THE MAX EMFINGER COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWSLETTER WEEK #12
Emfinger SuperScout Personal Evaluation (ESPE)
ESPE Sweet Sixteen Plays of the Week – Week #12
1A. RET Autrey Golden – UTEP – Golden returning 98-yard kickoff for TD!
1B. RET D.J. Banks – Louisiana Tech – Banks returning 98-yard kickoff for TD!
2A. RET Odell Beckham – LSU – Beckham returning 89-yard punt for TD!
2B. WR Uzoma Nwachukwu – Texas A&M – Nwachukwu catching 89-yard TD pass!
3. WR Herb Watters – Miami – Watters catching 87-yard TD pass!
4A. WR Kerwynn Williams – Utah State – Williams catching 86-yard TD pass!
4B. RB Tre Mason – Auburn – Mason running for 86-yard TD!
5A. WR Cordarrelle Patterson – Tennessee – Patt returning 81-yard punt for TD!
5B. WR Quentin Pierce – Southern Miss – Pierce catching 81-TD pass!
6A. RB Lache Seastrunk – Baylor – Seastrunk running for 80-yard TD
6B. WR LaKendrick Williams – Texas A&M – Williams catching 80-yard TD pass!
7. WR Stephen Houston – Indiana – Houston catching 79-yard TD pass!
8. WR Tobais Palmer – NC State – Palmer catching 77-yard TD pass!
9A. WR Jalen Saunders – Oklahoma – Saunders catching 76-yard TD pass!
9B. RET A.J. Bouye – UCF – Bouye returning a 76-yard Interception for TD!
10. RB Tavon Austin – West Virginia – Austin running for 74-yard TD!
11. WR Keyarris Garrett – Tulsa – Garrett catching a 70-yard TD pass!
12. WR Brandon Ford – Clemson – Ford catching 69-yard TD pass!
13. RB Cierre Wood – Notre Dame – Wood running for 68-yard TD!
14. WR Clive Walford – Miami – Walford catching 65-yard TD pass!
15. WR Akeem Hunt – Purdue – Hunt catching 63-yard TD pass!
16A. WR DeAndre Hopkins – Clemson – Hopkins catching 62-yard TD pass!
16B. RB Nick Griffin – Mississippi State – Griffin running for 60-yard TD!
Elite Permanent MidField Kickers of the Week – Week #12
1. K Aaron Jones – Baylor – Jones kicking a 58-yard Field Goal!
2A. K Chris Boswell – Rice – Boswell kicking a 56-yard Field Goal!
2B. K Dustin Hopkins – Florida State – Hopkins kicking a 56-yard Field Goal!
3A. K Matt Sims – Northern Illinois – Sims kicking a 54-yard Field Goal!
3B. K Taylor Zalewski – Illinois – Zalewski kicking 54-yard Field Goal!
4A. K Chris Boswell – Rice – Boswell kicking a 53-yard Field Goal!
4B. 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!
6A. K Quinn Sharpe – Oklahoma State – Sharpe kicking a 51-yard Field Goal!
6B. K Brett Maher – Nebraska – Maher kicking a 51-yard Field Goal!
6C. K Chris Boswell – Rice – Boswell 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!
7C. K Aaron Jones – Baylor – Jones kicking a 50-yard Field Goal!
7D. K Ross Martin – Duke – Martin kicking a 50-yard Field Goal!
SUPER SCOUT EVALUATIONS
MY TOP TEN TEAMS
1. Notre Dame, 2. Alabama, 3. Georgia, 4. Ohio State, 5. Florida, 6. LSU, 7. Oregon, 8. Texas A&M, 9. FSU, 10. Kansas State
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 SEVEN DISAPPOINTING TEAMS
1. Auburn, 2. Kentucky, 3. Virginia Tech, 4. Illinois,
5. Miami, 6. Georgia Tech, 7. Tennessee
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2012 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SPECIAL SUPER 16 OFFENSIVE POW PLAYERS
The 500-Yard Club!
1. AP Tavon Austin – West Virginia – Austin had one one of the most incredible games of the year in a 50-49 loss to Oklahoma against a very tough Sooner Defense. Austin moved from wide receiver to running back only last week and he rushed for 344-yards on 21 carries and two touchdowns, including a beautiful 74-yard touchdown, while avraging 16-yards per carry. This would be a tremendous game for most people, but Austin also caught four passes for 82-yards and had 126-yards on eight kick returns, giving him an “Eye-Popping” total of 572-yards of All-Purpose offense to shatter the Big 12 record for All-Purpose yards and he came 7-yards short of the NCAA record. The 74-yard touchdown made the ESPE Sweet Sixteen Plays of the Week.
2. QB Landry Jones – Oklahoma – Jones played in the same with Tavon Austin and while Austin was running wild, Jones was having one of his best games of his career in passing the football as he completed 38 of 51 passes for an amazing 554-yards and six touchdowns in the 50-49 victory on the Mountaineers. Jones broke his own school record set a year ago against Kansas State, and moved into fifth place in the NCAA all-time passing yards record book. Jones is now the fifth consecutive West Virginia opponent to win Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week. Jones had an outstanding 200.7 Quarterback Rating on Saturday.
3. QB/ATH Tajh Boyd – Clemson – Boyd was just unbelievable on Saturday in the 62-48 victory over NC State as he completed 30 of 44 passes for 426-yards and five touchdowns and ran for another 103-yards and three touchdowns, giving him 529-yards and eight touchdowns in the victory. In that game, Boyd set the Clemson and ACC Single-game record for touchdown responsibility with eight: three rushing and five passing. The previous Clemson record was six by Boyd and Woody Dantlzer. Boyd also set an ACC single-season record 41 touchdowns this season. Boyd broke his own record of 38 set last year. His 79 touchdowns over the last two years are the most in consecutive years in ACC.
Boyd also set the single-game record for yards of total offense with 529-yards. The previous record came at NC State in 2001 when Woody Dantzler recorded 517-yards of total offense. Boyd recorded the first 100-yard rushing game by a Clemson quarterback since Dantzler did it with 135-yards in his final home game against Duke in 2001. Now Boyd has 33 touchdown passes for the year, to tie his own Clemson single-season record. In this game, Boyd recorded a 177.9 Quarterback Rating.
College Super POW Rules –NEW RULES THIS WEEK
QB’s Must have 270-yds of Offense and a 170.0 Quarterback Rating
RB’s Must have 185-yds Offense and WR’s Must Have 200-yds Offense
Must Win Your Game or Unless Two Teams in The Top 10 Are Playing!
1. QB Stephen Morris – Miami – Morris had a sensational passing game on Saturday as he completed 21 od 32 passes for 413-yards and three touchdowns in a 40-9 victory over South Florida. Morris had three wide receivers that caught passes for over 100-yards, including Herb Waters, who had an 87-yard touchdown catch for the longest Miami touchdown catch in more than five years. Waters had catches for 130-yards, while Clive Walford had catches for 135-yards, including a 65-yard touchdown catch; and Phillip Dorsett had 12 catches for 111-yards. True Freshman Duke Johnson rushed for 66-yards and another score for the Hurricanes who just became Bowl Eligible with a 6-5 record.Watter had an 87-yard touchdown and Walford had a 65-yard touchdown and they they both made the ESPE Sweet Sixteen Plays of the Week. Morris recorded a great 205.0 Quarterback Rating.
2. QB Matt McGloin – Penn State – McGloin was outstanding on Saturday as he completed 22 of 32 passes for 395-yards and four touchdowns as he lead the Nittany Lions to a 45-32 victory over Indiana. His favorite receiver was Allen Robinson who caught 10 pases for 197-yards and three touchdowns. McGloin had a tremendous 207.4 Quarterback Rating in the game on Saturday.
3. QB/ATH Johnny Manzeil – Texas A&M – Manzeil was sensational again as “Johnny Football” completed 14 of 20 passes for 267-yards and three touchdowns and rushed for another 100-yards and two touchdowns, giving him 367-yards of offense and five touchdowns in a 47-28 victory over Sam Houston State. Forget the opponent and check-out what he has done for the entire season. Manziel is the first SEC player and first freshman and fifth NCAA BCS player to pass for 3,000-yards and rush for 1,000-yards in the same season. He also has 38 total touchdowns.
Saturday was his eighth straight game with 300 or more total yards of offense and he has broken the school record for total offense in a season with 4,161 yards. Only last week, the legend of “Johnny Football” grew in Tuscaloosa, Alabama when Manziel ran through and around the great Alabama defense and continued to make big plays with his arm and legs. Oh Yes! Manziel also had an incredible 221.6 Quarterback Rating on Saturday.
4A. QB/ATH Devin Gardner – Michigan – Gardner was outstanding again on Saturday as former Wolverine quarterback Denard Robinson moved to running back, leaving the quarterback spot to Gardner. In the 42-17 victory over Iowa, Gardner completed 18 of 23 passes for 314-yards and three touchdowns, while also running for 37-yards and three touchdowns, giving him 351-yards of offense and six touchdowns in the victory.
4B. RB Montel Harris – Temple – Harris was a flat-outright phenomenal on Saturday against the Army Black Knights as he rushed for 351-yards and scored seven touchdown in the 63-32 victory. Both his rushing yards and rushing scores against the Black Knights were Big East single-game records, and the day marked his 26th career 100-yard performance, the most among active BCS players and he did not even practice last week because of a knee injury. “It wasn’t too much of a doubt,” Harris said of playing. “It was just trying to get all the way back to 100 percent, trying to keep my legs fresh. It was just how effective I was going to be, how many reps I was going to get. But I was feeling pretty good toward the end of the week.” Then the other Temple running back, Matt Brown, who has been bothered by an ankle injury for more than a month, hurt his hamstring and he had to leave the field after scoring two touchdowns. “Montel had to carry the load, and he was just phenomenal,” Coach Steve Addazio said. “He just played with such toughness and passion for the game. I told him, ‘You’ve got to go the distance on this thing.’ And he said, ‘There’s no question I’m going the distance.’ And he had a career day, a Big East career day, a personal career day, a Temple University career day.”
5. QB Everett Golson – Notre Dame – Golson was outstanding again on Saturday as he completed 20 of 30 passes for 346-yards and three touchdowns as he led the Fighting Irish to a 38-0 victory over Wake Forest. Golson has completed 70.8 percent of his passes that have been thrown for 10-yards or longer in his past two games after completing 44 percent of those throws in his first eight games. Four different wide receivers have at least two catches on a throw of that distance over the past two games as Golson has led the Irish to a 11-0 record and a #1 Rank in the BCS standings. On Saturday, Golson had a very good 189.9 Quarterback Rating.
6A. QB Aaron Murray – Georgia – Murray has been pretty sensational all season for the Bulldogs and he was very impressive again on Saturday in a 45-14 victory over Georgia Southern. Although the Bulldogs got off to a sluggish start, they made-up for it as Murray lead them to 28-points in the second half. Murray completed 18 of 28 passes for 330-yards and four touchdowns as he hit eight different receivers with at least two catches in the victory. One of his greatest plays of the game was a 24-yard touchdown pass to Malcolm Mitchell with four seconds left in the first half to give the Bulldogs a 17-7 lead at halftime. In most years, Murray would be one of the hottest Heisman Trophy candidates in the country and he is still one of the top candidates, although Johnny Manzeil has put-up some incredible stats. Murray had a tremendous 210.4 Quarterback Rating on Saturday.
6B. QB/ATH Taylor Martinez – Nebraska – Martinez was sensational again on Saturday as he led the Cornhuskers to a 38-14 victory over Minnesota. In that game, Martinez completed 21 of 29 passes for 308-yards and two touchdowns and ran for another 22-yards, giving him 330-yards of offense in the victory. Martinez has really improved his passing since the first of the season and he ended with a 184.4 Quarterback Rating in the game.
7. QB Sean Mannion – Oregon State – Mannion (6-5, 215) was outstanding in the Saturday game as he completed 24 of 34 passes for 325-yards and four touchdowns in the 62-14 victory over California in just over three quarters of play. Mannion is a sophomore who took over as the starting quarterback last season as a redshirt freshman, and he led the Beavers to 4-0 start before he was sidelined by a knee injury that required surgery and caused him to miss two games. Backup Cody Vaz started against Arizona State. But Vaz was hurt in the final seconds of the loss to Stanford and Mannion returned to the starting job this week. Mannion looked great and confident against the Bears. Mannion had all four touchdown passes in the first half, tying a school record and gave the Beavers a 35-7 lead at halftime. Mannion also had a very good 183.8 Quarterback Rating in that game.
8. QB Bryn Renner – North Carolina – Renner had a really great game on Thursday at Virginia as he completed 29 of 36 passes for 315-yards and three touchdowns in a key ACC 37-13 victory over Virginia. The Cavs shut down Giovani Bernard, the ACC runaway rushing leader, but they were picked apart by the precise passing of Renner. His favorite target on the night was freshman Quinshad Davis, who caught 16 passes for 178-yards. With those 16 catches, Davis tied the North Carolina record for most receptions in a single game and also tied an ACC record. Davis caught several passes from Renner near the line of scrimmage and then used a juke-fake or a block to turn the play into a very big gain. In that game, Renner had a great 181.6 Quarterback Rating.
9. QB/ATH Sam Richardson – Iowa State – Richardson completed 23 of 27 passes for 250-yards and four touchdowns and ran for another 43-yards, giving him 293-yards of offense in the 51-23 victory over Kansas. Richardson has waited all season for a chance to play while both Jared Barrett and Steele Jantz were struggled from week-to-week. On Saturday, Richardson finally got his chance and he helped to put the Cyclones into their third bowl game in four years. His four touchdown passes came in the second quarter as Iowa State had a 38-17 halftime lead. Richardson recorded a tremendous 211.8 Quarterback Rating.
10. QB Tyler Russell – Mississippi State – Russell completed 19 of 32 passes for 274-yards and four touchdowns without any interceptions in the 45-14 victory over Arkansas. Russell has been extremely impressive all year, but the Bulldogs had struggled for three straight losing games and they really needed a great effort from Russell against the Razorbacks and they got it. Russell led the Bulldogs on seven scoring drives against the Razorbacks, including six for touchdowns. Russell also broke Mississippi State’s single-season record for completions with 201, yards with 2,523, and 200-yard passing games with seven. Russell also extended his single-season record of 21 passing touchdowns. Russell threw some really great passes including a great 24-yard touchdown to LaDarius Perkins in the third quarter that made it 31-14 in favor of the Bulldogs. Chad Bumphis caught six passes for 82-yards and two touchdowns. Russell had an outstanding 172.6 Quarterback Rating.
11. WR Alex Lemon – Syracuse – Lemon was sensational on Saturday in the Orangemen 31-27 UPSET victory over SEC favored Missouri. In that career game for Lemon, he caught 12 passes from quarterback Ryan Nassib for an incredible 244-yards and two touchdowns. Lemon, not only caught 12 passes for a career best, but he caught the 17-yard game-winning pass with only 20 seconds left in the game. Lemon had earlier caught a 13-yard touchdown to tie the score at 17-17, earlier in the fourth quarter. Lemon had four catches for 81 yards on the Orangemen final drive. With his 244-yards, Lemon recorded the third-highest single-game total in Big East history. Nassib completed 26 of 40 passes for 385-yards, but he did not have a 170.0 Quarterback Rating.
12. WR Steadman Bailey – West Virginia – Bailey was sensational on Saturday in a losing effort as the Mountaineers lost 50-49 to the Oklahoma Sooners. In that game, Bailey caught 13 passes from Geno Smith for 205-yards and four touchdowns and although he was incredible in this game, his team lost and he was not even the best offensive player in the game on his team, because Tavon Austin was pretty spectacular in that game. Bailey was still pretty incredible in the game and he also returned one kickoff 22-yards, giving him 227-yards of All-Purpose yards in this close loss.
13. RB Ka’Deem Carey – Arizona – Carey rushed for an incredible 366-yards and scored five touchdowns in a 56-31 victory over Colorado, but that was two weeks ago, so what does he do for an encore? For his encore, Carey rushes for 204-yards and catches two passes for eight more yards, giving him 212-yards of All-Purpose yards in the 34-24 victory over Utah.
14. WR Isaiah Anderson – Oklahoma State – Anderson (5-10, 175, 4.4) had a “Break-Out Game” on Saturday in the 59-21 victory over Texas Tech. Last week, Josh Stewart was the star wide receiver and this week, it was Anderson as he grabbed four balls for 174-yards, including an amazing three touchdowns and rushed one time for another 26-yards, giving him 200-yards of All-Purpose yards in the victory. Anderson averaged an incredible 43.5 yards per catch. Anderson had touchdown catches of 66, 60, and 33-yards and the 66 and 60-yard catches made the ESPE Sweet Sixteen Plays of the Week.
15. RB Montee Ball – Wisconsin – Ball had a sensational game two weeks ago when he rushed for 198-yards on 27 carries and three touchdowns, but on Saturday. Ball rushed for 191-yards in a 21-14 loss to Ohio State in OVERTIME. Ball also got the touchdown that tied the NCAA career record of 78 touchdowns. Ball scored his #78 career touchdown in the second quarter on a seven-yard run.
16. RB Lache Seastrunk – Baylor – Seastrunk had a “Breakout Game” against Kansas State on Saturday and he helped the Bears to defeat the #1 Team in the country. Seastrunk not only rushed for 185-yards, it included a beautiful 80-yard touchdown, run right up the middle of the vaughted Kansas State Defense in the 52-21 UPSET victory. The ironic thing about Seastrunk on this particular Saturday was that he was associated with both Undefeated #1 BCS Teams in the country on this day. Seastrunk transferred from Oregon to Baylor and he helped beat Kansas State. His 80-yard touchdown 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. MLB Shayne Skov – Stanford – Skov (6-3, 243, 4,6) has been the Cardinal team leader on defense all of this season and Saturday was no exception as he recorded ten tackles, including seven solo tackles in the UPSET 17-14 OVERTIME victory of #1 Oregon. The Ducks were the BCS Offensive leader, averaging 54.8 points per game and they had scored at least 30 points in 23 straight games, which was an NCAA record. Oregon had also scored at least 42 points in 13 consecutive games. Among his highlights, Skov recorded a critical fourth-down tackle in the first quarter deep in Stanford territory when he stopped quarterback Marcus Mariota at the line of scrimmage on fourth-down and two. That set the tone for what was going to be defensive battle. As the leader of the Stanford Defense, Skov and his team held the Ducks to 198-yards rushing and just 4 of 17 on third down and 0-for-2 on fourth down. Defensive Coordinator Derek Mason must be given a tremendous amount of credit in this Victory along with Head Coach David Shaw.
2. CB Joe Williams and CB Ahmad Dixon – Baylor – Williams intercepted the former Heisman Trophy leading candidate, Collin Klein, twice and recorded 11 tackles, including nine solo tackles in the 52-24 UPSET victory over #1 Kansas State. The first interception of Williams ended what would have been a game-tying drive in the second quarter deep in Baylor territory. Williams did not get a chance to return either interception, but Klein had only been picked off three times all season before Saturday, which was the 11th game of the season for the Wildcats. Dixon (6-0, 210) was also a dominating player for the Baylor Bear Defense as he recorded ten tackles, including nine solo tackles and two pass breakups. Can you imagine a cornerback, like Williams and Dixon, to record 9 solo tackles?
3. 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 38-0 victory over Wake Forest, 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. A couple of weeks ago, 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. The most important factor for Te’o is his leadership.
Notre Dame is one win from playing for the BCS Championship Game and the Fighting Irish Defense is the reason for them having an 11-0 record. With two more tackles, Te’o will join Bob Crable as the second Notre Dame player with three 100-tackle seasons. Te’o also leads the Irish with six interceptions after not having any in his first three seasons.The Irish have conceded a touchdown on 6.7 percent of their opponents’ possessions, the lowest percentage in BCS this season. The Notre Dame Defense inside the “Red-Zone” is the best in the country, having allowed a touchdown on 24.1 percent of their opponents drives inside the 20-yard line. Their opponents have only scored seven touchdowns and had five turnovers in 29 “Red-Zone” possessions. That’s the lowest percentage for any BCS team in the last eight seasons.
4. DE John Simon – Ohio State – Simon (6-2, 265) was the most dominating player on the Ohio State defense on Saturday in the 21-14 OVERTIME victory over Wisconsin. In that game, Simon recorded six tackles, including five solo tackles, but he also had four quarterback sacks for a minus 36-yards. The four sacks gives Simon nine sacks for the season and he also has 14.5 tackles for a loss for a minus 87-yards.
5. DE Damontre Moore – Texas A&M – Moore (6-4, 250, 4.6) has been the best defensive player on the field in every game and on Saturday in the 47-28 victory over Sam Houston State was no different as he recorded six tackles, including four solo tackles and three quarterback hurries. Moore has continued to be one of the most overlooked players in the country on defense this year. Moore leads A&M with 78 tackles and he is tied for first nationally in tackles for a loss with 20 tackles and quarterback sacks with 12.5 sacks.
Moore has totally dominated opposing linemen this year, after moving from outside linebacker to defensive end; but he is not up for any national defensive awards, which shocks his head coach. “I am extremely surprised that Moore is not on any of those lists,” Kevin Sumlin said. In the Alabama game, Moore against the #1 Crimson Tide, Moore had some great competition with some of the Alabama Super Stars, in that 29-24 stunning SEC victory over the Tide, and he recorded four solo tackles, had one quarterback sack, and a quarterback hurry.
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.
6. OLB Ryan Shazier and MLB Zach Boren – Ohio State – Shazier and Boren were all over the field on Saturday in the 21-14 OVERTIME victory over Wisconsin. Shazier (6-2, 230, 4.6) recorded 12 tackles, including nine solo tackles, including three tackles for a loss for a minus 4-yards. Boren (6-1, 245) also recorded 12 tackles, including seven solo tackles. Shazier leads the Buckeyes in tackles for the season with 110, including 14.5 tackles for a loss of 64-yards; while Boren has 41 tackles for the season.
7. CB Tony Jefferson – Oklahoma – Jefferson (5-11, 212, 4.5) was outstanding on Saturday in the 50-49 victory over West Virginia as he recorded 12 tackles, including 8 solo tackles and two pass breakups.
8. MLB Bryce Hager – Baylor – Hager (6-1, 235) was all over the field in the 52-24 UPSET victory over #1 Kansas State. Hager has been the defensive leader all year for the maligned Baylor Bear Defense that really played inspired against the #1 Team in the country. On Saturday, Hager recorded ten tackles, including eight solo tackles, which included a quarterback sack, two quarterback hurries, and a pass breakup in the biggest victory ever for the Baylor Bears football team. Defensive Coordinator, Coach Phil Bennett, my friend, should be given a lot of credit for this game and Coach Bennett should be considered as the Assistant Coach of the Week in BCS Football.
9. DE Vic Beasley – Clemson – Beasley (6-3, 235, 4.5) had a “Breakout Game” on Saturday in the 62-48 victory over NC State. In that game, Beasley only recorded four tackles, but all four tackles were solo tackles, including three quarterback sacks. Beasley set a new career high and the three sacks were the most by a Clemson player in a single game this year. Beasley also caused fumble and had three quarterback hurries as his pressure on NC State quarterback Mike Glennon was a key during Clemson’s 42-0 run between the second and third periods. Beasley was a safety in high school and he has excellent speed and athletic ability. Beasley was all set to play in the 2010 All-American Bowl Game, but he had an injury and did not play. Beasley was in the Game Program until the first practice. If Beasley would have played in the 2010 All-American Bowl Game, he would have played against Damontre Moore and LaKendrick Williams, who are in this College Football Report.
10. DT Sylvester Williams and FS Tre Boston – North Carolina – Williams (6-3, 305) recorded a season-high eight tackles, including three solo tackles and two tackles for a loss and a quarterback sack in the North Carolina 37-13 victory over Virginia. Boston (6-1, 200, 4.5) recorded 13 tackles and scored his first career touchdown on a 36-yard interception return in the second quarter against Virginia. The interception was Boston’s fourth of the season and the eighth of his career. Williams and Boston led a very tough Tar Heel Defense and before the last two Cavalier drives, which ended in turnovers on downs, Carolina limited the Cavaliers to 279-yards of total offense.
11. MLB Kevin Minter – LSU – Minter (6-2, 246) has been the defensive leader all season for the LSU Tigers and Saturday was no different as he led the Tigers in tackles with 11 tackles, including four solo tackles and two tackles for a loss of minus four-yards in the Tigers 41-35 victory over Ole Miss in front of 92,872 fans at Tiger Stadium and a TV audience of millions. After 11 games, Minter leads the Tigers in tackles with 101 tackles.
12. DT Donte Rumph – Kentucky – Rumph (6-3, 305) recorded five tackles, including four solo tackles and a quarterback sack for a minus seven yards in the Wildcats 34-2 victory over Samford. Rumph also caused a fumble that Tristian Johnson picked-up and ran 25-yards for a touchdown. Rumph led a Wildcats defense that limited Samford to a minus-2-yards rushing on 27 attempts and recorded five sacks of the Samford Bulldog quarterbacks. Samford also had 102 total offensive yards for the game.
13. CB Andre Hal – Vanderbilt – Hal recorded five tackles, including four solo tackles and had two key interceptions in the hige 41-18 UPSET Victory over Cross-State Rival Tennessee. Hal was the leader of the Vanderbilt defensive secondary that held the Volunteers to 154-yards passing, which was 180-yards under the Tennessee league-leading average of 334.0-yards per game. Hal had interception returns of 30 and 36 yards, both deep into Tennessee territory. Hal has been outstanding all season and he ranks second in the SEC this season with 13 pass breakups.
14. LB Lamin Barrow and FS Eric Reid – LSU – Barrow (6-2, 229, 4.6) recorded ten total tackles, including three solo tackles and one tackle for a loss and two quarterback hurries in the 41-35 victory over Ole Miss. Reid (6-2, 212, 4.45) was all over the field again as he recorded ten tackles, including six solo tackles and two pass breakups.
15. MLB Nick Clancy – Boston College – Clancy (6-3, 232) is going to be the one exception to the rules on defense, because his team lost in a very close 30-23 OVERTIME victory by Virginia Tech. In that game on Saturday, Clancy was pretty incredible as he led the Boston College defense with a game-high 20 tackles, including an amazing 17 solo tackles, with 2.5 tackles for a loss and two pass breakups. This great game by Clancy marked the second time this season that he has recorded 20 or more tackles, having previously recorded a career-high 24 tackles at Northwestern on September 15. Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech also marked just the 14th time in school history that a player has registered 20 or more tackles in a game.
16. SS Marquis Flowers – Arizona – Flowers (6-3, 222, 4.5) had another sensational game on Saturday in the 34-24 victory over Utah. Flowers recorded double digit tackles for the fourth time of this season as he logged 11 tackles, including 7 solo tackles and he had two pass breakups. Flowers is a very athletic and aggressive safety who has recorded 85 tackles for the season, including the four double digit tackles in eleven games.