THE MAX EMFINGER 2013 COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWSLETTER WEEK #4
Emfinger SuperScout Personal Evaluation (ESPE)
ESPE SWEET 16 PLAYS OF THE WEEK – Week #4
1. RET Brelan Chancellor – UNT – Chancellor returning a 99-yard Kickoff for TD!
2. WR Reggie Davis – Georgia – Davis catching a 98 TD pass from Murray!
3. RET Charles Gaines – Louisville – Gaines returning 93-yard Kickoff for TD!
4. RET Stacy Coley – Miami – True Freshman Coley returning 88-yard Kickoff for TD!
5A. RET Jamison Crowder – Duke – Crowder returning 82-yard Punt Return for TD!
5B. WR Chandler Jones – San Jose St – Jones catching 82-yard TD from Fales!
6A. WR Colin Lockett – San Diego St – Lockett catching 80-yard TD from Kaehler!
6B. WR Allen Hurns – Miami – Hurns catching 80-yard TD from Morris!
7. WR Zach D’Orazio – Akron – D’Orazio catching 77-yard TD from Pohl!
8. WR Brandon Braxton – Duke – Braxton catching 75-yard TD from Connette!
9. RB Lache Seastrunk – Baylor – Seastrunk running 75-yards for a TD!
10. CB Jamerson Love – Miss State – Love returning 70-yard Interception for TD!
11. WR Tyler Boyd – Pittsburgh – Boyd catching a 69-yard TD from Savage!
12. CB Telvin Smith – FSU – Smith returning 68-yard Interception for TD!
13. WR Devin Street – Pittsburgh – Street catching a 67-yard TD from Savage!
14. WR Antwan Goodley – Baylor – Goodley catching a 65-yard TD from Petty!
15. CB Levi Norwood – Baylor – Norwood returning a 65-yard Interception for TD!
16A. CB Terrell Burt – Baylor – Burt returning a 63-yard Interception for TD!
16B. WR Kendall Sanders – Texas – Sanders catching 63-yard TD from Ash!
16C. WR Antwan Goodley – Baylor – Goodley catching a 63-yard TD from Petty!
2013 Elite Permanent MidField Kickers of the Week – Week #4
1. K Sam Ficken – Penn State – Ficken kicking a 54-yard Field Goal!
2. K Matt Wyman – Kansas – Wyman kicking a 52-yard Field Goal W/No Time Left!
3. K Brad Craddock – Maryland – Craddock kicking a 50-yard Field Goal!
4. K Robert Stein – Akron – Stein kicking a 49-yard Field Goal!
5. K Chandler Catanzaro – Clemson – Catanzaro kicking a 49-yard Field Goal!
6. K Chase Hover – SMU – Hover kicking a 47-yard Field Goal!
7. K Cade Foster – Alabama – Foster kicking a 46-yard Field Goal!
8. K Wes Feer – San Diego State – Feer kicking a 45-yard Field Goal!
9. K Chandler Catanzaro – Clemson – Catanzaro kicking a 45-yard Field Goal!
10. K Michael Palardy – Tennessee – Palardy kicking a 44-yard Field Goal!
SUPER SCOUT EVALUATIONS
MY DANDY DOZEN TEAMS
1. Alabama, 2. Oregon, 3. Clemson, 4. LSU, 5. Ohio State, 6. Stanford,
7. Louisville, 8. Oklahoma, 9. Texas A&M, 10. FSU, 11. Baylor, 12. UCLA
500-YARD OFFENSIVE CLUB POW PLAYERS
1. QB Brett Smith – Wyoming – Smith was pretty sensational on Saturday on National TV, as he completed 35 of 41 passes for 373-yards and four Touchdowns and he rushed for another 138-yards on 16 carries, giving him 511-Yards of Total Offense. Junior QB Smith (6-3, 206) set Wyoming School Records for Career Touchdown Passes and Total Offensive Yards in a game as the Cowboys beat The Air Force Academy 63-23 on Saturday night. The 511 Total Yards broke the Wyoming School Record of 482-Yards set by Josh Wallwork against Idaho in 1996.
Smith completed 35 passes and his first Touchdown was his 57th Touchdown Pass, breaking the Wyoming School Record of Casey Bramlet who had 56 Touchdown Passes a decade ago. The Falcons could not stop Smith or the Cowboys Spread Offense and they racked-up 454-Yards by halftime. By then, Smith had his third Four-Touchdown performance of the season. Smith finished this incredible game with an outstanding 194.0 Quarterback Rating.
400-YARD OFFENSIVE CLUB POW PLAYERS
1. QB Aaron Murray – Georgia – Murray was pretty impressive on Saturday as he completed 22 of 30 passes for 408-yards and three Touchdowns as the Georgia Bulldogs beat a very good-looking North Texas team by a 45-21 score. It wasn’t pretty at the start of the game, but it turned-out to be very effective. Murray also ran for another 37-yards on seven carries, giving him 445-Yards of Total Offense. Murray threw an early interception in the End Zone that really wasn’t his fault as the ball bounced off one of his wide receivers, who should have caught it and bounced into the arms of the Mean Green Defender. After that, Murray settled down and had a really great game in the victory.
In the 45-21 victory over North Texas, Aaron Murray became the Georgia All-Time Total Offensive Leader and he threw his 100th Career Touchdown Pass in the win, becoming only the second SEC Quarterback to accomplish that feat. Senior QB Murray (6-1, 210, 4.65) recorded an outstanding 213.9 Quarterback Rating in this game. Murray also had a 98-yard Touchdown Pass to WR Reggie Davis and this pass made the ESPN Sweet Sixteen Plays of the Week. Murray will face his old Bulldog Quarterback Teammate Zach Mettenberger on Saturday in Athens. Or can we say: The Murray and Mettenberger Show.
2. QB Tom Savage – Pittsburgh – Savage was sensational on Saturday as he completed 22 of 33 passes for a Career-High 424-Yards and an amazing Six Touchdowns as the Panthers beat Duke 58-55 in an unbelievable offensive game. Senior QB Savage played for Rutgers before transferring to Arizona and then transferring back to Pittsburgh. His six Touchdowns tied an ACC Record and it had not been done since 1999. True Freshman Tyler Boyd caught three Touchdown passes. Savage tied an Atlantic Coast Conference record with six Touchdown passes and Pittsburgh held on for a wild 58-55 win. The Panthers (2-1, 1-1) never trailed and claimed their first ACC victory despite receiving plenty of scares down the stretch from a very persistent Duke team. Both teams combined for 1,130 total yards.
Savage surpassed both of the major career highs he set for Rutgers in 2009, before transferring twice. Savage also became the first ACC player to throw for six Touchdowns since Dan Ellis of Virginia and Chris Weinke of Florida State did it on November 13, 1999. Savage had plenty of help from his big playmakers. Besides Boyd, Devin Street had Touchdown catches of 67 and 21 yards and finished with a career-high 166-Yards receiving and Freshman James Conner rushed for a season-high 173-yards and had a short, early Touchdown run.
3. QB James Franklin – Missouri – Franklin was pretty sensational in Bloomington, Indiana on Saturday as he completed 32 of 47 passes for 343-yards and two Touchdowns and also rushed for another 61-yards, giving him 404-Yards of Total Offense as the Tigers beat Indiana by a 45-28 score. The Tigers won in Bloomington for the first time since 1953 and ended an eight-game losing streak in the series, although the two teams have not played since 1992. In this game, the Tigers had a 300-yard passer and two 100-yard rushers for the first time in school history Aug. 31 against Murray State, the Tigers were proficient again against the Hoosiers. This time, Senior Franklin (6-2, 230, 4.5) was a Super Freak as he threw for 343-yards and two Touchdowns while running for another Touchdown; then the Tigers had two receivers who hit the 100-yard mark, including Sophomore WR Dorial Green-Beckham (6-6, 225, 4.4) with 104-yards and Senior WR Marcus Lucas (6-5, 220, 4.5) with 101-yards; plus Sophomore RB Russell Hansbrough who ran for 104- yards, closing it out with a late 45-yard TD run.
Coach Gary Pinkel installed this Wide-Open Spread Offense and on Saturday, the Tigers and Coach Pinkel won his 93rd game since coming to the school 13 years ago. Coach Pinkel is now tied with Coach Dan Devine for the second-most wins in school history, trailing only Coach Don Faurot with 101 victories.
It’s been two years since James Franklin was an All-Big 12 Quarterback with “Mind-Boggling” statistics and considered to be one of the Best Quarterbacks in the Country and one of the most dangerous Athletic Quarterbacks. But then after an injury-plagued and mostly forgettable Junior Season last year, which was Franklin and The Missouri Tigers first in the SEC, a lot of people have forgot about Franklin. If Saturday was any indication, however, Franklin is now very much back.
2013 COLLEGE FOOTBALL DANDY DOZEN QUARTERBACK POW PLAYERS
1. QB Bryce Petty – Baylor – Petty was unbelievable again on Saturday as he completed 18 od 27 passes for 351-yards and four Touchdowns as the Bears trounced a pretty good Louisiana Monroe Team by a 70-7 score. Junior Petty (6-3, 230, 4.62) also ran for another 26-yards and a Touchdown, giving him 377-Yards of Total Offense and Five Touchdowns in the Victory. This brought the Bears record to 3-0. Petty hit Junior WR Antwan Goodley (5-10, 220, 4.45) with 65 and 63-yard Touchdowns; while Junior IR Tevin Reese (5-10, 165, 4.4) caught a 47-yard Touchdown in the First Quarter and Junior WR Clay Fuller (6-1, 205) caught a 23-yard Touchdown in the second quarter. In his first three starts of his career, Petty already has better stats than both RGII and Nick Florence. Both of the Antwan Goodley Touchdown Catches made the ESPE Sweet Sixteen Plays of the Week.
Four BCS Football Teams scored 70 points on Saturday, including Baylor, Ohio State, Louisville, and Miami, but The Baylor Bears made history this season as their unbelievable “Fast-Break Bear Offense” became the first team in more than 80 seasons to score at least 60 points in their first three games of the season. The last team to accomplish this feat was the LSU Tigers in the 1930 Football Season. Those LSU Tigers scored at least 70 points in their first three games. The Bears are outscoring their competition by a 209-23 count and their Quarterback Petty had an incredible 224.8 Quarterback Rating in their last game against ULM. We need to remember what Coach Art Briles said about Petty: “Bryce Petty has the capability and potential to break every single Baylor School Passing Record.”
2. QB Terrance Broadway – Louisiana-Lafayette – Broadway was unbelievable on Saturday in Akron, Ohio as he brought his Ragin’ Cajuns back from a 24-21 deficit in the fourth quarter to give them a 35-30 victory over Akron. In this game, Broadway completed 25 of 37 passes for 305-yards and three Touchdowns; while rushing for another 68-yards on 15 carries, giving him 373-Yards of Total Offense in the victory. Junior Broadway (6-2, 210, 4.5) set Season and Career bests for completions and yards; while rushing for a game-high and two touchdowns. The Former Baton Rouge Capitol and University of Houston Quarterback was one of the Top Quarterbacks in the Country when he came out of High School and he was all set to play in my 2011 All-American Bowl Game Classic, but The Cougars wanted him to come to school at Mid-Term, but it did not work-out for Broadway, because the Coogs still had Case Keenum on their team.
Against Akron, the lead changed hands five times and both teams went to the passing-game. Broadway hit Junior WR Jamal Robinson (6-4, 205, 4.5) in the second quarter and then scored on a 15-yard Touchdown run in the second quarter and the score at halftime was tied at 14-14, but he had a slight sprained ankle. “Terrance came to me at half-time and said that he had sprained his ankle and he couldn’t run, but he did not want to come out of the game,” said Head Coach Mark Hudspeth. “He did not want to come out, so we changed it up a little so he could throw to our big targets and make simple handoffs.” Broadway then hit Robinson again on a 27-yard Touchdown in the third quarter to put the Cajuns ahead 21-17 going into the fourth quarter. In the fourth quarter, Broadway scored on a 13-yard run and then hit Senior WR Darryl Surgent (6-1, 200, 4.5) on a 14-yard Touchdown.
Robinson caught eight passes for 124-yards and two Touchdowns; while Surgent caught seven passes for 83-yards and one Touchdown. “I can’t say enough good things about Jamal and his Play-Making,’’ Broadway said. “The good thing is he’s going to be with me here for two more years.’’ Robinson, from Slidell Salmen, Louisiana was a 4A All-Stater as a Senior in 2010 and then he averaged 24.2-yards a catch on 26 catches for ULL in 2012.
3. QB Sean Mannion – Oregon State – Mannion was sensational again on Saturday as he completed 38 of 55 passes for 367-Yards and three Touchdowns as the Beavers edged a pretty good San Diego State Team by the score of 34-30. Last week, Mannion completed 27 of 44 passes for a Career-High 443-Yards in a 51-48 Overtime Victory over Utah. The Junior from Pleasanton, California threw five Touchdowns which tied the Oregon State School Record while his 443-yard game total is the fourth most in School History and the highest total for a Beaver since 2003. Mannion (6-5, 220) currently has 15 Touchdown Passes this season which is tied for the leader in the country.
4. QB Connor Halliday – Washington State – Halliday was pretty outstanding again on Saturday as he led the Mike Leach Coached Cougars to their third straight win in a 42-0 victory over Idaho. In that game, Halliday completed 31 of 43 passes for 346-Yards and Four Touchdowns. After failing to score an offensive Touchdown in their Upset victory of Southern California, the Cougars probably had their best offensive performance of the Mike Leach Era in their game last week against Southern Utah and then came back again this week against Idaho with another outstanding game. Halliday hit Sophomore WR Gabe Marks (6-0, 176, 4.4) with 11 passes for 146-yards and two Touchdowns in the victory. Halliday also had a very good 161.1 Quarterback Rating.
A Side Note: My Son, Eric, and I were Special Sideline Guests of Coach Mike Leach and the Texas Tech Red Raiders at two different Bowl Games. At one of the Bowl Games, I had the great pleasure of meeting the Parents of Wes Welker. Current Baylor Head Coach Art Briles and California Head Coach Sonny Dykes were on that Texas Tech Red Raider Coaching Staff.
5. QB Gary Nova – Rutgers – Nova was pretty impressive on Saturday as he broke all of the Hearts of the Razorback Fans as he completed 22 of 43 passes for 346-Yards and rallied his Scarlet Knights from a 17 deficit to a 28-24 victory over the previously unbeaten Arkansas Razorbacks. In front of the Fifth largest crowd ever of 51,969, Nova hit WR Leonte Carroo with two Touchdown passes of 33 and 4-yards in the last 9:55 to Rally his team to the 28-24 victory.
True Freshman Janarian Grant sparked the rally with a sensational 58-yard punt return in the third quarter and then Grant also set up the winning 4-yard Touchdown Pass from Nova to Carroo with 5:18 left in the game with a 47-yard punt return down to the 33-yard line.
6. QB Johnny Manziel – Texas A&M – Manziel was pretty impressive again on Saturday as he recorded 346-Yards of Total Offense in the 42-13 victory over the SMU Mustangs at College Station. Johnny Heisman completed 14-of-21 passes for 244-yards and a Touchdown and ran for 102-yards and two Touchdowns on 12 carries in a 42-13 win over SMU. Manziel led the Aggies in rushing for the game and threw an interception though it wasn’t his fault as the Wide Receiver deflected the football and it landed in an SMU defender’s hands. The SMU game marked the ninth time Manziel has thrown for 200-yards and a passing Touchdown and scored a rushing Touchdown in a game; which is the most of any BCS Football Player since the start of last season. This game was not like last week when he recorded 567-Yards of Offense, but Sophomore Manziel (6-1, 200, 4.5) had already had his team ahead at halftime by a 32-6 score and he did not play in the second half.
7. QB Dak Prescott – Mississippi State – Prescott was making his third career start for the injured Tyler Russell and he completed 3 of 21 passes for 233-Yards and a Touchdown; ran for 53-yards and two Touchdowns; and also caught a 36-yard Touchdown pass in a 62-7 victory over Troy. The Touchdown catch was the result of a trick play, a catch-and-run off a pass from Junior WR Jameon Lewis (5-9, 185, 4.4). The versatile Sophomore Prescott (6-2, 230, 4.6) recorded 322-Yards of Total Offense in the victory while Lewis caught a 50-yard Touchdown pass; rushed for eight-yards; and threw the 36-yard Touchdown pass, giving him 94-All-Purpose Yards.
8. QB Davis Webb – Texas Tech – Webb was outstanding again as he completed 19 of 43 passes for 310-yards and two Touchdowns in leading the Red Raiders to a 33-7 victory over Texas State. Freshman Webb (6-4, 200) of Prosper, Texas also rushed for 14-yards, giving him 324-Yards of Total Offense in the victory. Webb has been doing an incredible job for Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury as he has stepped-in for the injured Michael Brewer who is a Redshirt Sophomore and who was the Starting Quarterback for two Texas 4A State Championship Teams at Austin Lake Travis and was coached by Clemson Offensive Coordinator Chad Morris. And of course, Coach Kingsbury was the Offensive Coordinator last year at Texas A&M and coached Heisman Trophy Winner Johnny Manziel.
9. QB Brett Hundley – UCLA – Hundley had another sensational game on Saturday as he completed 23 of 35 passes for 280-yards and Three Touchdowns and he also rushed for another 33-yards, giving him 313-Yards of Total Offense in their 59-13 victory over New Mexico State. Last week, he led the Bruins to a Huge 41-21 Victory over the Nebraska Cornhuskers in Lincoln. Junior RB Jordon James (5-9, 193) had another fabulous game aganst the Aggies as he rushed for 194-yards and two Touchdowns. “A lot of times after a game, you’re emotional and thinking everything went wrong,” Coach Jim Mora said. “Then you go back and look at the tape and see a lot of good things.”
The #13 Bruins rolled up 692-Total Yards of Offense as James had his third consecutive 100-yard game. The Bruins had 298-yards rushing. They scored more than 50 points for the second time in three games and Hundley was the catalyst for that. The Redshirt Sophomore Heisman Candidate Hundley (6-3, 227, 4.5) is one of the Top Quarterbacks in the Country and a potential #1 Draft Choice in the 2014 NFL Draft. Hundley has great Athleticism and when he breaks out of the pocket, he has great speed to outrun any player on the Defense just as he did in the Pac-12 Championship Game when he ran for 83-yards against a tough Stanford Defense and a 72-yard-Touchdown run against Rice. Hundley also set UCLA School Records in 2012 with 318 Completions; 3,740-yards passing; and 4,095-Yards of Total Offense. Hundley had a 149.8 Quarterback Rating in this game.
10. QB Tajh Boyd – Clemson – Boyd is one of the best Quarterbacks in the Country, probably on any level. He is also one of my returning First Team All-America Quarterbacks, along with Johnny Manziel. In the game against North Carolina State, things did not go as smooth as they would have liked, but Boyd was still brilliant when he needed to be as he completed 24 of 37 passes for 244-yards and three Touchdowns; while running for another 38-yards and giving him 282-Yards of Total Offense in the 26-12 victory.
Boyd hit Junior WR Martavis Bryant (6-5, 205, 4.45) on a 30-yard Touchdown pass that capped a critical third-quarter surge, that also included an apparent Wolfpack touchdown by an Official Whistle and this gave the Tigers some great momentum in front of a hostile NC State crowd. Boyd found Bryant again for another sensational Touchdown, as Bryant grabbed the football away from the Wolfpack defender for a 15-yard Touchdown that gave the Tigers a Three-Possession game early in the fourth. Junior WR Sammy Watkins (6-1, 210, 4.4) added 10 catches for 96-yards and Bryant added six catches for 73-yards, helping Clemson finish with 415-yards of total offense. For the season, Boyd has 683-yards passing and six Touchdowns without an interception. He has also added 90-yards rushing with three Touchdowns on the ground. Boyd (6-1, 225, 4.6) is a great Heisman Trophy Candidate, but he probably still trails the “Three M’s” of Manziel, Mariota, and McCarron.
11. QB Teddy Bridgewater – Louisville – Bridgewater might be the #1 Quarterback in the Country and he might be the #1 Heisman Trophy Candidate. So if he throws four Touchdowns in a 72-0 victory and records an incredible 218.2 Quarterback Rating; how can you keep that Quarterback off of the Weekly POW’s because he only completed 77.3% of his passes for only 212-Yards? And the answer is you can’t. Bridgewater gave one of the most dominating performances of the year as the #7 Louisville Cardinals were sensational on both Offense and Defense. Bridgewater threw four touchdown passes and the Louisville Defense allowed a school-record 30-yards during a 72-0 complete domination of Florida International on Saturday.
This game was the highest scoring game for the Cardinals, off to a 4-0 start, since their 73-10 victory over Murray State in 2007. They matched the school’s fifth-largest margin of victory while recording their first shutout since a 26-0 win over U-Conn in 2010. Bridgewater hit Junior WR DeVante Parker (6-3, 204, 4.4) for two Touchdowns; while Junior TE Gerald Christian (6-3, 265, 4.7) and WR Eli Rogers caught one apiece. Return Man Charles Gaines returned the second-half kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown, and then he recovered a muffed punt to set up the second Touchdown of Bridgewater in the second quarter.
12. QB Kenny Guiton – Ohio State – Guiton plays Second Team Quarterback behind Braxton Miller who is one of the best Quarterbacks in the Country. So he does not get to play Quarterback very much, but in the game against California, Miller got injured, giving Guiton his chance and he took full advantage and played like he was the Ohio State Heisman Trophy Candidate and Super-Star as he completed 21 of 32 passes for 276-yards and an amazing four Touchdowns and led the Buckeyes to a 52-34 Victory. So what does Guiton do for an Encore?
On Saturday, against Florida A&M, Guiton threw Six Touchdowns in the First Half and had the Buckeyes ahead 55-0 at Halftime. This is the biggest lead at Halftime for the Buckeyes in Ten years and the Buckeyes became the first BCS Team to get 50-points in the First Half. Guiton also threw 34 passes in the first half and that is also the most for an Ohio State Quarterback in the last ten seasons. Before Saturday, Troy Smith threw 26 passes in 2006 against Michigan. The Buckeyes won the game 76-0 and joined Baylor, Louisville, and Miami as the four BCS Schools to score 70 points on Saturday.
2013 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SUPER 12 BACKS & ENDS POW PLAYERS
1. AP Tyler Lockett – Kansas State – Lockett was absolutely sensational in the close 31-21 loss to the Texas Longhorns and although his team lost, his stats need to be included in the POW’s of the Week. In this game, Sophomore WR Lockett (5-11, 175, 4.4) caught 13 passes for 237-yards and ran four kickoffs back for another 96-yards, giving him 333-Total All-Purpose Yards for the day.
2. AP Tyler Boyd – Pittsburgh – Boyd was outstanding last week as he recorded six catches for 134-yards; rushed twice for 39-yards; and returned one kickoff for 22-yards, giving him 195-All-Purpose Yards. This was pretty impressive for a True Freshman, but this week against Duke, he was incredible as he caught eight passes for 154-yards and three Touchdowns; plus he ran four kickoffs back for another 85-yards, giving him 239-All-Purpose Yards in the 58-55 victory. Boyd (6-2, 185, 4.4) scored on Touchdown Catches of 69, 27, and 14 yards to go along with his season-high 154 yards. The 69-Yard Touchdown Catch by Boyd made the ESPE Sweet Sixteen Plays of the Week.
3. RB Jordon James – UCLA – James had another outstanding game as he rushed for 194-Yards on 19 carries and scored two Touchdowns as the Bruins beat New Mexico State by a 59-13 score. The #13 Bruins rolled up 692-Total Yards of Offense as James had his third consecutive 100-yard game. The Bruins had 298-yards rushing. The Bruins also scored more than 50 points for the second time in three games. Junior RB James (5-9, 193, 4.4) currently ranks Fourth in the Country with 141.3 rushing yards per game average. Another shocker is that the Bruins rank 12th in the Country with a 284.3 Rushing Yards Per Game Average. James has already broken his previous Touchdown career total.
The most interesting thing about James and the Bruins is that the Bruins just lost the All-Time UCLA Leading Rusher in Johnathan Franklin and it was very disturbing, because they were afraid that they could not be able to replace him. And then, along comes James who has three straight 100-Yard games and four rushing touchdowns through three games this season. What is even more impressive is his unbelievable “Juking Ability” in Open-Space.
4. AP James White – Wisconsin – White was very impressive on Saturday as the Badgers beat the Purdue Boilermakers by a 41-10 score. In that game, White rushed for 145-yards on 16 carries , including a beautiful 70-yard Touchdown run. White also caught three passes for another 49-yards and another Touchdown, giving him 194-All-Purpose Yards in the victory.
5. RB Jeremy Hill – LSU – Hill started off the game on Saturday with a thrilling 49-yard Touchdown run, right up the middle and when he hit the End Zone, there was 11:16 left in the First Quarter. At the end of the game, Sophomore RB Hill had rushed for 184-Yards on 25 carries and scored three Touchdowns in a relatively easy 35-21 Victory over a very good Auburn Team. The LSU Tigers finished with 228-yards rushing and Senior QB Zach Mettenberger completed 14 of 22 passes for another 229-yards. Junior WR Jarvis Landry caught seven passes for 118-yards and a beautiful 13-yard Touchdown catch. The big thing about this victory was that the LSU Tigers outrushed the Auburn Tigers by a 144-41 in the first quarter.
6. AP Ameer Abdullah – Nebraska – Abdullah was very impressive again on Saturday as the Cornhuskers beat South Dakota State by a 59-20 score. In that game, the Former Max Emfinger Top Gun MVP, rushed for 139-yards on 15 carries and a Touchdown and caught three passes for another 46-yards, giving him 182-All-Purpose Yards in the victory. The Junior AP Abdullah (5-9, 190, 4.4) is from Homewood, Alabama and he was a True Freshman All-American and once ran a Kickoff 100-yards for a Touchdown.
7. RB James Conner – Pittsburgh – Conner rushed for a Season-High 173-Yards on 26 carries and the Freshman Conner (6-2, 230) scored on a short, early Touchdown run. Pittsburgh held on for a wild 58-55 win over Duke. The Panthers (2-1, 1-1) never trailed and claimed their first ACC victory despite receiving plenty of scares down the stretch from a very persistent Duke team. Both teams combined for 1,130 total yards. Conner had some help as he ran for 173-yards, WR Devin Street caught six passes for 166-yards; and Freshman Sensation Tyler Boyd had eight catches for 154- yards and three touchdowns. Quarterback Sensation Tom Savage also tied an Atlantic Coast Conference record with six Touchdown passes.
8. WR Devin Street – Pittsburgh – Street was very impressive on Saturday as he had Touchdown catches of 67 and 21 yards and finished with a Career-High 166-Yards Receiving. Senior Street (6-4, 190, 4.45) was one of the favorite targets of Quarterback Tom Savage who tied an Atlantic Coast Conference record with six Touchdown passes as Pittsburgh held on for a wild 58-55 win over Duke. The Panthers (2-1, 1-1) never trailed and claimed their first ACC victory despite receiving plenty of scares down the stretch from a very persistent Duke team. Both teams combined for 1,130 total yards.
9. AP Johnathon Gray – Texas – Gray had a “Breakout-Game” on Saturday for the Longhorns as he rushed for 141-yards on 28 carries and caught two passes for another 14-yards, giving him 169-Yards of Total Offense in their 31-21 victory over Kansas State. Remember when Sophomore RB Gray (5-11, 208, 4.45) from Aledo, Texas was one of the Top Running Backs in the Country and the Horns won a Major Recruiting battle to get him.
10. WR Antwan Goodley – Baylor – Goodley was pretty unbelievable on Saturday as he caught five passes for 156-Yards and two Touchdowns, including Touchdown catches of 65 and 63-yards as the Bears beat Louisiana Monroe by a 70-7 score. The Baylor Bears made history this season as their unbelievable “Fast-Break Bear Offense” became the first team in more than 80 seasons to score at least 60 points in their first three games of the season. The last team to accomplish this feat was the LSU Tigers in the 1930 Football Season. After such a tremendous start with 14 catches for 370-yards and four Touchdowns this season, Goodley (5-10, 225, 4.5) has been added to the Fred Biletnikoff Watch List as the Outstanding Wide Receiver in the Country. Both of the Goodley Touchdown catches made the ESPE Sweet Sixteen Plays of the Week.
11. RB Lache Seastrunk – Baylor – Seastrunk continued to battle his teammate Bryce Petty for Heisman recognition as he rushed for 156-Yards on ten carries, while averaging 15.6-yards per carry and scored on a 75-Yard Touchdown run. The Baylor Bears made history this season as their unbelievable “Fast-Break Bear Offense” became the first team in more than 80 seasons to score at least 60 points in their first three games of the season. The last team to accomplish this feat was the LSU Tigers in the 1930 Football Season. The 75-Yard Touchdown run by Seastrunk made the ESPE Sweet Sixteen Plays of the Week.
12. AP Brandin Cooks – Oregon State – Cooks had another great game on Saturday as he helped the Beavers to beat a pretty good San Diego State Team by the score of 34-30. In this game, Junior WR Cooks (5-10, 180, 4.4) caught 14 passes from Super Star Quarterback Sean Mannion (6-5, 214) for 141-yards. He also rushed for another 12-yards, giving him 153-Yards of Total Offense in the victory.
2013 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SPECIAL ELITE EIGHT DEFENSIVE POW PLAYERS
College Super POW Rules
Must Win Your Game or Unless Two Teams in The Top 10 Are Playing!
1. DE Vic Beasley – Clemson – Beasley was sensational on Thursday night as he recorded five tackles of which three were sacks for a minus 20-yards; and broke up two passes as his Clemson Tigers beat NC State by a 26-12 score. The history of NC State pulling the upset over ranked teams was well documented in the lead-up to the game, and the Wolfpack might have done it again if it hadn’t been for the play of Beasley. Junior Beasley (6-3, 225, 4,5) now has five sacks on the season, just three shy of his 2012 total. It tied his career high for sacks in a game. Beasley helped limit NC State to 14 points, the second fewest points for the Wolfpack in their last 12 games. One of his sacks was a key play in the contest. With Clemson leading 13-7 with seven minutes left in the third period, Beasley sacked NC State Quarterback Pete Thomas on a third down play in Clemson territory. Beasley forced a fumble on the play that was it was recovered by teammate Spencer Shuey. The Tigers then drove for a touchdown to take a 20-7 lead. Beasley has five sacks for the year in three games and ranks second in the nation and first in the ACC in sacks per game. He now has 13 career sacks and six have come against NC State.
On Monday, Beasley was named as the Chuck Bednarik National Defensive Player of the Week. The honor is named each week by the Maxwell Football Club of Philadelphia. I remember talking to Beasley in High School when he was a Safety and I invited him to play in the 2009 All-American Bowl Game Classic.
2. DE Kony Ealy – Missouri – Ealy was pretty impressive on Saturday night against Indiana. With two of the nation’s most efficient quarterbacks and two of the nation’s top-10 scoring offenses on the same field in Bloomington, Ealy showed the college football world why defense still matters. The 275-pound defensive end leaped up late in the first half, and picked-off a Nate Sudfeld pass out of the air and raced 49-yards for the Touchdown that changed the game and led the unbeaten Missouri Tigers to a surprisingly easy 45-28 victory at Indiana. “It changed momentum going into the half,” Ealy said. “The crowd got out of the game for a little bit there and that kind of gave some momentum to our offense to get out and just run the ball and try to score on them.”
The interception of Ealy extended the Missouri streak of consecutive games with a turnover to 33. It was the second time in two games that a Missouri defensive lineman scored on an interception return, and this time, even the high-scoring Hoosiers couldn’t recover. While the Tigers fans certainly enjoy seeing touchdowns pile up and all the eye-opening stats, they’ve also learned to appreciate having one of the nation’s most opportunistic defenses.
3. CB A.J. Hendy – Maryland – Hendy was a Super-Star on Saturday as he was the leader on defense that held West Virginia scoreless in a 37-0 victory. Junior CB Hendy (6-0, 205, 4.5) recovered two fumbles and returned an interception for a touchdown in the victory, but there’s plenty of credit to go around as the Terps Defense pitched a shutout against a pretty good West Virginia team and this was the first time that the Mountaineers were held scoreless since 2001. The Terps also created six turnovers. West Virginia had only 175-yards of offense, including a mere 62-yards from the passing game. Seven different Terrapins recorded a tackle in the backfield, three different players forced fumbles, and Maryland assured it will be undefeated for its October 5 showdown with Florida State.
4. DE Dante Fowler – Florida – Fowler was unbelievable on Saturday for the Gators as he forced two fumbles and recovered another fumble in leading the Gators Defense to a 31-17 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers. Sophomore DE Fowler (6-3, 263, 4.6) also recorded three solo tackles. The thing that was so impressive about Fowler was that almost every play went away from his side of the field and he was still dominating in the victory.
5. NG Nikita Whitlock – Wake Forest – Whitlock was pretty sensational for the Demon Deacons in their 25-11 victory over Army. In that game, Senior NG Whitlock (5-11, 250, 4.9) of Wylie, Texas recorded an amazing 14 tackles, including seven solo tackles and one pass breakup. Whitlock also recorded three Quarterback Hurries in the victory.
6. CB Jamerson Love – Mississippi State – Love was very impressive as he returned an Interception 70-yards for a Touchdown in the 62-7 win over Troy! Junior CB Love (5-10, 170, 4.4) also recorded two pass breakups in the victory. The 70-Yard Interception for Touchdown made the ESPE Sweet Sixteen Plays of the Week.
7. CB Terrell Burt – Baylor – Burt was outstanding in a completely dominating defensive game as the Bears trounced a pretty good Louisiana-Monroe Team by a 70-7 score. In fact one of the Baylor Touchdowns came on a 63-yard interception return for a Touchdown by Burt. The Sophomore CB Burt (5-10, 185, 4.4) also recorded seven tackles, including four solo tackles and another pass breakup. Burt, who was scheduled to play in my 2012 All-American Bowl Game Classic, had help from Junior MLB Bryce Hager (6-1, 234, 4.6) who recorded eight tackles, including five solo tackles. Hager is on the Dick Butkus Award Watch List as one of the Top Linebackers in the Country.
8. DE Dearco Nolan – Middle Tennessee – Nolan was pretty impressive on Saturday in the 42-35 victory over Florida Atlantic. In that game, Senior DE Nolan (6-2, 242) recorded an impressive three Quarterback Sacks; had four tackles, including three solo tackles; and had two forced fumbles.
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