|MVP OF THE WEEK (Offense)|
|RB - Cory Ross - Junior|
When the team scores only 14 points on offense, one has to wonder if anyone deserves an offensive MVP at all.
Well, as Cory Ross is want to do, he earned it yet again from us, because Cory is what Cory is....dependable. As solid as they come, Ross just pounded away, averaged almost 6 yards per carry and of those 2 touchdowns, he got them both.
"It was just another day at the office for Cory." Head coach, Bill Callahan said of Ross's performance. "He's such a great guy in terms of his demeanor about football. He loves the game. He likes to be in on every snap-he wants the ball, but he's not a selfish guy. He'll do anything for this team."
Of course, Ross himself would be the last one thing say that anything he's done is special, citing the entire group of backs as the contributors and always using the word "we". "We've got to throw those young guys in there-they are getting carries." Ross said. "The committee did a great job today. I am proud of those guys and the way we did and the way we handled things out there."
That alone could be the reason for making Ross the MVP, but we would have to give it to him every single game if that were the overriding criteria. As it is though, Ross earns it yet again, because as usual, he's solid on and off the field.
|MVP OF THE WEEK (Defense)|
|LB - Barrett Ruud - Senior|
What can you say about this guy that hasn't been said at least a hundred times? Ok, nothing if it's all good stuff you are talking about and against Kansas, it was all good for Barrett Ruud.
Either from just the sheer volume of plays he made or the timing of them, Ruud was rude indeed to the touted KU offense.
The solo-tackle on punter, Kyle Tucker as Kansas pulled a fake punt late in the game to try and get the combeack going, that was really the perfect illustration for this guy's entire career. When you need him, he's there. When you have to have it, Ruud comes o'calling and for that lead-by-example type of guy that every team needs, forget about it.......Ruud is the man.
Next week, we'll probably be celebrating the fact that he'll be the All-Time most prolific tackler in NU history.
I don't see any sense in waiting, because we've already had plenty of reasons to celebrate him with or without any records by his name.
He's quiet off the field, modest almost to a fault, but if there's one young man that everyone needs to pay attention to, it's him. He plays the way you want, acts the way you'd like to see everyone act off the field and let's not even get into the fact that he's a part of a legacy.
One that is on-going with another Ruud on the team, but I doubt Bo will mind if we celebrate his brother. Heck, I'm sure we'll be doing it a lot more times this year.