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Who's Hot ... Keenum, Malcolm Brown, Randle
Minnesota QB MarQueis Gray
Minnesota QB MarQueis Gray
Posted Oct 30, 2011

The players, games and teams that rocked in Week Nine.

2011 Who's Hot & Not

Week 9

 By Richard Cirminiello | 2010 Hot & Nots
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- 2011 Who's Not ... Week 9

Who’s Hot ...

10. Oklahoma State RB Joseph Randle

The passing game takes center stage at Oklahoma State, but Randle, a sophomore, has been on fire on the ground. After ripping off three straight 100-yard games and seven touchdowns to start the season, he has been terrific over the last two weeks running for 138 yards and three scores against Missouri and 152 yards and four touchdowns last week against Baylor. On the year he has 842 yards and 16 scores in eight games.

9. Wisconsin LB Mike Taylor

None of the Badgers seemed able to get a clean shot on Ohio State QB Braxton Miller or RB Dan Herron, but Taylor did his best to make every stop possible with 22 tackles and a key broken up pass. He made 13 tackles three weeks ago against Indiana and 14 against Nebraska, coming up with double-digit stops in four of his last five games.

8. UNLV RB Dionza Bradford

Break up the Rebels. UNLV has found a spark thanks to Bradford, a shifty and speedy true freshman who ran for 104 yards two weeks ago in a blowout loss to Wyoming, but ran for 122 yards and a score in the win over Colorado State. For the nation's 116th-ranked offense, he's a playmaker to work around.

7. Arkansas State

The dream season keeps on rolling thanks to an aggressive defense that's great at getting into the backfield, and an effective offense that's averaging close to 450 yards per game. Already the best year in ASU football history, the 37-14 win over North Texas upped the winning streak to five games and a 6-2 mark in Hugh Freeze's first year. With the free space against Florida Atlantic up next, Louisiana-Lafayette should be all that stands in the way of a Sun Belt title. 10-2 is possible, and expected.

6. New Mexico LB Carmen Messina vs. Air Force

The Lobo tackling machine has more than done his job against the Falcons over the last four years. After making five stops in his freshman year, he came up with 19 tackles as a sophomore and 17 as a junior. In the 42-0 blowout loss on Saturday, he came up with 15 tackles, giving him 56 career tackles against one team.

5. East Carolina QB Dominique Davis

After a spotty first few games, he has ripped up secondaries over the last several weeks, throwing for 300 yards or more in five of the last six games. Over the last three weeks has has thrown for 1,072 yards and six touchdowns with a pick in wins over Memphis, Navy, and Tulane.

4. Missouri vs. the State of Texas

The St. Louis Cardinals completed a miraculous World Series comeback to beat Texas, but Missouri's overtime win over Texas A&M might have been even more shocking. James Franklin threw for 198 yards and two scores, and ran for 97 yards and two touchdowns, while Henry Josey tore off 162 yards and a touchdown. With Baylor, Texas, and Texas Tech up next, the Show-Me State has more chances to rub it in.

3. Texas RB Malcolm Brown

The superstar true freshman is starting to kick it in. He was fine over the first five games, with a 110-yard, one score day against UCLA, but he's been more effective over the last two weeks with 135 yards and two touchdowns against Oklahoma State and 119 yards and two scores against Kansas. The Texas offensive line is coming up its most physical game of the year, and it'll be needed against Texas Tech next week to keep Seth Doege and the Red Raider attack off the field.

2. Minnesota vs. Iowa

Apparently, Iowa didn't get the memo that Minnesota is awful. Last year, the miserable Gophers came up with a 27-24 shocker against a decent Iowa team, and this year, the Hawkeyes were taking the game extremely seriously with the Legends title on the table. Instead, Minnesota's MarQueis Gray came up with his best game of the year, throwing for 193 yards with a touchdown, and running for the game-winning score, while Duane Bennett pounded away for 101 yards and a score in the 22-21 shocker.

1. Houston QB Case Keenum

All hail the greatest statistical quarterback in college football history. 139 touchdown passes, 17,692 yards of total offense, 16,805 passing yards. The numbers are incredible, and he's doing it with flair, throwing for 534 yards and nine touchdowns in the win over Rice. His 15 touchdown passes over the last two games are more than 81 teams have come up with for the entire season. It takes two to tango, and senior receiver Patrick Edwards was the main man on the other end of most of the big passes against Rice, catching seven passes for 318 yards and five touchdowns.

- 2011 Who's Not ... Week 9