BEST: The State of Oregon. Marcus Mariota played probably the best game of his career, and the scary thing was that he was hurt by a couple of drops. Right now, he seems to be the consensus Heisman Front Runner (for the record, I don’t care about the Heisman). But more importantly for this blog, he’s making the case for the #1 QB in the 2014 draft. It’s still tough to tell how he throws under pressure- he didn’t see much against UDub. When he does face pressure, he’s able to not only escape, but make positive plays. Not to be outdone, Sean Mannion continues his sprint towards the top of the record books. You can’t ignore 493 Yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT even if it is against Wazzu. He’s gotten the attention of the scouts. I’ve got to take a look at his footwork, and how he throws deep, but he’s definitely making a care to get drafted. And just to note, Western Oregon QB Ryan Bergman went 19-38 for 2 TDs and 0 INTs in a 38-21 victory over Humboldt State. Go Wolves!
BEST: Bishop Sankey. As I watched Sankey put up another great game, against a very good defense, my friend kept reminding me that I ranked Sankey as the 4th best RB in the West. After 167 on 24 and 2 long TDs, he will be moving up my rankings. I am retracting my assertion that he’s not explosive enough. I still don’t think he’s a big play back in the NFL, but he’s deifnitely a guy who can carry the load.
BEST: The State of Oregon (again). Brandin Cooks continues to be uncoverable. I can’t wait to see him against some of the better CBs in the Pac-12, but he’s got a solid lead. Braylon Addison (ORE) is the shiftiest WR in the West. He isn’t draft eligible yet, but look out for him in the 2015 Draft.
Best: Tyler Larsen C Utah State played quite well in a loss to Boise State. He did a really good job against Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe, and opened up some holes in the Boise D for Marshall and Demartino. I think we all can agree that this game would have been a lot different if Chuckie Keeton would have been playing. But oh well.