Pete Snyder’s Top 5 Performer’s of The Week – W10

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On this week’s edition of FQ’s top 5 performers of the week, we take a look at 5 skill players who combined for over 1,000 yards of total offense over the weekend. Can you say explosive?

Honorable Mention – FG Nukes

5. David Bell – WR; Purdue


It is about that time where we say hello to our good friend, David Bell. And look, the recipe for Bell’s success this season has been quite simple. When Purdue has a big game, David answers the Bell. We saw it in Iowa City when the Junior Playmaker from Indianapolis came down with 240 yards on 11 receptions en route to an upset win vs the #2 ranked Iowa Hawkeyes. Fast forward Saturday and the PTPer once again stepped up and you guessed it…answered the call (I’m not that predictable.)

In what was one of the more lopsided corner/WR matchups I have seen all season, Bell had a day we will soon not forget, hauling in 217 receiving yards on 11 receptions, all in route to a 40-29 upset win vs the #3 ranked Michigan State Spartans. Additionally, with this win, Purdue became the first team unranked team in FBS history to have two wins over a top 5 opponent. And what was the common denominator in both these games you may be asking? A 200+ yard receiving day from Mr. David Bell himself. Prime….Time….Performer.

4. DeWayne McBride – RB; UAB


DeWayne McBride is not a name you are going to hear about every day. The Sophomore back from Starke, FL was just a three-star recruit coming out of high school and entered Saturday’s affair with 4 TDs to his name and 627 rushing yards. Those are mediocre numbers at best.

Having said that, after Saturday’s 52-38 Blazers win, in which McBride rushed for a total of 210 yards on 14 carries (averages out to 15 yards per touch,) to along with a season matching 4 TDs, I think it is safe to say nobody will soon forget this Florida natives name.

3. Jaxon Smith-Njibga – WR; Ohio State

Jaxon Smith-Njigba

When the news came out that Buckeye star receiver, Garrett Wilson would be sitting out against Nebraska with an undisclosed injury, Jaxon Smith-Njibga’s eyes lit up. And while you would never wish injury on a teammate, the sophomore wide-out from Rockwall, Texas is the 3rd WR on the depth chart and is always eager to get more touches when he can. With Wilson out, Smith-Njibga was presented an opportunity to show the CFB world exactly why Ohio State has the best wide-out room in all the land.

It would be safe to say that Jaxon Smith-Njibga took his opportunity and ran with it, but that would be a drastic understatement. The 6 foot, 197-pound burner, put on a show for the masses, collecting 240 yards on 15 receptions to go along with 1 receiving score in route to a 26-17 Buckeye win.

Players play but performers perform and Jaxon Smith-Njibga was made to perform under the brightest of lights.

2. Ty Chandler – RB; UNC


I don’t know what it is, but whenever the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest and Tar Heels of North Carolina meet, you are guaranteed to have some sort of instant classic. Last year, it was a 21 point, second-half comeback led by QB Sam Howell en route to a thrilling 59-53 Tar Heel win. And on Saturday, it was an 18 point second half comeback sparked by the unlikeliest of heroes that made this matchup, college football’s next greatest rivalry.

In 2020, it could be argued that UNC was host to one of the most lethal RB-duos this sport has ever seen. Both
Michael Carter and Javonte Williams rushed for over 1,100 rushing yards and crossed the goal line and combined 32 times. Then they left, leaving UNC with over 2,000 yards of total offense unaccounted for. Insert Tennessee transfer, Ty Chandler, here.

Now I can go on all day about what a blessing it has been for this program to have such an experienced and talented rusher like Chandler step in mear seconds after Carter and Williams left, but I would much rather just discuss Saturday’s career-defining display.

En route to a 58-55 Tar Heel Thriller, Chandler did what he came to Carolina to do, rushing for 213 yards to go along with 4 rushing scores. Ty Chandler may not be as talented as Michael Carter or Javonte Williams, but boy is he close.

1. Jahan Dotson – WR; Penn State


There are certain days that will never be forgotten and then there are those that get put in the history books.

When Penn State started 0-5 last year for the first time in program history, one of the games that stood out most to Nittany Lion fans was a 35-19 home loss vs the Maryland Terrapins. It was a game in which the Nittany Lions managed to give up over 400 hundred yards of total offense as well as turn the ball over 3 times and key points in the game. A bright spot, however (If there even was one,) was that Lion star wid-out Jahan Dotson had 123 receiving yards to go along with 1 score. Let that be foreshadowing…

Fast forward to Saturday, where the Nittany Lions made a business trip to college park with revenge on the brain and it was all gas no brakes. For Dotson in particular, Saturday provided an opportunity for the Nazareth native to have a career day, breaking the school’s single-game receiving record with 242, to go along with 3 receiving scores. And while the Lions may have left college park with a 31-14 win, it will be the history-making performance from the conference’s best playmaker that will be taking the morning headlines.

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