- Adrian Peterson, Oklahoma---Carried his team on his back in the second half. The scary part is he's added the receiving element to his game.
- Brady Quinn, Notre Dame---Like Peterson, made the necessary plays for his team in a tough game and took a beating while doing it.
- Troy Smith, Ohio State---Jaw-droppingly efficient in Ohio State's first quarter of offensive work, leading four touchdown drives and then calling off the dogs.
- Garrett Wolfe, Northern Illinois---Did everything he could to help his offense stay alive against Ohio State with over 100 yards both rushing and receiving. You won't see that very often, particularly against a very good team like that.
- Kenny Irons, Auburn---Washington State found out they could play reasonably close to Auburn... until Irons decided to put the game away. Almost two-hundred yards on opening night is a great effort.
- Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech---Made some plays with his feet for seemingly the first time in his career. Methinks he really wanted to make an impact against Notre Dame. Got a little quiet in the second half, but hard to ignore the only consistent offensive weapon for a team that doesn't know how to score.
- Steve Slaton, West Virginia---Ho hum, another 200-yard effort. It takes a special back to make the extraordinary look ordinary and routine. Slaton is such a back.
- Ben Olson, UCLA---An extraordinary debut game, taking down a top 25 opponent with over 70% completions, 300 yards passing and three touchdown passes. What more can you ask? Threw to something like 11 different receivers.
- Dennis Dixon, Oregon---Torched Stanford with his arm and legs, propelling the Oregon offense to a 48-point afternoon. A great fit for Oregon's second-year spread offense.
- Chris Leak, Florida---The Gators have a million talented receivers, but a good quarterback knows where his bread is buttered. Leak smartly made an effort to throw to superfrosh Percy Harvin in his collegiate debut. He also took down a fringe top 25 team after a slow start.
Thursday, September 7, 2006 at 02:59PM