Offensive - Kenny Hill and Todd Gurley - These guys are no-brainers. In his first career start at the helm of the Aggies offense, sophomore quarterback Kenny Hill went from backup to hero in just one game. Check that, one half. There were many, including myself, who thought that freshman stud Kyle Allen would be the starting quarterback for the Aggies this year. After off-the-field issues put Hill’s starting spot in jeopardy, Hill silenced all critics in week one and had the game of his life. Hill completed 73 percent of his passes with a ridiculous 44 completions, 511 yards and 3 touchdowns.
People have been saying it the entire offseason; Todd Gurley is the best running back in the nation when he is healthy. Boy, he looked healthy alright and he did in fact look like the best running back in college football. Gurley gashed through the Tigers defense in the 2nd half and looked to get stronger as the game went on. The Tarboro, North Carolina native rushed for 198 yards and 3 touchdowns on 15 carries and amassed 293 yards of total offense if you add on the 100 yard kickoff he returned for a touchdown. After a four-touchdown performance, Gurley looks stronger and leaner and is ready to be the Dawgs main offensive, and maybe even special teams, weapon for 2014.
Defensive - Amarlo Herrera - The UGA defense seems revamped with the arrival of defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt. Herrera led the Dawgs defense that allowed zero third down conversions and only one first down in the 2nd half against the Tigers. Herrera amassed 12 total tackles and also sacked Clemson’s Cole Stoudt twice. Herrera, as well as the rest of the defense, looked faster, stronger, and fitter than in years past. Sophomore LB Leonard Floyd also had two sacks against the Tigers and was in the Clemson backfield for most of the second half.
Special Teams - Adam Griffith - No, Todd Gurley is not the special team’s player of the week. Griffith of Alabama went 4-4 on field goal attempts and went 3-3 on extra points. Three of Griffith’s field goals were from beyond 40 yards. The Crimson Tide still has plenty of questions after a tough win against West Virginia. The kicker, however, is not one of them.
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