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College Football All-Week 2 Team

Randy ChambersAnalyst ISeptember 9, 2013

College Football All-Week 2 Team

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    Incredible performances by some of the nation's top players were on display during Week 2 of the college football season.

    There were two quarterbacks who threw for more than 400 yards, three running backs who topped 200 rushing yards and one wide receiver who has produced more than 200 receiving yards in two straight games.

    But who had the best performances in Week 2?

     

Quarterback

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    Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville

    Teddy Bridgewater continues to play flawless football, as he torched Eastern Kentucky for 397 yards and four touchdowns in the Cardinals' 44-7 victory. His completion percentage on the season is now a staggering 76.7 percent, and it seems like he can't make a bad pass if he tried.

    Still, Bridgewater sees room for improvement, per ESPN:

    Everyone may see 397 yards ..., but what I see is the less than 100 yards rushing. I build my success around complete offense and total offense. I may have thrown for 397 yards, but there are some things I'm going to have to work on ... My check game, getting better looks for the running backs. I'm going to watch the film and evaluate.

    Bridgewater will make a strong case to win this year's Heisman if he can continue to play at this level.

Running Back

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    Kasey Carrier, New Mexico

    Carrier was the reason New Mexico beat UTEP 42-35 in overtime. He carried the ball 41 times for 291 yards and scored four touchdowns, including a 21-yard run in the extra period to give the Lobos the win. He averaged 7.1 yards per carry and is now well on pace to top 1,000 rushing yards for a second straight season. 

     

    Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona

    Carey was suspended for the season opener, but he didn't hesitate to make up for lost time. He rushed for 171 yards on just 16 carries in Arizona's 58-13 win over UNLV. He scored two touchdowns, and his first touch of the season was a 58-yard touchdown run. It's safe to say Carey has picked up right where he left off last season when he led the country with 1,929 rushing yards.

Wide Receiver

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    Paul Richardson, Colorado

    Richardson is on fire to begin the season, as the junior topped 200 receiving yards for a second straight game. In Colorado's 38-24 win over Central Arkansas, Richardson hauled in 11 passes for 209 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He began the offensive performance with a 55-yard touchdown grab in the first quarter. If he keeps this up, he could seriously contend for the Biletnikoff Award.

     

    Jeremy Gallon, Michigan

    Gallon was huge in Michigan's 41-30 win against Notre Dame. He consistently found ways to get open and caught eight passes for 184 yards and three touchdowns. The Irish had no answer for the senior receiver, who also had one rushing attempt for 14 yards. Gallon stepped up in a big way and helped Michigan get one of its most impressive victories of the Brady Hoke era.

Tight End

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    Jace Amaro, Texas Tech

    Amaro had the best performance of his career in Texas Tech's 61-13 win over Stephen F. Austin. He led the Red Raiders with eight catches, 142 yards and a touchdown. He had two receptions of 25 or more yards and proved that he will be a valuable weapon in this pass-happy offense.

    It looks like head coach Kliff Kingsbury has once again hit the jackpot.

Offensive Lineman

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    Austin Wentworth, Fresno State 

    Fat guy touchdown!

    An offensive lineman's dream is to get his hands on the football and rumble his way into the end zone. But check out how smooth Wentworth rolls out to the second level and catches the hook-and-ladder pass so effortlessly. He acts like he's done this before, as he cruises in for a touchdown untouched.

    Sure, there are probably linemen out there who had a better blocking performance during Week 2, but Wentworth was able to live every big guy's fantasy. He had to make the list as the best offensive lineman.

Defensive Lineman

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    Za'Darius Smith, Kentucky

    Smith was one of the top 2013 recruits for Kentucky, and it didn't take him long to make an impact defensively. The JUCO transfer led Kentucky to a 41-7 win over Miami (Ohio) after sacking the quarterback three times and picking up six tackles. He was generating relentless pressure up front and making it tough for RedHawks signal-caller Austin Boucher. 

    Smith now leads the country with four sacks on the season.

Linebacker

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    Cassanova McKinzy, Auburn

    McKinzy had his best game in an Auburn uniform in the 38-9 win over Arkansas State. He came off firing from the start, making a tackle on three straight plays in the first quarter. He was a big reason the Tigers held the Red Wolves to 3.8 rushing yards per attempt, as he finished the day with eight tackles and two quarterback hurries.

    What makes his performance so special?

    He was playing with the flu, per Joel A. Erickson of AL.com:

    "I mean, I had to stay hydrated," McKinzy said. "I tried to play like I know how to play. The trainer was on me, drink this, take this. We have a really good training staff."

Defensive Back

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    Damante Horton, Washington State

    USC didn't do itself any favors in its 10-7 loss to Washington State, but Horton put the Cougars in position to pull off the upset. He covered the talented USC receivers well and intercepted two passes.

    It was his 70-yard interception return for a touchdown before halftime that changed the momentum of the game.

    If Horton didn't snag those key interceptions, USC may have found a way to win.

Kicker

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    Niklas Sade, North Carolina State

    Sade prevented a major upset, as North Carolina State barely beat Richmond 23-21. The junior kicker was a perfect 3-for-3 on field-goal attempts, including a 48-yard kick with 33 seconds left to give the Wolfpack the win.

    Sade knew he nailed the kick the second it left his foot, per of the The Fayetteville Observer:

    I usually don't watch the ball, especially on longer kicks,' Sade said later. I just try to focus on the ball, so I don't pull my head up and pull the ball. As soon as that one left my foot, though, I felt that one was good.'

    North Carolina State fans are no doubt thankful for Sade. 

Punter

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    Pat O'Donnell, Miami

    O'Donnell proved why he was worth the hype since transferring from Cincinnati. In Miami's 21-16 upset over Florida, he averaged 49 yards on eight punts. He also downed a kick at Florida's 14-yard line late in the fourth quarter.

    The players really appreciate his efforts, per Paul Tenorio of the Orlando Sentinel:

    "We're thankful for Pat O'Donnell, that's all I'm going to say," said Miami defensive lineman Tyriq McCord. "He's amazing."

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