NEPD Staff Writer: Ken Vetrano
Tyler Murphy, Boston College (6’2″ 213lbs) vs. USC
It took until week #3, but here’s our first QB to make it onto the Turf Report. Murphy may of not done much through the air this past weekend, but he did orchestrate a masterful performance on the ground as Boston College stunned #9 USC Saturday night. He worked the option play beautifully with his running backs, and kept Southern Cal’s defensive on their heels all game long. His 66 yard TD run in the 4th quarter was not only an example of Murphy’s explosiveness, but his field acumen as well. The 5th year senior who left Gainseville for an opportunity to start at quarterback looks to have found a home with BC. As coach Addazio’s offense continues to evolve, I’m excited to see what else he has in store for Murphy and the Eagles ground game.
Aaron Jones, UTEP (5’10” 185lbs) vs. New Mexico State University
Jones is on an absolute tear to start his Junior year, amassing over 500 yards in just three games. Last weekend he continued his ground onslaught against the Aggies and racked up 168 yards. The level of competition he’s padding his stats against may be suspect, but at some point production is production and you have to start taking notice. If Jones has any aspirations to take his skill set to the next level, he’ll have to add some more protein to his diet, but until then the turbo boosters in his cleats are enough to torch most collegiate defenses.
Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska (5’9” 195lbs) vs. Fresno State
After some late game heroics against unheralded McNeese State in week #2, Abdullah put together a solid encore last weekend at Fresno State. He scored his longest touchdown run of the season when he took the rock 57 yards to pay dirt just minutes into the first quarter. Abdullah doesn’t shy away from contact, and will immediately make defenses regret giving him any degree of day light. Much like Jones, he could stand to gain some pounds going forward, but for right now he’s durable enough to take any punishment the Big Ten is able to dish out.
Week #4 Player to Watch: Josh Robinson, Mississippi State (5’9” 215lbs) vs. LSU
The Bulldogs are off to a hot start this season, but face their first real test with the Tigers this Saturday night in Death Valley. It looks like Robinson is finally going to get the brunt of States carries this year, and so far he’s taken advantages of that opportunity. He’s a hard runner who’s economic with space, and offers some versatility in the passing game. The Bulldogs are going to need Robinson and the run game overall to step up big time if they are going to have any chance at upsetting #8 LSU. I’m not sure they’ll have enough to get the job done, but have a feeling Robinson will shine in this one.