As if this list was going to start anywhere else. The sophomore defensive end had two touchdowns, a 4-yard fumble return and a 56-yard interception return. He now has three on the season (more than the offensive total). He single-handedly outscored South Florida. Good day of work.
The sophomore has been a force so far this season. On Saturday, he had the two touchdowns, in addition to two tackles for loss, a sack and two QB hurries. He was on a tear from the start to finish.
The junior running back was impressive throughout the game. He had two runs of more than 20 yards (21, 23) and a 12-yarder early on a reverse. He finished with 63 yards on nine carries.
As the quarterbacks have struggled, the running backs have been quietly solid and Hill was more proof of that against USF.
MacGarrett Kings Jr.
Kings earned his first career start this week and had the best game among the wide receivers by far. He had three receptions for 24 yards and did a good job in space. He had a bubble screen early for five yards and a good grab on a crossing route from Tyler O'Connor for 13 yards.
The shifty sophomore is dynamic and his improvement is key for MSU.
You could make a case for Andrew Maxwell here, too, but I think the case for Cook is stronger. Positive was he led the offense downfield for its lone touchdown, but what else he did was a cause for concern. Following three plays that gained 35 yards, he had a really bad fumble on a play that started at the USF 32 and it was recovered by USF.
He had some decent runs, but with the losses, he finished with nine carries for 10 yards. Passing? He was 6 of 11 for 32 yards – 20 of which came on one play. All-in-all, it wasn't confidence-inspiring or very good.
Clark started again at left tackle after an okay performance in the season opener against WMU. He had a tough time against South Florida and was beaten in pass protection too much. He is good against the run, but the left tackle is pivotal in pass protection.
Being able to slide Jack Conklin back over to left tackle with Fou Fonoti at right tackle will help the offensive line. Clark might work better in the future at right tackle or left guard, it's just tough to see him at left tackle.
Andre Sims Jr.
This was a tempting pick for a faller last week, but there were other strong candidates – gulp. He let a couple punts go over his head last week against WMU and this week had a fumble deep in MSU's territory late in the second quarter. It led to a field goal for the Bulls.
Sims has the shiftiness necessary to return kicks, and he can break a big one, but he is scary at points and that's not good in specials teams when the offense is a concern.