Johnny Manziel (QB-Texas A&M) – Before heading into a bye week, Texas A&M secured their first conference win against Arkansas led by another solid performance from Manziel. On the way to the 45-33 final, “Johnny Football” produced 320 yards of offense and connected on a couple of scoring strikes. The defending Heisman Trophy winner has firmly placed himself as the favorite once again. The Aggies will now have a two week break in order to prepare for the Rebels of Ole Miss and the thick of their SEC schedule.
Tajh Boyd (QB-Clemson) – Before last Saturday, Phillip Rivers was the only quarterback in ACC history to reach 100 touchdowns in his college career. Boyd has now joined the former North Carolina State standout. Clemson’s senior leader completed 17-of-24 pass attempts while racking up 380 total yards and four scores as the Tigers smashed Wake Forest 56-7. Next up, Boyd will take his 288 yard per game average to Syracuse, New York for a battle with the Orange inside the Carrier Dome.
Jameis Winston (QB-Florida State) – The Seminoles maintained their perfect record by defeating ACC opponent Boston College. After falling behind 17-3 early in the second quarter, Winston took over this contest. The sophomore tossed a trio of touchdowns in the first half, another after halftime and added in 67 rushing yards en route to the 48-34 victory. Florida State will host the 25th ranked Maryland Terrapins this upcoming weekend which will give their quarterback a great opportunity to further cement his candidacy.
Marcus Mariota (QB-Oregon) – Although Oregon blasted yet another opponent, this time the Cal Golden Bears by a final of 55-16, Mariota did not display his top form. On the plus side, the Ducks’ dynamic dual-threat put the ball in the endzone on three separate occasions but on just 11-of-25 passing and 147 yards of offense. The junior will definitely be looking to improve on his efficiency as he leads the troops into Colorado. As Mariota has piled up nearly 1,300 yards and 14 TDs, Oregon has an incredible average margin of victory of 49 points through four games.
Bishop Sankey (RB-Washington) – With the 31-13 victory over Pac-12 foe Arizona this past Saturday, the Huskies are now 4-0 on the season and their third year tailback is leading the way. Sankey carried the rock a school record 40 times versus Arizona resulting in 161 yards and a score. “He didn’t change, his focus was there, his body language didn’t change from the first carry to the last,” said Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian of the effort. Sankey has now amassed 607 rushing yards and a half-dozen touchdowns so far in 2013.
Next Five in Contention
Aaron Murray (QB-Georgia)
Brandin Cooks (WR-Oregon State)
Teddy Bridgewater (QB-Louisville)
Sean Mannion (QB-Oregon State)
Melvin Gordon (RB-Wisconsin)
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