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WEEK 1: PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Rudolph, Hamilton tabbed as top seniors

Tue, Sep 05, 2017

Offense 

Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State | 6-5, 230
The senior from Rock Hill, South Carolina picked up right where he left off last season as he enters the 2017 in the Heisman Trophy conversation. The Pokes offense was explosive yet again in the 59-24 win with Rudolph completing 20-for-24 passes for 303 yards and three touchdowns. All three scoring tosses were longer than 40 yards and he had four 40+ gains through the air in the game. Rudolph did lose a fumble, but did not throw an interception, increasing his streak of pass attempts without an interception to 147 -- second nationally behind Duke’s Daniel Jones (198). Rudolph and his Oklahoma State offense will be coming to Ladd-Peebles Stadium to take on the South Alabama Jaguars, marking the first ever visit to Mobile for OSU and another top 10 opponent for the Jags.

Other Offensive Standouts
Oklahoma State WR James Washington vs. Tulsa – 6 receptions, 145 yards, 2 touchdowns
Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield vs. UTEP – 19-for-20, 329 yards, 3 touchdowns
Hawaii RB Diocemy Saint Juste vs. Western Carolina – 25 carries, 202 yards, 1 touchdown
San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny vs. UC Davis – 21 carries, 197 yards, 2 touchdowns
Washington State QB Luke Falk vs. Montana State – 33-for-39, 311 yards, 3 touchdowns
Oregon RB Royce Freeman vs. Southern Utah – 23 carries, 150 yards, 4 touchdowns
Missouri WR J’Mon Moore vs. Missouri State – 4 receptions, 187 yards, 2 touchdowns
JMU RB Cardon Johnson vs. East Carolina – 17 carries, 265 yards, 2 touchdowns

Defense

Shaun Dion Hamilton, ILB, Alabama | 6-0, 235
Coming off a knee injury in last year’s SEC Championship Game, Hamilton returned as the leader in the Crimson Tide middle to lead the way with eight tackles in the 24-7 win over third-ranked Florida State. Hamilton also racked up 3.5 tackles for loss and a sack to win SEC Defensive Player of the Week. His sack was the first of three Alabama sacks. Alabama’s defense held Florida State 250 total yards and just 40 yards on the ground. 

Other Defensive Standouts
Iowa MLB Josey Jewell vs. Wyoming – 14 tackles (2.5 for loss), 2.0 sacks, 1 pass breakup
Ohio State DE Tyquan Lewis vs. Indiana – 3 tackles (2.0 for loss), 2.0 sacks
Arizona State DE Tashon Smallwood vs. New Mexico State – 5 tackles (4.0 for loss), 2.0 sacks, 1 forced fumble
Arizona State OLB Koron Crump vs. New Mexico State – 6 tackles (2.0 for loss), 2.0 sacks
Maryland ILB Jermaine Carter vs. Texas – 7 tackles (2.0 for loss), 2.0 sacks, 1 pass breakup, 1 QB hurry
Auburn LB Tre Williams vs. Georgia Southern – 10 tackles (2.0 for loss), 2.0 sacks, 1 QB hurry