NCF Nation: Dom Williams

Pac-12 helmet stickers: Week 3

September, 15, 2013
So who deserves a helmet sticker for a job well done?

Tyler Gaffney, RB, Stanford: He carried the ball 20 times for 132 yards and a score and caught a 23-yard TD pass in the Cardinal's 34-20 win over Army.

Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA: He led the Bruins with a team-high 11 tackles with 1.5 coming for a loss in the 41-21 win at Nebraska. He also forced three -- three! -- fumbles. The Bruins shut out the Cornhuskers in the second half.

Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA: Hundley overcame a slow start to complete 16 of 24 passes for 294 yards with three TDs in the win at Nebraska. He also rushed 19 times for 61 yards.

USC: We could have gone with new starting QB Cody Kessler (15-of-17, 237 yards, 2 TDs, no INTs). Or RB Justin Davis, who rushed for 103 yards on 11 carries. Or the defense, which was again dominant. Or even Lane Kiffin, who got his team to play well after a horrid week. But let's just give the Trojans credit for getting off the canvas.

Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon: He completed 23 of 33 passes for a career-high 456 yards with four touchdown passes and no interceptions in the blowout win over Tennessee. He also rushed for 27 yards and a TD.

Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington: He rushed 35 times for 208 yards in the Huskies' 34-24 win at Illinois.

Dom Williams, WR, Washington State: Williams caught just three passes, but those included TDs of 43 and 55 yards in the Cougars' 48-10 win over Southern Utah. He finished with three catches for 101 yards.

Sean Mannion, QB, Oregon State: In the Beavers' nutty 51-48 victory, Mannion completed 27 of 44 passes for 443 yards with five touchdowns and, most important in this nail-biter, no interceptions.

Marion Grice, RB, Arizona State: Grice rushed for only 84 yards in Arizona State's nutty 32-30 win over Wisconsin, but he scored four TDs. And he caught five passes for 50 yards. He was the Sun Devils' most consistent weapon in a huge win.

Big East internal affairs

October, 29, 2008

Posted by's Brian Bennett

Connecticut: Donald Brown's amazing season has left Andre Dixon a forgotten man this season. Dixon actually led the Huskies in rushing last season, but he's only gotten three carries this year as Brown has piled up more than 1,300 yards. Dixon was slowed by an ankle injury at the start of the year but is healthy now. UConn coach Randy Edsall says Dixon hasn't done anything wrong and is contributing on special teams; there just aren't enough handoffs to go around the way Brown is performing.

South Florida: The Bulls' comeback attempt at Louisville was hampered by injuries. Running backs Mike Ford and Jamar Taylor were limited, while starting right tackle Marc Dile (leg), tight end Trent Pupello (head) and linebacker Brouce Mompremier (head) got hurt and had to leave the game. True freshman Danous Estenor took over for Dile, who returned to practice this week. Senior guard Zach Hermann, who has been out since the opener with a broken foot, will travel to Cincinnati and may play.

Syracuse: The Orange hope to have two additions to their backfield on Saturday against Louisville. Fullback Tony Fiammetta should be good to go after missing the South Florida game with a lower leg problem, while backup tailback Delone Carter appears ready after sitting four games with a hamstring injury. Fiammetta is important as both a blocker and in the receiving game, while Carter can either give starting halfback Curtis Brinkley a breather or come in on two-back sets.

Pittsburgh: The season-ending ankle injury to center Robb Houser means that fifth-year senior Dom Williams will return to the starting lineup. Williams will play left guard, while C.J. Davis moves over to center. Williams, the team's oldest player at 24, started the first two games of 2005, including one against this week's opponent, Notre Dame. If Williams falters, Pitt will probably turn to true freshman tackle Lucas Nix.

West Virginia: The Mountaineers shredded Auburn's defense in last week's 34-17 win without one of their most effective offensive players. Backup quarterback Jarrett Brown did not play because of lingering shoulder and thigh injuries. West Virginia had been using Brown in the backfield with Pat White as a blocker/runner/decoy on short-yardage situations. Brown has practiced this week and should be ready to play at Connecticut. Freshman right guard Josh Jenkins, out since the Rutgers game with a knee injury, could return to add depth to the offensive line.