-yard TD!
9. WR Kenbrell Thompkins – Cincinnati – Thompkins catching a 75-yard TD pass!
10. SS Duron Harmon – Rutgers – Harmon returning 73-yard fumble for TD!
11. WR Scott Fernandez – Colorado – Fernandez catching a 71-yard TD pass!
12A. CB Alden Darby – Arizona State – Darby returning 70-yard Interception for TD!
12B. WR Chandler Jones – San Jose – Jones catching a 70-yard pass for TD!
13A. RB Nathan Jeffery – UTEP – Jeffery running for a 69-yard TD!
13B. RB James White – Wisconsin – White running for a 69-yard TD!
13C. FS D.J. Swearinger – South Carolina – Swearinger returned 69-yard INT for TD!
14. RB Sheldon Price – UCLA – Price running for a 68-yard TD!
15. WR Chris Moore – Cincinnati – Moore catching a 65-yard pass for TD!
16A RB De’Leon Eskridge – San Jose – Eskridge running for a 63-yard TD!
16B. RB Keith Marshall – Georgia – Marshall running for a 62-yard TD!
16C. WR Mike Davis – Texas – Davis catching a 61-yard pass for TD!
ESPE Super Seven Permanent MidField Kickers of the Week – Week #11
1. K Aaron Jones – Baylor – Jones kicking a 58-yard Field Goal!
2. K Dustin Hopkins – Florida State – Hopkins kicking a 56-yard Field Goal!
3. K Matt Sims – Northern Illinois – Sims kicking a 54-yard Field Goal!
4. K Bryson Rose – Ole Miss – Rose kicking a 53-yard Field Goal!
5A. K Will Scott – Troy – Scott kicking a 52-yard Field Goal!
5B. K Dustin Hopkins – Florida State – Hopkins kicking a 52-yard Field Goal!
6. K Brett Maher – Nebraska – Maher kicking a 51-yard Field Goal!
7A. K Caleb Sturgis – Florida – Sturgis kicking a 50-yard Field Goal!
7B. K Corey Acosta – Southern Miss – Acosta kicking a 50-yard Field Goal!
SUPER SCOUT EVALUATIONS
MY TOP TEN TEAMS
1. Oregon, 2. Kansas State, 3. Notre Dame, 4. Alabama, 5. Georgia, 5. Ohio State, 6. Florida, 8. LSU, 9. Texas A&M, 10. FSU
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
The 500-Yard Club!
1. QB/ATH Seth Doege – Texas Tech – Doege completed 45 of 59 passes for 476-yards and three touchdowns and ran for nine-yards, and caught a 29-yard pass, giving him 514-yards of offense in a 41-34 in an OVERTIME victory over Kansas. Doege rebounded really well from consecutive losses to Kansas State and Texas. In his final home game as a Red Raider, the native West Texan made it a memorable one as he also caught a 29-yard pass on a trick play in the second half.
College Super POW Rules –NEW RULES THIS WEEK
QB’s Must have 300-yds – RB’s Must have 200-yds – WR’s Must Have 200-yds
Must Win Your Game or Unless Two Teams in The Top 10 Are Playing!
1. QB/ATH Teddy Bridgewater – Louisville – Bridgewater has been pretty incredible all season and he had led his Cardinals to a perfect record until this past Saturday when they lost 45-26 to Syracuse. The Cards were in the Top 10 before the game, so although they lost, Bridgewater still made the Weekly MVP Team as he completed 36 of 49 passes for 424-yards and three touchdowns and ran for another 17-yards, giving him 441-yards of offense in the loss. Bridgewater also had a very good 162.3 Quarterback Rating in the game.
2. QB/ATH Marcus Mariota – Oregon – Mariota is a Red-Shirt Freshman, but he is about as impressive as the other Super-Star Red Shirt Freshman – Johnny Manziel. On Saturday, in a 59-17 victory over California, Mariota was again sensational as he completed 27 of 34 passes for 377-yards and an “eye-popping” six touchdowns in the victory. Mariota also rushed for another 42-yards on five carries, giving him 419-yards of offense. Mariota also had an incredible 230.8 Quarterback Rating in that game.
3. RB Ka’Deem Carey – Arizona – Carey rushed for an incredible 366-yards and scored five touchdowns in a 56-31 victory over Colorado. Carey also caught two passes for 34-yards, giving him an amazing 400-yards of offense. Carey carried 25 times and broke the record of 357-rushing yards set by Reuben Mayes of Washington State at Oregon on October 27, 1984. Carey scored on touchdown runs of 10, 13, 30, 8 and 3 yards, which tied a conference record. Carey, whose longest gain of the day was 71 yards, broke the school record of 288-yards set by Trung Canidate against Arizona State in 1998.
4. QB David Ash – Texas – Ash hit the lowest point in his Longhorn career two weeks ago when he got pulled in favor of backup Case McCoy, who helped the Longhorns to a dramatic game-winning comeback drive on the road against Kansas. It looked like his job was in jeopardy, but the Longhorns staff still had faith in Ash and let him keep his starting spot. On Saturday, Ash completed 25 of 31 passes for 364-yards and two touchdowns and ran for 21-yards, giving him 385-yards of offense in the 33-7 victory over Iowa State. This game was especially Special for the Longhorns and their fans as it began with a 47-yard touchdown pass on a trick play out of the Wishbone Formation as a tribute to Coach Darrell K. Royal. Ash went on to complete his next 10 passes to start the game 11-of-11 and his favorite receiver was Jaxon Shipley, from Brownwood, who grabbed 8 catches for 137-yards and a great 17.1 yards per catch average. Ash had a very impressive 200.6 Quarterback Rating in this game.
Our Hearts and Prayers go out to the Family and Friends of Coach Royal, who recently died. Coach Royal recruited me out of Brownwood High School and my High School team won the Texas 3A State Football Championship in front of Coach Royal and my personal recruiter Coach Mike Campbell.
Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M had one of the greatest games of the season against one of the greatest defensive teams in the country in their 29-24 victory over Alabama.
5. QB/ATH Johnny Manziel – Texas A&M – On Saturday, Manziel had one of the greatest games of the season against one of the greatest defensive teams in the country. In that game, Manziel completed 24 of 31 passes for 253-yards and two touchdowns and he also ran for 92-more yards, giving him 345-yards of total offense. The legend of “Johnny Football” only grew after a chilly night in Tuscaloosa as Manziel ran through and around the great Alabama defense and continued to make big play after big play with his arm and legs. Manziel even fumbled the football in mid-air back to himself and was still able to roll out to his left and throw a 10-yard sidearm, backward touchdown pass to Super WR Ryan Swope, who was just standing in the End Zone. In this game, Manziel became the second freshman in NCAA BCS history to rush for 1,000-yards and pass for 2,000 yards in a single season. Brad Smith of Missouri did it in 2002. Manziel did not have a turnover against an Alabama Defense that was fourth in the country in turnover margin. Johnny Football might top the list of quarterbacks nationally with 3,794-yards of total offense and he’s on track to shatter the SEC record of 4,327-yards set by Cam Newton in 2010. The clincher was Manziel’s performance in the win over Alabama on the road. Manziel had a 167.3 Quarterback Rating against #1 Alabama.
Manziel had a similar game against Auburn as he lead the Aggies to a 63-21 rout over the Tigers as he 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 that victory, Swope caught six passes for 140-yards and two touchdowns.
6. Garrett Gilbert – SMU – Gilbert has completely turned the Mustangs around with his arm and leadership and on Saturday in a 34-6 victory over Southern Miss, he really put-on an amazing show as he completed 27 of 43 passes for 249-yards and a touchdown; while rushing for 94-yards on only five carries and two touchdowns, giving him 343-yards of offense. A couple weeks ago, against Memphis, 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 and #1 quarterback in the country has been sensational for the Mustangs.
7. QB/ATH Devin Gardner – Michigan – Gardner was outstanding on Saturday in a 38-31 OVERTIME victory over Northwestern. In that game, Gardner, taking over for the injured Denard Robinson, completed 16 of 29 passes for 286-yards and two touchdowns and he rushed for another 47-yards and two more touchdows, giving him 333-yards of offense and four touchdowns in the victory.
8. QB/ATH E.J. Manuel – Florida State – Manuel has been pretty sensational all season and on Saturday, he was again as he completed 25 of 42 passes for 326-yards and three touchdowns in a 28-22 victory over Virginia Tech. Manuel hit Rashad Green with two touchdowns and the last one was a game-winning 39-yard touchdown with 39-seconds left in the game for the victory. Manuel was a little more impressive in the Boston College game, a few weeks ago, as Manuel completed 27 of 34 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.
9. QB/ATH Brendon Kay – Cincinnati – Kay started his first game of his career and he completed 13 of 21 passes for 244-yards and two touchdowns and ran for another 71-yards, giving him 315-yards of offense in a 34-10 victory over Temple. Kay replaced starter Munchie Legaux, who had been ineffective for the Bearcats. Kay didn’t turn the ball over in directing the Bearcats on scoring drives of 74, 75, 80, 94 and 71 yards. In this game, Kay recorded a great 190.9 Quarterback Rating.
10. QB Mike Rocco Virginia – Rocco may have had his best game of his career as he completed 29 of 37 passes for 300-yards and four touchdowns; while running for another seven-yards, giving him 307-yards of offense as he led the Cavaliers to a 41-40 victory over Miami. WR Dominique Terrell was his favorite target as he grabbed nine passes for 127-yards.
11. QB/ATH Kevin Hogan – Stanford – Hogan was very impressive as he helped the Bruins in a 27-23 victory over Oregon State. In that game, Hogan completed 22 of 29 passes for 254-yards and three touchdowns and he also rushed for another 49-yards, giving him 303-yards of offense in the victory. Hogan also had a very good 169.4 Quarterback Rating.
12. QB/ATH Conner Shaw – South Carolina – Shaw was pretty impressive as he lead the Gamecocks to a 38-20 victory over Arkansas. In that game, Shaw completed 14 of 22 passes for 292-yards and he rushed for 10-yards, giving him 302-yards in the victory. Shaw hit Tight End Jerell Adams with a 29-yard touchdown in the first quarter and then hit Bruce Ellington with a 42-yard touchdown pass in second quarter. Shaw also ran for a 10-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
13. WR Marqise Lee – Southern Cal – Lee was pretty sensational on Saturday as he caught 10 passes for 161-yards and a touchdown and ran six times for 66-yards, giving him 227-yards of offense in a 38-17 victory over Arizona State. Lee made a sensational 80-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter. Lee, with his 80-yard touchdown catch made the ESPE Sweet Sixteen Plays of the Week.
14. RB Darrin Reaves – UAB – Reaves has been pretty sensational in the last few weeks and on Saturday, he was unstoppable as he rushed for 184-yards on 32 carries and two touchdowns and caught six passes for another 37-yards, giving him 221-yards of offense in a great 38-31 victory over Marshall. Last week, Reaves rushed for 223-yards in a 27-19 victory over Southern Miss.
15. WR Josh Steward – Oklahoma State – Stewart caught 13 passes for 172-yards and two touchdowns and ran a reverse 46-yards for another touchdown, giving him 218-yards of offense and three touchdown in Saturday’s 55-34 victory over West Virginia. Both of his wide receiver scores were from at least 20 yards. His 13 catches were the second-most in school history. This is also four of the past five weeks in which the Big-12 Offensive Award has been won at the expense of West Virginia’s defense.
16. RB Montee Ball – Wisconsin – Ball had a sensational game on Saturday as he rushed for 198-yards on 27 carries and three touchdowns. Ball now needs just one more touchdown to tie the NCAA career record of 78 touchdowns. Ball was the biggest part of a school-record 564-yard rushing effort by the Badgers. Running-mate James White rushed for 161-yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries; while Melvin Gordon rushed for 96-yards on eight carries in setting the rushing record.
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 C.J. Mosley – Alabama – Mosley (6-2, 232) was unbelievable on Saturday in the stunning 29-24 loss to Texas A&M as he recorded an incredible 14 tackles, including 9 solo tackles, had one sack, and two quarterback hurries. 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.
2. 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 #1 Alabama Crimson Tide, Moore had some great competition with some of the Alabama Super Stars, in that 29-24 stunning SEC victory over the Tide, Moore recorded four solo tackles, had one quarterback sack, and a quarterback hurry. 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.
Moore has recently been added to the Heisman Trophy Watch List, but he was unexpectedly left off of the Annual Bronco Nagurski Award for the best Defensive Player. Moore leads the Texas Aggies in tackles with 74 tackles and he leads the country with tackles for a loss with 20. Moore is also tied for #1 in the country with 12.5 quarterback sacks. Moore has three more tackles for a loss than LB Jarvis Jones of Georgia and DE Jadeveon Clowney of South Carolina. He also has two more sacks than Jones and three more than Clowney. Moore also has more total tackles than either Jones or Clowney. Moore played in our 2010 All-American Bowl Game Classic.
3. SS D.J. Swearinger – South Carolina – Swearinger (5-11, 212, 4.45) was sensational on Saturday in the Gamecocks 38-20 victory over Arkansas as he recorded 13 tackles, including 10 solo tackles, and a pass breakup; plus he returned an interception 69-yards for a touchdown. Swearinger leads the team with 39 solo tackles. Swearinger made the ESPE Sweet Sixteen Plays of the Week.
4. SS Craig Loston and FS Eric Reid – LSU – Loston (6-2, 205, 4.45) recorded six total tackles, including three solo tackles and returned an interception 100-yards for a touchdown in the 37-17 victory over Mississippi State. The Loston interception return, tied an LSU, SEC and NCAA record for longest, and gave Tigers the final margin. Reid (6-2, 212, 4.45) recorded nine tackles, including six solo tackles and two pass breakups. Loston made the ESPE Sweet Sixteen Plays of the Week.
5. CB Loucheiz Purifoy and LB Jelani Jenkins – Florida – Purifoy blocked a punt with two seconds left against Louisiana-Lafayette that led to a touchdown and a 27-20 Florida victory. Purifoy blocked the punt with only two-seconds left and Jelani Jenkins returned the blocked-punt 36-yards for the game-winning touchdown. Jenkins also recorded five tackles and a pass breakup against ULL. The blocked punt was the second blocked-punt of the year for Purifoy.
6. SS Bacarri Rambo – Georgia – Rambo (6-0, 212, 4.5) is one of the best defensive backs in the country and on Saturday, he continued to dominate on one of the top defenses in the country in a 38-0 victory over Auburn. In that game Rambo recorded eihjy tackles, including seven solo tackles; had a key interception; and forced a fumble. In an earlier game against Florida, Rambo was also outstanding. In that 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.
7. DE Meshak Williams – Kansas State – Williams (6-2, 245) recorded seven tackles, including six solo tackles and three tackles for losses and a pair of sacks. Williams broke up a pass and helped the Wildcats hold TCU to 10 points in Saturday’s 23-10 victory over the Horned Frogs. Williams led a Defense that held TCU to its lowest point output at home during the tenure of TCU Coach Gary Patterson.
8. 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 38-0 victory over Auburn, Jones recorded four tackles, including three solo tackles and he had two quarterback sacks. Jones and the Bulldogs were so dominating on defense, the Tigers were not able to score. Jones did not play for most of the second half in this victory. 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.
9. CB Dee Milliner – Alabama – Milliner (6-1, 200, 4.4) had an outstanding game in the stunning 29-24 loss to Texas A&M as he recorded ten tackles, including four solo tackles, and two pass breakups.
10. 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 21-6 victory over Boston College, Te’o was not as dominating as he has been all season, but he still was the Fighting Irish Defensive Team Leader and he recorded six tackles, including four solo tackles and an incredible sixth interception of the season. One week earlier, in the huge 30-13 UPSET victory over the Oklahoma Sooners, 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.
11. LB Anthony Barr – UCLA – Barr (6-5, 245, 4.5) was a tremendous two-way player in high school, and most observers thought that he would be a running back or fullback for the Bruins. Barr started out on offense for the Bruins, but he became too valuable on defense and made the switch. After two years, Barr has become one of the best linebackers on the West Coast. On Saturday, in the 44-36 victory over Washington State, Barr was outstanding as he recorded a career-high eight tackles, including four solo tackles, had one quarterback sack, and two pass breakups.
12. DE Alex Okafor – Texas – Okafor (6-4, 265) was the most dominating player on the field in the 33-7 victory over Iowa State. In that game, Okofor recorded nine tackles, including five solo tackles, had 2.5 tackles for a loss, one-half quarterback sack, and one pass breakup. Okofor has been a defensive terror all season, but this was one of his best games of the season.
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. In the 38-20 victory over Arkansas, Clowney was not as dominating as in some of the tougher games of the season as he recorded four tackles, including two solo tackles, and a quarterback sack. In the Gamecocks 38-35 victory over Tennessee, Clowney recorded six tackles, including four solo tackles, two quarterback sacks, and at least two quarterback hurries. In both games, the 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. SS Marquis Flowers – Arizona – Flowers (6-3, 221, 4.5) was outstanding in the thrilling 56-31 victory over Colorado as he was all over the field in leading the Wildcat defense. On Saturday, Flowers recorded seven tackles, including four solo tackles, had one quarterback sack, and two pass breakups.
15. CB/RET Justin Gilbert – Oklahoma State – Gilbert is one of the top cornerbacks in the country, but he is also one of the top kick return men in the country. On Saturday, in the 55-34 victory over West Virginia, Gilbert recorded seven tackles, including five solo tackles. Gilbert also returned two kickoffs for 127-yards, including a beautiful 96-yard kickoff for a touchdown. Gilbert looked like he briefly stumbled, throwing the Mountaineer defenders off stride and then he saw a small crease and exploded past the first group of defenders and outran them to the end zone for the 96-yard touchdown. Gilbert made the ESPE Sweet Sixteen Plays of the Week.
16. DT Sheldon Richardson – Missouri – Richardson is arguably the best player on the Missouri team, regardless of position. Richardson is constantly taking on double-teams, but figures out a way to bust them up. In the 51-48 victory over Tennessee, Richardson was very hard to handle as he recorded eight tackles, including six solo tackles, and two tackles for a loss. Richardson leads the Tigers with 70 tackles, has 9.5 tackles for loss and four sacks. 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 and ran 60-yards to the 25-yard line to set up the first touchdown of the game.