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Frank Coyle's New Weekly Column
Ryan Broyles Wins Player of Week
Photo – WR Ryan Broyles - Oklahoma
The top four clubs remained unbeaten after last weekend with all except Boise St. struggling at times to win. Boise St toasted a weak Idaho club with QB Kellen Moore putting on another excellent performance. Auburn pulled away from a stubborn Georgia club behind a strong offense once again led by QB Cam Newton. Both TCU and Oregon won close games. In addition, five top ten clubs Ohio St., Stanford, Auburn, Oregon and Texas Christian all led or trailed by less than a touchdown in the second half of their victories.
Auburn continues to impress behind record setting QB Cam Newton. Newton is the first QB in SEC history to throw for over 2000 yards and rush for over 1000 yards in the same season. He has totaled 38 TDs thus far this season and is clearly the top Heisman Trophy candidate. I will hold off from any further Heisman Trophy discussion related to Newton until he addresses the NCAA infraction charges related to being offered money by Mississippi St. prior to signing with Auburn. He deserves the benefit of the doubt, but at the same time he must address these issues before they become bigger than his outstanding 2010 performance.
Every poll except Draft Insiders.com who has TCU as the top club, ranks Oregon as the #1 team in the nation. The Ducks dodged a bullet Saturday when they beat a mediocre Cal club 15-13. They will probably maintain their #1 status with a bye week up next and will not play until Nov 26th when they face a tough Arizona club on a Friday night affair. TCU and Auburn are also off next week that gives Boise St. an opportunity to gain ground among voters with two Friday night games coming up vs Fresno St and Nevada.
Maybe the biggest win last week was South Carolina beating Florida 36-14. HC Steve Spurrier of the Gamecocks beat his old club Florida for the first time. What makes it especially gratifying is that the victory gets South Carolina in the SEC title game for the first time ever. The Virginia Tech win over North Carolina allows the Hokies to continue to rise up the charts and overcome their poor 2010 start where they lost their first two games. They are in the Top15 teams currently and could sneak into the top ten before the season is over. HC Frank Benner has done another great job to get and keep this club focused after losing to Boise St and James Madison to start the 2010 season.
The SEC and Big Ten are clearly the top two conferences this season with the Big 12 and Pac 10 following. Two conferences, the ACC and Big East have struggled this fall with the ACC mired in mediocrity and the Big East struggling to field a top 25 club for any length of time.
Wisconsin scored on all 12 possessions last week as they absolutely pounded a hapless Indiana defense 83-20. They did this without starting running back John Clay and center Peter Konz behind a powerful ground game that totaled over 300 yards.
The three service academies have quietly had outstanding performances this fall with Navy, Air Force and Army each showing winning records. That has only happened twice over the past 50 years. Navy is 7-3 while AF is 7-4 and Army 6-4. All of Air Force’s loss has come to quality teams with three in the Top 25. The Army-Navy game this year should be an interesting matchup with both clubs possible bowl participants.
College Football Week Ten Notes
Oklahoma’s receiver Ryan Broyles had another strong effort in the Sooners 45-7 blowout of Texas Tech. Broyles had 8 catches for 119 yards and 3 TDs. He set new Oklahoma career records in the process for receptions and TD passes, set by Mark Clayton. He is within the season record of 89 catches he established last season. After Saturday’s win, he has 86 receptions with two regular season games remaining. He ranks in our Top 20 Pro Prospects among senior and junior prospects. He brings a lot to the table as a pro receiver/returner. He is both fast and quick with natural running skills to become a top flight pro playmaker. He is a difference maker as both a receiver and returner with a rare combination of speed, quickness and natural running skills. He should to one of the elite speedsters at the NFL Combine in February if he declares in January.
Texas Christian's all- purpose player, Jeremy Kerley had an outstanding performance in their victory over San Diego St. Kerley caught three TD passes from QB Andy Dalton to help overcome a 14-0 Aztec lead. Kerley shows fine hands and route running with the running skills to make things happen after he gets his hands on the ball.
Frank Coyle writes ‘College Football Monday’ weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He is also a member of the FWAA and voter in College team and player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe, etc. He is a voter for weekly Team and Player Awards