Derron Thomas, Javarris James, Tyrone Moss and Charlie Jones all saw action and all are amongst the top five on the offensive side of the ball this weekend. 1. Derron Thomas – RB – Thomas seems to always be the odd man out when it comes to the aforementioned running backs, not getting too many opportunities even though coaches always say that he's dynamic in practice, but Thomas came off the bench to lead the team in rushing carrying the ball 11 times for 109 yards for a 9.9 per carry average. It has to be a pleasing effort for Thomas with the hopes of getting more playing time in bigger games such as the upcoming road game at Louisville.
2. Javarris James – RB – His performance against FAMU Saturday probably has fans wondering even more why Larry Coker didn't get him in the game earlier against Florida State. The true freshman got his opportunity and looks for a number of carries against Louisville next weekend after rushing eight times for 74 yards and touchdown. He also caught a pass that went for a 21-yard touchdown.
3. Charlie Jones – RB – After having a pretty rough game last week against Florida State, Jones came back with a nice game rushing 11 times for 62 yards and two touchdowns. He set the tone early for the rushing attack which amassed over 300 yards overall.
4. Tyrone Moss – RB – In his first action since having torn his ACL last year against Virginia Tech, Moss did a great job carrying the ball eight times for 64 yards and an 8 yard per carry average. He also scored his first touchdown of the season on a 20-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Whether or not he gets extensive work or starts against Louisville remains to seen, but this was a nice start for Moss.
5. Offensive Line – The running backs would not have had the success they had without the play of the offensive line. Yes, it was only FAMU, but 339 yards rushing is 339 yards rushing. The 7.2 yards per carry is what is extremely impressive. Now the question is, can they do it again next weekend against Louisville.
On the defensive side of the ball, a lot of guys got a chance to play so to pick out five players that sparkled on that side of the ball is a little bit more difficult, but we'll give it a shot:
1. Baraka Atkins – DL – The ‘Canes are having a real hard time getting some sacks through two games. All that they can show for it is one sack against FAMU which is discouraging, but Atkins picked it up and also had three tackles. He also had a fumble recovery.
2. Brandon Meriweather – S – Meriweather led the team in tackles with six, but will be tested a lot more against Louisville with their pass happy offense led by quarterback Brian Brohm.
3. Eric Moncur – DE – Moncur recorded only one tackle, but had a fumble recovery. Even more impressive, he had two pass break ups and for a defensive end, you can't ask for much more.
We'll stop there at three because there wasn't much else to go crazy about on the defensive side of the ball. The defense basically had a weekend off, but will have it's hands full against a very potent offense, one that it hasn't seen thus far this season, especially as FSU could barely do anything against Troy State.
Rudy Rodriguez-Chomat can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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