THE MAX EMFINGER 2013 COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWSLETTER WEEK #8
THE HEISMAN SUPER SEVEN QUARTERBACK CLUB
This week, there were Seven More Super Quarterbacks with outstanding Quarterback Ratings, including 1. Devin Gardner-584-Yards and 240.9 Quarterback Rating; 2. Johnny Manziel-502-Yards and 198.2 Quarterback Rating; 3. Sean Mannion-482-Yards and 196.9 Quarterback Rating; 4. Davis Webb-478-Yards and 162.8 Quarterback Rating; 5. Famous Jameis Winston-446-Yards and 197.6 Quarterback Rating; 6. Marcus Mariota-394-Yards and 178.3 Quarterback Rating; and 7. Bryce Petty-349-Yards and 188.4 Quarterback Rating.
1. QB Devin Gardner – Michigan – Gardner was unbelievable on Saturday against Indiana as he was a part of a game that accounted for more than 1,300 Yards of Total Offense. In this game, Super Quarterback Devin Gardner completed 21 of 29-yards for 503-yards and two Touchdowns and he rushed for another 81-yards and three more Touchdowns for a “Mind-Boggling” 584-Yards of Total Offense and Five Touchdowns.
In a game that accounted for more than 1,300 Yards of Total Offense, Gardner had an unbelievable “Go-To” Wide Receiver in Jeremy Gallon who caught 14 passes for a “Mind-Boggling” 369-Yards and Two Touchdowns. The Senior WR Gallon (5-8, 170, 4.3) from Apopka, Florida set a new Big-Ten Single Game Record, as the Wolverines beat the Hoosiers by a 63-47 score. Three of the 14 G&G Passing Express-Combo were for more than 50-yards or more. Junior QB Gardner (6-4, 210, 4.6) of Detroit, Michigan had an amazing 240.9 Quarterback Rating.
2. QB Johnny “Heisman” Manziel – Texas A&M – Manziel was “Heisman-Like” on Saturday against Auburn, but is was not great enough as the Tigers beat the Aggies in a very close and thrilling 45-41 game. In that game, Sophomore QB Manziel (6-1, 210, 4.5) of Kerrville Tivy, Texas completed 28 of 38 passes for an amazing 454-yards and Four Touchdowns. Manziel also rushed for another 48-yards, giving him 502-Yards of Total Offense. His favorite receiver was Mike Evans again and Evans caught 11 passes for a staggering 287-Yards and all Four Touchdowns, including catches of 64 and 42-yards. The 64-Yard Touchdown made the ESPE Sweet Sixteen Plays of the Week.
3. QB Sean Mannion – Oregon State – Mannion continues to be sensational. After passing for an amazing 493-Yards and Four Touchdowns in the Beavers 52-24 victory Washington State, last week; this past Saturday, he completed 35 of 45 for another 481-Yards and Four Touchdowns as the Beavers beat a pretty good California Team by a 49-17 score. Junior QB Mannion (6-5, 220) from Pleasanton, California moved his Beavers to a 4-0 record in Pac-10 Conference play and a 6-1 overall record. Mannion now has 29 Touchdowns on the year and 60 Touchdowns in his career for third in Oregon State History. Mannion also had an outstanding 196.9 Quarterback Rating in this game against the Golden Bears.
There are a lot of great Heisman Trophy Candidates, including Johnny Manziel, Marcus Mariota, Bryce Petty, and Jameis Winston, but you had better not leave out Sean Mannion, because he has thrown for 2,992 Total-Yards with 29 Touchdowns and he’s had just three interceptions. He’s averaging a Mind-Boggling 418.5-Yards passing a game to lead all BCS Quarterbacks. Mannion is also the leader in the Country in total offense with an average of 427.4-Yards per game.
4. QB Davis Webb – Texas Tech – Webb is only a Freshman and he was in his second start of his career, but he is already playing like a seasoned veteran and he has led the Red Raiders to an unbelievable 7-0 record. On Saturday, Freshman QB Webb (6-4, 200, 4.8) of Prosper, Texas completed 36 of 50 passes for 462-yards and Two Touchdowns and he also rushed for another 16-yards, giving him 478-Yards of Total Offense as the Red Raiders beat West Virginia by a 37-27 score. Webb also became the First Red Raiders Freshman to pass for 400-yards in his first two career starts.
At a school that has had three different Quarterbacks to pass for 5,000-Yards in a Single Season, including New Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury and three others to surpass 4,000-Yards, none of those passers accomplished too much as a True Freshmen or even a Redshirt Freshmen. Webb broke the Texas Tech Freshman single-game record of 422-yards set by Billy Joe Tolliver against TCU in 1985 and surpassed the 415 yards that Webb had last week against Iowa State.
With a chance to run out the clock and kick a field goal, Coach Kingsbury went for the kill instead and in the final minute of the fourth quarter, Webb answered with a confident Touchdown pass, clinching the Red Raiders victory. Webb also finished the game with an outstanding 162.8 Quarterback Rating. “We talk about it all the time, fortune favors the bold,” Kingsbury said. “We’re always going to try to win the game.”
5. QB Jameis Winston – Florida State – Winston was sensational on Saturday against Tajh Boyd and the Clemson Tigers as he completed 22 of 34 passes for 444-Yards and Three Touchdowns and rushed for another two-yards, and a Touchdown, giving him 446-Yards of Total Offense and Four Touchdowns in the 51-14 overwhelming victory over the Tigers. Freshman QB Winston (6-4, 230, 4.7) of Bessemer, Alabama had an outstanding 197.6 Quarterback Rating.
This was the Atlantic Coast Conference Game of the Year, and maybe the Game of the Century in the ACC, and it quickly demonstrated a dominating Seminole Team that was dismantling a Clemson Team that had aspirations of a National Championship and a Top-Five Team in the Country and on their own Home Field in front of 83,428 hostile fans. The game started with two Heisman Trophy Candidate Quarterbacks and it ended with one.
Playing in one of the loudest stadiums in the country, Winston was un-effected as he led the Seminoles to their Sixth Straight Victory. His first pass was a 22-Yard Touchdown to Sophomore WR Kevin Benjamin (6-5, 242, 4.5) and he scrambled for a 4-Yard Touchdown that made it 41-7 with 4:04 left in the third quarter.
Winston is the first player in the last 10 seasons to pass for at least 300-Yards and Three Touchdowns in each of his first four Conference Games. Winston led The Florida State Seminoles to 565-Yards of Total Offense and scored an amazing 51 points against Clemson.
6. QB Marcus Mariota – Oregon – Mariota continues to put-up Heisman Numbers as he completed 23 of 32 passes for 327-yards and Three Touchdowns. Mariota also rushed for another 67-yards and another Touchdown, giving him 394-Yards of Total Offense and Four Touchdowns. Mariota also had an outstanding 178.3 Quarterback Rating.
Sophomore QB Mariota (6-4, 220, 4.5) of Honolulu, Hawaii is just a “Real Freak” at Quarterback. He is the Quarterback that is getting a lot of the early Heisman hype and he still hasn’t played a full game this season.
7. QB Bryce Petty – Baylor – Petty was pretty impressive again on Saturday against Iowa State as he completed 23 of 31 passes for 343 yards and two Touchdowns. Petty also rushed for another six-yards and a Touchdown, giving him 349-Yards of Total Offense and Three Touchdowns as the Bears scored 70-points again as they beat the Cyclones 71-7. Junior QB Petty (6-3, 220, 4.7) of Midlothian, Texas had six completions of 20-plus yards and had two wide receivers with 100-plus games, including Antwan Goodley with 11 catches for 182-yards and Two Touchdowns and Tevin Reese with six catches for 105-yards. For a Quarterback who has never started a game before the 2013 season, Petty has moved into the Heisman Watch List. In this game, Petty had a tremendous 188.4 Quarterback Rating.
There are a lot of great Heisman Trophy Candidates this year, including Johnny Manziel, Marcus Mariota, Sean Mannion, and Jameis Winston, but you had better not leave out Bryce Petty, because he has led the Bears to a 6-0 Record and also has led the Bears to their Fourth Game this season with at least 700-Yards.
This victory for the Bears helped them tie a Baylor School Record with its Tenth Straight Win. The Bears also lead the Nation with their 33rd straight game of at least 400-yards by halftime and they finished with 714-Yards.
SPECIAL QUARTERBACK CLUB
1. QB Taysom Hill – Brigham Young – Hill has been outstanding all year, but on Saturday, he was Special as he completed 29 of 44 passes for 417-yards and Three Touchdowns and rushed for another 128-yards and a Touchdown, giving him 545-Yards of Total Offense and Four Touchdowns. Sophomore QB Hill (6-2, 225, 4.56) from Pocatello, Idaho had to be this Special to beat The Houston Cougars with a 47-46 victory.
When you have a Quarterback that throws for 417-yards, that Quarterback has got to have a favorite receiver and for Hill, his “Go-To” receiver is Cody Hoffman. In 2012, Hoffman made 100 catches for 1,248-yards and scored 11 Touchdowns. On Saturday, Senior WR Hoffman (6-4, 215, 4.56) from Crescent City, California grabbed seven of his passes for 156-Yards and a Touchdown. Hill had a 159.5 Quarterback Rating in the win. I know all of the Longhorn Fans will remember Hill in their second game of the season when he rushed for 259-yards in theie 40-21 victory over the Longhorns.
2. QB Jordan Lynch Northern Illinois – Lynch is a Quarterback who does not fit the standard mold of the Heisman or Maxwell Trophy Quarterback Watch List, but he is a Quarterback who definitely needs to be listed on a Player of The Week Award. First of all, Senior QB Lynch (6-0, 220, 4.5) is coming off one of the most productive seasons ever in the History of a MAC Quarterback when he recorded 4,956-Yards of Total Offense and 44 Touchdowns. On Saturday, Lynch rushed for 316-Yards and completed 20 of 30 passes for another 155-Yards and a Touchdown, giving him 471-Yards of Total Offense in a 31-17 victory over Central Michigan.
In that game, Lynch broke the FBS rushing record held by former Northern Illinois quarterback Stacey Robinson, who had 308-Yards against Fresno State on October 6, 1990. Lynch had 232-yards rushing, 25-yards more than his previous single-game high and two touchdowns in the second half alone and added a long run while missing a shoe. Several long runs came on plays up the middle of the field.
The performance came a week after Lynch became the 10th player in FBS history to run for more than 3,000 career yards and pass for more than 4,000 in a win over visiting Akron. “The holes were so wide open; it was nothing I did,” Lynch said.
3. QB Bo Wallace – Ole Miss – Wallace was pretty sensational on Saturday as he led his Ole Miss Rebels to an incredible 27-24 UPSET Victory over LSU. In this Huge Rebel UPSET, Junior QB Wallace (6-4, 210, 4.7) from Pulaski County, Tennessee completed 30 of 39 passes for 346-yards and ran for another 18-yards, giving him 364-Yards of Total Offense. This tells a lot, but it does not tell the Big Story. Wallace was unbelievable in the third-down situations.
The Rebel Quarterbacks were involved in 11-of-18 third down situations and Wallace was responsible for nine of those conversions. Wallace kept the winning drive alive with a 6-yard scramble on third-and-6 and then came back a few plays later and connected on a 13-yard pass on third-and-nine. Wallace was unbelievable as he converted on 7-of-8 third down situations and for 140-yards.
Emfinger SuperScout Personal Evaluation (ESPE)
ESPE SWEET 16 PLAYS OF THE WEEK – Week #8
1. RET Solomon Patton – Florida – Patton returning 100-yard Kickoff for TD!
2. RET Corey Coleman – Baylor – Coleman returning 97-yard Kickoff for TD!
3. RET Demarcus Ayers – Houston – Ayers returning 95-yard Kickoff for TD!
3. RET Josh Stewart – Oklahoma State – Stewart returning 95-yard Punt for TD!
5. WR Austin Franklin – New Mexico St – Franklin catching 85-yard TD from Davis!
5. WR Jake Duzey – Iowa – Duzey catching 85-yard TD from Rudock!
7. RB Derrick Henry – Alabama – Henry running 80-yards for TD!
8. WR Keenan Holman – SMU – Holman catching 79-yard TD from Gilbert!
9. WR Damiere Byrd – South Carolina – Byrd catching 76-yard TD from Shaw!
10. WR Rashad Greene – FSU – Green catching 72-yard TD from Winston!
11. WR Erik Ebron – North Carolina – Ebron catching 71-yard TD from Williams!
12. WR Kevin Smith – Washington – Smith catching 70-yard TD from Price!
13. WR Xavier Maxwell – Houston – Maxwell catching 69-yard TD from Ward!
14. CB Ladarius Gunter – Miami – Gunter returned 67-yard blocked FG for TD!
14. WR Kofi Hughes – Indiana – Hughes catching 67-yard TD from Roberson!
16. WR Mike Evans – A&M – Evans catching 64-yard TD from Manziel!
2013 Dandy Dozen Permanent MidField Kickers of the Week – Week #8
1. K Jared Brown – Old Dominion – Brown kicking 54-yard Field Goal!
2. K Jake Elliott – Memphis – Elliott kicking 52-yard Field Goal!
3. K Chad Hedlund – Wake Forest – Hedlund kicking 51-yard Field Goal!
3. K Aaron Jones – Baylor – Jones kicking 51-yard Field Goal!
5. K Chris Boswell – Rice – Boswell kicking 50-yard Field Goal!
5. K Mitch Ewald – Indiana – Ewald kicking 50-yard Field Goal!
5. K Maxwell Johnson – New Mexico St – Johnson kicking 50-yard Field Goal!
8. K Andrew Furney – Washington State – Furney kicking 49-yard Field Goal!
9. K Cade Foster – Alabama – Foster kicking 48-yard Field Goal!
10. K Andrew Baggett – Missouri – Baggett kicking 43-yard Field Goal!
11. K Andrew Ritter – Ole Miss – Ritter kicking 41-yard Field Goal!
12. K Colby Delahoussaye – LSU – Delahoussaye kicking 41-yard Field Goal!
SUPER SCOUT EVALUATIONS
MY DANDY DOZEN TEAMS
1. Alabama, 2. Oregon, 3. FSU 4. Ohio State, 5. Baylor, 6. Missouri, 7. Louisville, 8. Oklahoma, 10. LSU, 11. Texas A&M, 12. Stanford
SUPER SEVEN BACKS CLUB
1. AP Josh Stewart – Oklahoma State – Stewart has been outstanding all season for the Cowboys, but he probably had his best Career-Game on Saturday against TCU in Stillwater, Oklahoma. In that game, Junior WR Stewart (5-10, 185, 4.4) from Denton, Texas caught ten passes for 141-yards and returned two punts for another 124-yards, including a 95-Yard Punt Return for a Touchdown, giving him 265-Yards of Total Offense in the 24-10 victory over the Horned Frogs. The 95-Yard Touchdown made the ESPE Sweet Sixteen Plays of the Week.
2. AP Brandin Cooks – Oregon State – Cooks is the “Go-To” Wide Receiver Sean Mannion, who is the #1 passing Quarterback in the Country. This past Saturday against The California Golden Bears, Mannion completed 35 of 45 for 481-Yards and Four Touchdowns and Cooks caught 13 of those passes for 232-yards and a Touchdown as the Beavers beat a pretty good California Team by a 49-17 score. Junior WR Cooks (5-10, 186, 4.3) from Stockton, California also had two rushes for another ten-yards, giving him 242-Yards of Total Offense. In 2012, Cooks finished fifth in the Pac-10 receiving yardage with an average of 88.5-yards per game average.
3. RB Isaac Bennett – Pittsburgh – Bennett was outstanding for the Panthers on Saturday as he rushed for 240-Yards on 30 carries as the The Panthers beat Old Dominion by a 35-24 score. The Panthers finally got the lift it needed from its rushing game, as Junior RB Bennett (5-11, 205, 4.5) of Tulsa, Oklahoma carried the ball 30 times and scored Three Touchdowns as they improved from 105th to 91st nationally in rushing yards per game with a 141.67-yard average. For a program that had just recorded 8 and 23-yards rushing in its previous two games, the timing could not have been better.
4. AP Ka’Deem Carey – Arizona – Carey has been a pretty sensational All-Purpose Back for three years, but on Saturday, against Utah, he might have played his best Career-Game. In that game, Carey rushed for 236-Yards and scored a Touchdown as the Wildcats beat the Utah Utes by a 35-24 score. Carey also caught a pass for one-yard, giving him 237-Yards of Offense. Junior RB Carey (5-10, 200, 4.37) from Tucson, Arizona carried the ball a School-Record 40 times, including the game-clinching Touchdown. Carey gained 30-yards on his first carry of the game and then ran for a 44-yard touchdown on his last carry with 90-seconds remaining in the game to clinch the Wildcats first PAC-10 Conference win.
The 236 rushing yards is the second-highest Career-Game for Carey and it is the third-highest in Arizona Single-Game History. Carey led the Nation in Rushing in 2012 when he rushed for 1,929-yards and he is another potential Heisman Trophy Candidate, but he has been slowed by some “Off-the-Field” problems. Even after that, Carey is still leading the nation with a 161.0 Rushing Yards Average per game.
5. AP Marion Grice – Arizona State – Grice was pretty impressive as he helped lead the Sun Devils to a 53-24 victory over the Washington Huskies on Saturday. In that game, Senior RB Grice (6-0, 205, 4.5) of Houston, Texas rushed for 158-yards on 21 carries and scored Two Touchdowns and he also caught two passes for another 46-yards, giving him 205-Yards of All-Purpose Yards in the victory.
6. RB Tyler Gaffney – Stanford – Gaffney helped control the tempo of the game with UCLA on Saturday and this control was the dominating factor as the Cardinal defeated the UCLA Bruins. In that game, Gaffney rushed for 171-yards on 36 carries and scored two Touchdowns. Senior RB Gaffney (6-1, 221, 4.56) from San Diego, California also had one catch for three more yards, giving him 174-Yards of Offense in the 24-10 victory. “You hear the expression, ‘Offense is your best defense.’ You keep them off the field and they can’t do anything,” Gaffney said. The Cardinal outgained UCLA 419- yards to 266-yards, and won the tempo and most important time of possession of 37:11 to 22:49. Gaffney and The Cardinal again made the big plays when it mattered most.
7. RB Charles Ross – Rice – Ross had a “Career-Game” on Saturday for the Rice Owls as they beat New Mexico State in Las Cruces by a 45-19 score to bring their record to a great 5-2 for the season. In that game, Senior RB Ross (6-1, 235, 4.56) of Schertz Clemons, Texas rushed for 167-Yards on 26 carries and scored on a nine-yard Touchdown run in the first quarter, making the score read 14-0. Ross rushed for 800-yards in 2012 and he has the benefit of running behind a seasoned Offensive Line that returned all of the starters from the 2012 season.
WIDE RECEIVER FAB FIVE CLUB
1. WR Jeremy Gallon – Michigan – Gallon was a “Total Freak” on Saturday in the game against Indiana. In a game that accounted for more than 1,300 Yards of Total Offense, Gallon caught 14 passes from Super Quarterback Devin Gardner for a “Mind-Boggling” 369-Yards and Two Touchdowns. The Senior WR Gallon (5-8, 170, 4.3) from Apopka, Florida set a new Big-Ten Single Game Record, as the Wolverines beat the Hoosiers by a 63-47 score. Three of his 14 catches were for more than 50-yards or more.
Gallon has outstanding hands and he has become the “Go-To” Wide Receiver of Junior QB Devon Gardner (6-4, 201) of Detroit, Michigan and he caught every pass that came close from Gardner. The 5-foot-8 receiver has become the favorite target of Gardner this season and it’s no surprise why, because he is on his way to the NFL.
2. WR Mike Evans – Texas A&M – Evans was the “Go-To” receiver of Johnny “Heisman” Manziel in the game against Auburn on Saturday. In that game, that the Aggies lost 45-41 to the Tigers, Sophomore WR Evans (6-5, 225, 4.5) and Manziel, both Potential NFL #1 Draft Choices, hooked-up for 11 passes for a staggering 287-Yards and all Four Touchdowns, including Touchdown Pass Catches of 64 and 42-yards. The 64-Yard Touchdown made the ESPE Sweet Sixteen Plays of the Week.
3. WR Antwan Goodley – Baylor – Goodley has been pretty sensational all season as one of the “Go-To” receivers for Super Quarterback Bryce Petty and on Saturday Petty hit him with eleven passes for 182-Yards and Two Touchdowns. Petty passed for 343-yards and Two Touchdowns as Goodley caught both Touchdowns as the Bears scored 71 points in a 71-7 victory over Iowa State . This victory for the Bears helped them tie a Baylor School Record with their Tenth Straight Win. Senior WR Tevin Reese (5-10, 170, 4.32) also caught six passes from Petty for 105-yards.
4. WR Cody Hoffman- Brigham Young – Hoffman is an All-American Wide Receiver and on Saturday, he proved his case. When you have a Quarterback that throws for 417-yards, that Quarterback has got to have a favorite receiver and for Tayson Hill, his “Go-To” receiver is Cody Hoffman. In 2012, Hoffman made 100 catches for 1,248-yards and scored 11 Touchdowns. On Saturday, Senior WR Hoffman (6-4, 215, 4.56) from Crescent City, California grabbed seven passes for 156-Yards and a Touchdown as the Cougars beat Houston by a 47-46 score.
5. WR Rashad Greene – Florida State – Greene was unbelievable on Saturday in the Game of the Century against Clemson. In that game, Greene was one of Heisman Trophy Candidate Jameis Winston top “Go-To” receivers. This passing combination hooked-up with one of the most electrifying plays of the Saturday Television Games as Winston hit Junior WR Greene (6-0, 176, 4.32) on a 72-Yard Touchdown. For the entire game, Greene caught eight passes for 146-Yards and the Touchdown and an 18.3 yard per catch average. The 72-Yard Touchdown made the ESPE Sweet Sixteen Plays of the Week.
TWO TERRIFIC TIGHT ENDS CLUB
1. TE Nick O’Leary – Florida State – O’Leary and Jace Amaro were two of the greatest Tight Ends to come out of High School in this Decade and they both proved it on Saturday as they helped keep their team undefeated. Both of these Tight End Freaks are Jimmy Graham Type Tight Ends and that means that not very may Defensive Backs can cover them. On Saturday with Heisman Candidate Quarterback Jameis Winston throwing to him, Junior TE O’Leary (6-3, 240, 4.6) only caught five passes, but it included 161-Yards and an incredible 32.2-yards per catch average as the Seminoles demolished the Clemson Tigers in the 51-14 victory over the Tigers.
2. TE Jace Amaro – Texas Tech – Amaro is the best Tight End in the country and he was sensational again against West Virginia on Saturday as he grabbed nine passes from Super Freshman QB Davis Webb for 136-yards and two Touchdowns in the 37-27 win over the Mountaineers. Amaro also caught the winning 10-Yard Touchdown with 1:01 Left in the Game to finish the 37-27 scoring. Junior TE Amaro (6-5, 260, 4.6) of San Antonio, Texas is now the current #2 receiver in the Big-12 and leads all of the Tight Ends in the Country with 56 catches and 742-Yards. Amaro only had one Touchdown this season, but he caught two on Saturday. Amaro has miraculously caught an amazing nine passes in the last five straight games.-
2013 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SPECIAL SUPER SEVEN DEFENSIVE POW PLAYERS – Week #8
College Super POW Rules
Must Win Your Game or Unless Two Teams in The Top 10 Are Playing!
1. CB LaMarcus Joyner – Florida State – Joyner was one of the top Defensive Backs in the Country when he came out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida a few years ago and on Saturday Night, Joyner might have played his best Career-Game. In that big game against Clemson, Senior CB Joyner (5-8, 190, 4.4) was not just a Cornerback out there playing Cover Corner. He was a Total Defensive Freak as he recorded eight tackles, including eight solo tackles; had a quarterback sack; forced two fumbles; and an interception as the Seminoles pounded the Tigers in what was billed as the Game of the Century, in an easy 51-14 victory. With this huge victory, the Seminoles remained Undefeated and moved to 6-0.
Joyner forced two fumbles and the first one led directly to a Touchdown. On that particular play, Joyner recorded a sack on Clemson QB Tajh Boyd who fumbled the football and then it was returned for a Touchdown by Super Junior DE Mario Edwards (6-3, 282, 4.7) from Texas. For this great Defensive Effort, Joyner was named as the Ronnie Lott IMPACT Player of the Week.
2. WLB Eddie Lackey and Baylor Defense – The Baylor Defense is so dominating, it’s difficult to pick out MVP Players of the week, because most of the starting Baylor Defense don’t get to play in the second half. The Baylor average margin of victory this season is a ridiculous 48.5 points per game, and both its offense and defense deserves credit. On Saturday, Senior LB Eddie Lackey (6-0, 225, 4.6) from Murrieta, California led the Bears in one of their most impressive performaces as he recorded a team-high eight tackles, including five solo tackles, had 1.5 tackles for a loss with a Quarterback Sack, and recovered a fumble as they manhandled the Iowa State Cyclones by a 71-7 score.
The Baylor Defense and Baylor Defensive Coordinator Phil Bennett (In Photo with Coach Art Briles) also held Iowa State to just 41-yards rushing; plus only a total of 174-yards and a total 2.9 yards per play. The 174-yards is the fewest given-up since 2001. Although the game got out of hand early, Lackey & The Baylor Defense nearly pitched a shutout, but the Cyclones finally got on the board with 47 seconds remaining on a 27-yard touchdown pass. The Baylor Offense gets most of the great headlines, but after eight weeks, The Baylor Defense also leads the Big-12 in Scoring Defense and also rank #7 in the Country.
3. FS Jordan Richards – Stanford – Richards had one of his best games of his career on Saturday in the 24-10 victory over UCLA. Junior FS Richards (5-11, 210, 4.47) from Folsom, California recorded 10 tackles, including five solo tackles, recorded two interceptions, and had two pass breakups to key a Stanford Defense and rebound after their first loss of the season and UPSET the #9 Ranked UCLA Team. Both of his interceptions set up Stanford Touchdowns, and proved to be the difference in the game. It was the first multi-interception game for Richards in his career.
4. DE Michael Sam – Missouri – Sam has been sensational all season for the Tigers, but he might have saved his best Career-Game for the Powerhouse Florida Gators. On Saturday, Senior DE Sam (6-2, 255, 4.7) from Hitchcock, Texas only recorded four tackles, but three were solo tackles and all three of his solo tackles were quarterback sacks and he also had a quarterback hurry as the Tigers shocked the Football World by Upsetting the Gators by a 36-17 score. Right now, Sam is the SEC leader in Quarterback Sacks with Nine and 13.5 Tackles for a Loss. Sam also had a fumble return for a touchdown two weeks ago in the win at Georgia.
5. MLB Justin Anderson – Louisiana Lafayette – Anderson had a really amazing game on Saturday as he recorded a Career-High 16 tackles, including 11 solo tackles, had 2.5 tackles for a loss, and he forced a fumble and recovered a fumble in leading The Ragin’ Cajuns to a 37-20 victory over Western Kentucky. With Senior MLB Anderson (6-2, 235, 4.7) leading the Defense, The Rajun’ Cajuns are currently in a Four-Game Winning Streak.
6. MLB Max Bullough – Michigan State – Bullough was outstanding on Saturday as he led the Spartans with 10 tackles of which 2.5 were tackles for a loss; had one Quarterback Sack; and had one forced fumble as they beat Purdue by a 14-0 score. Senior MLB Bullough (6-3, 242, 4.62) was an All-Big-10 Linebacker in 2012 when he recorded 111 tackles and 12.5 Tackles for a Loss.
7. OLB Ryan Shazier – Ohio State – Shazier has been outstanding in every game that he has played this season and Saturday was no different as he dominated against Iowa in a 34-24 victory. Junior OLB Shazier (6-2, 225, 4.6) from Pompano Beach, Florida recorded nine tackles of which four were solo tackles in the victory.
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