Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/17/12

Champs of the Week:

1. Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M- 294 passing yards, 124 rushing yards, 6 TD’s

Looks as if the new offense is coming together much quicker than expected for Manziel and the Aggies. The first-year quarterback set a freshman record with 294 yards passing a four touchdowns. He also added a pair of rushing scores to go with 124 yards on the ground. This all came after a rough first outing in their SEC debut against Florida in which Manziel only accounted for one TD on the day. It’s clear, though, after this performance that Manziel has the potential to develop in a very good quarterback the fits this offense to a tee.

2. Jordan Lynch, QB, Northern Illinois- 342 passing yards, 125 rushing yards, 5 TD’s

Chandler Harnish who? Lynch has been every bit as good as Harnish was last year, if not better. The dual-threat QB has been utilizing his mobility more early on this season, but was able to get the passing attack on track against Army. While not a sure thing as a passer just yet, Lynch has now rushed for over 300 yards in the first three games with five rushing touchdowns.

3. Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia- 411 passing yards, 5 TD’s

It’s becoming more and more evident that Smith will be in New York City at the end of the 2012 season for the Heisman Trophy ceremony. The senior QB is on an absolute tear right now. Not only does Smith have over 700 passing yards and nine TD’s on the year so far, but he is completing a whopping 88 percent of his passes and seems to be flourishing in the Dana Holgorsen offense. West Virginia still has not played an opponent that possesses any kind of defensive talent, but it’s not like conference play will change things all that much. The Big 12 is not necessarily known as a defensive league. Expect Smith to continue this roll all throughout the season. 

Honorable Mention:

1. Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State- 136 receiving yards, 3 TD’s

Robinson, by far, has been the top target for the Penn State aerial attack and an insurance blanket for quarterback Matt McGloin. Against Navy he was just that and more, topping the 100-yard mark and adding three more touchdowns to his name. He is a player on the rise.

2. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State- 249 passing yards, 4 TD’s, 75 rushing yards, 1 TD

Its about time to give Miller the recognition he deserves. Though the Buckeyes are 3-0 on this young season, they have been shaky in all of their wins. Miller has been the exception. He again put in a strong performance against a tough Cal defense, racking up over 300 yards of total offense and five total touchdowns. He is quite possibly the best dual-threat QB in the country right now.

3. Bryn Renner, QB, North Carolina- 363 passing yards, 5 TD’s

Renner started off slowly against Louisville, but led a massive comeback that came up just short at the end. Many questioned whether or not Renner was a fit to this new spread attack at North Carolina, but he seemed just fine on Saturday, throwing for 363 yards and five touchdowns. He now has nine touchdown passes on the year.

4. Stedman Bailey, RB, West Virginia- 173 receiving yards, 3 TD’s

It was thought of before the season that Tavon Austin would be the go-to man for quarterback Geno Smith, but it looks as if Bailey may have taken over that role. He topped 100 yards receiving again this week against James Madison, with another multi-touchdown performance. He may be the better option going forward over Austin.

5. Seth Doege, QB, Texas Tech- 340 passing yards, 6 TD’s

While the competition has been sup-par to start the season, 12 touchdown passes in three games is nothing to scoff at. Doege, who was off and on as much as any quarterback last year, has gotten off to a blazing start to the 2012 season. Again, the competition has been lacking so the numbers are inflated, but a senior quarterback in this type of offense is a must-play in fantasy leagues going forward.

This Won’t Last:

1. Reilly O’Toole, QB, Illinois- 333 passing yards, 5 TD’s

With starting quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase out with an injury, O’Toole stepped in admirably to have a career day with over 300 passing yards and five scores. While it was a great performance for the backup QB, this is still Scheelhaase’s team. Expect him back shortly against much stiffer competition.

2. Mark Weisman, FB, Iowa- 113 rushing yards, 3 TD’s

Now the second straight week a fullback out of nowhere comes on to have a big performance in the rushing department. Walk-on freshman fullback Mark Weisman shouldered the load for the Hawkeyes with both Greg Garmon and Damon Bullock out with injuries. While a nice story, you can’t expect a walk-on fullback to continue putting up big numbers on a weekly basis.

3. Chad Bumphis, WR, Mississippi State- 180 receiving yards, 3 TD’s

Bumphis became the first player since 1969 to catch three touchdown passes in a game for the Bulldogs. He has now caught a touchdown pass in each of the first three games for MSU, and has already matched his career high in touchdown receptions in a season. Just wait, though, till LSU and Alabama start coming around and see how Bumphis does then.

Chumps of the Week:

1. Ryan Aplin, QB, Arkansas State- 138 passing yards, 18 rushing yards, 0 TD’s

Aplin really got beat up against the rugged Nebraska defense. He was sacked three times, and was unable to get anything going on the ground. Not only that, it was the first time in his last five games that Aplin was held to under 300 yards passing. In this new offense under Gus Malzahn, the senior QB has been throwing the ball a lot more and has yet to gain much yardage in the ground game.

2. Danny O’Brien, QB, Wisconsin- 63 passing yards, 0 TD’s

Looks like the Danny O’Brien experiment could end quicker than expected. While he is expected to regain his starting role, the former Maryland transfer was yanked from the game against Utah State at halftime with the Badgers trailing. O’Brien has been far from impressive in his short stint thus far with the Badgers, throwing only three touchdown passes on the young season. If the Wisconsin offense continues to be stagnant in the upcoming weeks, a permanent change could be made.

3. David Piland, QB, Houston- 249 passing yards, 0 TD’s, 5 INT’s

One week after showing up on the Champs side of the ledger, Piland put up a stinker against a suspect UCLA defense. Other than a long 86-yard TD run, Piland struggled mightily, throwing five interceptions and failing to pass for over 300 yards despite 60 passing attempts. Houston looks to be well on their way to having a terrible season, but giving up this soon on Piland would be a mistake. With conference foes on the upcoming schedule, and with the amount of passing this offense looks to be doing, Piland will have better days ahead.

Honorable Mention:

1. Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers- 29 receiving yards, 0 TD’s

After scoring touchdown in each of the first two games, Coleman was a non-factor in the win over South Florida on Thursday. After a monster finish to the 2011 season, the junior wideout was expect to be a big-time contributor this year, but has not had more than two catches in a game thus far. Coleman might be a threat for touchdowns, but it does not seem like he is getting the ball much outside of the red-zone.

2. Perry Jones, RB, Virginia- 31 total yards, 0 TD’s

Just an awful start to the year for Jones, who looks to be losing out on snaps to backup Kevin Parks. Jones was the focal point of the entire offense last season, but has not been able to get on track yet this year, due in large part to shaky play by the offensive line. Until he proves he can regain his 2011 form, Jones should stay on the bench going forward.

3. Zac Dysert, QB, Miami (OH)- 176 passing yards, 0 TD’s

Despite completing nearly 75 percent of his passes on the day, Dysert and the passing attack was held in check for much of the day. This was supposed to be the big year for Dysert heading into his senior season being fully healthy, but he only has two touchdown passes in his first three games. Don’t put all the blame on him, though. His numbers would be much-improved if he gets some help from his receivers who are dropping passes left and right.

4. Bo Wallace, QB, Ole Miss- 178 passing yards, 1 TD

After beginning the year on a hot streak, Wallace was relatively unsuccessful in his start against the Longhorns. Prior to this week, Wallace was averaging somewhere around 30 fantasy points per contest in his first two starts, but really struggled against a tough Texas defense. This could be a continuing trend as well with SEC play on the horizon.

5. Kyle Carter, TE, Penn State- 1 catch, 13 yards, 0 TD’s

Tight ends have been a huge factor as expected in the new Bill O’Brien offense, but Carter finished with only one reception in the blowout of Navy. Carter has been the primary tight end thus far, and is a big-time option in the red zone. It was just that his teammate, wide receiver Allen Robinson, was the beneficiary this week with three TD catches. Carter will assuredly get more looks as the season progresses.

This Won’t Last:

1. Matt Barkley, QB, USC- 254 passing yards, 0 TD’s

Don’t jump ship just yet. Sure, Barkley’s Heisman chances took a significant blow on Saturday night in the loss to Stanford, but he is still the best quarterback in the nation, and still has two of the top wide receivers in all of college football at his disposal. It was just Stanford’s night, and their D played lights out for practically the entire contest. Barkley will not have another zero touchdown performance the rest of the season…book it!

2. Le’Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State- 77 rushing yards, 0 TD’s

Bell came back down to Earth on Saturday against the surprisingly stingy Notre Dame defense and was held to under 100 yards rushing for the first time this year. Its not that Bell had a bad day, but with the Spartans down for much of the contest, they were forced to put the ball in the air much more than expected. Look for Bell to get on track next week, though, against a terrible Eastern Michigan team.

3. Cobi Hamilton, WR, Arkansas- 2 catches, 14 yards, 0 TD’s

This was somewhat expected. Alabama has arguably the best defense in all of college football, and starting quarterback Tyler Wilson did not play due to injury. With Wilson back in the lineup possibly next week, Hamilton will assume is role as the offense’s top target. Don’t expect a performance like this from him the rest of the year. 


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