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Three Stars of College Football: Week 5


1) Devonta Smith, WR, Alabama

11 Rec, 274 Yds, 5 TD

Smith must have won a lot of games of rock, paper, scissors this week. He and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa connected on five touchdown passes, four in the first half, in the Tide’s 59-31 win over Ole Miss. The Rebels kept it close for a while, and actually had a 10-7 lead after the first quarter. However, it was Smith who caught three touchdowns in a five-minute span at the end of the second quarter to give Alabama a 38-10 halftime advantage that they wouldn’t give up.

Smith set school records for yards and touchdown receptions, while became the third SEC receiver to catch five since 2000, joining Earl Bennett and Sidney Rice. The Crimson Tide are off next week before facing Texas A&M in College Station.

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2) Tanner Morgan, QB, Minnesota

21/22, 396 Yds, 4 TD

Morgan set his career-high in yards and touchdown passes while having a completion percentage of 95.5%; a new Big 10 record. He had help from his receivers and injuries in the Purdue secondary, but nonetheless, it was an almost perfect performance from the sophomore who completed his first 14 passes. Morgan’s 396 passing yards is the most by a Minnesota player since 2009 when Adam Weber threw for 416. The Gophers return home next week to face Illinois.

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3) Chuba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma State

25 Att, 296 Yds, TD

The nation’s leading rusher had another outstanding performance in the Cowboys 26-13 win over Kansas State, averaging over 11 yards per and having rushes go for 44, 53, and 84 yards. It’s the third 200-yard game of the year for Hubbard, although Oklahoma State was missing both of their starting offensive tackles in this one.

Hubbard has already surpassed his rushing totals from last and could begin to garner some serious Heisman consideration if he keeps playing at this level. Next week, Oklahoma State goes up against a Texas Tech defense that has given up 179 yards rushing per game so far.

Honorable Mentions

Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama: 26/36, 418 Yds, 6 TD

Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma: 17/24, 415 Yds, 3 TD, INT; 9 Att, 70 Yds, TD

Jack Abraham, QB, Southern Miss: 19/28, 351 Yds, 3 TD

Sean Clifford, QB, Penn State: 26/31, 398 Yds, 3 TD, INT; 7 Att, 51 Yds, TD

Layne Hatcher, QB, Arkansas State: 25/35, 440 Yds, 4 TD, 2 INT

Quentin Harris, QB, Duke: 20/27, 163 Yds, 2 TD; 17 Att, 100 Yds, TD

Xavier Jones, RB, SMU: 15 Att, 155 Yds, 2 TD

Tony Jones Jr, RB, Notre Dame: 18 Att, 131 Yds, 3 TD

Jaret Patterson, RB, Buffalo: 22 Att, 184 Yds, TD

Patrick Carr, RB, Houston: 16 Att, 139 Yds, 3 TD

CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma: 7 Rec, 185 Yds, 3 TD

Omar Bayless, WR, Arkansas State: 10 Rec, 213 Yds, TD

Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota: 6 Rec, 177 Yds, 2 TD

Seth Williams, WR, Auburn: 8 Rec, 161 Yds, 2 TD

Whop Philyor, WR, Indiana: 14 Rec, 142 Yds, 2 TD

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