2015 COLLEGE FOOTBALL BACKFIELD OF THE WEEK – FIVE
BY Super Scout Max Emfinger
CO-QUARTERBACK PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
QUARTERBACK MASON RUDOLPH – OKLA ST #2
Oklahoma State Super-Star Quarterback Mason Rudolph has been putting some very impressive Stats this Season, but on Saturday against Kansas State, he Put-Up Some Incredible Stats as he Completed 34 of 55 Passes for 437-Yards and Three Touchdowns as the #19 Ranked Cowboys had a Scare, and actually trailed for most the Game, but came away with a 36-34 Victory over The Wildcats.
Rudolph was Pretty Incredible as he came through many times In The clutch, as he Completed 10-of-14 Passes for 145-Yards and a Crucial Touchdown in the Fourth Quarter. The Super Sophomore also Completed an Amazing 10-of-14 Passes on Third and Fourth-Down Situations in the game and getting all of those 10 Completions For Crucial and Clutch First Downs.
The Incredible 437-Yards Passing by Randolph was the most for an Oklahoma State Sophomore in Cowboy History and became the Fourth-Highest Single-Game Passing Total in Oklahoma State School History.
Randolph is also One of Only Two Underclassmen in the Country this Season with a Multiple 400-Yard Passing Games this Football Season.
QUARTERBACK JARED GOFF – CALIFORNIA #16
University of California Super-Star Quarterback Jared Goff has been making a huge impact and a “Big-Name” of being a Clutch Quarterback of “Making Big Plays” and Throwing Winning Touchdowns. On Saturday, against Washington State, he had a another Sensational Day as he Completed 33 of 45 Passes for an Impressive 390-Yards and Four Touchdowns as the Bears Won the Game with a 34-28 Victory, to keep them 5-0 for the Season.
After having one of the worst Defenses in the Country for the last two years, California forced Four Turnovers; had Seven Quarterback Sacks; and made two Huge Special Team plays in this Game and now the Bears have caused 18 Turnovers and Recorded 18 Quarterback Sacks to get off to a 5-0 Start which is its best start since 2007.
My Good Friend and Cal Head Coach Sonny Dykes won only Six Games in his First Two Years at California, but with a Tremendous 5-0 Start will have a Huge Showdown with #10 Utah on this Saturday and the Bears hopes of Winning the Pac-10 Conference will Hinge on this Big Game.
Goff overcame a shaky start that included an interception on the third play to throw for 390-Yards and he had Two Touchdown Passes in a span of less than 2 minutes late in the Third Quarter surrounding a successful onside kick to erase an eight-point deficit.
Goff set the California School Record for Career Touchdown Passes when he connected with Bryce Treggs in the First Quarter for his 65th Career Touchdown Pass. That broke a tie that he had with Kyle Boller. Goff finished the Game with 68 Career Touchdown Pass. Goff also Completed 73.3% of his Passes and had a Very Impressive 171 Quarterback Rating.
TRI-RUNNING BACK PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
RUNNING BACK EZEKIEL ELLIOTT – OHIO ST #15
On Saturday, Junior Running Back Ezekiel Elliott had one of the most Incredible Games in Ohio State History as he had Touchdown Runs of 55, 65 and 75-Yards against Indiana to help the Top-Ranked Buckeyes to a 34-27 Victory and move to a 5-0 Record. Elliott also Initiated Heisman Trophy Talk and the Ohio State Unique Streak of Heisman Trophy Winners.
Beginning in 1955, Ohio State Running Back Howard “Hopalong” Cassady Won the Heisman Trophy and then 20 Years Later. in 1975, Running Back Archie Griffin Won the Heisman. Still again, in 1995, Running Back Eddie George Won the Heisman Trophy.
Elliott Rushed for an Incredible 274-Yards Against the Indiana Hoosiers and tied the 1974 Single-Game Rushing Record of Keith Byars for the Second-Most Rushing-Yards in a game behind the 314-Yards Rushing by Eddie George in 1995.
Of the Total Elliott Rushing Yards Total, 243-Yards came in the Second Half to better the Keith Byars Single-Half Record by 48-Yards. Elliott also had an Amazing 11.9-Yards Per Carry, which is also an Ohio State School Record.
Elliott has 10 Consecutive Games with at least 100-Yards Rushing to Rank Third on the Ohio State Record Setters of Archie Griffin with 31 and Eddie George with 12.
The 55-Yard Touchdown by Elliott came on a Third-and-Two to give the Buckeyes their first lead, 13-10, with 8:57 left in the Third Quarter. His second Touchdown from 65-Yards was late in the Third Quarter on a Fourth-and-One from the Ohio State 35-Yard Line to put the Buckeyes ahead 20-17.
RUNNING BACK LEONARD FOURNETTE – LSU #7
The 2015 College Football Season is only Four or Five Weeks into the Season, and most Hardcore College Football Fans are already talking about who is going to win the Heisman Trophy. Ohio State Running Back Ezekiel Elliot and TCU Quarterback Trevone Boykin are two Super-Star Players that have been Talked About, but LSU Running Back Leonard Fournette may be the One Player with the Most Heisman Trophy Support.
Lets See Now! In Four Games, Fournette has Rushed for 159, 228, 244, and 233-Yards on Saturday Against Eastern Michigan. That’s 864-Rushing Yards in Four Games. Fournette has also Scored 11 Touchdowns and has Averaged 8.73-Yards Per Carry in those Four Games.
I have been able to watch Fournette in all Four Games and I am Continued to be Amazed at his Speed, Strength, Size, and Ability. It looks like no Defensive Players on Defense wants to tackle him and if they do decide to try to tackle him, he either runs over them or through them. I have Never Seen A Player like him.
Fournette is Averaging 210-Yards Per Game and Three Touchdowns Per Game so far this season. If Fournette were to keep this current pace, he would finish the season with 2,311-Yards and 33 Touchdowns in Eleven Games, but playing in the Extremely Tough SEC Conference, with Missouri, Florida, Alabama, Arkansas, Ole Miss, and Texas A&M are coming-up in the Next Few Weeks and those figures will be very difficult to reach.
Fournette had his Sixth Consecutive 100-Yard Rushing Game on Saturday against Eastern Michigan, which Broke the Kevin Faulk for the Second-Longest 100-Yard Streak in LSU School History. Charles Alexander had Nine Straight 100-Yard Rushing Games in a Row from 1977-78.
Fournette has all of the NFL Scouts Drooling Over the Prospects of getting the #1 Pick in The NFL Draft. Fournette is only a Sophomore, but in which ever NFL Draft that he decides To Declare, either in 2016 or 2017, he will become the #1 Overall Pick, because he is Ready to Play and Will Start and Star in his First NFL Game. Fournette has said that he will come back as a Junior, but Time Will Tell.
RUNNING BACK SHOCK LINWOOD – BAYLOR #32
Super-Star Baylor Running Back Shock Linwood has been very Impressive and Dominating in the First Three Bear Victories this Season, but on Saturday, he had a Career-Day as he Rushed for a Career-High 221-Yards and Two Touchdowns in Helping the Bears to Defeat Texas Tech 63-35 and win their Third Straight Game in their Quest for a Third Consecutive Big 12 Championship.
The Baylor Bears entered the Game against Texas Tech with the Football Bowl Series Top Offense in the Country in Scoring with a 64-Points Per Game Average. The are also Leading the Country with 767-Yards Per Game, and Rushing Yard Average with 379.7-Yard Average. Against Texas Tech, the Bears had 680-Yards of Total Offense and 368-Yards Rushing.
Baylor is Universally Known for their Great Passing Game, but being able to Run The Football makes for an Exceptionally Strong Offense and Opens-Up the Passing Game. Baylor went into this game as the only Football Bowl Series Team Ranked in the Top 10 in both Rushing and Passing Offense. Baylor also has some of the Most Impressive Group of Wide Receivers, including Corey Coleman, who caught Three Touchdown Passes of 24, 16 and 16-Yards.
Linwood gained the Fourth-Most Rushing Yards in School History. His previous Career-High was 187-Yards against Texas Tech in 2013. Linwood also scored on runs of 79 and 8-Yards, both in the first half. The 79-Yard Touchdown Run came on the Third Play of the Game and he Ran Right Through The Middle of the line, Breaking one Tackle and then Raced Down the Right Sideline for the Touchdown.
Baylor gained 333-Yards in the First Quarter and 499-Yards in the First Half and scored Touchdowns on their First Five Possessions to build an Incredible 49-21 Halftime lead.