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
Devontae Booker, RB Utah (Senior)
34 carries, 222 yards, two touchdowns vs. California
Booker had his first touchdown go for 40 yards. He took the handoff up the middle then bounced it out to the right sidelines. He tiptoed for the last fouryards as he barely stayed in bounds for the score. His next score came in the second quarter as he was clogged up the middle, so he had to bounce it outside and into the end zone. On the season, Booker has 665 yards on 140 carries with six touchdowns. Fourth-ranked Utah will try to keep its undefeated season alive as they face Arizona State at home, then on the road to USC.
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Luke Falk, QB Washington State (Sophomore)
50/74 passing, 505 yards, five touchdowns, one rushing touchdown vs. Oregon
Falk probably stayed in the hot tub for three hours giving his arm a breather after throwing 74 passes. The fact that he completed 67.6 percent of his passes for 505 yards, and five touchdowns should be considered an awesome day for the sophomore from Logan, Utah. Falk hit Gabe Marks twice for touchdowns. Then hit Tavares Martin and Dom Williams on the next two touchdowns. His scoring pass to Williams tied the game for the Cougars and sent the game into overtime. His winning touchdown went to Robert Lewis but was caught by River Cracraft. When Cracraft was being tackled near the end zone, the ball popped into the air and was grabbed by Lewis, who ran it in for the game-winner.
You can see it here: http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=espn:13856976
On the season, Falk has 15 touchdowns with only two interceptions and has 1,964 yards to go with it.
Royce Freeman, RB Oregon (Sophomore)
27 carries 246 yards, two touchdowns, three catches, 46 yards, one touchdown vs. Washington State
Freeman rushed for 246 yards and scored three times, but it wasn’t enough to beat Washington State. The once proud Ducks have fallen into an abyss and cannot seem to win two straight games. The new low on the season is losing to the Cougars, as the other two losses came against Michigan State and Utah. Freeman’s first touchdown came from two yards out; then he followed that up with a 17-yard touchdown reception via apass from Jeff Lockie. He then ran his next one in from one yard out, which put Oregon up 31-21 with 8:20 left in the fourth quarter. On the season, Freeman has 859 yards on 123 carries and nine touchdowns. He also has 15 receptions for 179-yards and two touchdowns. The Ducks will now go on the road for their next two games facing Washington then Arizona State.
Tim White, WR Arizona State (Sophomore)
Seven catches, 144 yards, two touchdowns vs. Colorado
White put Arizona State ahead 24-7 with his first touchdown. He caught a 45-yard pass from Mike Bercovici in the back of the end zone. White got away from the defender and Bercovici lobbed a beautiful pass right into his lap. His second touchdown came on an interesting play. White caught a tipped pass by a defender and ducked under two bad tackle attempts and streaked down the left sideline to the end zone from 45 yards out. You can see the play here.
Cody Kessler QB, USC (Senior)
16/29 passing, 156 passing yards, zero touchdowns, two interceptions vs. Washington
The Washington Huskies defense clamped down on Kessler and the USC Trojans on Saturday. He only completed 55.2 percent of his passes, and two of his 16 attempts went as interceptions. He had his lowest yardage output this season. He threw for 240-yards against Arkansas State, but he had four touchdowns and no interceptions to go along with that performance. On the season, Kessler has 1,453 yards and 15 touchdowns with just three interceptions. The upcoming schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Trojans as they face #14 Notre Dame in South Bend, and then home against #4 Utah, then back on the road to #23 California.
Jamal Morrow RB, Washington State (Sophomore)
Eight carries, 68 yards, zero touchdowns, five receptions, 43 yards vs. Oregon
Morrow hasn’t had much playing experience, but his running game will need fine-tuning if he wants to get more exposure to the field of play. Coming into the game against Oregon he had only eight carries this season for 33 yards and no touchdowns. He left with eight more carries for 68 yards and didn’t get into the end zone. At first the 8.5 yard per carry average looks solid, but once you subtract his long of 31 yards, it drops down to 5.2 ypc that is not bad, but just not good enough. Morrow did assist in the Cougars defeat of Oregon, but we will see how Washington State will fare against Oregon State at home then Arizona on the road.
Jaydon Mickens, WR Washington (Senior)
Six catches, 49 yards, zero touchdowns vs. USC
Mickens had one of his better games this season, but clearly it wasn’t enough. Also, if this is one of his better games, his 13 catches prior in four total games doesn’t speak volumes. He hasn’t scored a touchdown this season and the most yards he has put together is 54. Mickens is currently tied for the lead in receptions on the team. As you can probably guess, the Huskies isn’t much of a passing team. Washington goes on to play Oregon next week at home and then on to #15 Stanford the following week.
Myles Gaskin, RB Washington
22 carries, 134 yards, one touchdown vs. USC
Not too many people gave Washington a chance in knocking off #17 USC in their stadium, but with solid defense and strong running by Gaskin they were able to do so. Gaskin scored his only touchdown from one-yard out, as he slammed his body into the Trojan defenders. He also had a nice 35 and 31 yard runs in the game as well. On the season,Gaskin has 61 attempts for 343-yards and four touchdowns. Washington will take on Oregon next week at home and then on to #15 Stanford the following week.
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Premier Nation Performer
Brandon Doughty, QB Western Kentucky (Senior)
28/36 passing, 359 yards, five touchdowns, one interception vs. Middle Tennessee
Doughty was nearly perfect passing the ball, especially when you add in his five touchdowns. He led Western Kentucky, (5-1, 3-0) by throwing all five of his touchdown passes in the first half. Doughty hooked up with receiver Taywan Taylor on two of the touchdowns (28 and 9 yards). He then spotted Tyler Higbee for a 43-yard score. He also got Nicholas Norris and Jared Dangerfield involved in the scoring as well. On the season, Doughty has thrown for 2,359 yards and 20 touchdowns with just three interceptions. He also has over 400 yards passing in each game. The Hilltoppers take their next two games on the road. First against the University of North Texas then onto No. 6 LSU.
Greg Ward, QB Houston (Junior)
16/18 passing, 243 passing yards, zero touchdowns, zero interceptions, 14 carries, 82 yards, four touchdowns vs. SMU
Interesting to see a quarterback have more touchdowns running than passing. Even more impressive that all four scores came in the form of rushing and none in the passing column. Ward just didn’t get the job done with his feet though his nearly perfect passing and no interceptions were also highlights. He came away with AAC honors for Player of the Week, and his touchdowns was a single-game school record. Ward now has 11 rushing touchdowns on the season placing him third in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). He also has eight touchdown passes and 1,301-yards passing to go along with just one interception. The No. 24 ranked Cougars will now take on Tulane on the road, followed up by Tulsa.
Marlon Mack, RB USF (Sophomore)
20 carries, 184 yards, two touchdowns vs. Syracuse
Mack was going to be sure that the Bulls of South Florida were going to end their losing streak at three. His 184-yards rushing and two touchdowns put out any hope for Syracuse. Marlon Mack was the leading rusher for yards in the AAC last season and his 9.2 yards per carry against the Orangemen show why. Mack scored on plays of 25 and 45 yards. This lead to his second and third touchdown of the season, as he hasn’t scored since week one. South Florida will take on Connecticut in East Hartford then travel back home to face SMU.
Daniel Braverman, WR Western Michigan (Junior)
Six catches, 137 yards, three touchdowns vs. Central Michigan
Braverman continues to roll in the stat column. This time, he took on the tough Central Michigan defense and put up three touchdowns. His receptions slipped as he was working on double digit receptions since week one, but he is still on track with 100 yards or more receiving in each game played. His first touchdown came with 11:17 in the first quarter and if you haven’t seen it, take a look.
His second touchdown came on a 4-yard pass from quarterback Zach Terrell, and his third put the Broncos up for good, as he crossed the goal for a 64-yard reception from Terrell. On the season, Braverman has 56 receptions for 658-yards and seven touchdowns. Western Michigan travels to face Ohio then battle Miami of Ohio at home.
Kilton Anderson, QB Fresno State (Freshman)
18/35 passing, 223 passing yards, no passing touchdowns, three interceptions, eight rushes, 54 yards vs. Utah State
Kilton Anderson wasn’t supposed to be here, but he was summoned to replace third-year sophomore, Zack Greenlee. Greenlee was in because of injuries to Chason Virgil and Ford Childress. Anderson didn’t help his cause much. He only completed half his passes, and three of them went for interceptions. Granted, he is a freshman coming off the bench, we will see how he fares next week. The Bulldogs will face UNLV at home and then on to Colorado and Falcon Stadium to face Air Force.
Trayion Durham, RB Kent State (Senior)
13 carries, 36 yards, zero touchdowns vs. Toledo
The No.24-ranked Toledo Rockets swarmed and attacked Kent State. The Golden Flashes couldn’t get anything going on the ground or in the air. The Golden Flashes had 257 yards of offenses, converted 7 of 18 tries on third down and never advanced to the red zone. Their only touchdown came via the defense on the opening drive. On fourth down, the snapper snapped the ball over the punter’s head, and it traveled in the end zone, where Ryan Seibert recovered it for the touchdown. As for Trayion Durham, he found himself little running room. His 13 carries went for just 36-yards, one being a long of 14. Therefore, he finished with 12 carries netting 22-yards for a 1.83 yards per carry average. On the season, Durham has 83 attempts for 290 yards and two touchdowns. Kent State travels to face Massachusetts next week then at home versus Bowling Green.
Rashard Higgins, WR Colorado State (Junior)
Three catches, 42 yards, zero touchdowns vs. Boise State
Ask Higgins and he will say that this wasn’t his best game. The junior has been on a tear the last three games prior to meeting up with Boise State. Higgins caught 24 passes for 343-yards and three touchdowns. The Broncos were ready for him, as his three receptions for 42-yards wasn’t enough to keep his momentum going. Higgins on the season has 34 receptions for 469-yards and four touchdowns. The Rams have lost two straight games and try to reverse that as they take on both Air Force then San Diego State at home.
Brett Rypien, QB Boise State
22/35 passing, 339 yards, one touchdown, one interception, three carries, four yards, one touchdown vs. Colorado State
Rypien is still filling in for the injured Ryan Finley and is still doing a solid job in doing so. Rypien now has three weeks under his belt and has thrown for 1,057 yards and seven touchdowns, while completing just over 70 percent of his passes and throwing just one interception. He didn’t have one of his better games against Colorado State, but he was accurate, minus the one interception. He has carried the Broncos to four straight victories and will now face Utah State on the road then home against Wyoming.