With college football in full swing, we’ll be bringing you a review each and every week. These recaps will feature sections for “Premier Conference Performer,” “Rising Players,” “Falling Players,” and a special Freshman spotlight. These weekly reviews will keep you up-to-date on all the happenings in devy leagues and allow you to keep tabs on future dynasty league assets. By the time the NFL Draft rolls around, you won’t see too many strangers.
Premier Conference Performer
Luke Falk, QB Washington State (Sophomore)
47/66 passing, 478 passing yards, four touchdowns, zero interceptions, six carries, 29 yards vs. Rutgers
Luke Falk came out passing and never stopped. The Cougars needed every bit of his 478 yards and four touchdowns to escape an upset bid by the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers. Falk drove Washington State on a 90-yard game winning drive with only 1:39 left on the game clock and trailing 34-30. Falk is having a nice season as he has 74 completions in 107 attempts for 767 yards and six touchdowns. Most importantly he has not yet thrown an interception. WSU will take on Wyoming at home next week then travel to face the California Golden Bears to open up conference play.
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Nick Wilson, RB Arizona (Sophomore)
21 carries, 194 yards, three touchdowns, two catches, 30 yards vs. Nevada
Wilson chewed up the Nevada Wolfpack defense as he had 100 yards rushing with 3:56 to go before the half time was over. Wilson finished the game averaging 9.2 yards per carry and had two catches for 30 yards. Last week, he rushed for 97 yards against UTSA. Arizona will face Northern Arizona at home next week followed by another home visit against #10 UCLA.
Paul Perkins, RB UCLA (Junior)
18 carries, 151 yards, two touchdowns, two catches, 24 yards vs. UNLV
The opening drive in the second quarter was the Paul Perkins show. He took the first play for a 13 yard run, and then caught two passes from Josh Rosen that accumulated 24 yards. After his second reception of the drive, Perkins took it the rest of the way with a seven-yard touchdown run. His next touchdown came in the third quarter when he took the handoff for a 56-yard touchdown.
Ju Ju Smith-Schuster, WR USC (Sophomore)
Ten catches, 192 yards, two touchdowns vs. Idaho
Ju Ju Smith-Schuster caught his first touchdown from Cody Kessler 50 yards out. On the play, Smith-Schuster started on the right side of the field, and Kessler hit him on a deep pass as he crossed within the hash marks. He took it the other three yards for the score. On his second touchdown he torched the secondary and Kessler found him wide open down the middle of the field for a 41 yard touchdown after Kessler put in the play-action fake and nearly the whole defense bit.
Seth Collins QB, Oregon State (Freshman)
9/16 passing, 79 passing yards, one touchdown, 11 carries, 28 yards vs
Collins was harassed by the Michigan Wolverine defense and just couldn’t get anything together. The freshman struggled all game and was eventually pulled in the third quarter for Marcus Maryion though he did return in the fourth quarter. Collins did throw one touchdown and didn’t throw any interceptions, so there is that.
Christian McCaffrey RB, Stanford (Sophomore)
20 carries, 58 yards, four receptions, 59 yards, one touchdown vs. UCF
It was a good thing the Stanford Cardinal were not relying on the feet of Christian McCaffrey to win this game. His 58 yards on 20 carries against UCF won’t be sufficient no matter who Stanford plays. McCaffery made up for his running with his use as a receiver out of the backfield. Stanford will travel to #6 USC and then on to Oregon State in their next two games.
Jordan Villamin, WR Oregon State (Sophomore)
Three catches, 26 yards vs. Michigan
Villamin struggled to get it going for the Beavers against Michigan. Having only three receptions for 26 yards is downer week compared to week one where he had four receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown. Oregon State will need him to see progress especially with conference games coming up on the schedule.
Ronald Jones II, RB USC
Eight carries, 83 yards, one touchdown, one catch, 15 yards vs. Idaho
Jones proved to make a big difference against the defense of Idaho. He had a long of 44 yards, but he also compiled seven carries for the remaining 39 yards (5.5 yards per carry average). Last week, he had six carries for 86 yards and a touchdown against Arkansas State. We will see if the freshman can continue this level of play against Stanford next week and then away versus Arizona State.
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Premier Nation Performer
Matt Johnson, QB Bowling Green (Senior)
36/55 passing, 491 passing yards, six touchdowns, one interception, six rushes, 59 yards, one rushing touchdown
Johnson used his skills and the up-tempo offense to blow out Maryland. Most of it came in the fourth quarter as Bowling Green put up 28 points and all on the arm of Johnson. He was able to hit eight different receivers, and five different players scored touchdowns.
Brandon Doughty, QB Western Kentucky (Junior)
21/29 passing, 233 passing yards, two touchdowns vs. Louisiana Tech
Doughty rebounded well against the Bulldogs of Louisiana Tech. Last week, Doughty was only able to throw for 209 yards and a touchdown at Vanderbilt. He turned that around against the Bulldogs as one of his touchdowns went for 37 yards.
Roger Lewis, WR Bowling Green (Sophomore)
15 catches, 200 yards, two touchdowns vs. Maryland
Lewis was the number one beneficiary of Matt Johnson’s huge game. Maryland just couldn’t find an answer to stop Lewis, and he made them pay. A week after only catching two passes against Tennessee, Lewis made up for it and more. Bowling Green will now face Purdue and Buffalo on the road in their next two matchups.
Elijah McGuire, RB Louisiana-Lafayette (Junior)
14 carries, 162 yards, five touchdowns vs. Northwestern State
McGuire helped the Ragin’ Cajuns to even their record at 1-1. He did nearly all the scoring as Louisiana-Lafayette posted 44 points. He made up for last week’s performance as he rushed for just 86 yards on 27 carries (3.2 yards per carry). The one thing he did not do was catch a pass this week after having four receptions last week. They have Akron at home next week then travel to take on Louisiana Tech.
Trenton Norvell, QB Western Illinois (Junior)
8/18 passing, 22 passing yards, no passing touchdowns, two interceptions, one rush, 2 yards vs. Illinois
Norvell was probably feeling good that he only threw 18 passes because two of those went for interceptions, and the other 8 went incomplete. His eight completions only mustered 22 yards. I realize that there is a huge difference between a Missouri Valley Conference school and the Big 10, but when you have just six more completions than interceptions, it becomes a bad day.
Corey Davis, WR Western Michigan (Junior)
Two catches, 16 yards vs. Georgia State
Davis was an absolute beast when he faced the Michigan State Spartans. He caught ten balls for 154 yards and scored a touchdown. Therefore this week when facing Georgia Southern I was expecting similar results. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The Eagles must have caught something on tape because Davis was invisible much of the game. Western Michigan faces Murray State next week then on the road to #1 Ohio State. Any takers on a disappearing act against the Racers and a blow-up game against the Buckeyes?
Mekale McKay, WR Cincinnati (Senior)
Two catches, 105 yards, two touchdowns Temple
When looking at the numbers two catches for 105 yards isn’t too bad. The problem here is Mekale McKay’s touchdown came on an 88-yard touchdown. The result leaves room for one catch and 17 more yards on the day. On top of this four other receivers outperformed him in receptions.
Case Cookus, QB Northern Arizona
13/18 passing, 267 yards, two touchdowns, ten carries, 41 yards, one touchdown vs. Stephen F. Austin
Not only did Cane Cookus lead the way for a Northern Arizona Lumberjacks victory over then #25 Stephen F. Austin, he also was named the STATS LLC FCS Freshman of the Week. He was nearly perfect only missing five passes but scored in the air as well as the ground. His touchdowns went for 57 and 47 yards. His other touchdown came on an 11-yard run in the third quarter. The Lumberjacks never trailed, and Cookus was a big reason.