Best of the West - Week 12

Quarterbacks

BEST: Colorado QB Sefo Liufau (6’4” 215lb FR) had himself a day against Cal. 364 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT. OK, so pretty much everyone has a day against Cal, but HE PLAYS FOR COLORADO! Sefo is a freshman that may give Buff fans hope for the future. Throwing to Paul Richardson deosn’t hurt.

Not Best: Wyoming QB Brett Smith (6’3” 205lb JR) had a nice first drive, but never got anything going after that. The Boise defense contained Smith, and never let him run. He was flustered all day, and it was a miracle he only threw 2 INTs. It’s looking less likely that the adminsitration will give head coach Dave Christensen another to work with Smith. Having Smith at QB might lure a new head coach to Laramie.

 

Runningbacks

BEST: SDSU RB Adam Muema (5’10” 205lb JR) showed he’s still a workhorse. He ran 24 times for 163 yards and a TD against Hawaii. Muema is a complete back who doesn’t do anything great, but does everything well. Good moves, deceptive speed will help him get a look at the next level.

Honorable Mention: Myles Jack (6’1” 225lb FR), UCLA, racked up 4 TDs against UDub….and he’s a freaking LINEBACKER! If this were basketball, we’d be calling Jack the next Lebron.

 

Receivers

BEST: Matt Miller (6’4” 220lb JR), Boise State, hauled in 7 receptions for 143 yards and 3 TDs! Miller is a big receiver who at times has disappeared, but he didn’t disappear against Wyoming. He showed great strength by bullying smaller cornerbacks all night. At one point he caught a ball, appear to be tackled at the 5, but muscled his way into the endzone. If he continues to get stronger it could be scary.

Honorable Mention: Paul Richardson, Colorado; Marqise Lee and Nelson Agholor, USC; all had great games as well.

 

Defensive Line

BEST: Big Leonard Williams (6’5” 270lb SO), USC, was a beast up front against Stanford. He was constantly in the backfield causing problems for Stanford running and passing. It’s not like he was playing against a soft offensive line either. Williams is a special talent who scouts will be keeping an eye on for the 2015 NFL Draft.

Honorable Mention: Trevor Reilly, Utah; DeMarcus Lawrence, Boise; Eddie Yarborough, Wyoming; each had their own moments of greatness.

 

Linebackers

BEST: USC’s Hayes Pullard (6’1” 235lb JR) was a force to be reckoned with on Saturday. On one play, he read the run, took on a pulling David Yankey (who’s only an all-american), shed the block and made the tackle. Hayes doesn’t get a ton of credit nationally, but he’s quitely becoming the most dependable linebacker in the West.

Honorable Mention: Trent Murphy (6’6” 260lb SR), Stanford, is on a mission to destroy opposing offenses. At this point, a 4 TFL game is just expected.

 

Defensive Backs:

BEST: Dion Bailey (6’0” 210lb JR), USC, is coming into his own at the safety position. He had an INT, a forced fumble, and a TFL. He was around the ball in pass coverage all night and made it tough on Kevin Hogan and his receivers. It will be interesting to see if he sticks around another year to improve his play at safety or goes to the NFL in 2014.