Week 4 Maxwell Award Elite
- In a shootout against Clemson, QB EJ Manuel gave Florida State a commanding win, earning our Maxwell Award Player of the Week. Manuel completed 27 out of his 35 passes for 380 yards and two touchdowns, adding 102 rushing yards on just 11 attempts. The senior now has eight passing touchdowns with one interception and a 73.4 completion percentage.
- Cobi Hamilton was clearly Tyler Wilson’s favorite receiver against Rutgers as he completely exploded for 10 receptions, 303 yards, and three touchdowns. Despite the loss, Hamilton set a new SEC record with most receiving yards in a single game and was named SEC Co-Offensive Player of the Week.
- Tavon Austin recorded his third straight game of 10 catches or more with a performance of 13 catches, collecting 179 yards, and all of Geno Smith’s three passing touchdowns. Austin now leads the Big 12 in receptions with 34.
Week 4 Chuck Bednarik Award Presented by Cracker Barrel Elite
- Manti Te’o has yet to disappoint as every week he continues to raise the bar. In a ranked rivalry matchup against Michigan, Te’o was able to shutdown Denard Robinson and the Wolverines with eight tackles and two interceptions making him our Chuck Bednarik Award presented by Cracker Barrel Player of the Week. Te’o now has three interceptions through four games; entering the season he had zero in his college career.
- In a defensive showdown against Auburn, LSU DE Sam Montgomery recorded four tackles with 3.5 tackles for loss and a safety to give LSU a 2-0 start. Montgomery was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week.
- In what was thought to be an offensive fireworks show, the Oregon Ducks led by LB Michael Clay, completely shutdown Arizona’s highly touted offense. Clay registered 13 tackles (10 solo), two tackles for loss, one sack, and a forced fumble as he was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week.
Exciting Week 5 Matchups To Watch For
- No. 8 Stanford at Washington
After a week’s rest we can assume Stanford’s defense will be fully prepared for the Huskies’ QB Keith Price, who always has the potential to breakout. Price will have to be extremely careful with the long ball as the talented Stanford secondary holds safeties Ed Reynolds and Jordan Richards. Price will look for comfort in his reliable TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins who will be constantly annoyed by highly regarded LBs Chase Thomas and Shayne Skov.
- Tennessee at No. 5 Georgia
Tyler Bray continues to impress, and will have an opportunity to make his case as SEC’s best QB with an upset over Georgia. However, Tennessee hasn’t faced a defense as talented and disciplined as the Bulldogs. Led by LB Jarvis Jones, Georgia will do their best to disrupt Bray’s rhythm and force turnovers. It also helps that UGA returns one of their best starters in S Baccari Rambo from suspension; if he sees a lot of downs it will be a lot harder for WR Justin Hunter to get going with the deep ball. For Volunteers defense LB A.J. Johnson and company will do their best to stop freshman RB Todd Gurley who is looking for his 4th 100-yard game on the season.
- No. 14 Ohio State at No. 20 Michigan State
Fresh off his second 200-yard plus game, Michigan State RB Le’Veon Bell will have a tough challenge against an enormous defensive line featuring DT Johnathan Hankins and DE John Simon; also look for LB Etienne Sabino to further crowd the OSU line to give Bell even more problems. The Ohio State offense will be led by the dangerous QB Braxton Miller, who already has 14 total touchdowns (7 passing, 7 rushing). If Miller is contained, it will be by the efforts of Michigan State’s LBs Denicos Allen and Max Bullough. This will be their toughest quarterback task so far.
- No. 25 Baylor at No. 9 West Virginia
Baylor QB Nick Florence has so far been a qualified replacement for Robert Griffin III, as he has thrown for over 300 yards and at least three touchdowns in his first three games, with the helping hands of returning WR Terrance Williams. QB Geno Smith has made WVU 3rd overall in passing yards averaging 370 per game. Give credit to WRs Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey, who have been superb making Smith’s offense that much more fluid. So far Baylor’s season low is 47, while West Virginia’s is 31.
- No. 12 Texas at Oklahoma State
Texas finally has a reliable quarterback again in David Ash, who has totaled 703 yards and seven touchdowns. With contributions from RBs Malclom Brown and Joe Bergeron Texas has put up nearly 50 points per game. Oklahoma State has found success in freshman slinger J.W. Walsh who is able to spread out the offense by utilizing a variety of receivers. If Oklahoma State is going to pull off an upset they’ll need a big game from RB Joseph Randle, who has rushed for over 100 yards in his first three games.
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