Week 12: College Football Player of the Week

Week 12: College Football Player of the Week

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Last week, South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore ran away with Eastbay College Football Player of the Week honors. This week, the title will stay with the running backs. In a highly publicized game that took place at the Chicago Cubs’ Wrigley Field between Illinois and Northwestern, it was Illinois running back Mikel Leshoure who stole the show. Leshoure carried the ball 33 times for 330 yards, reaching the endzone twice on the day.

Week 12 Eastbay College Football Player of the Week: Mikel Leshoure

Leshoure set the tone early, scoring touchdowns on Illinois’ first two possessions. The team’s third touchdown in the first quarter was not scored by Leshoure, but it was his 70-yard scamper that set the Illini up inside the 5-yard line. That trend continued for the duration of the game, as Leshoure produced big time runs and set up scoring drives for Illinois. His day on the ground also helped Illinois dominate the time of possession by a lopsided tally of 41 minutes to 19. Leshoure’s 100-yard 4th quarter performance set up two more scores for the team, which proved to be the difference. Illinois went on to win the Wrigley Bowl by a score of 48-27.

The 330-yard performance is an Illinois school record, breaking Robert Holcombe’s 1996 mark of 315 yards. Additionally, Leshoure’s day is the biggest in college football since Navy’s Shun White cranked out a 348-yard day in 2008. “The No. 1 thing was to get the win, help my team out and get to that bowl game,” said Leshoure. “I’m happy the stats were the way they were, but that definitely wasn’t on my mind going into the game.”

Illinois will travel to play the Fresno State Bulldogs in the regular season finale on December 3rd.

Week 12 Eastbay College Football Player of the Week: Mikel Leshoure

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Week 12: College Football Player of the Week

Week 11: College Football Player of the Week

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Last week, Texas A&M linebacker Michael Hodges tackled anybody that stood in his way of earning Eastbay’s College Football Player of the Week honors. This week, we salute South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore, who steamrolled through the Florida Gators’ defense in the SEC East title game with a career-high 212 yards on 40 carries, scoring three touchdowns on the day.

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Lattimore made the exact contribution you need from a big play guy. He put South Carolina ahead early and threw in a dagger late in the game to seal the deal. In between, he carried the ball effectively to help the Gamecocks sustain long drives and keep Florida’s offense off the field. They won the time of possession battle by a whopping tally of 41 minutes to 19 minutes. With 2:43 left to play, Lattimore capitalized on a Florida fumble by scoring his third touchdown of the day on an 11-yard trot. That touchdown put South Carolina up three scores and nailed the door shut on the program’s first ever SEC East Title.

Next in line for the Gamecocks is the #2 ranked Auburn Tigers. These two will square off in the SEC Title game on December 4th, with the winner earning a spot in the Bowl Championship Series.

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Week 12: College Football Player of the Week

Week 8: College Football Player of the Week

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Last week, Kentucky’s Mike Hartline put up big passing numbers in a dramatic come-from-behind victory to nab Eastbay’s Player of the Week. This week, we’re sticking with the quarterback position, and naming Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez our Week 8 recipient. In an epic Big 12 showdown against 14th ranked Oklahoma State, Martinez gained 435 total yards and passed for 5 touchdowns to give Nebraska the win.

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Finding his team trailing late in the first half, Martinez marched the Huskers down the field and completed a 9-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Brandon Kinnie to re-gain the lead with 55 second left to play. Though the game was close, Martinez and the Huskers never surrendered the lead. The freshman QB tossed two more touchdowns in the second half, bringing his total to 5 on the day. He also added 112 yards on the ground, averaging 5.9 per carry en route to a 51-41 victory over the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

The win helped Nebraska gain 2 spots in the BCS rankings, moving them to number 14. Things don’t get any easier for them this weekend, as they host a 6th ranked Missouri team that just upset the Oklahoma Sooners.

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Week 12: College Football Player of the Week

Week 7: College Football Player of the Week

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Last week’s Player of the Week Cam Newton was once again in contention for the nod this week, but the honors travel to the Bluegrass State, where Kentucky quarterback Mike Hartline led the Wildcats to an improbable victory over the South Carolina Gamecocks. Hartline stuffed the stat sheet, completing 32 of his 42 passes for 349 yards, 4 touchdowns and no interceptions.

Week 7: College Football Player of the Week - Mike Hartline

At halftime, the Wildcats faced a 28-10 deficit, their misfortunes against South Carolina only continuing. Last year, Hartline suffered a knee injury in a game against the Cocks, sidelining him for most of the remaining games on the schedule. Out for redemption this year, a poised Hartline led a signature comeback win for the program. He passed for 3 second-half touchdowns, including a 24-yard strike to receiver Randall Cobb with just 1:15 left to play. Paired with a successful 2-point conversion, the touchdown pass proved to be the difference in the game, as Kentucky completed the upset of 10th ranked South Carolina by a 31-28 margin.

Unranked Kentucky now finds themselves hosting the SEC Rival Georgia Bulldogs this Saturday. The game is pivotal in the SEC East race, as Kentucky trails Georgia by a game.

Week 12: College Football Player of the Week

Week 6: College Football Player of the Week

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Last week, Michigan QB Denard Robinson and Oregon RB LaMichael James shared the honors for Player of the Week. This week, Auburn QB Cam Newton gets the nod. Against the Kentucky Wildcats, Newton went 13 for 21, passing for 210 yards and rushed 28 times for 198 yards and 4 TDs.

With the score tied at 34, Auburn got the ball on their own 7 yard line with 7:31 remaining in the 4th quarter. Newton led the Tigers on a 19-play, 86 yard drive to get into field goal range. With no time remaining, Auburn kicker Wes Byrum nailed a 24-yard field goal for the 37-34 victory.

The Tigers are now ranked 7th in the country and will take on the 12th-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks at home this week. Auburn knocked off then-#12 South Carolina back on September 25th.

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