October 07, 2011

College FB '11 Dread News - Week 5

In an interview on the East Carolina website, senior WR Lance Lewis said, "the two fumbles killed us," after the Pirates lost Saturday night. But since they weren't his fumbles, he realized it sounded like he was blaming his teammates, so his next sentence was, "but it doesn't mean anything," and he went on to mention that his team still could have played better than it did after those fumbles. Nice try Lance, but you were right the first time. For some reason, in football, it's the turnovers that usually make the difference between winning and losing. They do mean something. Fresh off a 7-turnover game last week against UAB, the ECU offense was at it again this week - with three more turnovers by the 6:30 mark of the 1st quarter, two of them coming in the red zone. So it did not matter that ECU finished with more total yards than North Carolina (490-456), their -4 turnover ratio helped UNC to a 28-3 halftime lead, and the Tar Heels coasted to a 35-20 road victory.

On the fifth snap after the opening kickoff East Carolina's opening drive ended with what officially went down on the stat sheet as a fumble (there's no such thing as a steal in football) at the UNC 18-yard line. On the second play of the Pirates' second possession an INT at the ECU 14-yard line set up UNC's 1st TD. Then came the second fumble (and third turnover), ending a drive that had reached the UNC 19. Senior CB Tre Boston, who was fully responsible for the first turnover, finished the night with 3 tackles (2-1) for UNC. Both of junior DE Donte Paige-Moss' 2 tackles were TFL. Senior WR Dwight Jones almost made the dread stars list. He finished with 6 receptions for 93 yards and 2 TD, including a 47-yarder in the 2nd quarter that made the score 28-3, as UNC improved to 4-1. Lewis (photo below), the only player who did make the dread stars list, and the Pirates (1-3) were left with the consolation that at least they didn't have any trouble moving the ball; and that they're still undefeated (1-0) in CUSA.

You hardly ever see a game that has two starting QBs with dreads. So I definitely was looking forward to the Minnesota-Michigan game. Unfortunately, however, junior QB Marqueis Gray was unable to play for Minnesota due to a turf toe injury. Not that his absence affected the outcome of the game any. Even with Gray the Gophers would have lost, but probably not as badly as they did. The final was 58-0 as Michigan enjoyed a 580-177 advantage in total yards. Not needed to run the ball this week, junior QB Denard Robinson worked on his passing (he needs it) and went 15 for 19 for 169 yards and 2 TD against the lousy Gophers' defense. He had just 6 rushing attempts, finishing with 51 yards and 1 TD. Junior RB Vincent Smith (photo below) had a trifecta -- a 3-yard TD run, a 28-yard TD reception, and a 17-yard TD pass -- all by the 9:38 mark of the 2nd quarter. Senior WR Junior Hemingway had 5 catches for 56 yards. Perhaps the highlight of the game was the shot of Michigan freshman S Josh Furman with his helmet off, allowing us to see that he has a blue lock or two mixed in there among the rest of his dreads. Go Blue! The Wolverines are now 5-0, with all 5 wins at home. But we've seen this before. And even though they're up to #12 in the rankings, you can't really take them seriously until they start beating some tougher opponents.

If you've had the chance to see the episode of the NFL Network's series on great high school rivalries that featured the 2007 Muck Bowl, you'll remember that Miami WR Travis Benjamin and Bethune-Cookman WR Eddie Poole were teammates at Glades Central HS. But they were on opposite sidelines on Saturday. More than 30 players with dreads were in uniform at Sun Life Stadium as Bethune-Cookman played their first game ever against an FBS team. Poole struck the first blow, his 1-yard TD catch giving the Wildcats a 7-0 lead that lasted until midway through the 2nd quarter before the Hurricanes finally woke up. Not even 90 seconds after a TD had tied the game, Benjamin went 44 yards on a punt return to set up another TD, which put the Canes ahead to stay. Travis finished with 6 catches for 66 yards (but no 6-pointers). Senior LB Sean Spence led the U with 8 tackles (6-2), 2.5 of which were TFL. And senior DE Marcus Robinson had 5 tackles (3-1), including 3 sacks. Sophomore LB Kelvin Cain put the icing on the cake with a 59-yard pick six that made the final score 45-14. Sophomore WR Allen Hurns had 1 reception for 17 yards. Freshman TE Clive Walford also had 1 catch but fumbled it away after an 11-yard gain. And it was great to see sophomore OT Seantrel Henderson on the field. He made his 2011 debut after recovering (sooner than I expected) from back surgery in August. For the Wildcats senior LB Reggie Sandilands had a sack but finished with only 3 tackles (3-0). Senior WR Maurice Francois (photo below) had 3 catches for 42 yards. Senior RB Johnathan Moment had 2 catches for 15 yards. And sophomore WR Patrick Harris caught 1 for 2 yards. Despite losing by 31, B-C actually dominated in total yards 422-335. If the Canes can't do any better than that from now on, they won't even make it to a bowl game, let alone contend for the ACC championship.

South Carolina had a mostly solid 2010 season - except for those two losses to Auburn. So the Gamecocks took their home field Saturday looking for some payback. They didn't get it. The Tigers scored a TD with 1:38 remaining in the game and held on to hand South Carolina their first loss of the season 16-13. Both teams had 4 turnovers, while Carolina had the edge in total yards 358-289. It looked like the Gamecocks were going to win 13-9 after they scored a TD in the 3rd quarter; but after going 9 straight possessions without scoring, Auburn went 57 yards in 12 plays on their final drive to spoil things again for Gamecock fans. Junior CB T'Sharvan Bell, who was beaten for a 50-yard TD by WR Alshon Jeffery in the 1st quarter (photo below) (although he'll be the first to let you know that Jeffery got away with offensive pass interference), had a key PBU on a pass to Jeffery as the Gamecocks desperately tried (and failed) to get into FG range on their last-chance drive. Sophomore S Demetruce McNeal led Auburn with 8 tackles (5-3) and got his 2nd INT of the season. Senior CB Neiko Thorpe also got his 2nd INT. The Gamecocks, who have at least 20 players with dreads on their roster, got 8 tackles (8-0) from junior CB Stephon Gilmore, 6 tackles (3-3) and a sack from senior LB Shaq Wilson, 5 tackles (5-0) from junior S D.J. Swearinger, and 4 tackles (3-1) from senior LB Rodney Paulk. Both teams are now 4-1, and South Carolina will have a new starting QB next week.

You know, when I did that preview article on Arizona State WR George Bell before last season, I never imagined things would go so poorly for him. When a school gives a scholarship to a junior college WR, they're expecting much more than 13 receptions in 16 career games. But sadly that's all Bell has given the Sun Devils so far (and still no TD) as we approach the midway point of his senior season. No doubt George is even more disappointed than I am; but my disappointment reached a new level on Saturday night after I saw that he has cut off the bottom portion of his dreads (the part that he had dyed red), making them much shorter. Bell's new look didn't improve his performance at all. In fact, he hardly played at all as ASU struggled to a 35-20 home win over Oregon State. Junior WR Jamal Miles had another good game for the Sun Devils, taking a punt return 78 yards to the house for his 5th TD of the season. He also rushed for 45 yards and caught 8 passes for 62 yards. Senior WR James Rodgers had 5 catches for 32 yards for OSU, including his 1st TD catch of the season. As for Bell, I'm still a big fan (even with the shorter dreads), and I don't give up hope easily. But damn George, can you give us at least something before the season's over? At this point I'd be thrilled with even just 1 TD.

In the FCS ..... for teams that are offensively challenged, the punt often is their most effective weapon on offense. Yes, you have to give up the ball, but it's a safe and easy way to gain 30-40 yards of field position. But there was nothing safe or easy for Texas Southern last Thursday in their game at Jackson State. A comedy of errors (of course, it wasn't funny if you're a TSU fan) by the TSU punt team in the 2nd quarter quickly turned a competetive game into a blowout. With TSU trailing 13-0 their punter (who shall remain nameless here) dropped a near-perfect snap; and when he picked the ball up, he was tackled immediately by JSU junior WR Rico Richardson at the 11-yard line. JSU scored on the next play to make it 20-0. About three minutes later the TSU punter muffed a muffed a low snap, picked it up and tried to punt, but it was blocked by Richardson and then recovered by senior S Tim Dandridge, who took it 15 yards to the house to make it 27-0. Then after TSU went three and out on their next possession, the punter fielded a bad snap on a short hop, and fearing that his kick would be blocked again, tried to run instead but was nailed by Dandridge for a loss of 12 at the 5-yard line. Two plays later it was 34-0, and the rout was on. It ended up 58-13. Guess what Texas Southern will be doing extra practice on for their next game - because the punt is supposed to be your weapon, not the other team's ..... South Carolina State's coaches and players must have been kicking themselves when their game was over Saturday after handing Norfolk State a 17-14 victory in a key MEAC game at Norfolk. SCSU looked to be about to increase their 7-3 lead after a blocked punt gave them the ball at the NSU 11-yard line with 26 seconds to play before halftime. But on the next play, senior LB Chad Battles forced a fumble, and the Spartans scooped an scored an 84-yard TD. Just like that, instead of going into the locker room trailing by 11, NSU had the lead. Junior WR Xavier Boyce, who finished with 7 catches for 84 yards, had a 41-yard reception on a TD drive that upped the lead to 17-7 late in the 3rd quarter. The Bulldogs scored a TD with 9:39 to go to pull within 17-14 and were poised to take the lead on their next possession after driving from the NSU 23 to a 1st and goal at the 1-yard line. But three plays later, it was 4th and goal at the 2. If that wasn't frustrating enough for SCSU fans, the Bulldogs then missed the gimme 20-yard FG attempt that would have tied the game. From there NSU picked up a couple of first downs and ran out the clock to secure the victory. Freshman WR Julius Pendergrass scored his 3rd TD of the season for SCSU on a 14-yard run, while senior S Dominique Ellis finished with 4 tackles (3-1) and 1 FF. The loss badly hurts SCSU's MEAC title hopes as they will need Norfolk State to lose twice, and that is not likely. NSU, which led at halftime against West Virginia a couple of weeks ago, is now 2-0 in the MEAC, 4-1 overall ..... In a showdown of sick DBs in the NEC, Bryant sophomore CB Jeremy Woodson won the battle, but Duquesne junior S Serge Kona won the war. Woodson had 2 INT (his first 2 of the season) to just 1 pick for Kona (his 1st), but Duqesne got the home win 31-28.

More FCS ..... Junior LB Danzel White (photo above) had 15 tackles (6-9) for Towson, but the Tigers, despite outgaining Maryland 378-335 in total yards, lost 28-3 ..... Senior LB Vinson Givans and senior S Jerron McMillian both had 7 tackles and both had INTs in the 4th quarter as Maine rallied from a 17-14 deficit to win their CAA opener over Delaware 31-17. Senior CB Trevor Coston also got an INT for the Black Bears, his 3rd of the season ..... With Villanova at the 24-yard line on a potential game-winning drive, William & Mary junior CB B.W. Webb got his 2nd INT of the season with 3:13 remaining to clinch a 20-16 road victory for the Tribe ..... Sick junior WR Nick Mayers had 6 receptions for 78 yards and 2 TD, and junior S Devon Simmons had 9 tackles (5-4) and his 2nd INT of the season for ODU in a 48-33 home win over Massaschusetts .....

..... RB Dominique Swope (photo above) rushed for 74 yards and 1 TD and had a 12-yard TD reception to take SOCON freshman of the week honors, and senior CB Laron Scott had a team leading 10 tackles (8-2) and 2 PBU as #1 Georgia Southern improved to 4-0 with a 41-14 road win over Elon ..... Senior RB J.J. Laster was held to 35 yards rushing on 18 carries but scored 3 TD as Jacksonville, which gained only 228 total yards, struggled to a 21-9 win at Marist ..... Sacred Heart sophomore RB Greg Moore gained 100 total yards and scored 2 TD in a 37-24 NEC road win over Central Connecticut State ..... Sophomore CB Marcus Williams had 9 tackles (5-4), 2 PBU, and a key INT (his 2nd of the season) on 3rd and goal to preserve a 7-3 lead early in the 3rd quarter, and North Dakota State went on to defeat Illinois State 20-10 ..... Junior CB Varmah Sonie had 8 tackles (2-6) and took an INT return 30 yards to the house to give Northern Iowa a 21-7 lead on their way to a 42-7 road win over Missouri State ..... Junior S Antwaun Majors had a game-high 11 tackles and forced a fumble with 2:21 to go, setting up the game-winning FG with :11 remaining as Austin Peay won their 2nd straight, defeating Tennessee State 37-34 ..... Junior RB Jake Walker had a rushing TD for the 2nd straight week, and sophomore CB Tavares Crawford took a kickoff return 83 yards to the house for his 1st TD in an Eastern Illinois uniform, but the Panthers still lost at Southeast Missouri State 37-30 ..... Junior WR Darius Carey had 5 catches for 52 yards and 1 TD, and junior LB Joe Narcisse took an INT return 18 yards to the house to give McNeese State a 20-12 lead early in the 4th quarter, and the Cowboys held on for a 20-18 road win over Northwestern State ..... Alabama A&M senior DE Corey Hart had 4 TFL, including 3 sacks, among his 5 total tackles in a 28-27 home win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff ..... And, making his first start (the first of many hopefully) freshman QB Damien Fleming passed for 245 yards and 1 TD (with 1 INT) and had a 1-yard TD run for FAMU as the Rattlers improved to 1-1 in the MEAC with a 34-7 home win over Delaware State.

Elsewhere ..... Virginia Tech stopped Sammy Watkins, but they did not stop Clemson. Watkins, the star freshman WR, was held to 3 receptions for 38 yards, but the Tigers got the road win anyway 23-3 to improve to 5-0 ..... Freshman WR Dominique Terrell, who had a tough game on punt returns, made up for it with a 27-yard TD catch in overtime (photo above) on 2nd and goal to give Virginia a 21-14 lead, and the Cavaliers held on for a 21-20 win when Idaho failed on a 2-point conversion following their TD in OT ..... Senior S Aaron Henry and senior CB Antonio Fenelus both had 5 tackles and both got their 1st INT of the season, and sophomore S Dezmen Southward, making his first start, had 7 tackles (2-5), 1 FF, and 1 PBU as Wisconsin whipped Nebraska 48-17 .....

..... Ex-Wisconsin RB Zach Brown rushed for 55 yards and his 2nd TD of the season (photo above) and junior WR Cameron Saddler had a career high 6 receptions for 68 yards as Pittsburgh thrashed South Florida 44-17 in the Big East opener for both teams ..... Rutgers junior CB Marcus Cooper looked to have scored a TD for the 2nd week in a row, but his 60-yard return of a blocked FG attempt was negated by a questionable penalty far behind the play. Cooper finished with 4 tackles (2-2), and junior S Khaseem Greene had 11 tackles (8-3) as the Scarlet Knights won their Big East opener at Syracuse 19-16 in 2 overtimes ..... Senior CB Tank Hopkins had a FR for the 2nd straight week, and this time he returned it 16 yards to the house for his 1st TD in a Hawaii uniform as the Warriors won at Louisiana Tech 44-26 ..... Senior RB Brandon Bolden rushed for 43 yards and 2 TD on 6 carries, sophomore WR Ja-Mes Logan had 3 catches for 65 yards, and sophomore CB/S Charles Sawyer got his 4th INT of the season for Mississippi in a 38-28 win at Fresno State ..... Senior LB Courtney Upshaw took an INT return 45 yards to the house to put Alabama ahead to stay at 17-10 and, just as importantly, had the sack that knocked Florida QB John Brantley out of the game for the 2nd half; sophomore RB Eddie Lacy scored his 5th TD of the season; and sophomore DE Ed Stinson had 3 TFL as the Crimson Tide won a big one on the road 38-10 ..... Ex-Alabama WR Keiwone Malone had a 23-yard TD catch with 1:41 to go to bring Memphis into a 31-31 tie at MTSU; but MTSU came right back, driving 94 yards in 7 plays and getting the TD with 11 seconds to play on a 33-yard reception by junior WR Anthony Amos to win 38-31 ..... And finally, senior CB Jimmie Anderson, who failed to make the play last year as Troy lost to UAB on the final play of the game, got at least a little bit of redemption as he intercepted a screen pass with 5 minutes to go (his 1st pick of the season) and returned it 6 yards to the UAB 12-yard line to set up the game-winning TD as the Trojans won at home over UAB 24-23.

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WEEK 5 DG

1. Senior CB Matthew Harvey of Idaho goes low to tackle Virginia RB Perry Jones during 1st half at Charlottesville, VA. Harvey finished with 9 tackles (8-1) with 1 TFL, but Idaho lost a tough one 21-20 in OT.

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2. Troy junior RB Chris Anderson goes airborne to try to avoid being tackled by UAB CB Andre Hicks during 1st half at Troy, AL. Anderson had 69 yards rushing in the Trojans' 24-23 win.

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3. Cincinnati RB Isaiah Pead goes high over the attempted tackle by Miami (Ohio) sophomore CB Dayonne Nunley during 2nd half at Oxford, OH. Nunley had 3 tackles (3-0), 2 PBU, and his 2nd INT of the season, but UC won easily.

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4. Miami freshman Chrishawn Dupuy thought he would be redshirting this year, and he's listed as a DB on the team roster. But with the RedHawks apparently starved for offense, here he is making his 2011 debut and playing offense, eluding junior CB Camerron Cheatham on the run after a catch for a 9-yard gain during 2nd quarter. Cheatham had 4 tackles (4-0) and 1 PBU. Dupuy finished with 15 yards rushing and 31 receiving, but MU was shutout at home by Cincinnati 27-0.

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5. Alabama junior CB Dre Kirkpatrick will one day be a 1st round NFL draft pick (maybe as soon as next year), but he's not perfect. Here he gets beat by Florida WR Andre Debose for a 65-yard TD on the first play from scrimmage at Gainesville. It was the Gators' only TD all night. Kirkpatrick finished with 3 tackles (3-0) as the Crimson Tide won 38-10.

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6. Two hands on the ball were not enough for East Carolina RB Danny Webster as North Carolina sophomore CB Tre Boston reaches in and rips the ball away from him during 1st quarter at Greenville, NC. Boston was credited with both the FF and the FR, the first of 4 ECU turnovers in their 35-20 loss to UNC.

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7. Miami senior WR Travis Benjamin is stopped by Bethune-Cookman freshman LB Tavarus Dantzler and P Kory Kowalski at the end of his 44-yard punt return during 2nd quarter. Benjamin had a game-high 171 all-purpose yards, including 6 catches for 66 yards and 2 kickoff returns for 61 yards as the Hurricanes won 45-17.

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8. Tennessee State junior WR Travis James makes an 8-yard reception near midfield to convert a 3rd and 7 during 3rd quarter against Austin Peay. James finished with 3 receptions for 79 yards, but TSU blew a 27-6 lead and lost on the road 37-34.

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9. South Carolina State senior S Dominique Ellis can't make the tackle in time as Norfolk State QB Chris Walley scores a 2-yard TD run to give NSU a 17-7 lead late in 3rd quarter. Ellis had 4 tackles (3-1) and 1 FF, but SCSU lost a big one on the road 17-14.

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10. On last week's dread stars list I mentioned that I wasn't sure if freshman WR Jevon Dixon still had his dreads because the Arkansas-Pine Bluff website doesn't have photos of the players. But I'm sure now; and as I suspected, he is sick. Dixon didn't make the dread stars list this week, finishing with 3 receptions for 28 yards against Alabama A&M.

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11. And speaking of sick .... here's a player who I've got ranked in the top 10 of the best dreads in the FCS, UAPB senior DE Brandon Thurmond, here missing the tackle against QB Deaunte Mason. All 4 of Thurmond's tackles (1-3) were TFLs. But Mason threw 3 TD passes in the 4th quarter, including the game winner on 4th down with :57 to go as Alabama A&M came back from a 27-7 deficit to win 28-27.

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12. Sophomore WR Isaiah Burse tries to elude Ole Miss senior CB Vincent Moss on a kickoff return during 2nd half at Fresno. Both of Moss' 2 tackles (2-0) were on Burse, who had 5 kickoff returns for 98 yards as well as 6 receptions for 47 yards. Mississippi defeated Fresno State 38-28.

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13. Redshirt freshman WR Isaiah "Jazz" King pulls in his 1st reception in a Marshall uniform, and it's good for a 2-yard TD to give the Thundering Herd an early lead at Louisville. It was his only catch of the game, which Marshall won in an upset 17-13.

Sorry, but I couldn't find a good picture of Winston Guy this week. I'll make up for it next week.

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DREAD STARS

  • Jeff Scott - Mississippi - 24 carries for 138 yards rushing, including 69-yard TD, and had 1 reception for 24 yards in 38-28 win at Fresno State
  • Dominique White - Eastern Michigan - 164 yards and 3 TD rushing on 28 carries in 31-23 home win over Akron
  • Paris Cotton - Central Michigan - 16 carries for 110 yards rushing, including 36-yard TD, and had 4 receptions for 115 yards and 2 more TD in 48-41 home win over Northern Illinois (barely missed being the dreadest)

  • Jahleel Addae - Central Michigan - had career high 18 tackles (8-10), 1.5 TFL, 1 FF, and 2 INT (the second of which was on the last play of the game to seal the win over NIU)
  • Isaiah Crowell - Georgia - 104 yards rushing on 22 carries in 24-10 home win over Mississippi State
  • Dominique Whaley - Oklahoma - 109 yards and 2 TD rushing on 15 carries, and 2 receptions for 18 yards in 62-6 romp over Ball State
  • D.D. Kyles - MTSU - 15 carries for 109 yards rushing, including 59-yard TD, and had 2 receptions for 29 yards in 38-31 home win over Memphis

  • LaVon Brazill - Ohio - 8 catches for 102 yards and 1 TD in 17-10 home win over Kent State
  • Josh Jarboe - Arkansas State - 9 catches for 112 yards in 26-22 road win over Western Kentucky

  • Lance Lewis - East Carolina - 10 receptions for 166 yards and 1 TD in 35-20 home loss to North Carolina
  • Kashif Moore - Connecticut - 8 receptions for 112 yards and 2 TD in 38-31 home defeat by Western Michigan
  • Markus Wheaton - Oregon State - 11 receptions for 116 yards in 35-20 road loss to Arizona State
  • Antavian Edison - Purdue - 7 receptions for career high 105 yards and 1 TD, and 14 yards rushing in 38-10 home loss to Notre Dame

  • Robert Griffin - Baylor - 23 for 31 for 346 yards and 5 TD, but final two possesions of game came up empty, including his 1st INT of the season which set up game-winning FG in tough 36-35 road loss to Kansas State
  • Robert Turbin - Utah State - 9 carries for 123 yards rushing, including 80-yard TD, and 2 catches for 22 yards and 1 TD in tough 27-24 loss at BYU
  • Shakir Bell - Indiana State - 199 yards and 2 TD rushing on 22 carries, and 2 receptions for 15 yards in 38-28 road win over South Dakota State
  • Jerodis Williams - Furman - 28 carries for 175 yards rushing and 1 TD in 47-21 road win over Western Carolina
  • SirChauncey Holloway - Liberty - 126 yards and 4 TD on 17 carries in easy 57-0 home win over Kentucky Wesleyan
  • Dontra Peters - New Hampshire - 104 yards rushing and 11 yards receiving (would have had 1 TD if he hadn't fumbled at the 1-yard line) in 39-32 home win over Holy Cross
  • Lenworth Lennon - FAMU - 5 receptions for 113 yards in 34-7 home win over Delaware State

  • Leonard Smith - Jacksonville - named Pioneer League defensive player of the week - had 10 tackles (7-3), 1.5 TFL, 1 PBU, 1 FR, and 2 key FF in 21-9 road win over Marist
  • Greg Jenkins - Alabama State - named SWAC offensive player of the week - 58 yards and 1 TD rushing on 15 carries, 17 for 34 passing for 297 yards and 3 TD (1 INT) in 31-23 home win over Alcorn State
  • Trabis Ward - Tennessee State - 101 yards and 1 TD rushing on 21 carries in tough 37-34 loss at Austin Peay
  • Jordan Harris - Bryant - 4 receptions for 108 yards, including 70-yard TD in 31-28 loss at Duquesne

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HOUSE OF DREAD

There were 2 games this week that had 5 TD scored by players with dreads, so this week's HOD award goes the the end zones at:

  • Bulldog Stadium in Fresno, CA, where all 5 Mississippi TDs were by players with dreads in a 38-28 win over Fresno State: senior RB Brandon Bolden had TD runs of 21 and 12 yards; sophomore RB Jeff Scott had TD runs of 69 and 12 yards; and junior WR Melvin Harris had a 22-yard TD reception
  • and Coughlin-Alumni Stadium in Brookings, SD, home of the South Dakota State Jackrabbits, where all 5 TD by Indiana State were by players with dreads in their 38-28 win: star sophomore RB Shakir Bell scored on runs of 30 and 4 yards; senior FB Brock Lough scored on runs of 6 and 2 yards; and junior CB Johnny Towalid took an INT return 78 yards to the house, ISU's first pick six in 5 years.

DREADEST

"This was very sweet because it was against Florida." I'll bet it was. Those were the words of Alabama junior RB (and Pensacola, FL native) Trent Richardson, who is the player of the week for Week 5, after the Crimson Tide's 38-10 road victory over the Gators. Coming into the game, #12 ranked Florida had not allowed a rushing TD all season; but Richardson erased that mark with his 5-yard TD in the 1st quarter. Trent finished the night with a career high 181 yards rushing on 29 carries and 2 receptions for 27 yards. Not satisfied with the 1 TD, he tacked on a 36-yard TD run in the 4th quarter and now has 11 TD on the season. It's the kind of performance that gets him back into the race for the Heisman Trophy.

NEXT WEEK

I've been looking forward to seeing Jerron McMillian all season, and Maine is finally on TV - against JMU and their super sick S Jakarie Jackson. I'm also planning to watch Kentucky-South Carolina, Illinois-Indiana, Miami-Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh-Rutgers, and East Carolina-Houston.

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