Fantastic Freshmen

As expected, the USC Trojans steamrolled the Cornhuskers and the running back-by-committee approach continues. Freshman Emmanuel Moody led Southern Cal in rushing with 70 yards on nine attempts. Classmate C.J. Gable contributed with six carries for 22 yards.

The Florida Gators continue to find playing time for Tim Tebow and Percy Harvin, even in a tough contest against Tennessee. The two rookies both contributed in Florida's victory as Tebow rushed seven times for 29 yards and Harvin caught one pass for 13 yards and ran once for 12 yards. The numbers aren't sparkling, but considering the quality of the opponent, the future appears bright for these two in Gainesville.

Tennessee has a redshirt freshman that bears watching. Five-star RB prospect LaMarcus Coker caught one pass for 48 yards and a TD. With starter Arian Foster battling an ankle sprain and Montario Hardesty struggling against the Gators, it could be Coker's chance to see significant playing time this weekend against Marshall.

Texas enjoyed a bye week against Rice. Redshirt freshmen Colt McCoy looked sharp leading the Longhorns with 7-of-8 passing for 124 yards and two TDs. True freshman Jevan Snead saw action in the blowout and was impressive, completing three passes on three attempts for 39 yards. In addition, Snead rushed for 61 yards on six carries. This young QB duo appears to have improved upon last week's performance against top-rated Ohio State, but, then again, it was Rice they were playing.

Florida State freshman tight end Brandon Warren appears to be grasping Florida State's offense early in his career. That's impressive considering Lorenzo Booker is a senior and he still hasn't seemed to figure it out. But, this story is about freshmen, so back to Warren. He followed up last week's three reception, 56-yard effort against Troy with three more receptions for 25 yards against Clemson. The Seminoles' tight end situation looks to be covered for the next few years.

Matthew Stafford made his starting debut at quarterback for the Georgia Bulldogs and they routed UAB 34-0. Georgia's defense definitely led the way (as it has all year) which is fortunate as it is evident that Stafford has plenty to learn. His passing numbers were a rather pedestrian 10-of-17 for 107 yards. He did find the end zone on one of his five carries (for 14 yards). As long as Georgia's defense plays well, and senior Joe Tereshinski continues recovering from a high ankle sprain, Stafford will get the playing time necessary to improve.

Miami freshman RB Javarris James continues to impress this season, despite being a member of Miami's anemic offense. James only rushed for 24 yards on seven carries, but he also caught two passes for 42 yards in the ‘Canes blowout loss at Louisville. Expect this youngster to become more of a focal point of the Miami offense.

Prediction for ND-MSU:

Look for Notre Dame to get on track offensively and MSU will find it hard to focus on the Irish with a scary (sarcasm here) Illinois squad coming up the following week. With all the talk of a National Championship and a Heisman trophy vanishing, this team can now focus on the task at hand and have fun playing football. Bouncing back in impressive fashion…

Notre Dame 38
Michigan St 20

Many thanks to:

-Alan Nicgorski and Eileen Liu. Last week was a lot of fun. Also, happy birthday to young Sean who turns 3 years old on Friday.
-The Notre Dame student section. Last week was as bad as it gets but the ND students stayed to the bitter end, cheering on the Irish every step of the way.
-Drew at the ‘Backer. You never let us down with all the 12-Man requests back in the day.
-The core. You know who you are…

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