Last weekend was a pretty light schedule but there were still a few fun games to watch and a few players that particularly stood out.
In this week’s list of outstanding players we have an outstanding Cornerback/return man and a Quarterback. We have a top Running back and we have a Wide Receiver. We also have a mean Linebacker that likes to bring the wood.
Ishmael Adams- UCLA. Ishmael Adams is quickly establishing himself as one of the top return men in the entire country. Plus, he’s also one of the top Cornerbacks.
Against a national television audience on Thursday Adams intercepted a pass on his own 5 yard line and made several moves and took the interception back 95 yards for a score. Adams only had 1 tackle on the night, but more than made up for that with 5 Kickoff returns totaling 201 yards. 1 of his
kickoff returns went for a 100 yard Touchdown.
Adams has been a difference maker in every game this season but this was his best performance of the year. He actually had 2 Touchdowns on a punt and an interception return against Virginia but the punt return was called back on a penalty.
Todd Gurley- Georgia. Gurley deserves player of the week because of the way he took over the ball game on Saturday against Tennessee. He had over 100 yards rushing in the 4th quarter alone when his team needed him the most. Gurley ran for 208 yards on 28 carries and 2 Touchdowns bringing his season totals up to 610 yards and 6 Touchdowns. Gurley demonstrated on the sidelines during the
game his leadership abilities by inspiring his teammates. With this game Gurley is inching towards being the leader in the Heisman race.
Todd Gurley is 6-1, 235 pounds and is a load to bring down, if you can catch him. He already has 1 100 yard Kickoff return on the season.
Nelson Spruce- Colorado. Nelson Spruce has flown under the radar all season but catching 19 passes for 179 yards and 3 Touchdowns in one game is just phenomenal.
Spruce already has 56 receptions on the season for 694 yards and 10 Touchdowns. Colorado has been lamenting the loss of Paul Richardson from last year’s team to the NFL, but Nelson Spruce is doing more than his share to help the Buffaloes move on and win football games.
Spruce also returns punts but only had 1 return on Saturday in their 59-56 double Overtime loss to California. Colorado is in last place in the Pac 12 at 0-2, but they are much improved.
Jared Goff- California Golden Bears. Involved in the same game as Nelson Spruce was Jared Goff of the Cal Bears. In the exact opposite of the previous week when Cal got way out in front of Arizona and the Wildcats came from behind, the Cal Golden Bears came from behind and beat Colorado in Overtime. Jared Goff hit on 24 out of 42 passes for 458 yards and 7 Touchdowns in an amazing performance.
Goff is up to 1,348 yards and 17 Touchdowns on the year so far. Goff was pressed into duty at Quarterback from day one in 2013 as a true freshman and responded with 3,508 yards but the Cal Bears went 1-11 in new coach Sonny Dykes first season. This year, the Bears are much better with a record of 3-1 which could just as easily be 4-0 if not for a last second Hail Mary pass loss against Arizona.
Goff is still a skinny kid at 6-4, 205 and will do nothing but get better and better as he gains experience and strength.
AJ Johnson- Tennessee. AJ Johnson had to be mentioned with the players of the week because of his performance in a losing effort against Georgia and Todd Gurley.
Johnson is easily improved Tennessee’s best defensive player had his best game of the season against Georgia and their rushing attack. Johnson countered Gurley with 17 tackles on Saturday.
He was in on a tackle for loss and was his usual intimidating, attacking linebacker self against the Bulldogs.
The Tennessee Volunteers battled the Georgia Bulldogs down to the wire before losing 32-35.