College Football All-Week 1 Team
Week 1 of the college football season was filled with big plays, upsets, game-winning field goals and performances from players who had everybody questioning what they just saw.
Did he really just do that?
There were nine running backs who topped 150 yards rushing, five quarterbacks who threw for five touchdowns and a defensive player who ran two interceptions back for touchdowns.
But who had the best performance at each position?
Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
Derek Carr put Fresno State on his back in a 52-51 overtime win over Rutgers. He threw the ball an incredible 73 times, completed 71.2 of those passes and threw for 456 yards and five touchdowns.
He completed a two-yard touchdown in the final minute of the fourth quarter to tie the game and completed a 25-yard touchdown in overtime to give the Bulldogs the win.
Carr leads the country in passing yards after one game and put himself on the map as a dark-horse Heisman candidate. Of course, this kind of play must continue, but his senior year has gotten off to a brilliant start.
Honorable Mention: Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville: 82.1 completion percentage, 355 passing yards and five touchdowns.
Duke Johnson, RB, Miami
Simply put: Duke Johnson is an incredible running back.
He leads the country with 189 rushing yards, but what's incredible is that he only carried the ball 19 times. He moved the chains five times, scored one touchdown and had two runs of 20 or more yards in Miami's effortless 34-6 win over FAU.
Johnson displayed incredible speed and field vision, consistently making defenders miss in the open field. If he can have a similar performance next week against Florida, he'll make a strong early case for the Heisman.
Honorable Mention: Todd Gurley, Georgia: 12 carries, 154 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
Oregon State was one of the pathetic teams that lost to a FCS school, as Eastern Washington upset the Beavers 49-46. But don't put any of the blame on wide receiver Brandin Cooks.
The junior wide receiver caught 13 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns. Eight of his receptions picked up a first down, and he had three catches of 15 or more yards. He averaged 15 yards per reception and is third in the country in receiving yards.
Unfortunately, his efforts were wasted in a loss.
Honorable Mention: Paul Richardson, Colorado: 10 receptions, 208 yards and two touchdowns.
Ted Bolser, TE, Indiana
Ted Bolser is one of the better tight ends in the Big Ten and was able to get his senior season started off right in Indiana's 73-35 victory over Indiana State. The Hoosiers scored 10 touchdowns and Bolser had two of them, along with 78 receiving yards.
The 6'6" receiver caught six passes, three of which produced 15 or more yards.
It was easily the best game of his career and just goes to show that Indiana will once again have a potent passing attack.
Honorable Mention: Hunter Henry, Arkansas: Five receptions for 75 yards.
La’el Collins, OL, LSU
The LSU offensive line experienced many injuries last season and entered the year as a small question mark. La’el Collins switched from left guard to left tackle and had an impressive debut against an aggressive TCU defensive front.
Collins played in 79 of 80 snaps and opened up consistent running lanes for the running backs. The Tigers had 197 rushing yards and quarterback Zach Mettenberger had plenty of time to throw the ball.
The junior didn't allow a sack and proved that he is more than capable of playing the most important position up front. He was also named an SEC Player of the Week for his efforts.
Honorable Mention: Wesley Johnson, Vanderbilt
Vic Beasley, DL, Clemson
Clemson didn't do itself many favors defensively in the 38-35 win against Georgia, allowing more than 500 yards. But defensive lineman Vic Beasley did everything he could possibly do to make key plays.
He consistently broke through the Bulldogs offensive line, finishing the game with two sacks, two tackles and a quarterback hurry. Beasley came on late last season and the Tigers were hoping he could build on that momentum heading into the new year.
It's clear he is a talented defensive lineman, as he helped make a huge difference in the most impressive win of the opening week.
Honorable Mention: Eli Harold, Virginia: 11 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and a forced fumble.
Collin Ellis, LB, Northwestern
Nothing like being in the right place at the right time.
Collin Ellis intercepted two passes and ran them both back for a touchdown in Northwestern's 44-30 victory over Cal. Both happened in the second half and proved to be critical to the Wildcats win on the road.
Combined, the game produced more than 1,000 yards, so the victor was likely the team that was going to make a key defensive play. Ellis stepped up when it counted multiple times to prevent the out of conference upset.
Honorable Mention: Brenden Daley, Hawaii: 10 tackles, four tackles for loss, one sack and a forced fumble.
Marqueston Huff, DB, Wyoming
There are many reasons why Wyoming was able to keep up with Nebraska in a heartbreaking 37-34 loss.
One of them was defensive back Marqueston Huff.
The senior free safety was all over the field on Saturday, finishing the game with 18 tackles, one pass broken up and a forced fumble. His forced turnover came in the fourth quarter, which helped the Cowboys pull within three points late in the game.
Although his efforts didn't provide a victory, Huff was named MWC Defensive Player of the Week.
Honorable Mention: Tra'Mayne Bondurant, Arizona: Seven tackles, two interceptions and one tackle for loss.
Mathew Sims, K, Northern Illinois
Hey, kickers need love!
They can be the reason a team wins a game.
Take Northern Illinois for example.
The Huskies were decent sized underdogs to Iowa, but were able to hang around until the fourth quarter. That's when Mathew Sims lined up and drilled a 37-yard field goal in the final seconds to win the game 30-27.
Northern Illinois won its first game against Iowa in nine tries.
Honorable Mention: Niklas Sade, North Carolina State: 4-4 field goals and 4-4 extra points.
Ethan Wood, P, Wyoming
Another reason Wyoming was able to hang with Nebraska is because of true freshman punter Ethan Wood.
He attempted only four punts but averaged 52.25 yards, which makes him the top punter with one week of college football in the books.
The first-year player pinned two of his four attempts inside Nebraska's 20-yard line.
Honorable Mention: Nick O'Toole, West Virginia: five punts and a 50.6-yard average.
Christion Jones, KR, Alabama
Alabama fans need to send a fruit basket to Christion Jones. He's the reason the game against Virginia Tech didn't come down to the wire.
Not only did he return a punt and a kickoff for a touchdown, he also caught a 38-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to put the finishing touches on a 35-10 blowout. Besides Jones, there weren't many positives for the Crimson Tide.
Of course, this is likely to improve heading into the next game, but Jones surely saved an upset from taking place by scoring three times and hitting Virginia Tech where it hurts.
Honorable Mention: Tre Mason, Auburn: Three returns, 141 yards and a touchdown.
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