Players on the Hot Seat in College Football Week 2
With Week 1 of the college football season complete and Week 2 already underway, there are some players who find themselves on the hot seat at this early stage of the season.
Whether it was a bad performance or one terrible mistake, these players have something to prove heading into Week 2 and the rest of the season.
Here are 15 players who will need a better performance in the coming weeks.
Mike Glennon, North Carolina State
Big things were expected from North Carolina State and quarterback Mike Glennon heading into the season, and they laid an egg the first game of the season against Tennessee.
Glennon posted decent numbers as far as yardage is concerned, passing for 288 yards and a touchdown. The problem was he threw four interceptions and never really gave the Wolfpack a chance to win the game.
To live up to the hype and for NC State to have the season it wants to have, Glennon will need to play much better.
Landry Jones, Oklahoma
Some may be starting to wonder whether Landry Jones can put up huge numbers without Ryan Broyles catching passes.
Jones did not play particularly well when Broyles went down with an injury, and now that he has moved on to the NFL, Jones continues to struggle.
Against an undermanned UTEP team, he passed for 222 yards with two touchdowns. While those are solid numbers, they are nothing near what Jones has grown accustomed to.
Fitzgerald Toussaint, Michigan
Even though Michigan running back Fitzgerald Toussaint did not play in the season-opening loss against Alabama, he is still squarely on the hot seat with what he has done off the field.
He pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of operating a vehicle while impaired and that certainly played a role in the struggles Michigan had on offense.
Toussaint will be counted on heavily when he rejoins the team, and it will need him to at least do what he did last season.
Zach Mettenberger, LSU
With the talent on the LSU roster surrounding Mettenberger, he will not have to do much for the Tigers to win games.
That was exactly the case Saturday as he managed the game, passing for 192 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
Against better competition, he will need to improve drastically in order for LSU to win the SEC and contend for a national championship.
Perry Hills, Maryland
Most people figured Maryland would struggle this season, especially when it was announced that a true freshman would be its starting quarterback.
Not many knew it would be as bad as it was in Week 1, as the Terps narrowly escaped with a 7-6 win over William & Mary.
Quarterback Perry Hills threw for 145 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions. Against anybody else on the schedule, those numbers would equal a loss for the Terrapins.
Ray Graham, Pittsburgh
Before his injury, Ray Graham was one of the best running backs in the country last season, and he started off a little slow this year in the season-opening loss to Youngstown State.
Graham only totaled 14 carries for 71 yards and was not able to get into the end zone.
On Thursday night against Cincinnati, Graham fared a little better, rushing for 103 yards on 19 carries, but the Panthers were dominated once again, losing 34-10.
He will need to step it up or it could be a long season for Pittsburgh.
Josh Nunes, Stanford
Josh Nunes has big shoes to fill at Stanford and things did not exactly start out perfectly in the season-opening 20-17 win against San Jose State.
Nunes passed for only 125 yards and one touchdown. It is looking like the Cardinal are going to have to rely heavily on the the running attack this year.
He will need to improve drastically if Stanford plans on contending in the Pac-12.
Kiehl Frazier, Auburn
Kiehl Frazier had a rocky first start against Clemson, but he has all the tools to improve from week to week.
A Week 2 game against Mississippi State is huge for Auburn as the Tigers do not want to fall to 0-2.
Frazier threw for 194 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the opener and will have a true road test against a talented Mississippi State team.
Sammy Watkins, Clemson
Sammy Watkins is perhaps the most talented wide receiver in the country and did not participate in the Clemson season opening win against Auburn due to a suspension.
While he will certainly not lose his starting job, Clemson seemed to fare well without him as DeAndre Hopkins stepped up huge with 13 receptions, 119 yards and a touchdown.
A lot will be expected of Watkins upon his return.
Matt McGloin, Penn State
Matt McGloin was not really dealt a fair hand this season as there is hardly anything around him to work with on the offensive side of the ball.
That is precisely why he is on the hot seat as he is going to have to have a huge season for Penn State to even win a few games.
In the opener against Ohio, he passed for 260 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He could not put any points on the board in the second half however.
David Piland, Houston
Of all the names on the list, nobody had a worse game than Houston quarterback David Piland as the Cougars fell to Texas State, 30-13.
Texas State was playing its first game at the FBS level and should have been no problem for Houston with or without Case Keenum.
Piland only completed 17-of-44 passes for 211 yards with a touchdown and a pick. The Cougars may be looking for a quarterback in the coming weeks.
Jeff Tuel, Washington State
A lot is expected of quarterback Jeff Tuel in the Mike Leach offense at Washington State, but he was a big disappointment in the season opening 30-6 loss at BYU.
Tuel passed for 229 yards with no touchdowns and two picks. Those numbers are just not going to cut it, and he will have to get things straightened out in the coming weeks in order for Washington State to contend with anybody in the Pac-12.
Odds are Mike Leach will figure something out.
David Amerson, North Carolina State
Many consider David Amerson to be the top cornerback in the nation after what he showed last season.
Judging by the Week 1 loss against Tennessee, that may not necessarily be the case as Tyler Bray threw all over the Wolfpack secondary, to the tune of 333 yards and two scores.
Amerson was exploited and will have to perform better this week against UConn to get off the hot seat.
Jeff Driskel, Florida
Whoever is the starting quarterback for Florida will likely be on the hot seat all season as that is a position where they will need much better performances in 2012 in order to produce a winning season.
This week Jeff Driskel will step into the starting role. He entered for Jacoby Brissett in Week 1 and threw for 114 yards with a touchdown.
Those are not high-quality numbers, particularly against a team like Bowling Green.
Denard Robinson, Michigan
Without question there is no player on the hot seat more so than Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson.
He likely lost any hope he had to win a Heisman Trophy, and the slim national championship hopes that Michigan had have vanished.
Most people questioned the passing ability of Robinson before the game, and now there are even more questions after a 41-14 loss.
Robinson only completed 11-of-26 passes for 200 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Not good numbers for anybody, much less Robinson.