Melvin Gordon-Wisconsin. Melvin Gordon put on an impressive show last Saturday rushing 13 times for 253 yards and 5 Touchdowns leading his Wisconsin Badgers to victory over the Bowling Green Falcons, 68-17. If you’ll get out your calculators, you will find that Gordon averaged 19.5 yards per carry. Melvin Gordon has now rushed for 2,759 yards at over 8 yards per carry over his career.
On Saturday, Gordon had Touchdown runs of 69, 50 and 21 yards to go along with a 3 and a 2 yard runs to pay dirt. Gordon is possibly the most explosive and dangerous Running Back in the country.
Amari Cooper- Alabama. Speaking of explosive and dangerous, Amari Cooper is without a doubt the most explosive and dangerous Wide Receiver in the nation and possibly the top player overall.
Against Florida, Cooper went up against what many think is the top Cornerback in the country in Vernon Hargreaves III, and took Hargreaves to school. Cooper caught 10 passes for 201 yards and 3 Touchdowns mostly against one of the top Cornerbacks in the nation.
On the year so far, Amari Cooper has 43 receptions for 655 yards and 5 Touchdowns. Alabama Quarterback Blake Sims was hurling the ball around like a Pro Quarterback on Saturday. Sims threw for 445 yards overall and Cooper did make him look good, but it worked both ways on Saturday.
The 6-1, 210 junior Cooper is playing his way into a high NFL pick in next Spring’s draft.
Amari Cooper has 147 career receptions good for 2,391 yards and 20 Touchdowns. He is an amazing player against top competition.
Anu Soloman- Arizona. Solomon is a redshirt freshman from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman High School where his team was a big winner. Solomon has continued his winning ways with the Arizona Wildcats as a first year starting quarterback. Solomon and Arizona have some of the top Wide Receivers in the country so he’s by no means his own dog and pony show. The Wildcats are 4-0 on the year so far and last week against California Solomon led his team to a comeback victory completed by a last second Hail Mary pass.
Besides completing the winning Touchdown pass, Solomon completed 47 out of 73 attempts which resulted in a whopping 520 yards. He threw 5 Touchdown passes. Solomon also led his team in rushing with 46 yards rushing on 16 carries.
After just 4 games, Solomon has 1,454 yards and 13 Touchdowns against 3 Interceptions.
The Wildcats’ defense is questionable and Solomon and his offense had to play from behind the entire game which explains why he threw the ball 73 times.
Sean McGuire- Florida State University. I had to add Seminole back up Quarterback Sean McGuire to my list of players of the week. McGuire didn’t have the greatest of stats, but he was thrust into the starting lineup due to another screw up by Florida State Seminole starting Quarterback Jameis Winston being suspended for one of their toughest games of the year against Clemson. McGuire did not look pretty but he wound up with 21 completions out of 39 attempts for 305 yards. He had a touchdown pass to Rashad Greene who was a huge help for McGuire with 9 catches for 135 yards.
McGuire threw 2 interceptions but was under duress all night long from a relentless Clemson Tiger defense. All American Defensive End Vic Beasley had 2 sacks on McGuire.
McGuire led Florida State into Overtime against Clemson and the Seminoles came out on top 23-17.
McGuire can be a great Quarterback long term, but being pressed into service like this was extremely rough in a high pressure situation.
Scooby Wright- Arizona. Scooby Wright’s teammate Anu Solomon was listed above and one wouldn’t think a defender on the defense that gave up as many points and yards as the Wildcats gave up against California would not be on any Player of the Week list.
But, Scooby Wright had an impressive night coming up with 18 tackles, with 4 of those tackles being for losses. He also had 2 sacks, and 1 fumble forced.
The Arizona defense did manage to force California to punt 5 times so it wasn’t a total loss for them.