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2011 Who's Hot ... Case McCoy, Hillman, OU
San Diego State RB Ronnie Hillman
San Diego State RB Ronnie Hillman
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Sep 18, 2011


The players and teams that rocked in Week Three of the college football season.

2011 Who's Hot & Not

Week 3
 

 By Richard Cirminiello | 2010 Hot & Nots
- Who's Hot & Not  Week 1 | Week 2

- 2011 Who's Not ... Week 3

Who’s Hot ...

10. San Diego State RB Ronnie Hillman

The sophomore was sensational on Saturday night, running for 191 yards and four touchdowns to lead his Aztecs over previously unbeaten Washington State. Now No. 2 nationally in rushing to South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore, he’s motored for 497 yards and eight scores to help lead his team to a 3-0 start.

9. Texas Tech WR Darrin Moore

After two games, the former Blinn College transfer has already his totals from all of 2010. The preferred target of razor-sharp QB Seth Doege has caught 21 passes for 339 yards and three touchdowns. In Saturday’s rout of New Mexico, the 6-4 match up nightmare hauled in nine balls for 118 yards and three scores before giving way to the backups.

8. Vanderbilt

Now, this is getting very interesting in Nashville. First-year head coach James Franklin has the Commodores off to an improbable 3-0 start, after impressive back-to-back wins over Connecticut and Ole Miss. Vandy got a tremendous effort out of its defense, stifling the confused Rebels, while holding them out of the end zone until the game was already well out of reach.

7. Boise State QB Kellen Moore

No Austin Pettis or Titus Young on the outside? No problem. Moore always makes everyone around him better, including new favorite targets Tyler Shoemaker, Matt Miller and Mitch Burroughs. In typical surgeon-like fashion, he sliced up Toledo Friday night for 455 yards and five touchdowns on 32-of-42 passing, rarely missing his intended receiver.

6. Georgia Tech

Okay, so the competition has been light, but when the Yellow Jackets offense starts to roll, this becomes a very dangerous program. Tech ran its record to 3-0 by, well, running the ball the way it normally does under Paul Johnson. It obliterated an improving Kansas team on Saturday, ringing up a school-record 768 yards as part of a 66-24 victory. At the end of the carnage, the Jackets rushed for 604 yards, averaging an obscene 12 yards a carry.

5. Texas

Apparently, revenge is a dish best served in Los Angeles. The ‘Horns paid back UCLA for last fall’s lopsided loss, pounding UCLA, 49-20. The offense delivered its crispest performance of the year, producing three touchdown passes without a pick and 284 yards rushing. Case McCoy was sharp running the offense, while injury-prone TE D.J. Grant enjoyed a career day with three touchdown receptions.

4. Illinois

Go ahead and raise your hand if you saw Illinois’ fast start coming. Led by a ferocious defense, the Illini knocked Arizona State from the ranks of the unbeaten, 17-14. The D, fueled by the play of young LB Jonathan Brown and aptly-named DE Whitney Mercilus, made a dozen tackles for loss and a half-dozen sacks. With QB Nathan Scheelhaase guiding the offense, Illinois might have enough balance to be a surprise contender in the Big Ten Leaders Division.

3. The LSU D

Wow. After three weeks of evidence, the Tigers have established themselves as one of the premier defensive units in America. Their prowess was on full display in Starkville on Thursday night, holding Mississippi State to 193 total yards. The defensive line, in particular, has been oppressive all month, producing 10.5 stops for loss and 3.5 sacks from Bennie Logan, Michael Brockers, Barkevious Mingo, Kendrick Adams and Anthony Johnson in last week’s 19-6 victory.

2. Clemson

If ever there was a turning-point victory for a school, this was it. The Tigers knocked off Auburn, 38-24, ending the defending champs’ 17-game winning streak. They also ran their new offense brilliantly, cranking out more than 600 yards, a school record versus an SEC opponent. Is this the same program that looked so mediocre against Troy and Wofford? QB Tajh Boyd, in particular, is beginning to blossom into a star playmaker, who’s getting everyone around him involved in the offense.

1. The Oklahoma Defense

In two games with high-scoring Tulsa and Florida State, the Sooners have yielded just 27 total points. And now All-American LB Travis Lewis has made an early return from an injury. The unit intimidated the Seminoles in their own stadium in Saturday’s 23-13 victory, notching six sacks and a dozen tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Beyond the numbers, Oklahoma dished out a series of knockout punches, a level of destruction that’s been absent in Big 12 circles in recent years.

- 2011 Who's Not ... Week 3