The Dandy Dozen The 12 players who we felt had the best weeks
Brennan Clay - This future Sooner and Offensive MVP of the Bowl had an outstanding week of practice, showing more explosiveness and big play ability than any other back in attendance. In the game, he again showed his burst and also return skills. His versatility along with his other assets makes him a good bet to become an impact player at Oklahoma.
Kevin Parks - The overall MVP of the entire game, Parks was a late add who did not even have the right cleats early in the week. At 5'7, 200-lbs, he is shorter, but very powerfully built. He runs north-south, downhill and as hard as he can go all the time. We got to see this week why he was so productive over his high school career. The Virginia commit said he wanted to show everyone this week that he belonged and he did that and then some.
Lucas Vincent - If I had to choose a defensive MVP for the week, he would be the favorite. He was excellent in practice all week and then made some plays in the game. He is not the biggest defensive tackle, but he is quick, has good pass rush moves and showed good strength as well. The Missouri commit looks like he will be a tough one for Big 12 opponents to deal with.
Kareem Martin - He is one of the kids who really improved as the week went on. He took to the coaching, particularly when it came to the handwork and used it to get to the quarterbacks all week in practice. Then in the game, he provided good pressure and batted a pass which resulted in an interception. He still needs to fill out his frame, but he had a very nice week.
Nick Rowland - A shoulder injury during practice kept him out for the last few practices and the game, but the fact that he still made this list should tell you how well he did to begin the week. The future Oregon Duck won the majority of the one on one reps he took and did it in impressive fashion.
Chris Littlehead - For the week of practice, Littlehead was one of the top standouts on the defensive line, and a coach's favorite. In the game he was quieter, but he still served notice that he was underrated coming into the game. He is a massive kid, not tall, but wide and strong. He is an ideal nose tackle prospect, because while he may not necessarily make a ton of exciting plays, he will be a guy who ties up quite a few blockers and stuffs the run at the next level.
Justin Utupo - We realized he was smaller than we thought, but that really did not matter, as the Notre Dame commitment made play after play. He is quick off the ball and uses that speed and athleticism to rush the passer. He also has great football sense, reading screens and draws, getting into passing lanes and simply being disruptive. Where will he line up in college? Maybe linebacker, maybe defensive end, but either way, he is a great football player.
Mylan Hicks - The cold did not affect this Motor City product. Hicks covered well this week and showed some of the outstanding footwork and aggressive play that earned him many offers. In game time, he did not allow a completion and had a pass breakup, something he did throughout practices. Michigan State is getting a good one here.
Shaquille Richardson - When watching Richardson at first, he doesn't stand out in drills like the other defensive backs, then the passes start flying and he makes plays. He has good ball skills and that knack for being in the right place at the right time. He may end up at safety in college, but did well at cornerback this week.
Zac Stout - He showed me something in coverage drills this week and then in the game, he made several pass breakups. While he did drop a couple interceptions, he showed he was comfortable in space.
Hayes Pullard - A thumper like Pullard would normally have a tough time showing what he can do in coverage drills and non-contact practices, but he showed better in covering receivers than I expected. He had a couple of interceptions and nice breakups during the week and then, when he was able to finally hit someone in the game, he did it, making several nice tackles.
Kenneth Scott - The Utah commit was one of the most consistent receivers all week. He has good size, runs nice routes and catches everything with his hands. He should be a very reliable, move the chains kind of receiver at the next level.
Terrance Broadway - Houston commit was up and down during the week, but in the game, where he was able to use his mobility, he had a nice showing. He has a good arm and can run, he just needs to become more consistent.
Case McCoy - He, like all the quarterbacks, had some struggles during the week with the cold, wind and adjusting to the new receivers, but he did do some nice things, showing the accuracy we expected. In the game, he lead a nice scoring drive, capped off by a touchdown pass.
Peter Thomas - He had a relatively quiet week and game, but he impressed his teammates with his build and strength. He has good size, arm strength and is a smart kid who has a lot of upside for the next level.
Chris Young - Washington commit showed his all-purpose ability during the week and then had some nice moments in the game.
Derek Cole - Showed some things at both running back and wide receiver early in the week, but a concussion kept him out for the last part of the week and the game, so we did not get a super read on this sleeper prospect.
Paul Richardson - The West receiving corps was very good, but Richardson really impressed with his ability to gain separation and stretch the field. He was quiet in the game, but he had a good week of practice. The coaches got on him for not running his routes hard, but when he turned it on, there were not many defensive backs.
Kenny Stills - They had some trouble getting this speedster the ball but when they did, he showed his acceleration and ability to run by people which he did in practice.
Jamaal Kearse - Big bodied target was solid, but looks like he may project better to the defensive side of the ball.
Joe Powell - Very impressive this week. He is quick, runs great routes and has good hands. He has a lot of shake and bake to him as well as cocky enthusiasm for the game.
Caleb Southworth - He is thin, but a good pass catcher. Underrated player who caught our eyes this week and should be able to make an impact at Central Michigan.
Alex Smith - Missed a day of practice with injury and took some time getting acclimated, but got better as the week went on and caught a touchdown in the game.
Tyrus Thompson - Showed his immense potential, but also how raw he is. He's big, a good athlete and the competition was able to get the aggressiveness out of him. Maintaining that intensity will be key for him at Oklahoma, but he has a lot of upside.
Austin Woods - Had some difficulties with the good group of tackles, but got better and did well in the last few practices.
Adam Shead - One of many Oklahoma commits, we did not notice him much for the first few practices, then an injury kept him out late in the week.
Bronson Irwin - He did some nice things and drew praise from the coaches and other observers.
Erik Kohler - Early in the week, he struggled with some of the speed rushers, but got better and ended the week with a dominating practice performance. He could play tackle, but I also like him as a guard.
Dak Smith - Massive USC commit is very raw and is a great kid, but appeared to be disinterested a lot of the time.
Kevin James - Had a tough time with the great defensive tackles on his team, but did better in the game.
Henry Anderson - "Great White" as he was dubbed is tall, but moves well for his frame. Needs to get stronger and continue to improve his technique, but he had a good week.
Torrea Peterson - Aggressive kid with above average athleticism. He was overshadowed some by Littlehead and Vincent, but did some nice things this week.
Chris Smith - Has a great burst, good speed and a non-stop motor. He showed that in the game when he chased a few plays down. He's smaller and projects to OLB, but could come off the edge as a situational rusher.
David Wilkerson - Big, physical kid who was quiet during practices, but had a very nice game on Saturday.
Darius Waters - Showed he could play both linebacker and some defensive end and came away with an interception during the game.
Corey Cooper - Hard hitting defensive back showed it in the game. He's very aggressive and looked during the week like he would be an ideal strong safety. He was even bigger than we remembered him being.
Ronnie Vinson - LSU commit was learning how to play defensive back after playing mostly running back in high school. He still has to work on his footwork, but is a good athlete. He can play safety or cornerback, but is built more like a corner.
Dion Bailey - USC commit started slowly, but picked it up as the week went on. He's a good tackler, but did not look as comfortable in coverage. He is likely a strong safety at the next level.
Martinez Davis - Army commit wanted to show he belonged and did well. He is not big, but is a solid, heady player and broke up a couple passes in the game.
Denver Otteson - Missed one kick in the game, but converted all of his extra points.