Best of the West - Week 9 - Offense

Quarterbacks:

BEST: David Fales (SJSU) looked like 2012 David Fales but putting up 482 yards and 5 TDs and in the process handed Wyoming’s defensive coordinator his walking papers. Fales is a great pitch and catch QB. He doesn’t have an NFL arm, but could be a good backup QB in the league for a few years.

Honorable Mention: Keith Price (UW) got back against a bad Cal defense. 376 yards 2 TDs proves that Price can play well against poor teams, but he has yet to show much against the better teams. He’s a borderline draftable player. BJ Denker (Ariz) is showing he can win games. He rushed for damn near 200 yards. He’s not much of a passer, and far from a NFL QB. But he can still make it interesting. State of Nevada QBs Caleb Herring (UNLV) and Cody Fajardo (UNR) traded blows in Reno. Both put up big numbers, and neither was really helped out by their defenses.

Not Best: Pretty much every big name QB in the West. Brett Hundley (UCLA), Kevin Hogan (STAN), and Sean Mannion (OSU) had awful days. Marcus Mariota (UO) and Brett Smith (WYO) played well, but didn’t live up to their reputations.

Running Backs:

BEST: Bishop Sankey (UW) is a man. I can’t believe I every doubt his skills. Again it was against a bad Cal team, but 240 yards 2 TDs is great no matter who it’s against.

Honorable Mention: Ka’Deem Carey (Ariz) had another nice game against the lowly Buffs. He and Sankey seem to be trying to out do each other every week.

Not Best: De’Anthony Thomas (UO) had a couple nice runs in the 1st quarter, but aparently wasn’t 100%. I won’t question his toughness, but his value is going down since he can’t seem to get on the field enough. He’s still the most amazing talent in all of college football, but just needs to play more particularly when his size such a question mark.

Receivers:

BEST: Devante Adams (Fresno) didn’t have gaudy yards, but his size makes him unguardable in the Red Zone. He took down two jump balls for TDs. NFL teams are going to love him. He’s going to rise up draft boards.

Offensive Linemen:

BEST: OT Tyler Johnstone (UO) - Johnstone had an incredible game against Anthony Barr. While Barr was able to still be outstanding, Johnstone kept him away from Mariota, and was able to get his hand on him in the run game. While Johnstone (rSO) probably won’t come out in 2014, he could be a top tackle to watch next year.