A lot of blowouts, and a lot of close games occurred in the first week of NCAA football. Finally, week one is in the books. Many players put on a show for their respective programs. Let’s take a look at the best performers in week one.
Jalen Hurts, QB Oklahoma Sooners
Stat Line: 20/23, 87% Completion rate, 3 rates, 14.4 yds avg, 16 carries for 167 yards, 3 touchdowns
Former Alabama quarterback found his groove very early on in Week 1. Hurts torched the Houston defense for 507 of total offense. Jalen found the end zone 6 different times for the Sooners. He scored 3 times rushing and 3 times passing. Possibly the best performance of week by any quarterback across the country. Hurts will look to continue his success in his final collegiate season.
Travis Etienne, RB Clemson Tigers
Stat Line: 205 rushing yards, 3 touchdowns
Clemson Quarterback Trevor Lawrence struggled against the Georgia Tech defense, Travis Etienne did not. Etienne trampled over defenders and dominated the game in extreme fashion. His odds for the heisman trophy have skyrocketed and rightfully so. He started the game with 90 yard touchdown displaying his open field speed and vision. Etienne is not the only weapons the defending champions have on the roster.
Cedric Byrd II, WR Hawaii
Stat Line: 224 yards, 4 touchdowns
One of the biggest performers of the week came from one of the smallest players. Byrd lines up at 5-foot-9 in the slot for Hawaii. Hawaii took down Arizona in one of the biggest upsets of the week. Byrd single handedly won the game for Hawaii. Byrd scored three first half touchdowns. Arizona came out of the half and still could not figure out a game plan on how to stop him. Byrd caught the game-winning touchdown in the 4th quarter.
Justin Fields, QB Ohio State University
Stat Line: 18/24, 234 passing yards, 4 touchdowns, 12 rushes, 61 yards, 1 touchdown
Fields dressed for the first time in his career as an Ohio State Buckeye, he did not disappoint. The former five-star recruit played one season as a backup QB at Georgia before transferring to the Buckeyes. Justin put on a show against Florida Atlantic in the home opener. Fields was one of the most highly anticipated players to watch this season. He will be closely watched each week if he continues these types of numbers.
- Colton Brown / HLGU Vanguard / September 2019