2017 COLLEGE FOOTBALL FABULOUS 15 QUARTERBACK MVP’S FOR WEEK THREE
By Super Scout Max Emfinger
WEEKLY NOTES: To be Eligible for an MVP Berth, your Team has got to be on the Winning Team. When I decided to Choose College MVP’s of the Week, I decided To Select a Dozen MVP Players for each Week. In Week One, there were a lot of Defensive Players who had a Great Game, but there were not any of them that had a Phenomenal Game and The Breaking Of School Records and so I did not have any Defensive Players in Week One, but there were Numerous Quarterbacks with Phenomenal Games.
In Week Two, there were so many Phenomenal Performances, I had to Move the Team from 12 to 16 and again there were Numerous Quarterbacks with Mind-Boggling Games. Plus, there also was a 301 Pound Defensive Tackle who Scored Two Defensive Touchdowns, including a 90-Yard Return of a Fumble; a Defensive End who had 4 Quarterback Sacks; and a Free Safety who Scored Two Defensive Touchdowns.
Week Three: I really Enjoy Selecting the College MVP’s of the Week, but in Week Three, there were so many Incredible Performances, it has Taken Me All-Week to get all of them Covered. Also, in the First Three Weeks, I have Highlighted Most All of the Super-Stars for the Season and I Sincerely Hope that it has helped all of the “Close to 100” NFL Scouts for the NFL Draft. For Week Four, I have Set some New Guidelines for the MVP Players as Follows: Quarterbacks: 400-Yards of Offense – Skill Players: 200-Yards of Offense – Defensive Line: 2 Sacks and 1 TFL – Linebacker: 15 Tackles – Defensive Back: 2 Interceptions
SUPER MVP TRIO OF WEEK THREE
Quarterback Nic Shimonek
(#16) Texas Tech
Texas Tech Quarterback Nic Shimonek was Phenomenal on Saturday as he Completed 37 of 50 Passes for 543-Yards and Six Touchdowns in the Red Raiders 52-45 Victory over Arizona State.
Shimonek (#16) is a Fifth-Year Senior Transfer from Iowa and is Trying to Make the Most of a Chance to Lead the Red Raiders for his One Last Year before going to the NFL. The Red Raiders also have an Unbelievable History in having a One-Year Phenom Starting Quarterback and having a Huge Year.
In the Past, Quarterback Sonny Cumbie, Quarterback Cody Hodges, and Quarterback B.J. Symonds have had Incredible Seasons in their only year as a Starting Quarterback and Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury is one of the Greatest Quarterbacks ever as his Quarterback Coach.
“Shimonek has improved every day,” Kingsbury said. “It’s something we talk about a lot. He works hard at it. The film study, the mechanics. He’s on track. He can get a lot better, but I like where he’s at. I like his mentality. He knows he has only one year, and he’s trying to take full advantage of it. It looks like we have got some pretty good quarterbacks in the Big 12,” Kingsbury further said. – 543-Yards Passing
Quarterback Mason Rudolph (#2) Oklahoma State
In Game Two, Super-Star Passing Quarterback Mason Rudolph became the Oklahoma State Cowboys Most Successful Passing Quarterback in Oklahoma State History as he Completed 25 of 38 Passes for 335-Yards and Three Touchdowns. He also Rushed for another 18-Yards, giving him 353-Yards in the Cowboys 44-7 Victory over South Alabama.
In that Game, Rudolph Completed his 25 of 38 Passes and broke the Brandon Weeden Passing Record of 9,260-Yards and finished with 9,352-Yards and the Cowboys Career Passing Record. In his First Two Games of the Year, Rudolph had Accounted for Eight Touchdowns in the Two Victories, so what in the World could Rudolph do to Improve these Awesome Stats?
But, he did! In Game Three, in their 59-21 Victory over Pittsburgh, Rudolph Completed 23 of 32 Passes for an Incredible 497-Yards and Five Touchdowns and with an Incredible 247.6 Quarterback Rating. In this Game, Rudolph Passed for 423-Yards and Five Touchdowns in the First Half and Now has 9,352-Yards in his Oklahoma State Career and gives The Heisman Trophy Voters some Mind-Boggling Things to Think About.
Rudolph also had some Incredible Pass Receivers as Four of them had at least 100-Yards in Receiving. Junior Wide Receiver Jalen McCleskey, (5-10, 170, 4.33) from Covington St Paul, Louisiana, Caught Seven Passes for 162-Yards and Three Touchdowns and Senior Wide Receiver James Washington (6-1, 210, 4.4) From Stamford, Texas, Caught Five Passes for for 124-Yards; while Wide Receiver Marcell Ateman (6-4, 220, 4.5) from Dallas, Texas, Caught Four Passes for 109-Yards, including a Beautiful 69-Yards and Freshman Dillon Stoner (6-1, 200) from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Caught 5 Passes for 100-Yards. – 497-Yards Passing
Quarterback Nick Fitzgerald
(#7) – Mississippi State
Mississippi State Dynamic Athletic Quarterback Nick Fitzgerald is a Member of The Under-Publicized SEC Quarterback Club, but that is Getting-Ready to Change. In 2016, Fitzgerald (6-5, 230, 4.52) Put-Up some Mind-Boggling Figures, including 2,423-Yards Passing and 21 Touchdowns, to go with another 1,375-Yards rushing and 16 Touchdowns.
With these Unbelievable Stats, Most Bulldog Fans would think that he would be more in the National Spotlight, but The Bulldogs had two Losses to South Alabama and Kentucky and Ended with a Mediocre 5-7 Record and Consequently, he was Never Able to Make any of the 2017 Pre-Season All-American Quarterback Lists. Despite the Ups and Downs in 2016, Fitzgerald has Showcased the Mind-Boggling Figures in the Head Coach Dan Mullen Offense and he has Recently Been Named to the Maxwell Award Watch List.
One of my Coaching Friends, Head Coach Dan Mullen, is a Great Coach and a Tremendous Quarterback Mentor, as he helped Develop Quarterback Dak Prescott and now Nick Fitzgerald. Coach Mullen was the 2014 National and Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year and he has shaped The Mississippi State Football Program into an Unbelievable National Contender.
Even if Mississippi State does not make a Huge-Leap into the National Spotlight, with Fitzgerald at the Helm, the Bulldogs could very well be Outstanding. With 3,798-Yards of Total Offense and 37 Touchdowns in 2016, Fitzgerald is a Sensational Dual-Threat Playmaker that will give all of the SEC Defensive Coordinators a Lot of Headaches throughout the Year and LSU Head Coach Ed Orgeron and LSU Defensive Coordinator Dave Aranda were the First Coaches in the SEC to get Foiled by Fitzgerald, as The Bulldogs Embarrassed the Tigers with a Staggering 37-7 Victory.
In this Game, Fitzgerald just about made it to the 300-Yards of Total Offense Club Against LSU, but I watched Every Single Play in this Game and although he did not make the 300-Yard Club, Fitzgerald was one of the Most Dominating Players of all of the Saturday Games; Was the Best Player in this Game; and A Must Player for the Weekly MVP Award Team.
The Mississippi State Football Series against LSU dates all the way back to 1896 and that includes a Whole Lot of Heartbreaks for the Bulldogs, but that was not the case on Saturday Night. In fact, the Bulldogs still might be Celebrating this Huge LSU Victory. The Bulldogs (3-0, 1-0) beat LSU for just the Second Time in 18 Games Dating-Back to 2000.
Fitzgerald was “Flat-Outright” Incredible as he Completed 15 of 23 Passes for 180-Yards and Two Touchdowns and he also Rushed 14-Times for another 88-Yards and another Two Touchdowns, giving him 268-Yards of Total Offense and Four Touchdowns in Leading the Bulldogs to their UPSET Victory. In this UPSET Victory over #12 Ranked LSU, The Bulldogs Stunned the Tigers and the Rest of the SEC in this Southeastern Conference Opening Game for both Teams.
In another Incredible Stunning Factor was that, not only did the Bulldogs Win with an Incredible Victory, the Margin of Victory was the Largest Margin of Victory for the Bulldogs in their 111-Game Football Series and it also was not just that the Bulldogs were able to win, to the Delight of Over 60,000 Partial Fans. The Bulldogs Physically Pushed the LSU Players around all over the Field to the Delight of the Bulldog Fans with the Clanging of Their Trademark Bulldog Cowbells.
Fitzgerald also had some Really Great Support from Super Running Back Aeris Williams (6-1, 217, 4.46) who Rushed for 146-Yards on 23 Carries and a Great 6.3-Yards Per Carry Average. Wide Receiver Keith Mixon (5-8, 187, 4.52) Caught Six Passes for 97-Yards and a Touchdown; while Super Freshman Kicker Jace Christmann Kicked his First Three Field Goals of his Career, Connecting on Field Goals from 30, 45 and 27-Yards.
LSU (2-1, 0-1) was Sloppy on Both Sides of the Football, as they had Two Touchdowns “Called-Back” because of Penalties and were Penalized Nine Times for 112-Yards. They also had Two Defensive Players were Ejected for Targeting Penalties on Helmet to Helmet Hits on Fitzgerald.
“We Shot Ourselves in the Foot,” LSU Head Coach Ed Orgeron said. “And there’s no one but us to blame.”
On Monday, Nick Fitzgerald was Named SEC Offensive Player of the Week. With this Unbelievable Game against LSU, the Heisman Voters are alerted and if he can have another Outstanding Game against Georgia on Saturday, the discussion Continue. He also Recorded a Great 159.7 Quarterback Rating. – 268-Yards of Total Offense
Super Six-Athletic Quarterbacks
1. Quarterback Jarrett Stidham (#8) – Auburn
Auburn turned in another Ugly offensive Performance, but there were still some Great Offensive Performances in their 24-10 victory over FCS Mercer.
Super Athletic Quarterback Jarrett Stidham (6-3, 214, 4.6) had an Unbelievable Game in the 24-10 Victory as he Completed an Amazing 32 of 37 Passes for 364-Yards and he also Added another 23-Yards Rushing on 7 Carries, giving him an Incredible 387-Yards of Total Offense.
Running Back Kamryn Pettway also had a Great Game, as he Rushed for 128-Yards on 34 Carries and Three Touchdowns on 4-Yards in the First Quarter; 9-Yards in the Third Quarter; and another 4-Yard Touchdown in the Fourth Quarter. Pettway also Caught Three Passes for another 32-Yards, giving him 160-Yards of All-Purpose Yards and Three Touchdowns.
Stidham, a Baylor Transfer from Stephenville, Texas, Recorded a Great 163.7 Quarterback Rating. – 387-Yards of Total Offense
2. Quarterback Quinton Flowers (#9) – South Florida
At the Start of the Season, South Florida were getting ready to “Back-Up” their Pre-Season Ranking and were going to Hit the Ground Running and Backing-Up The Quinton Flowers for Heisman Campaign.
Then, in the First Two Games against San Jose State and Stony Brook, but in those game, South Florida was not Great and Flowers was just OK, during an unimpressive start to the year for South Florida. The Bulls, however, still went 2-0, but they fell behind by a 16-0 margin early against San Jose State and were tied with Stony Brook in the fourth quarter. Flowers was held below 300-Yards of Offense in each game and he did not look Very Good or Confident.
Things were back to normal for The Bulls in the Friday Night Game in their 47-23 win over Illinois and Flowers was Absolutely Sensational and he Looked like a True Heisman Candidate.
In this game, Flowers Completed 15 of 27 Passes for 280-Yards and Four Touchdowns and he also ran 25 times for another 106-Yards and another Touchdown, giving him an Incredible 386-Yards of Total Offense and Five Touchdowns.
Flowers threw Touchdown Passes to Four Different Receivers, and then Finished the Game, early in the Fourth Quarter. It was the Fifth Time in his Career that he Accounted for Five Touchdowns, as well as the Fifth Time that he Accounted f or 375-Yards of Total Offense. – 386-Yards of Total Offense
3. Quarterback Jalen Hurts (#2) – Alabama
Alabama has “Come-Up” with another Unbelievable Athletic Quarterback in Jalen Hurts, who has already led the Crimson Tide to a 3-0 Record in the 2017 Season. In this 41-23 Victory Against Colorado State, Hurts led The Tide on Multi Touchdown Drives and had his Overall Best Game of the Season.
Hurts Completed 12 of 17 Passes for 248-Yards and Two Touchdowns and he also Rushed for another 103-Yards on 11 Carries and Finished the Game with 351-Yards of Total Offense. Hurts also Accounted for all of the Yards, in the First Half, except for 50-Yards.
With 12:43 Left in the First Quarter, Hurts Scored on a 27-Yard Touchdown Run and gave The Tide a 7-0 Lead and then only a Few Minutes later, he hit Wide Receiver Calvin Ridley with a Beautiful 78-Yard Touchdown Pass to give The Tide a 14-0 lead and after a 46-Yard Field Goal, The Tide lead 17-0 after the First Quarter. Hurts Recorded a Fantastic 232.0 Quarterback Rating. – 351-Yards of Total Offense
4. Quarterback Kelly Bryant (#2) – Clemson
There were several Unbelievable Games, Along with the LSU and Mississippi State Game, that I was Keenly Interested in and the Clemson and Louisville Game was Going to be a Must Game For Me to See. Clemson, of Course, Won the National Championship last Year, but Louisville Quarterback Lamar Jackson won the Heisman Trophy. Also in the First Two Games of this Season, Jackson had been Phenomenal and he Obviously Wants to win the Heisman Trophy Again.
Also, Louisville Junior Super-Star Wide Receiver Jaylen Smith (6-4, 220, 4.44) has also been Sensational and Last Week, he Caught Nine Passes from Jackson for a Career-High 183-Yards and a Touchdown.
In the Photo Above, both of the Two Louisville Players are Potential NFL #1 Draft Choices, including Wide Receiver Jaylen Smith (#8) and Quarterback Lamar Jackson (#9). This Incredible Passing Combo had Virtually Been Unstoppable Before This Game.
Also, In the First Two Games of the 2017 Season, The National Champions Found Themselves another Unbelievable Athletic Quarterback named Kelly Bryant (6-4, 220, 4.5) to Take-Over the Reins from All-World Quarterback and NFL #1 Draft Choice, Quarterback Deshaun Watson, of the Houston Texans. And the Results of the Game was that The National Champions Completely Destroyed Jackson and The Cardinals to take Complete Control over the ACC Atlantic Division.
Clemson led 19-7 at Halftime, then shut the door on Louisville early in the Third Quarter when Dorian O’Daniel Intercepted a Jackson Pass and Returned it 44-Yards for a Touchdown. Later in the Third Quarter, Bryant ran One-Yard for another Touchdown and a 33-7 Lead. Bryant also hit Junior Wide Receiver Ray-Ray McCloud (5-10, 180, 4.42) with Seven Passes for 115-Yards.
Bryant Completed 22 of 32 Passes for 316-Yards and a Touchdown and Rushed for 26-Yards and another Two Touchdowns, giving him 342-Yards of Total Offense and Three Touchdowns, in getting the Defending National Champs Started on Another National Championship. Bryant also had a Very Good Quarterback Rating of 162.0. – 342-Yards of Total Offense
5. Quarterback Trace McSorley (#9) – Penn State
Trace McSorley had had an Incredible on Saturday Night as he got Penn State off to a Great Fast Start as he Completed 14 of 19 Passes for 258-Yards and 258-Yards in the First Half and threw a Stadium-Record 85-Yard Touchdown Pass to Running Back Saquon Barkley in the #5 Nittany Lions 56-0 Victory over Georgia State 56-0.
In the Entire Game, McSorley (6-0, 185) Completed 18 of 23 Passes for 309-Yards and had 24-Yards Rushing on 8 Carries, giving him 333-Yards of Total Offense.
Barkley finished the Game with an Incredible 226-Yards of All-Purpose Yards. McSorley also Recorded a Tremendous 248.5 Quarterback Rating. – 333-Yards of Total Offense
6. Quarterback J.T. Barrett (#16) – Ohio State
Ohio State Super-Star Athletic Quarterback J.T. Barrett (6-2, 220, 4.51) Made Big-Ten History in their 38-7 Victory over Army when he Ran for his 105th Career Touchdown and Passed for his 106th and 107th Touchdowns. By Getting these Three Touchdowns, Barrett Broke The Record of Former Purdue and Current New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees Record for the Most Accountable Touchdowns in Big-Ten History.
In this Game, Barrett Completed 25 of 33 Passes for 270-Yards and his Two Touchdowns and another 32-Yards and another Touchdown, giving him 302-Yards of Total Offense. After Breaking the Ohio State School Record for Total Offense, in the First Game, and getting 270-Yards Passing on Saturday, Barrett is now only 409-Yards away from The Ohio State School Record for Passing Yards, Set by All-American Quarterback Art Schlichter.
As a result of his Lengthy Career at Quarterback for Ohio State, Barrett has had the opportunity to Set Ohio State Records, but also in the Big-Ten. In this Game, Barrett Recorded a Great 164.5 Quarterback Rating. – 302-Yards of Total Offense
Super Six-Passing Quarterbacks
1. Quarterback Logan Woodside (#11) – Toledo
Quarterback Logan Woodside was Unbelievable on Saturday in a 54-51 UPSET Victory over Tulsa as he Completed 22 of 33 Passes for an Incredible 458-Yards and Six Touchdowns. Another Incredible Feat was that his Six Touchdowns were for 60, 26, 81, 15, 49, and 74-Yards.
Also, in this Game, Woodside (6-1, 201, 4.84) moved into Third Place on the Toledo All-Time Career Passing List with 7,636 Career Yards. His 458-Yards Passing in this Game, he also moved into Third Place on the All-Time Single-Game Passing Yardage. – 458-Yards Passing
2. Quarterback Riley Ferguson (#4) – Memphis
In this Huge Game with UCLA and Memphis, the Star Quarterback of the Game was Supposed to be UCLA Quarterback Josh Rosen and he was Selected to our Weekly MVP Players of the Week in both Game One and Game Two.
Rosen, considered one of the Top Quarterbacks in the Country, Completed 34 of 56 Passes for 463-Yards and Four Touchdowns for The Bruins, but he also threw two key Interceptions in the 48-45 UPSET Loss for The Bruins.
For all of the hype about Rosen, Memphis Quarterback Riley Ferguson (6-4, 210, 4.8) matched his counterpart, Completing 23 of 38 Passes 398-Yards Passing and an Incredible Six Touchdowns in the Unbelievable 48-45 Victory for Memphis. His Favorite Wide Receiver, Anthony Miller, was also Sensational, as he Caught Nine Passes for 185-Yards and Two Touchdowns, while Averaging 20.6-Yards Per Catch.
Jacobi Francis broke up a late Fourth-Down Pass by Rosen to lead Memphis. The Francis Pass Breakup with 56-Seconds left in the Game sent the Tigers faithful into an Unbelievable Celebration.
“They’ve been given nothing. They’ve had to earn everything they’ve ever gotten,” Memphis Head Coach Mike Norvell said about his team. “That’s what today was all about. It’s about going out there and when you get that opportunity and you put the work in, then you go out there and you make the play. That’s why I love this Memphis Football Team.” Ferguson Recorded a Tremendous 195.3 Quarterback Rating. – 398-Yards Passing
3. Quarterback Sam Darnold – (#14) Southern Cal
There were a Lot of Exciting Football Games on Saturday, and although the Memphis and UCLA might have been one of the Most Exciting, it has to Hold Top-Billing with the Southern Cal and Texas Game.
The USC-Texas Game an Unbelievable Double-Overtime Thriller between a #4 Ranked Team in the Country in The Trojans and the Pesky Texas Longhorns, who are either Coming-back or not back. The Longhorns were UPSET by Maryland in their Opening Game and were 1-1 after beating San Jose State. It had everything with Two Marquee Programs, with Upset Potential, and Great Clutch Plays.
Last Saturday against Texas, Southern Cal was down by Three Points, before mounting a final drive to force overtime.
“It just brings out the best in everybody, when you’re challenged to have to get it done,” said the Trojan Quarterbacks Coach and Passing Game Coordinator, Tyson Helton. Incidently, The Southern Cal Offensive Coordinator and Wide Receiver Coach Tee Martin has been a Personal Friend of mine for many years.
After the Longhorns took a 17-14 lead with 45 seconds remaining, they held a win expectancy of more than 91 percent, according to ESPN Stats.
When USC regained possession at its 35-Yard line, with 39 Seconds to go, it had been an uneven evening for its offense. The Trojans had been scoreless in the second half and Quarterback Sam Darnold had been Intercepted Two Times, and the Trojans Showed little signs of life.
All of that did not matter and will Never Matter, because “Big Sam” Darnold was getting ready to Take-Over.
“It All-Starts with Sam,” said Tight End Tyler Petite. “You have a Leader who is so poised and calm. It just kind of ripples throughout everybody.”
“When you have the most important guy on your Offense come in and be the most calm and collected out of everybody, even the Trojan Coaches, you have a guy who’s coming in and saying, ‘lets go score,’ it’s like another day of playing football in the backyard, to be able to see that Unbelievable Confidence from someone who is leading the team, it’s calming.”
Darnold, his teammates contend, never shows any worry and they rallied again.
“He provides one thing to your team no matter how adverse the situation is and that’s hope,” USC Head Coach Clay Helton added.
Darnold started the drive for the tying score against Texas, which ended on a 31-yard yard field goal by Freshman Walk-On Kicker Chase McGrath, with three straight completions and some of them were Very Difficult to Complete.
On one 21-yard pass to Freshman Running Back Stephen Carr, Darnold need more time, so he leaped in the air before floating it downfield to Carr, who was running along the Left Hashmarks.
“Thirty-nine seconds is an eternity for us,” Tyson Helton said. “We have plenty of time to go score. We won’t necessarily worry about the time, we just worry about what plays we’re going to run.”
Red-Shirt Sophomore Darnold (6-4, 220) was Sensational in this Game as he Completed 29 of 49 for an Amazing 397-Yards and Three Touchdowns in the Triple Overtime Victory over Texas.
In 2016, Darnold proved to be among the Top Quarterbacks in the Country as just a Red-Shirt Freshman as he inserted into the Trojans Starting Lineup in the Fourth Game and gave the USC Offense a spark as the Trojans won their Final Nine Games of the 2016 Season. Overall in the 2016 Season, while appearing in all 13 Games and starting the last 10, Darnold Completed 246 of 366 Passes for an Incredible 3,086-Yards and 31 Touchdowns with a 67.2 Per-Cent Completion Rate. He also had 62 Carries for 250-Yards and Two Touchdowns, giving him 3,336-Yards of Total Offense and 33 Touchdowns.
Darnold also Won the 2016 Archie Griffin Award from the Touchdown Club of Columbus and given to the Season-Long Most Valuable Player after the Bowl Games. He was Voted The 2016 Pac-12 Freshman Offensive Player of the Year and he made The Football Writers Freshman All-American First Team.
He also Won The Southern Cal 2016 Most Inspirational Player Award and Bob Chandler Award Given to the Underclassman with Outstanding Athletic Ability, Academic Achievement and Great Character.
He is the only USC Quarterback in History to have Back-to-Back Five Touchdown Games Against Arizona and California in 2016. Also in 2016, Darnold also Threw Multiple Touchdown Passes in Nine Straight Games, the most by a Trojan since Matt Leinart Threw 15 in 2003-04. He was ninth nationally in passing efficiency in 2016 and Second in the Pac-12 with an Unbelievable 161.1 Quarterback Rating. In the Game Against Texas, Darnold Recorded a 137.2 Quarterback Rating. – 397-Passing Yards
4. Quarterback Luke Falk (#4) – Washington State
Quarterback Luke Falk (6-4, 225, 4.82) of Washington State had another Incredible Passing Game in a 52-23 Victory over Oregon State. In that Game Falk Completed 37 of 49-Yards for an Unbelievable 396-Yards and Six Touchdowns and Zero Interceptions, with a Fabulous 75.5 Completion Percentage Rate. He also did not play most of the fourth quarter in the Cougars Rout.
With his Six Touchdowns, Falk Recorded his 98th Career Touchdown Pass, breaking the Touchdown Passing Record of Quarterback Jared Goff of California and Ranks as the Fourth in Pac-12 History. When he got his Fifth Touchdown Pass, Falk Tied a Washington State Record and then with his Sixth Touchdown Pass, he Broke the Washington State Career Record for Career Touchdown Passes.
Falk actually Scorched the Oregon State Defense in the Second Quarter as he Completed 14 of 20 Passes for 133-Yards and Three Touchdowns which was Noteworthy Numbers.
Falk has Passed for 1,689-Yards and a 422.3-Yards Per Game Average Against Oregon State in his career and 22 Touchdowns. He is also 4-0 against the Beavers, the first Washington State Quarterback in History to beat a Team Four Times.
With his 396-Yards Passing, Falk brought his Career Passing Totals to 11,793-Yards, with the Fifth Best in Pac-12 History. Falk was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, and it was his Fifth Time in getting The Weekly Pac-12 Award.
Falk operates with Unbelievable Poise in the Mike Leach Shotgun Offense and he is quick to Scan and Pass with Anticipation. Although he plays in The Mike Leach Air Raid Offense, he does read the Entire Field. He has a very quick and Smooth Release. He has a Tremendous Touch on the Ball and Coach Leach gives him a lot of Freedom and Responsibility in the Passing Offense and he has handled it extremely well and he Never Looks Flustered.
With Cougar Head Coach Mike Leach as his Mentor, it should not be such a Surprise that an Incredible Quarterback like Luke Falk is Breaking a lot of Pac-12 Records in almost Every Game. Coach Leach is a Personal Friend of mind and he has Developed a Multitude of Unbelievable Quarterbacks while he was at Texas Tech, including Kliff Kingsbury, and now at Washington State with Luke Falk.
My Son, Eric, and I were Personal Guests of Coach Leach and his Coaching Staff and Players on the Sidelines in at Least Two Bowl Games while Coach Leach was at Texas Tech, including The Alamo Bowl in 2001 and The Tangerine Bowl in 2002. Two other Personal Coaching Friends of mine were on those Texas Tech Coaching Staffs, including Coach Art Briles and Coach Sonny Dykes.
Falk is a Definite NFL #1 Draft Choice in the 2018 NFL Draft. In this Oregon State Game, Falk also Recorded a Great 183.8 Quarterback Rating. – 396-Yards Passing
5. Quarterback Josh Jackson (#17) – Virginia Tech
“Things” were not Looking-Good for the Virginia Tech Hokies early in the Game on Saturday. They fell behind East Carolina 17-7 after the First Quarter and they were In Trouble of being upset, but then the second quarter started, and the “Universe Righted Itself”” when Virginia Tech Freshman Quarterback Came-On to the Scene and led the Hokies, as they Racked-Up 57 Unanswered Points to pick up a 64-17 Victory.
Red-Shirt Freshman Quarterback Josh Jackson (6-1, 217) of Virginia Tech had a Sensational Game as he Completed 24 of 31 Passes for 372-Yards and an Incredible Five Touchdowns. And then, on Monday, he was Voted the ACC Rookie of the Week for the second time.
Jackson also Set Career Highs in Completions, Attempts, Passing-Yards, and Passing Touchdowns, including his longest Career Pass Completion with a 70-Yard Touchdown to Running Back Travon McMillian. His Five Touchdown Passes tied for the most in a Single-Game in Virginia Tech History. His 372-Yards Passing were the most by a Hokie Freshman Quarterback and the Fifth Most Touchdowns for any Hokie Quarterback since 1987. Jackson is the first Virginia Tech Quarterback to win his First Three Career Starts since Quarterback Logan Thomas in 2011.
The Virginia Tech Hokies has a Really Unbelievable Shining-Star in Red-Shirt Freshman Quarterback Josh Jackson, who was just named the Manning Award Winner for Week Three. The Sugar Bowl has just Announced the news via Twitter on Thursday Afternoon. Jackson now has Eight Touchdown Passes for the Season and with Zero Interceptions.
In the East Carolina Game, Jackson Recorded an Unbelievable 231.4 Quarterback Rating and he also has the Highest Quarterback Rating Among All Freshman Quarterbacks with a rating of 177.7 Quarterback Rating for the Season. – 372-Yards Passing
6. Quarterback Kenny Hill (#7) – TCU
In the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex Championship Game, it looked-like The SMU Mustangs were going to Pull one of he Upsets of the Year Against the Favored TCU Horned Frogs, and were ahead 19-7 before Super-Star Quarterback Kenny Hill threw Three Touchdown Passes in the Final 7 1/2 Minutes in the Second Quarter.
Jalen Reagor (5-11, 185, 4.41, 38) made an Unbelievable Leaping 38-Yard Touchdown Catch between Four Defenders in the End-Zone on the last play of the First Half, and it Finally put The #20 Horned Frogs Ahead To-Stay in a 56-36 TCU Victory over The Upset-Minded SMU Mustangs on Saturday.
“The Unbelievable Catch by Jalen Reagor made a huge difference, and it gave us a little something going into halftime, and kind-of deflated them a little bit,” Hill said. “That’s the first time I’ve been in a game that I’ve ever seen a Hail-Mary completed, as I just kind of threw it up to him,to let him go make a play.”
Running Back Darius Anderson (5-11, 205, 4.5) also ran for Two Touchdowns for TCU in the Second Half, including the first drive after halftime and then, Speedy Running Back Kenedy Snell also scored twice.
The Super Fast Snell (5-8, 170, 4.33) had a 10-yard Touchdown Run and later turned a Short Pass into a 71-Yard Sprint to the End-Zone . That long Touchdown gave TCU a 21-19 Lead with 2:40 Left in the First Half. Snell and Reagor are both True Freshmen from Waxahachie, Texas, less than an hour from the TCU Campus.
“Obviously we put the Play-in-the Game, so Reagor Could Jump Up-There and Grab the Ball. We already knew he could do it,” TCU Head Coach Gary Patterson said when talking about his two Great Freshmen Newcomers. “We’ve been chasing Snell all through two-a-days.”
Hill was Incredible for the Horned Frogs as he Completed 24 of 30 Passes for an Amazing 365-Yards and Four Touchdowns in the 56-36 Victory. Hill also Recorded an Unbelievable 226.2 Quarterback Rating. – 365-Yards Passing