2015 COLLEGE FOOTBALL BACKFIELD OF THE WEEK – Two
By Super Scout Max Emfinger
QUARTERBACK PLAYER OF THE WEEK
QUARTERBACK CHAD KELLY – OLE MISS #10
Super-Star Ole Miss Quarterback Chad Kelly is one of the most Interesting Quarterbacks on any Level in the Country. His Uncle and Old Friend, Jim Kelly, is one of the Greatest Quarterbacks in NFL History and Chad Kelly has a lot of the same Athletic Talent.
After Signing with Clemson, as one of the Top Quarterbacks in the Country, coming out of High School, Kelly Transferred to Ole Miss in 2014 After Being Dismissed For Disciplinary Reasons. After some Heated Competition, Kelly won the Starting Quarterback Spot against Fresno State.
In that Fresno State, the Ole Miss Red-Shirt Junior QB Chad Kelly was no less than Fabulous as he Completed 20 of 25 Passes for 346-Yards and Four Touchdowns in the Rebels 73-21 Victory over Fresno State. Kelly also added another 26-Yards Rushing and another Touchdown, giving him 372-Yards of Total Offense and Five Touchdowns.In this Fresno State Game, after Completing 80% of his Passes, Chad Kelly Recorded a “Mind-Boggling” 249 Quarterback Rating.
There had been some uncertainty during the Off-Season and even after Week One, who would become the Ole Miss Starting Quarterback, but Chad Kelly absolutely claimed that Starting Spot now. Head Coach Hugh Freeze has done a Tremendous job of Reigning-In the Gunslinger Type Quarterbacks to the Ole Miss Program.
In his First Two Games of the Season, Kelly has thrown the football 40 times and has Completed 29 Passes for 557-Yards and Six Touchdowns. Of his 40 passes, he has 10 passes that have gone for 20-Yards or more. His 13.9 Yards-Per-Pass Average leads all other Division I Quarterbacks.
“Chad Kelly knows Where and When to throw the football or Check-Off in most situations and I am very pleased with his development,” said Ole Miss Offensive Coordinator Dan Werner.
I know my Friend, Jim Kelly, is Very Proud of his Nephew and he’s also Very Proud that Chad is finally getting some great Publicity for a Change. With these Great Stats and Great Performances in his First Two Games of the Season, he has joined three other SEC Super-Stars in the Heisman Trophy Race, including RB Leonard Fournette of LSU; RB Nick Chubb of Georgia; and RB Derrick Henry of Alabama.
TRI-RUNNING BACK PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
RUNNING BACK DALVIN COOK – FSU #4
Florida State and South Florida were tied at 7-7 at Halftime, and the Pumped-Up Bulls were only down by 10 Points early in the Fourth Quarter. This Game could have easily gone either way, but all of a sudden, the Seminoles got a Historic Performance from Dalvin Cook and took control of the game. Cook Rushed for 266-Yards on 30 Carries and Scored Three Touchdowns, while Averaging 8.9-Yards Per Carry and putting the Game Under Control.
The FSU Offense wasted a lot of Possessions in the First Half, but Cook was Running-Hard and Running Over Defenders the Whole Game and finished with the Impressive 266-Yards Rushing Yards in the Seminoles 34-14 Victory.
The Super Sophomore now has his name in Second Place on the Florida State Single-Game Rushing List, behind only a 322-Yard Rushing Game by Greg Allen in 1981. Cook will continue to chase Florida State School Records and Up-Next is the Warrick Dunn Streak of 100-Yard Rushing Games.
RUNNING BACK NICK CHUBB – GEORGIA #27
Before the Start of the Season, Nick Chubb was one of the Leading Candidates for the Heisman Trophy, along with Fellow SEC Running Backs, Leonard Fournette of LSU and Derrick Henry of Alabama.
In the Opening Game Victory against Louisiana Monroe, Chubb Rushed for 120-Yards on 16 Carries and Scored Two Touchdowns, while Averaging an Outstanding 7.5-Yards Per Carry Average. Then, in the 31-14 Victory over Vanderbilt on Saturday, Chubb Rushed for 189-Yards, on 19 Carries, while Averaging 9.9-Yards Per Carry.
As a Sophomore, Chubb has rushed for at least 100-Yards in an Incredible 10 Consecutive Games and that is only Two Games Shy of the Herschel Walker School Record of 12. The Herschel Walker Rushing School-Record Streak was set in the 1980 and 1981 Football Seasons. The Chubb Rushing Streak of 100-Yard Games is the second-longest active FBS Streak, behind the 12-Game Rushing Stretch by Kareem Hunt of Toledo.
If Chubb gets 100-Yards Rushing in his next Game Against South Carolina, he will have the Opportunity to tie the Herschel Walker Rushing Record Against The University of Southern Jaguars in Game #4 and then be able to Break the Record Against Alabama in Week 5.
Since the start of the 2014 Season, Chubb has led the SEC or is tied for the SEC lead in Rushing Yards with 2,015-Yards, Rushing Touchdowns with 18, and Rushes of 10-Yards or more with 55.
RUNNING BACK LEONARD FOURNETTE – LSU #7
Super LSU RB Leonard Fournette was Unstoppable as he led the LSU Tigers to a Close and Scary 21-20 Victory over a “Fired-Up” Mississippi State Team in an SEC Opening Conference Game that could have gone either way on the Last Play of the Game. Most of the Game, Mississippi State could not Tackle him.
Fournette carried the ball 28 Times for 159-Yards and All Three LSU Touchdowns, while Averaging 5.7-Yards Per Carry against a Pretty Good Mississippi State Defensive Team that was determined to Stop Him. Although his Performance was not the Best of his Career, it still Earned him Various Player of the Week Awards.
Fournette only Scored Three Touchdowns, but that was all that they needed against the Bulldogs. Fournette got the Scoring, started early, as he scored his First Touchdown on a 1-Yard Run, late in the First Quarter. A few minutes later, he scored his Second Touchdown.
Last Season, Fournette Faced Eight-Man Defensive Fronts and The Defensive Teams had No-Respect for the LSU Passing Game. This Year is no Different as LSU will be Facing Eight-Man Fronts all of the Season. Next Week, against Auburn, Fournette and LSU will be Severely Tested Again.
SLOT BACK COREY COLEMAN – BAYLOR #1
Super Slot Receiver Corey Coleman was Incredible Against Lamar as he set a Baylor School Record with Four Touchdown Pass Catches, and all of them coming at Crucial Situations as the Fourth-Ranked Bears finally shook off a Very Pumped-Up Lamar Team that was Looking for an Upset.
The First Three Touchdowns put the Bears in the lead, and the last Touchdown gave the Bears a quick start to the Second Half in a 66-31 Victory Saturday night in the Bears Home Opener. Coleman finished with Six Catches for 182-Yards, while Averaging an Incredible 30.3 Yards Per Catch.
Shock Linwood added 130-Yards Rushing and Three Touchdowns to help Baylor (2-0) win its 17th Consecutive Home Game. After 723-Yards of Total Offense in the opening 56-21 Victory over SMU, the Bears Outgained Lamar 785-340 with their Second-Highest Total Yards of Offense in Baylor School History.
Super Quarterback Seth Russell Completed 22 of 34 Passes for 342-Yards, with the Four Touchdowns to Coleman, but the Junior Quarterback also had four turnovers, with three interceptions and a lost fumble, but he hit Coleman in Full-Stride a couple of steps behind the Lamar Defender, around the 25-Yard Line, and Coleman Trotted-In with a Beautiful 61-Yard Touchdown.
Baylor also had three 100-Yard Rushers and two 100-Yard Receivers. Johnny Jefferson and Terence Williams each ran for 121-Yards and Jay Lee, who had Touchdowns on all three of his catches against SMU, had Nine Catches for 111-Yards Against Lamar.
Linwood added a 13-Yard Touchdown just before Halftime, and Coleman caught a pass in the End-Zone for another 34-Yard Touchdown in the opening minute of the Third Quarter that stretched the Bears lead to 42-21.
Coleman also Scored his First Touchdown on a 42-Yard Touchdown Pass in the First Quarter that put the Bears ahead 13-7 before a missed PAT try.
Coleman was Scheduled to play in our All-American Bowl Game, but he was nursing an injury and did not play. Coleman had run a 4.29 Forty at a Spring Combine in Dallas and I had invited him to play in our game. I really didn’t think that Coach Art Briles wanted him to play, but we did not want to risk further injury and we decided for him not to play. Johnny Jefferson was also Scheduled to play in our All-American Bowl Game and he also did not play. Jefferson had run a 4.3 Forty.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
QUARTERBACK CHAD KELLY – OLE MISS
RUNNING BACK DALVIN COOK – FLORIDA STATE
RUNNING BACK NICK CHUBB _ GEORGIA
RUNNING BACK LEONARD FOURNETTE – LSU
SLOT BACK COREY COLEMAN – BAYLOR