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Big East helmet stickers

August, 31, 2008

Posted by's Brian Bennett

There are still two games left in the Big East weekend, but the following players have already earned their hat decals:

Pat White, QB, West Virginia: Completed 25-of-33 passes for 208 yards and five touchdowns with one interceptions in West Virginia's 48-21 win over Villanova. He also ran nine times for 63 yards.

Mortty Ivy, LB, West Virginia: Had a fumble recovery, returned an interception for a touchdown and had a sack in the win over Villanova.

The South Florida defense: Limited Tennessee-Martin to just 97 total yards in a 56-7 win.

Donald Brown, RB, Connecticut: Ran for 146 yards and four touchdowns -- all in the first half -- in the Huskies' 35-3 win over Hofstra on Thursday.

Dustin Grutza, QB, Cincinnati: Completed 21-of-28 passes for 296 yards and three touchdowns, plus a rushing touchdown, in the Bearcats' 40-7 win over Eastern Kentucky on Thursday.

Dominick Goodman, WR, Cincinnati: Caught 10 passes for 144 yards and two scores in the Eastern Kentucky game.

Pac-10 helmet stickers

August, 31, 2008

Posted by's Ted Miller

Each week, Pac-10 standouts will get a helmet sticker.

Mark Sanchez, QB, USC: A few weeks ago, he looked headed for the bench with a knee injury. Now, after passing for 337 yards with three touchdowns in the Trojans' 52-7 blowout of Virginia, he looks like he might be headed to New York -- as a Heisman Trophy finalist.

The USC defense: This crew lived up to its billing and didn't let its intensity slide while the offense piled up points. It's something to hold a FBS team to 182 total yards and seven points.

Jeremiah Johnson, TB, Oregon: A knee injury prematurely ended his 2007 season, but Johnson ran all over Washington on Saturday night, rushing for a career-high 124 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns.

Oregon DC Nick Aliotti: Everybody loves Oregon's fancypants offense, but it was the Ducks' defense that was most impressive in the 44-10 victory over Washington. Let's see how many other teams hold the Huskies to 242 yards and 10 points.

Kevin Riley, QB, California: He was efficient and poised in leading the Bears to a 38-31 win over Michigan State, completing 17 of 24 passes for 206 yards with two touchdowns.

Rudy Carpenter, QB, Arizona State: Sure, it was only Northern Arizona, but any QB who completes 22 of 28 for 386 yards impresses me. And, by the way, he was only sacked once.

Arizona offense/defense: It might not look very sportsmanlike to beat a team 70-zip, which is what Arizona did to Idaho, but the fact that the Wildcats stuck it to the Vandals on both sides of the ball -- consider 33-7 was the first-down differential -- shows that they are focused on getting it done this year.

Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford: Hey, I know it was Thursday, but his 147 yards on 19 carries with two touchdowns in the Cardinal's win over Oregon State was too impressive to forget about after a couple of days.

Sammie Stroughter, WR, Oregon State: He missed last year with injuries and emotional struggles, but he looked like his old, spectacular self while catching 12 passes for 157 yards against Stanford.

Posted by's Tim Griffin

Here are players I feel are deserving of special mention after their games on Saturday:

Texas Tech QB Graham Harrell: Completed 43 of 58 passes for 536 yards and two TDs to lead the Red Raiders' 49-24 victory over Eastern Washington

Texas QB Colt McCoy: Sparked Texas' 52-10 victory over Florida Atlantic, rushing for a team-high 103 yards and a TD, and passing for 222 yards and three more scores. He set Texas' single-game consecutive completion streak by hitting his first 13 passes and 19 of his first 20.

Missouri LB Sean Weatherspoon: Contributed nine tackles (including one for a loss) and two interceptions to key the Tigers' 52-42 victory over Illinois. He punctuated his big effort with a clinching 35-yard interception return for a touchdown with 3:18 remaining to ice the game.

Oklahoma State's special teams: Produced a 42-yard punt return by Dez Bryant, a 68-yard punt return by Ricky Price and a 90-yard kickoff return for a TD by Perrish Cox to spark the Cowboys' 39-13 victory over Washington State.

Nebraska LB Cody Glenn: A converted I-back who made the most of his first career start at linebacker. Glenn notched nine tackles, three assists, 2 1/2 tackles for losses, broke up three passes and forced a fumble in the Cornhuskers' 47-24 victory over Western Michigan.

Kansas State QB Josh Freeman: Produced five touchdowns -- three passing and two running -- and 255 yards of total offense in the Wildcats' 45-6 conquest of North Texas.

Close: Missouri WR/KR Jeremy Maclin, Missouri DE Stryker Sulak, Kansas WR Dezmon Briscoe, Nebraska QB Joe Ganz, Oklahoma RB DeMarco Murray, Texas S Earl Thomas, Texas DT Roy Miller.

Big Ten helmet stickers

August, 31, 2008

Posted by's Adam Rittenberg

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The games are complete and it wasn't the best day for the Big Ten. Ohio State lost Heisman contender Beanie Wells to injury, Illinois and Michigan State couldn't beat marquee opponents and Michigan dropped its second consecutive season opener.

But there also were plenty of positives, and here are a few in my first edition of helmet stickers.

Wisconsin running back P.J. Hill: I can't believe some Wisconsin fans aren't sold on this guy. He opened the season with 210 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries. His fellow backs weren't too shabby either, as the Badgers eclipsed 400 rushing yards for the first time since 2002.

Indiana quarterback Kellen Lewis: Lewis confirmed why Indiana coach Bill Lynch made the right call in giving him back his starting job. The junior had touchdown runs of 75 and 62 yards and threw for two touchdowns as Indiana rolled against Western Kentucky.

Ohio State defense: A unit stocked with potential All-Americans stifled Youngstown State, holding the Penguins to minus-11 net rushing yards and 74 total yards in a 43-0 win. Youngstown State didn't reach Ohio State territory until the final play of the game.

Northwestern safety Brendan Smith: The Wildcats found out just how much they missed Smith's playmaking abilities when he returned to the field today. The safety had a 26-yard interception return for a touchdown that gave Northwestern a 13-point cushion in the third quarter. Smith added a pass breakup and a tackle for loss.

Minnesota quarterback Adam Weber: Weber accounted for 328 yards of total offense (298 pass, 30 rush) and went 5-for-5 passing on Minnesota's game-winning 74-yard touchdown drive against Northern Illinois. A solid start for the Gophers sophomore.

Iowa running backs: Led by Shonn Greene, the group eases some concerns entering the season by combining for 245 yards and four touchdowns against Maine. True freshman Jewel Hampton averaged 7.6 yards a carry and scored twice.

Penn State running backs Stephfon Green and Evan Royster: Sure, it was Coastal Carolina, but Penn State's two backs showed up in a big way, combining for 153 yards and five touchdowns. Both men averaged eight yards a carry or better.

Posted by's Graham Watson

Every week I'll hand out "helmet stickers" to those players who went above and beyond to help their team to victory. Since games run through the weekend, I'll award stickers to teams through this point and then a few more if needed on Monday night.

T.J. Lee, East Carolina: Block a punt and ran it into the end zone for the game-winning score against Virginia Tech.

Antonio Smith, Bowling Green: Forced a fumble in the fourth quarter that resulted in the game-sealing touchdown against Pittsburgh.

Max Hall, BYU: Threw for 486 yards and two touchdowns while completing 83 percent of his passes (34 of 41) against Northern Iowa.

Dax Crum, Wyoming: Led Wyoming on a game-winning 84-yard drive to give the Cowboys a 21-20 win over Ohio.

Shun White, Navy: Had 19 carries for 348 yards and three touchdowns in a 41-13 win over Towson. He had almost as many yards as Towson had in total offense.

Louie Sakoda, Utah: Hit four field goals, including a 53-yarder to give Utah the 25-23 win over Michigan.

DeJaun Harris, Troy: Rushed for 148 yards and scored three touchdowns in a win over rival Middle Tennessee State.

Dennis Pitta, BYU: Had 11 receptions for 213 yards in win over Northern Iowa.

Brad Oestriecher, Louisiana Tech: Hit three field goals, including two near the end of the game to beat Mississippi State.

Damion Fletcher, Southern Miss: Rushed for a career-high 222 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Louisiana-Lafayette.

Kellen Moore, Boise State: In his first-ever collegiate games, Moore threw for 274 yards and two touchdowns against Idaho State.

Vai Taua, Nevada: Carried the ball 12 times for 103 yards, his first-ever 100-yard game, and two touchdowns in a win against Grambling State.

ACC helmet sticker winners

August, 31, 2008
Posted by's Heather Dinich

Each week I'll be awarding "helmet stickers" to the top performers in the ACC. Here's who earned their stickers in Week 1:

Duke: The Blue Devils matched last year's win total on their first try. Congrats to the Blue Devils for handling a gritty James Madison team.

Riley Skinner: Completed 75 percent of his passes for 220 yards and three touchdowns in the season opening 41-13 win over Baylor. Sounds like the Riley Skinner of 2006.

Wake Forest defensive coordinator Brad Lambert: The Demon Deacons were prepared for anything and everything Baylor could possibly throw at them, despite a first-year coaching staff with new personnel.

Da'Rel Scott: The Maryland running back ran for 197 yards in his first collegiate start. He had runs of 40, 37 and 26 yards. Not since Bruce Perry have the Terps seen a debut like that.

Maryland DB Terrrell Skinner: His late interception with 3:20 left stopped a potential game-tying drive by Delaware and gave the ball back to the Terps. He also had six tackles, including one for loss and a pass breakup.

Boston College defense: The Eagles held Eugene Jarvis, the nation's leading returning rusher, to just 51 yards on 11 carries. They also stuffed him on a fourth-and-one attempt.

Boston College quarterback Chris Crane: His numbers weren't spectacular, but he managed the offense well in his debut and accounted for two of the Eagles' rushing touchdowns. Crane completed 12 of 18 passes for 106 yards. It was enough to win.

Miami quarterback Jacory Harris: The true freshman couldn't have done much more for the Hurricanes when he started in place of Robert Marve. Harris was 16-for-26 for 190 yards and two touchdowns.

UNC receiver Brandon Tate: He only had 11 touches and set a UNC single-game record 397 all-purpose yards (three rushes, four receptions, three punt returns and one KO return. He finished with 93 receiving yards, 106 rushing yards, 142 punt return yards and 56 kick return yards).

Georgia Tech's offense: The Yellow Jackets racked up 41 points and 484 total yards. Sure, it was against Jacksonville State, but these guys looked good.

Posted by's Chris Low

Time to dole out a few helmet stickers, our version of game balls, from the first two days of SEC football. The winners were selected from the games on Thursday and Saturday. The SEC is 9-1 heading into the Kentucky-Louisville game on Sunday and Tennessee-UCLA game on Monday night:

Alabama offensive line: If you're looking for a trade video on how to kick another team's fanny, flip on the tape from Alabama's 34-10 drubbing of Clemson. This one was even more one-sided than the final score suggested, and the Crimson Tide set the tone for everything with its rugged play up front offensively. When Alabama took its 34-10 lead with 3:39 to play, the Tide had run 80 offensive plays to Clemson's 37. The time of possession at that point was 41:12 to 15:09 in favor of Alabama, and the Tide scored on its first four possessions of the game. The only scary part was that All-SEC left tackle Andre Smith missed most of the second half after injuring his right knee.

The Wild Rebel Formation: Houston Nutt debuted as Ole Miss' head coach with a convincing 41-24 win over Memphis, and he unveiled a familiar formation. Similar to the "Wild Hog" formation Nutt used with Darren McFadden at Arkansas, he's calling it the "Wild Rebel" at Ole Miss with similar results. The Rebels had 148 yards on 10 plays out of the formation, and Dexter McCluster broke the game open late in the first quarter with a 32-yard touchdown run after taking the direct snap out of the Wild Rebel.

South Carolina defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson: Johnson, the Gamecocks' first-year defensive coordinator, got a game ball from Steve Spurrier right after their 34-0 shutout of North Carolina State on Thursday. He can now add a helmet sticker to his collection. The Gamecocks played defense Thursday night the way you're supposed to if you want to make some noise in the SEC.

Arkansas quarterback Casey Dick: The Razorbacks avoided an embarrassing loss in Bobby Petrino's Arkansas debut thanks to a heroic performance from Dick. He rallied the Hogs from a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat Western Illinois 28-24. Dick scored the winning touchdown on a 4-yard run with 1:49 to play. He finished with 318 passing yards and had two touchdowns passing and two touchdowns running. His passing numbers would have been even better had his receivers not dropped several passes.

Vanderbilt cornerback D.J. Moore: He's one of the best multi-purpose athletes in the SEC and came through for the Commodores on Thursday in their 34-13 road win against Miami (Ohio) with a 91-yard punt return to set up a touchdown and an acrobatic interception to set up a field goal. His quarterback sack in the first quarter forced Miami to punt, the same punt Moore returned 91 yards. Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson calls him a "natural."