Football is back. After many long months of anticipation and preparation from fans and teams alike, football is finally back. Week 1 did not disappoint with huge performances and dramatic scenes aplenty. Here are our Top 5 performances from week 1.
- Nick Chubb Rb Georgia
Starting off with the triumphant return of Nick Chubb after that devastating knee injury 11 months ago. Chubb looked back to his explosive and tough running self against North Carolina and finished with 222 yards on 32 carries with 2 tds. His 55 yard scamper for a touchdown sent the Georgia crowd wild. All in all a great performance from Chubb. I’m sure this won’t be the last time Chubb makes this list in 2016.
- Mike Williams Wr Clemson
Another player returning to the field after a bad injury last year was Clemson wide out Mike Williams who broke a bone in his neck a year ago. Williams showed his scary blend of size, speed and body control against Auburn during a highly competitive affair which finished 19-13 in the Tiger’s favor. He finished with a career high 174 yards on 9 catches and showed good chemistry linking up with Heisman candidate Qb Deshaun Watson. At 6’4 and 225 lbs Williams is a handful for any corner back and looks to be the next great Clemson receiver following in the footsteps of current NFL stars and former Clemson players Deandre Hopkins, Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant.
- Deondre Francois Qb FSU
After a week of impressive quarterback debuts redshirt freshman Deondre Francois had the most impressive one of all. Playing in his hometown of Orlando, Francois encountered adversity early as FSU went into the half time break down 28-6 to a tenacious Ole Miss. After an inspiring team talk from former FSU great Jameis Winston, the unflappable Francois led FSU to the biggest comeback win in school history and finished 45-34. Francois was efficient, tough and savvy enough to check down to star running back Dalvin Cook when he had to. Francois finished with 420 yards on 33/52 with 2 touchdowns. It will be interesting to see how he responds to the pressure such a performance brings but one thing is certain, FSU and Jimbo Fisher have their new quarterback.
- Justin Evans S Texas AM
Justin Evans made a name for himself against UCLA with 8 tackles and 2 crucial 4th quarter interceptions as they beat the Josh Rosen led UCLA team in overtime 31-24. Evans , who will see his see his stock fly up after this performance , also made the news as a video emerged of him popping his leg back into place after a nasty collision. Not for the faint-hearted.
- James Connor Rb Pitt
The best story from this week has been the return of the 2014 ACC player of the year James Connor, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphona, a form of cancer, in December. Connor went through chemotherapy sessions over the off-season but still managed to train with Pitt. After missing all of 2015 with an injury it was truly amazing to see him finish with 57 yards and 2 touchdowns as Pitt beat Villanova 28-7. An inspiration to everyone.