College Football All-Week 4 Team
Week 4 of the college football season put most fans to sleep with lackluster performances from some of the nation's top teams. But the show must go on. Even though the matchups weren't pretty, there were still quality players who helped their teams add another victory to the win column.
There was an ACC quarterback who put his name in the record book, a Big Ten linebacker who saved his team's season and a Pac-12 offensive lineman who kept a future NFL star in check.
Who played some of the best football in Week 4?
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Tom Savage, Pittsburgh
Savage has finally become the quarterback Pittsburgh was hoping he would become. In a 58-55 win over Duke, the senior threw for 424 yards and six touchdowns. His yardage was by far a new career high and his touchdown passes tied the ACC record for a single game.
Thanks to his incredible performance, the Panthers never trailed in this game and were able to pick up their first conference win of the season. Pittsburgh will be a scary team down the stretch if Savage can continue to play at this level.
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Jeremy Hill, LSU
It's fair to say that Hill is back to the level he was playing at last season, as he torched Auburn for 183 yards and three touchdowns in LSU's 35-21 home victory. He averaged a remarkable 7.3 yards per carry and had 152 rushing yards in the first half. This is Hill's second straight game of more than 100 yards, and he's scored five touchdowns in that span as well.
Johnathan Gray, Texas
Texas needed to knock off Kansas State to keep the critics of its back for another week. With quarterback David Ash sidelined with an injury, all hope looked lost. That's when Gray had the best game of his career by rushing for 141 yards and two scores on a career-high 28 touches. Performances like this are why the sophomore was a highly rated recruit, and it's going to be interesting to see if he can build on this success.
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Tyler Lockett, Kansas State
Lockett was on the losing end in the Longhorns' 31-21 victory, but Kansas State fans can't blame the junior receiver for the loss. Although he didn't find the end zone, he did haul in 13 passes for 237 yards. His receiving yards total is the second best in college football this season to only Texas A&M's Mike Evans' 279 yards. Lockett was extremely impressive and reminded Texas fans everywhere that the Longhorns' defense still needs improvement.
Gabe Marks, Washington State
Marks is beginning to come out of his shell a bit as quarterback Connor Halliday is getting more comfortable in the offense. The sophomore caught 11 passes for 146 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Cougars' 42-0 victory over Idaho. Granted, the Vandals aren't a quality opponent, but Marks did help set the tone of the game by scoring the first touchdown on a 43-yard pass. With more experience, he'll continue to shine.
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Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington
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Seferian-Jenkins is one of the top tight ends in the country, but he had yet to have one of his breakout performances. In a 56-0 win over Idaho State, the junior caught five passes for 62 yards and one touchdown. He can put up even better numbers, but this might have been the game that helps the future NFL player break out of his funk.
With Arizona on deck next week, Seferian-Jenkins will be targeted quite a bit in what should be a typical Pac-12 shootout.
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David Yankey, Stanford
Arizona State's Will Sutton is a quality NFL draft prospect, but he struggled in the Sun Devils' 42-28 loss to the Cardinal. Yankey, who is also a future NFL player, got the best of last year's Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year.
Here's what Dan Greenspan of NFL.com wrote:
Sutton was never able to get penetration in the first half with his trademark quickness and couldn't escape Yankey's powerful grip once engaged. Sutton finished with six tackles, but had no tackles for loss.
Yankey also helped create space for running backs to rush for 240 yards and three touchdowns. All in all, it was a good day for the Stanford offensive lineman.
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Vic Beasley, Clemson
For Clemson, the offensive players get the majority of the credit, but Beasley did more than his fair share in the Tigers' 26-14 win over North Carolina State. The scary defensive end finished the game with five tackles, three sacks, two passes broken up and a forced fumble that helped seal the deal for Clemson.
Beasley now has five sacks on the season and seems to be getting better with each passing game. There aren't many offensive linemen in the ACC who can block this man. As Clemson continues to make a push for a national championship, the junior will play a key role on that journey.
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Desmond Morgan, Michigan
Morgan has played better games and so has Michigan. Besides his four tackles and one interception, the junior linebacker didn't do much in the Wolverines' 24-21 victory over Connecticut. However, that one-handed interception in the fourth quarter was a turning point in the game and helped Michigan begin its comeback to squeeze out the close win.
Could you imagine if the team had lost to the Huskies? It wouldn't have been allowed back in Ann Arbor and may have been banned from the Big Ten.
Morgan may have made the single biggest play of Week 4.
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The Entire Florida Secondary
It's tough to point out just one defensive back this week, as nobody had a game that really stood out. So we're going to cheat and reward the entire Florida secondary.
The feisty group of defensive players held the Volunteers to just 154 passing yards and came away with four interceptions. Justin Worley and Nathan Peterman threw two picks apiece, as Tennessee receivers struggled to create separation.
Florida is scary defensively and this performance was just the tip of the iceberg of what it's truly capable of doing to an offense.