Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/5/12
Champs of the Week:1.     Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon- 321 rushing yards, 5 TD’sThis one almost seemed personal to Barner. The senior back, originally from L.A., set a school record with 321 rushing yards in five touchdowns in the high-scoring affair with USC. With all the talk early in the year about De’Anthony Thomas being the Heisman candidate on this Oregon Ducks squad, Barner has been steadily improving as the year has gone on and is really hitting his stride of late. He now has five straight games of over 100 yards rushing, and in that five-game stretch, Barner has accounted for 14 total touchdowns—nearly 75 percent of the total touchdowns he has on the entire year.2.     Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee- 530 passing yards, 5 TD’sNow this was the quarterback many of us were expecting Bray to be at the beginning of the year. In the game against Troy in which the two teams compiled over 1,400 yards of total offense combined, Bray was the unquestioned star with over 500 yards through the air and five touchdown passes in the win. Bray was able to successfully find both of his stud wideouts throughout the entire game which led to his career highs in both yardage and touchdowns. With SEC bottom feeders remaining on the schedule, Bray could keep this trend going for the rest of 2012.3.     Matt Barkley, QB, USC- 484 passing yards, 5 TD’sBarkley had another huge performance, but was clearly outshined by Oregon and its playmakers. The senior quarterback had just under 500 yards passing with five scores in the loss to the Ducks. Barkley now has 30 touchdown passes on the year, and three games in which he has thrown 5+ touchdowns. With his defense giving up score after score, Barkley and Co. just kept tossing the rock around the yard, including two 70+ yard TD passes. With Arizona State and UCLA—both averaging nearly 37 points a game—up next on the schedule, Barkley will have to put up big numbers again if USC wants to avoid a disastrous finish to the 2012 season.Honorable Mention:1.     Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville- 324 passing yards, 5 TD’sBridgewater just keeps on rolling. In just his second season, the sophomore QB has taken the Cardinals to new heights as he threw for five touchdowns in the win over Temple. After falling behind early yet again, Bridgewater led Louisville to scores on five of its first six possessions.2.     Chuckie Keeton, QB, Utah State- 364 total yards, 5 TD’sPossibly one of the most underrated QB’s in all the nation is dual-threat option Chuckie Keeton. The sophomore had another big performance against yet another weak conference foe in Texas State as Keeton had five total touchdowns in the rout. Keeton now has recorded a touchdown in all but one game this season, and has had multiple scores in all but two. Keeton has a bye week coming up before the crucial matchup with a ranked Louisiana Tech team.3.     Eric Soza, QB, UTSA- 314 passing yards, 4 TD’sSurprisingly, Soza has been one of the more efficient quarterbacks in the entire nation in 2012. Despite the loss—their fourth straight since starting the year 5-0—Soza threw for over 300 yards and four scores, giving him 15 on the year with only a single interception. The last three games for the Roadrunners are cupcakes, so expect Soza to keep putting up similar numbers.4.     Darrin Reaves, RB, UAB- 223 rushing yards, 2 TD’sThe sophomore running back rushed for a season-high 223 yards and two scores in the win over an awful Southern Miss team. Reaves has taken over the starting running back duties and has flourished with two straight games of 150+ yards on the ground. He now also has three straight multi-touchdown performances. Reaves has great matchups the next two weeks with Marshall and Memphis on the schedule.5.     Michael Campanaro, WR, Wake Forest- 123 receiving yards, 3 TD’sCampanaro was a beast in the first half of the win over Boston College, catching three touchdowns. The junior wideout also tied a conference record with 16 receptions in the game. Tough matchups ahead, though, for Campanaro and the Deacons with a top secondary in NC State, Notre Dame and Vandy to finish up the year.This Won’t Last:1.     Brennan Clay, RB, Oklahoma- 157 rushing yards, 1 TDIn the place of the injured Damien Williams, Clay ran for a career-high 157 yards in the win over Iowa State. Williams did play, but was limited to three carries. Once healthy, he will be back as the starter as he has been a pleasant surprise in 2012 for the Sooners.2.     Devin Gardner, QB, Michigan- 255 total yards, 3 TD’sThis was an early preview of the Wolverine offense in 2013. Denard Robinson was a late scratch from the lineup, and Gardner stepped in to have a career day throwing the football with 234 yards passing and a pair of scoring tosses. The junior QB also had 21 rushing yards and another touchdown on the ground. Next week against Northwestern, though, he will be back at receiver when Shoelace comes back.3.     Onterrio McCalebb, RB, Auburn- 113 rushing yards, 2 TD’sShocker! McCalebb and the Auburn offense actually did something positive in a game. Don’t get too excited, though. It was against New Mexico State. The senior running back had only his second 100-yard performance of the year with 113 yards on the ground and a pair of touchdowns. Auburn gets Georgia next week, and the offense will assuredly be back to its normal inept self.Chumps of the Week:1.     Munchie Legaux, QB, Cincinnati- 124 passing yards, 0 TD’sIn the win over Syracuse, Legaux was benched in favor of backup Brendan Kay after nearly throwing his second interception of the game. The junior QB was having a solid season up until this game, accounting for two or more scores in each contest. He finished with only 124 yards through the air, which was a season low. Despite the poor performance, expect Legaux to retain his starting spot next week.2.     Matt Scott, QB, Arizona- 124 passing yards, 0 TD’sAlthough he left the game mid-way through the third quarter which hampered his final production, Scott was shut down prior to being injured. The senior quarterback, who coming into the matchup was ranked second in the nation at 386 yards per game, only had 124 yards through the air on 25 attempts. Scott took a hit to the head, but head coach Rich Rodriguez said that he should be fine for next week in the game against Colorado. I wouldn’t be totally shocked if he is held out, though, as Arizona could easily get passed the Buffs without Scott.3.     Kasey Carrier, RB, New Mexico- 52 rushing yards, 0 TD’sCarrier and the nation’s fifth-rated rushing offense were held in check in the blowout loss to UNLV. Until this past weekend, Carrier was on a roll with four straight games of over 100 yards on the ground, and six straight with a touchdown. It would help open up holes for Carrier if the Lobos had any threat of a passing attack, but are last in the nation in that area, averaging only 53 yards a game.Honorable Mention:1.     Cody Getz, RB, Air Force- 23 rushing yards, 0 TD’sAfter beginning the season on a tear, Getz has fallen off the past four weeks, largely due in part to an injured ankle that kept him out of the past two weeks. Getz got 14 carries despite the injury, but was only able to manage 23 yards on the ground, a number far lower than the 132.6 yard average per game he has in 2012.2.     Andrew Buie, RB, West Virginia- 64 total yards, 0 TD’sEver since the big two-game stretch during the middle portion of the year where Buie had over 300 yards rushing and four touchdowns, the sophomore back has been nearly invincible. Buie is still averaging a solid 4.7 yards a carry on the year, but just isn’t getting as many touches lately with Geno Smith having to dig the team out of holes by the way of passing the football. Buie had only 40 yard rushing in the loss to TCU.3.     Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State- 58 receiving yards, 0 TD’sIf you would have told me quarterback Matt McGloin threw for over 300 yards on the day and a pair of scores, I would have said Allen Robinson had a monster game. That was not the case, though, as Robinson only tallied 58 yards receiving. That is now six straight games in which Robinson has failed to top 100 yards receiving.4.     Mike Glennon, QB, NC State- 197 passing yards, 1 TDIn possibly the shocker of the entire week, Glennon and the Wolfpack were completely shut down by a bad Virginia squad in a blowout loss. The senior quarterback was hassled all day by the defense, and led to him turning the ball over four times in the game. Glennon also threw for a season-low 197 yards and only one touchdown.5.     Austin Hill, WR, Arizona- 57 receiving yards, 0 TD’sAfter the monster performance against USC in which Hill caught 10 passes for over 250 yards, the sophomore wideout only caught the ball five times for 57 yards in the blowout loss to UCLA. Hill had been on a roll of late with six TD receptions in his last four outings, but was shut out against the Bruins. The Arizona offense seemed off all day long, and was not able to sustain any kind of success during the game.This Won’t Last:1.     Kenny Bell, WR, Nebraska- 31 receiving yards, 0 TD’sPossibly the biggest play of the game Bell had was one in which he did not even catch a pass. Bell forced a late-game pass interference penalty that gave the Huskers the ball inside the Spartans’ 10-yard line, which eventually turned into the game-winning drive. Other than the penalty, Bell had minimal impact on the game with only 31 yards receiving. Of late, though, Bell has been a favorite target of quarterback Taylor Martinez, and should face some slightly worse defenses going forward.2.     Joseph Randle, RB, Oklahoma State- 43 rushing yards, 0 TD’sThis was by far Randle’s lowest output of the season. The junior running back was held to just his second game all season in which he did not top 100 yards rushing and the third where he was not able to record a touchdown. Kansas State has an extremely underrated defense, though, so credit should go to how well they played Saturday night. Despite ranked opponents Texas Tech and Oklahoma in the next few weeks, they are not known for having dominating defenses, so expect Randle to get back on track3.     Conner Vernon, WR, Duke- 47 receiving yards, 0 TD’sIn the tough two-game stretch against the two best teams in the ACC, Vernon combined to catch just eight passes for 59 yards. In the game against Clemson, Vernon was shut down for the most part as much of the passing offense went the way of fellow wideout Jamison Crowder. The schedule loosens up a bit to finish off the year, and Vernon should see his reception and yardage total increase in the coming weeks. 
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