Triple Option Attack: Big Ten announces Football Players of the Week

big ten logoRelease from Big Ten Conference:

Offensive Player and Freshman of the Week

J.T. Barrett, Ohio State

Fr., QB, Wichita Falls, Texas/Rider

  • Accounted for 368 yards of total offense and five touchdowns to lead Ohio State to its 18th consecutive Big Ten win
  • Completed 19 of 31 passes for 261 yards and three touchdowns
  • Added 107 rushing yards and two touchdowns on seven carries
  • Wins his second Offensive Player of the Week and fourth Freshman of the Week award
  • Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: J.T. Barrett (Sept. 15, 2014)
  • Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: J.T. Barrett (Sept. 29, 2014)

Defensive Player of the Week

Cedric Thompson, Minnesota

Sr., S, Calipatria, Calif./Calipatria

  • Registered six tackles and two interceptions to guide Minnesota to a victory over Purdue
  • Recorded an interception on the Boilermakers’ first offensive play of the game, returning it 27 yards to the Purdue two-yard line and setting up a Minnesota touchdown
  • Sealed the win with his second interception of the game on Purdue’s final offensive play
  • Claims his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor
  • Last Minnesota Defensive Player of the Week: Damien Wilson (Oct. 13, 2014)

Special Teams Player of the Week

Ryan Santoso, Minnesota

Fr., K, Pace, Fla./Pace

  • Converted both of his field goal attempts, including a game-winning 52-yarder with 4:59 left in the fourth quarter
  • Made a 20-yard field goal in the third quarter to bring the Gophers within two points before the career-long 52-yard conversion
  • Recorded the longest field goal by a Minnesota kicker since 2003
  • Claims his first career Special Teams Player of the Week honor
  • Last Minnesota Special Teams Player of the Week: Jalen Myrick (Oct. 13, 2014)

Triple Option Attack: O’Leary Named John Mackey Award Tight End of the Week

Florida State senior tight end Nick O'LearyPhoto Credit: Jeff Romance
Florida State senior tight end Nick O’Leary
Photo Credit: Jeff Romance

Release from Florida State Athletics:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Senior tight end Nick O’Leary was named the national John Mackey Tight End of the Week on Wednesday following his career-best eight-reception, 97-yard, one-touchdown performance in Florida State’s 38-20 win over Syracuse last Saturday.

O’Leary became FSU’s all-time leader in receptions by a tight end in the game with 90 in his career, breaking Gary Parris’ record (82) that had stood since 1972. O’Leary’s second-quarter touchdown gave FSU a 24-6 lead at the half. He now holds FSU career tight end records for receptions, touchdowns (13) and receiving yards (1,248).

This season, O’Leary has 24 receptions for 275 yards and two touchdowns for the 6-0 Seminoles.

A preseason All-American by nearly every service in 2014, O’Leary was one of three Mackey Award finalists in 2013.

The 2014 John Mackey recipient will be announced on December 10, 2014 and presented live on December 11, 2014 at The Home Depot College Football

Awards Red Carpet Show on ESPNU. Other key dates include the Mackey Semifinalists on November 17, 2014 and the Mackey Finalists on November 24, 2014.

Triple Option Attack: ACC Football Thoughts

ACC_Identity_TM_PMS_WBGBy E. Marcel Pourtout, Editor

Music to listen to: The Stone (live) by Dave Matthews Band


General thoughts on ACC football

-Something is off about Florida State. The Seminoles are still undefeated and have control of their own destiny to win a conference title and gain an appearance in the playoffs. However, we’ve seen weaknesses in Florida State this season.

Statistically Florida State is giving up 20 points per contest but that statistic is misleading. The Seminoles allowed 12 points to Citadel and three points to slowly Wake Forest. The defensive unit gave up 41 points to North Carolina State and 31 to Oklahoma State. Those aren’t disastrous numbers but below the standards set last season.

Offensively, there’s been a lack of continuity. Jameis Winston’s inconsistency when he’s on or off the field have garnered the most attention but the struggles to run the ball have been the base of Florida State’s concerns. The offense has averaged only 138 yards per contest, which is 95th in the nation. Winston is a special talent but doesn’t have the ability to carry the offense completely with his arm.

The Seminoles will be the favorite for every game on its schedule but may potentially lose one game due to the issues listed above.

-Virginia at Duke being the ACC game of the week both positive and negative. We’ve been supporters of David Cutcliffe since he was at Ole Miss.

BTW, many want to associate the revival of the Ole Miss program with current head coach Hugh Freeze and the current roster which is understandable. However, let’s not forget that Cutcliffe had five consecutive winning seasons in Oxford, including a Cotton Bowl win. He had a three-win season in 2004 and was fired in one of the most idiotic decisions an athletic department has ever made.

The point is that Cutcliffe is one of the top-20 coaches in college football and has proven it once again by leading Duke to five wins and contention for another Coastal Division title.

The Blue Devils will host a revitalized Virginia team that currently sits in first place. Mike London has gone from potential coaching casualty to probable coach of the year in the conference. This is a prime example of an athletic department making a good hire and sticking with him through a rough patch like the Cavs have experienced the past year.

The only negative is from a national branding perspective. Higher profile programs such as Virginia Tech and Miami lie in obscurity this year which doesn’t help the perception that the ACC overall is weak. Its positive that a program like Duke or Virginia can move up and contend for a conference title but when its at the expense of underachieving power programs, there’s a negativity with that as well.

-The Bobby Petrino/Todd Grantham partnership has worked out so far in Louisville. From the outside, Petrino and Grantham joining forces looked like a clash of personalities. In fact, stories emerged from the preseason that the two weren’t on speaking terms.

Grantham’s defense has become one of the best in the entire nation, sitting first in total defense, rushing defense and third in scoring defense. Petrino’s offense hasn’t been overwhelming but averaging a respectable 31 points a game. That combination has led to the Cardinals having a 5-2 record and the best threat to beat Florida State this season.

-Deshaun Watson will be a star for Clemson. Hated to see the freshman quarterback break his hand against NC State last week. He’s going to be a special talent.

-What is the state of the Miami program? We know all about “The U” and the legendary coaches, players and teams that have emerged from that program the last 30 years. When I started following college football in the early 1990’s, Miami was revered. The Hurricanes in 2014 are an average ACC team. Not an average national team sitting outside of a top-25 ranking, an average conference team.

Are the problems in coaching? I think Al Golden is a solid coach but he’s been underwhelming in Miami. Is the problem talent? I don’t see much NFL-caliber talent on the roster right now outside of Duke Johnson at running back. Once again, I’m not talking about talent making the Pro Bowl and eventually becoming a Hall of Famer. I’m discussing making an NFL roster-caliber talent.

The recruiting base is there for the Hurricanes to make some noise nationally but it isn’t happening. Until then, the state of the program is in flux

Look at this week’s games:

Thursday, October 16 Series Record Last Meeting

Virginia Tech (4-2) at Pitt (3-3) Virginia Tech (8-5-0) Virginia Tech, 19-9, 2013

Saturday, October 18 Series Record Last Meeting

Syracuse (2-4) at Wake Forest (2-4) Syracuse (2-1-0) Syracuse, 13-0, 2013

Virginia (4-2) at Duke (5-1) Virginia (33-32-0) Duke, 35-22, 2013

Clemson (4-2) at Boston College (4-2) Clemson (12-9-2) Clemson, 24-14, 2013

NC State (4-3) at Louisville (5-2) Louisville (3-1-0) NC State, 31-24, 2011

Georgia Tech (5-1) at North Carolina (2-4) Georgia Tech (28-18-3) Georgia Tech, 28-20, 2013

Notre Dame (6-0) at Florida State (6-0) Florida State (5-2-0) Florida State, 18-14, 2011