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September 9, 2008

Rivals.com Week 2 National Awards

Try telling coaches and players that it was a weak schedule last week.

Sure, there weren't any matchups between top 25 teams, but numerous players and coaches found a way to shine. Here are the Rivals.com awards for Week 2:

NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma

It wasn't a great week for star-studded matchups, but Bradford facing an excellent Cincinnati secondary was one of the better ones.

Bradford passed the test easily. He was 29 of 38 for 395 yards with five touchdown passes and two interceptions.

It appears the Sooners will be just fine without star wide receiver Malcolm Kelly, making Bradford a possible Heisman candidate.

COORDINATOR OF THE WEEK:
Greg Hudson, East Carolina defensive coordinator

CONFERENCE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
ACC
Georgia Tech running back Jonathan Dwyer gave Paul Johnson his first ACC win with a game-winning touchdown run against Boston College. He rushed for 108 yards against the Eagles.
BIG EAST
South Florida quarterback Matt Grothe threw for 346 yards and three touchdowns in the Bulls' overtime win at UCF. Grothe threw the game-winning touchdown pass in OT.
BIG TEN
Wisconsin may have a threat in the passing game thanks to quarterback Allan Evridge. He was 17 of 26 for 308 yards and a touchdown against Marshall. He rallied the Badgers after they fell behind 14-0.
CONFERENCE USA
East Carolina quarterback Patrick Pinkney was 22 of 28 for 236 yards and a touchdown in an upset of West Virginia.
MID-AMERICAN
Akron quarterback Chris Jacquemain led the Zips to an upset of Syracuse. He was 20 of 26 for yards and three touchdowns against the Orange.
MOUNTAIN WEST
BYU tight end Dennis Pitta is the nation's leading receiver. He caught 10 passes for 148 yards and a touchdown in a win over Washington.
PAC-10
California isn't having any problem replacing tailback Justin Forsett. Jahvid Best carried the ball 14 times for 200 yards and three touchdowns in a 66-3 rout of Washington State.
SEC
Linebacker Patrick Benoist had better tackling numbers, but Vanderbilt defensive tackle Greg Billinger came up with the big plays when the Commodores needed him. He finished with two sacks and a blocked punt in an upset of South Carolina.
SUN BELT
Middle Tennessee State quarterback Joe Craddock added to the ACC's misery. He was 28 of 40 for 256 yards and two touchdowns in an upset of Maryland.
WESTERN ATHLETIC
It was a rough week for the WAC, but Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick had a nice day in a loss to Texas Tech. He was 24 of 35 for 264 yards with a touchdown and interception and added 92 rushing yards for the Wolf Pack.
INDEPENDENTS
Free safety David Bruton saved Notre Dame from embarrassment by forcing and recovering a San Diego State fumble as the Aztecs were driving for a touchdown. He had seven solo tackles, too.

Could it be anyone else?

Hudson did what almost no one else has been able to do: bottle up West Virginia's offense. The Mountaineers didn't score a touchdown for the first time since 2001, Rich Rodriguez's first season.

East Carolina's defense wasn't fooled by West Virginia's tweaked offense. The Mountaineers passed for only 72 yards and rushed for 179. East Carolina bottled up quarterback Pat White, who had only 169 yards of total offense.

Others considered for coordinator of the week:
Bruce Fowler, Vanderbilt: Steve Spurrier doesn't have an offensive powerhouse at South Carolina, but the Commodores still had an impressive performance. Vanderbilt held the Gamecocks to 92 rushing yards and intercepted two passes.

Willie Martinez, Georgia: The Bulldogs didn't have a letdown against Central Michigan. Georgia limited Dan LeFevour to 269 yards of offense and intercepted one pass.

Galen Hall, Penn State: There was no let-up on offense against Oregon State. The Nittany Lions scored on five of their first six possessions in routing the Beavers.

Rich Olson, Arizona State: The Sun Devils avoided the upset against Stanford with a convincing offensive performance. Arizona State put up 472 total yards, including 345 through the air, against the Cardinal.

FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK:
WR Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma

It looks as if Oklahoma has another star redshirt freshman on its hands. A year after Bradford was a freshman All-America quarterback, Ryan Broyles is giving the Sooners another threat in the passing game. Against Cincinnati, Broyles caught seven passes for 141 yards and a touchdown.

Others considered for freshman of the week
LB Travis Lewis, Oklahoma: Another Sooners redshirt freshman had a huge day on defense, with 12 tackles and two sacks.

RB Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State: Anyone who practices against the Beavers' run defense should have a ton of confidence. Rodgers, a true freshman, had 99 yards and two touchdowns against Penn State.

WR Daymond Patterson, Kansas: It looks like the Jayhawks won't miss Marcus Henry. Patterson, a true freshman, had eight catches for 130 yards and two touchdowns against Louisiana Tech.

CB Chris Jammer, Rice: Jammer, a true freshman, capped a wild 29-point fourth quarter with a 63-yard interception return for a touchdown to beat Memphis.

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David Fox is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at dfox@rivals.com.



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