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September 26, 2010

Auburn's Newton nabs player of week honor

CONFERENCE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
ACC
North Carolina State QB Russell Wilson was 28-of-41 passing for 368 yards, with three touchdowns and an interception, in a 45-28 upset of host Georgia Tech. He also rushed for a touchdown.
BIG 12
Oklahoma QB Landry Jones was 36-of-51 passing for 370 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in a 31-29 victory over host Cincinnati.
BIG EAST
Connecticut QB Cody Endres came off the bench in the second half to go 7-of-11 passing for 139 yards and two touchdowns in a victory over visiting Buffalo.
BIG TEN
Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor was 20-of-26 passing for 224 yards and four touchdowns in a 73-20 demolition of Eastern Michigan. He also rushed for 104 yards and a score on seven carries and caught a 20-yard touchdown pass. It was the Buckeyes' highest point total of the Jim Tressel era.
CONFERENCE USA
Marshall QB Brian Anderson was 21-of-30 passing for 295 yards and three touchdowns in a 24-23 victory over Ohio.
MID-AMERICAN
Toledo QB Austin Dantin was 23-of-31 passing for 209 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-20 upset at Purdue. He also rushed for 64 yards and two TDs on 17 carries.
MOUNTAIN WEST
Colorado State RB Raymond Carter, a transfer from UCLA, rushed for 104 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries in a 36-34 victory over Idaho. He also caught four passes for 120 yards and two TDs as the Rams snapped a 12-game losing streak.
PAC-10
UCLA LB Akeem Ayers forced a fumble, intercepted a pass and recorded a sack in a 34-12 shocker at Texas. He also had six tackles and two tackles for loss.
SUN BELT
Middle Tennessee DE Jamari Lattimore recorded eight tackles and four sacks and forced a fumble in a 34-14 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette.
WESTERN ATHLETIC
Boise State QB Kellen Moore was 19-of-27 passing for 288 yards and three touchdown in a 37-24 win over visiting Oregon State.
INDEPENDENTS
Army QB Trent Steelman was 4-of-6 passing for 85 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-21 victory over Duke. He also rushed for 62 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries.

Although Auburn started 5-0 last season, the Tigers' four consecutive wins to start the 2010 season have a different feel to them.

Give some of that credit to new quarterback Cameron Newton. The transfer from Blinn College is flourishing with the Tigers.

Against South Carolina, the SEC's top run defense going into Saturday's game, Newton rushed for 176 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries in a 35-27 win. He also passed for 158 yards and two TDs to earn Rivals.com National Player of the Week honors.

With the Tigers trailing 20-14 at halftime, Newton did his best work in the second half, accounting for three of his five touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters.

"He has been a great addition to our football team," Auburn coach Gene Chizik said. "I think he has handled all of the circumstances really, really well with a lot of class. He was a huge reason we won the football game, let's not make any mistake about it, but there were a bunch of others out there that did it, too."

Chizik's comments could be an understatement -- Newton leads the SEC in rushing and in passing efficiency.

NATIONAL FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Trey Burton, Florida

Backup freshman quarterbacks have a way of turning themselves into folk heroes at Florida.

Burton jump-started the Gators' offense in a 48-14 rout of Kentucky by accounting for a school-record six touchdowns. On a day when starter John Brantley passed for a career-high 248 yards, Burton stole the show to earn National Freshman of the Week honors.

All five of Burton's carries resulted in touchdowns, covering 40 yards. Burton, who also lines up at tight end and at H-back, caught five passes for 47 yards and a touchdown, and he completed his only pass for 42 yards.

Brantley is not a runner and Florida has tweaked its offense to best fit his skill-set. But Burton is a good fit for Urban Meyer's preferred spread-option offense. The last time Florida had a quarterback that didn't fit Meyer's offense was 2006, when Chris Leak was at the helm. That season, Meyer used a backup freshman quarterback in key situations. That backup, of course, was Tim Tebow.

NATIONAL COORDINATOR OF THE WEEK
Pete Kwiatkowski, Boise State defensive coordinator

Boise State's run defense entered the season knowing it would face two major non-conference tests against Virginia Tech and Oregon State and that both teams had Heisman-caliber running backs in Virginia Tech's Ryan Williams and Oregon State's Jacquizz Rodgers.

In the opener, Williams rushed for three touchdowns, but he wasn't effective outside of the goal line, rushing for 40 yards on 20 carries.

The Broncos were more effective defending Rodgers in a 37-24 victory Saturday. Boise State held Rodgers to 46 yards on 18 carries and one touchdown to earn Kwiatkowski, the defensive coordinator in his first year with the Broncos, National Coordinator of the Week honors.

Boise State also held Oregon State to 159 passing yards.

David Fox is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at dfox@rivals.com, and you can click here to follow him on Twitter.



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