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September 15, 2008

Rivals.com Week 3 National Awards

CONFERENCE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
ACC
North Carolina WR Brandon Tate accounted for 219 all-purpose yards and a touchdown against Rutgers in the Tar Heels' first out-of-state win since 2002.
BIG 12
Missouri QB Chase Daniel was 23 of 28 for 405 yards and four touchdowns against Nevada a week after the Wolf Pack held Texas Tech's Graham Harrell to fewer than 300 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. /div>
BIG EAST
South Florida QB Matt Grothe gave the Big East its first signature win of the season, against Kansas, by digging the Bulls out of a 17-point hole. He was 32 of 45 for 338 yards for two touchdowns and also ran for a score.
BIG TEN
The hot start continues for Michigan State RB Javon Ringer, who carried the ball 43 times for 282 yards for two touchdowns in a 17-0 win over Florida Atlantic.
CONFERENCE USA
DE C.J. Wilson kept East Carolina undefeated with eight tackles, three tackles for a loss and a blocked kick as the Pirates avoided an upset at Tulane.
MID-AMERICAN
Buffalo could be a factor in the MAC thanks to QB Drew Willy. He was 29 of 42 for 348 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner as time expired, against Temple.
PAC-10
USC's Mark Sanchez was 17 of 28 passes for 172 yards and four touchdowns in a win over Ohio State.
SEC
LB Rennie Curran helped Georgia keep its national championship hopes alive by forcing a Mike Davis fumble at the goal line. He also added six tackles, a sack and two quarterback pressures against South Carolina.
SUN BELT
Louisiana-Lafayette QB Michael Desormeaux was 25 of 35 for 200 yards and a touchdown and also ran for a score in a 20-17 loss at Illinois.
WESTERN ATHLETIC
Boise State safety Jeron Johnson had 13 tackles, two fumble recoveries and 1.5 tackles for a loss in a win over Bowling Green. Both recoveries came in the second half inside Boise State's 30.
INDEPENDENTS
Notre Dame linebacker Brian Smith recovered two Michigan fumbles, returning one for a touchdown in a 35-17 victory for the Irish. He also had four tackles, a tackle for a loss and a pass breakup.
NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
QB Max Hall, BYU

Cracking the BYU record book for a quarterback is no easy task. From Gifford Nielsen to Marc Wilson to Jim McMahon to Steve Young to Robbie Bosco to Ty Detmer to John Beck, the Cougars have a long list of productive QBs.

Hall joined them in the first three quarters of a 59-0 rout of UCLA. Hall threw seven touchdown passes, tying a school record held by McMahon and Wilson. Hall finished 27 of 35 for 271 yards, with an interception.

Along the way, Hall kept BYU in the hunt for a BCS game with a second consecutive victory over a Pac-10 opponent. At the same time, Hall put himself in the discussion for the Heisman Trophy.

COORDINATOR OF THE WEEK:
Robert Anae, BYU offensive coordinator

Anae rounds out the double-dip for the BYU offense in our national awards.

Though UCLA has been a mess on offense because of injuries, the Bruins' defense was expected to be the strength of the team. UCLA's 27-24 win over Tennessee in the opener seemed to prove that point.

BYU shattered that notion. A week after a 28-27 win over Washington, the Cougars erased any doubt against the Bruins. BYU led 42-0 at halftime, and the Cougars finished with 521 yards.

Hall spread the wealth among his receivers with two touchdown passes each to wide receiver Austin Collie, tight end Dennis Pitta and running back Harvey Unga.

Others considered for coordinator of the week:
Dennis Therrell, UNLV: The Rebels' defense held Arizona State to 373 yards and 20 points in UNLV's first road win since 2004.

Chris Cosh, Maryland: The Terrapins stunned Cal by holding the Bears' rushing game to a mere 38 yards.

Steve Sarkisian, USC: The Trojans' array of offensive weapons was on display against Ohio State, with everyone from Joe McKnight to freshman tight end Blake Ayles playing a prominent role in the rout.

FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK:
BAYLOR QB Robert Griffin

Griffin was 7-for-15 for 129 yards and a touchdown against Washington State, but he did most of his damage on the ground. He ran for a school-record 217 yards and two touchdowns against the Cougars.

Others considered for freshman of the week:
Michigan RB Sam McGuffie: The Wolverines might not have a quarterback, but at least they have McGuffie - a true freshman who accounted for 178 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown. Better yet, he didn't fumble.

Oklahoma WR Ryan Broyles: Broyles, a redshirt freshman wide receiver, had another huge week for the Sooners with three catches for 85 yards and a touchdown against Washington.

Oregon State TB Jacquizz Rodgers: Rodgers, a true freshman, had 26 carries for 110 yards and two touchdowns in a rout of Hawaii.

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



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