Week 9: College Football Player of the Week

Week 9: College Football Player of the Week

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Last week, Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez took home Eastbay’s College Football Player of the Week honors. Unfortunately for the Corona, California native, he was knocked out of Saturday’s game, causing him to miss the entire second half and any chance of repeating the feat. However, filling the offensive void left by Martinez was running back Roy Helu Jr. Helu rushed for a school-record 307 yards, adding 3 long touchdowns to help the Cornhuskers beat the 6th ranked Missouri Tigers 31-17.

Week 9 Eastbay College Football Player of the Week: Roy Helu Jr. Photo Courtesy of ESPN

Anytime Helu carried the ball, he looked like a threat to go the distance. A little over a minute into the game, Helu ran for a 66-yard touchdown on Nebraska’s first play, giving the Huskers a 7-0 advantage. He’d continue to dominate in the first quarter, sprinting down the right sideline for a 73-yard score with 2:57 left to play in the opening frame. The big time plays from Helu continued in the second half. Now running to chants of “Hay-loo” from the crowd (his name is actually pronounced “Hel-loo”), Roy took a hand-off from backup quarterback Zac Lee up the middle for a 53-yard touchdown, his third score on the day.

Helu’s 307 yards surpassed the previous record of 294 yards by Calvin Jones against Kansas in 1991. His first 10 carries went for a total of 228 yards. When speaking on his record day, Helu said “I can’t explain how much I feel for my linemen and fullback. They deserve as much credit as I do. I know the focus is on the record and the individual, but it’s a team sport.”

The Nebraska Cornhuskers, now 7-1, travel to play the Iowa State Cyclones at Jack Trice Stadium on Saturday.

Week 9 Eastbay College Football Player of the Week: Roy Helu Jr. Photo Courtesy of ESPNWeek 9 Eastbay College Football Player of the Week: Roy Helu Jr. Photo Courtesy of ESPN

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