2012 Hero and Zero of the Week
Hero of the Week – Manti Te’o
Manti Te’o led Notre Dame’s defense to hold Michigan State to 3 points in Notre Dame’s 20-3 win. The senior linebacker had 12 tackles, playing just a few days after the deaths of his girlfriend, who had a long battle with leukemia, and his grandmother.
“It was hard,” Te’o said of his week. “But I had my family around me. At the end of the day, families are forever.”
The Fighting Irish (3-0) snapped a six-game losing streak against ranked teams and beat a top-10 opponent for the first time in seven years.
Zero of the Week – USC’s Offensive Line
The USC offensive line failed to protect Barkley from Stanford’s relentless rush. Stanford sacked Barkley four times and had him constantly losing his poise in the pocket. The Cardinal outgained the Trojans 417 to 280 total yards and held USC to only 26 yards rushing.
Hero of Week 2 – Kolton Browning
Kolton Browning accounted for 481 yards of total offense and four touchdowns Saturday night, including the game-winning scramble in overtime, to help the Warhawks (1-0) rally from a 21-point deficit for a 34-31 win over No. 8 Arkansas. Browning, who was 42 of 67 passing for 412 yards and finished with 69 yards rushing, the last 16 coming on the game winning score on fourth-and-1 scramble in overtime.
Zero of Week 2 –Wisconsin’s Offensive Line
OregonState’s defense was great in their 10-7 win overWisconsinbut the Badger’s line did not play up to their standards.Wisconsinfinished with only 35 on the ground. It was the lowest total yards forWisconsinin five years.
Hero of the Week – Sam Durley
Eureka quarterback Sam Durley completed 34 of 52 passes for 736 yards and five touchdowns in a 62-55 win for the Red Devils. The total broke the NCAA all-time all-levels record for passing yards in a single game, topping Menlo College quarterback Zamir Amin’s 2000 record of 731 yards.
Zero of the Week – 2 Towson defenders
Andre Parker a linebacker for Kent State picked up a muffed punt against Towson and ran 58 yards in the wrong direction. Towson’s Derrick Joseph could not get out of the way of a punt, accidentally touched the football which sent “wrong way” Parker into action. Two players from Towson tracked Parker down and tackled him near the sideline.
I thought it was slam dunk to place the Zero tag on Parker, my wife did not like the idea that much and begged me not to place this badge of dishonor on Parker. I mentioned this to my father and he said the real zeroes were the 2 guys trying to tackle Parker as he was advancing the ball quite effectively for Towson. I agree; see the play below,