This week I am doing something different with my player of the week winner. I decided to include four guys this time because I thought all of them probably deserved mention as player of the week. They were all outstanding.
The Arkansas Razorbacks invaded West Texas and ran all over the Texas Tech Red Raiders last Saturday. Tech has always been known for throwing the football and not much defense and that has not changed, apparently, as the Hogs and their huge Offensive Line ran all over the over matched Defensive Line of the Red Raiders.
The Razorbacks ran for 438 yards and their top two Running Backs Jonathon Williams and Alex Collins combined for 357 yards and 6 Touchdowns.
In spite of 145 yards rushing and 4 touchdowns by Jonathon Williams, Alex Collins is one of my players of the week.
Alex Collins signed with the Arkansas Razorbacks out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2013. Collins was the Broward County player of the year during his junior year while playing at South Plantation High School.
Collins is not a small Running Back at 5-11, 215, but he has an extra gear that most people don’t have. He has almost unbelievable quickness. As a true freshman in 2013, Alex Collins ran for 1,026 yards.
Collins ran for 212 yards on 27 carries and scored 2 Touchdowns last Saturday in Lubbock. The highlight of the day for Alex Collins was an 84 yard Touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Alex Collins, Jonathon Williams and the entire Offensive Line, led their team past Texas Tech 49-28. Any and all of them could have been players of the week, but I had to pick Collins because of his 212 yards.
The Florida Gator’s Demarcus Robinson, a 6-1, 205 Wide Receiver, is another player of the week. Robinson caught 15 passes Saturday night against Kentucky in Florida’s 36-30 triple Overtime victory. His 15 catches were good for 216 yards and 2 Touchdowns.
Robinson is a sophomore that had only 5 catches in 2013 in his true freshman year. Originally from Fort Valley, Georgia, Robinson was named All State in Georgia Class AAA Football in 2012.
He is the nephew of Marcus Robinson that played in the NFL with numerous teams.
Apparently, Demarcus Robinson is developing into Jeff Driskel’s go to receiver with 21 catches in 2 games in 2014.
The Kentucky defense was stellar but they could not stop Demarcus Robinson on Saturday. Robinson caught a Touchdown pass from Driskel in the 3rd quarter to put the Gators ahead of the Wildcats and he caught a Touchdown pass again from Driskel to tie the game up in the 1st Overtime Period. 15 catches for 216 yards is an incredible day for any Wide Receiver and good enough for Player of the Week honors for Demarcus Robinson.
Robinson and his Gators have their work cut out for them this weekend with the Alabama Crimson Tide awaiting.
The third player of the week is Gunner Kiel the Cincinnati Bearcats Quarterback. I posted about him the other day. He’s been out of football for 2 years but on Friday night he was sharp as a tack.
Kiel was 25 out of 37 passing good for 418 yards and 6 Touchdowns. He threw no interceptions and also ran for 24 more yards.
Keep in mind that this was Gunner Kiel’s first time to play in a college football game. Kiel led his Cincinnati Bearcats to a 58-34 victory over the Toledo Rockets.
Gunner Kiels travels have been well documented. He started off at Notre Dame after committing first to Indiana and then to the LSU Tigers. More than likely, Gunner Kiel would have been the starter at Notre Dame in 2013 had he stayed.
Kiel is an incredible talent and I would not be surprised at all if he doesn’t declare for the NFL draft after this season.
But, for now, Gunner Kiel is one of the players of the week in his first playing time ever, and look for him to have a huge year in 2014.
Hau’oli Kikaha the Washington Husky Defensive End is the fourth and final player of the week. Kikaha and teammate Danny Shelton are having an incredible early season. Defensive Tackle Shelton leads the nation with 6 sacks which is really impressive for an interior defensive linemen.
But, teammate Hau’oli Kikaha is right on his heels with 5 early sacks from his Defensive End/Outside Linebacker position.
On Saturday, when the Huskies beat up on Illinois, Kikaha was all over the field. He totaled 6 tackles to bring his season total up to 17. Kikaha lived in the Illinois backfield all day with 3.5 tackles for losses totally 22 yards. To top that all off, he had 3 total sacks on the day which equaled another 21 yards of losses for the visiting and over matched Big 10 team.
Kikaha’s Washington Huskies ate up Illinois 44-19. Illinois was undefeated coming in but was never even in the game.
Kikaha had 13 sacks last season and is well on his way to another great year terrorizing opposing Quarterbacks. With Danny Shelton being on fire in the middle, that takes some pressure off of Kikaha.
New coach Chris Peterson inherited a lot of talent at Washington and it will be interesting to watch and see what he does with it.
This week, I want to honor Alex Collins of Arkansas, Demarcus Robinson of Florida, Gunner Kiel of Cincinnati and Hau’oli Kikaha of Washington for having spectacular performances while leading their teams to big wins.