It might have been against one-win UTEP, but the Mean Green signal-caller exploded for a career-high seven touchdowns to go along with 332 yards through the air in a 52-26 victory. Fine’s totals moved him into the top 50 of all-time touchdown passers and top 40 of passing yardage leaders.
RB: Isaiah Spiller, Texas A&M (Klein Collins)
Spiller tied Trayveon Williams’ freshman rushing record with 217 yards against UTSA, along with three scores on the ground in a 45-14 win over the Roadrunners. The Aggies need a spark in the run game, and Spiller is their best hope.
WR: James Proche, SMU (DeSoto)
Without Reggie Roberson in the lineup, James Proche feasted. The senior exploded for 13 catches for 149 yards and a touchdown against a good Memphis secondary. Even though he was hobbled, Proche got literally whatever he wanted. Proche is must-watch television – enjoy the rest of his college career while you still can because he might be the best in Texas.
OL: North Texas
Again, it came against UTEP, but the offensive line had a bounce-back game in a big spot. The Mean Green held UTEP to just one sack and three tackles for loss, and paved the way for UNT to average 6.4 yards per play in a dominant victory. With all the shuffling, North Texas should take this performance with open arms.
UT: Mulbah Car, Houston (Austin Northeast)
In what should be his last game of the season, Car went off. The senior broke free for 132 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries in a huge matchup on the road against UCF. Car blew the game open with a 37-yard run for a score in the first three minutes, and then added a score in the first quarter to push the lead out to 17-7. Car should be a featured player in 2020 after a redshirt.
DL: DeMarvin Leal, Texas A&M (San Antonio Judson)
We’ve been waiting for Leal to have his moment, and he did it in a tune-up game against his hometown Roadrunners. Leal finished second on the team with six tackles, and added two tackles for loss and 0.5 sacks to wreak havoc. It’s only the beginning.
LB: Richard McBryde, SMU
SMU’s defense wasn’t up to par, but McBryde was flying over the field ready to make plays. The senior posted 12 tackles, three tackles for loss, two quarterback hurries and a sack in a tight six-point ballgame to make Memphis just a little uncomfortable.
DB: Jameson Houston, Baylor (Austin St. Michael’s Academy)
Plenty of Baylor players stood out against West Virginia, but Houston’s effort was special. The senior from Austin had an interception, and should have had another if the receiver didn’t make a great play on the ball. Houston had a pair of pass breakups and generally helped keep West Virginia’s top receivers, T.J. Simmons and Sam James, to a combined 12 yards.
UT: Terrell Bernard, Baylor (La Porte)
Bernard, just a redshirt freshman, has quickly grown into a leadership role on the defense since Clay Johnston went out with a season-ending injury. Bernard posted 10 tackles, two quarterback hurries, 1.5 tackles for loss and a sack while manning the middle linebacker position in a tremendous defensive performance.
ST: Deion Hair-Griffin, North Texas (Fort Worth Arlington Heights)
At this point, electric returns from Hair-Griffin are becoming routine. Hair-Griffin had three kickoff returns, which went for a combined 153 yards. Two of his kickoff returns led to Mason Fine touchdowns within two plays. North Texas dominated the special teams aspect of the game.
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