5. Todd Gurley - Georgia
12 carries, 154 yds, 2 TDs
He missed much of the second and third quarters after suffering a thigh injury in the first quarter, but still managed to rack up over 150 yards on only 12 carries. Gurley’s combination of power and speed were on full display and the Clemson defense simply had no answer for him. It looks like this incredible sophomore is ready to pick up right where he left off from his fantastic freshman year.
4. Duke Johnson - Miami
19 carries, 186 yds, 1 TD
186 yards on 19 carries was a very impressive opening game for Duke Johnson. It’s even more impressive considering he sat for most of the second half. Johnson showed his explosiveness with a 53 yard touchdown run in the second quarter that helped get the Miami offense going. By the end of the season, The Duke will certainly be a household name as one of the best running backs in the country.
3. Marcus Mariota - Oregon
Passing: 12-21, 234 yds, 1 TD | Rushing: 5 carries, 113 yds, 2 TDs
I’ve got a theme going with guys who were great this past weekend while only playing two quarters. Marcus Mariota falls into that category too. It was little more than a glorified scrimmage against Nicholls State but Mariota showed why he’s one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in college football. Whether it’s with his arm or his feet, defenses will find it impossible to stop Mariota.
2. Tajh Boyd - Clemson
Passing: 18-30, 270 yds, 3 TDs | Rushing: 13 carries, 42 yds, 2 TDs
It was the Tajh Boyd show on ABC this past Saturday night. The Clemson quarterback lived up to the hype and delivered when the Tigers needed it most in a shootout against Georgia. He outplayed Aaron Murray and had a hand in all five touchdowns for the Tigers. Boyd also showed his maturity and experience by not having any turnovers.
1. Teddy Bridgewater - Louisville
Passing: 23-28, 355 yds, 5 TDs
I have such a man-crush on Teddy Bridgewater. His command of the Louisville offense reminds me of watching Peyton Manning and he always seems to know exactly where to put the ball. He also throws the prettiest ball in college football. It was obvious after the first drive that Ohio was in big trouble trying to stop Bridgewater. 5 touchdown passes later, Ohio clearly had no answer for the Louisville QB.