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CFN Top Ten Player Race - Week 2
UCLA RB Johnathan Franklin
UCLA RB Johnathan Franklin
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Posted Sep 10, 2012


Which players are having the biggest and best seasons?


2012 Top Ten Player Race

The Top Players & Stars - Week 2

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Forget about the hype and forget about the preseason projections and PR campaigns. Really, who are the best players in college football?

No, this isn't going to be a ranking of the top pro prospects or the players who have the most talent. This is the CFN Top Ten Player Race based on which players are the top performers during the season. So if you didn't know any of the players or any of the past performances and just took what has happened on the field from the start of the season, who would the ten best players of the season be? Consider this a combination of Most Valuable Player, Most Important Player and Most Outstanding Player.

CFN Week 2 Player of the Week - ULM QB Kolton Browning completed 42-of-67 passes for 412 yards and three touchdowns with a pick, and he ran 16 times for 69 yards and a score in the overtime win over Arkansas.

10. Tennessee QB Tyler Bray has completed 74% of his passes for 643 yards and six touchdowns with no picks in wins over NC State and Georgia State. 

9. Georgia LB Jarvis Jones has made 17 tackles with 4.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks with two broken up passes, two forced fumbles and a pick in wins over Buffalo and Missouri.

8. Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater has completed 81% of his passes for 576 yards and two scores, and has rushed for 23 yards, leading the Cardinals to wins over Kentucky and Missouri State.

7. West Virginia QB Geno Smith completed 32-of-36 passes for 323 yards and four scores and he ran eight times for 65 yards and one score in the win over Marshall.

6. Ohio State QB Braxton Miller has completed 67% of his passes for 362 yards and three scores with a pick, and is fourth in the nation in rushing with 302 yards and four touchdowns, in wins over Miami University and UCF.

5. Kansas State QB Collin Klein has completed 72% of his passes for 379 yards and three scores with a pick, and has run for 125 yards and three scores, in wins over Missouri State and Miami. 

4. Michigan State RB Le'Veon Bell has run for 280 yards and four scores and caught seven passes for 55 yards in wins over Boise State and Central Michigan.

3. ULM QB Kolton Browning completed 42-of-67 passes for 412 yards and three touchdowns with a pick, and he ran 16 times for 69 yards and a score in the overtime win over Arkansas.

2. USC WR Marqise Lee caught 21 passes for 263 yards and four touchdowns, and has returned four kickoffs for 140 yards and a score, in wins over Hawaii and Syracuse. 

1. UCLA RB Johnathan Franklin leads the nation in rushing with 431 yards and three scores, while catching four passes for 63 yards and a score, in wins over Rice and Nebraska.

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10. Florida State DE Bjoern Werner made four sacks, five tackles, forced a fumble and broke up a pass in the win over Murray State.

9. Tennessee QB Tyler Bray completed 27-of-41 passes for 333 yards and two touchdowns in the win over NC State.

8. Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater completed 19-of-21 passes for 232 yards in the win over Kentucky.

7. Ohio QB Tyler Tettleton completed 31-of-41 passes for 324 yards and two scores and ran nine times for 47 yards and a touchdown in the win over Penn State.

6. Ohio State QB Braxton Miller completed 14-of-24 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns and ran 17 times for 161 yards and a score in the win over Miami University.

5. Clemson RB Andre Ellington ran 26 times for 231 yards in the win over Auburn.

4. USC WR Marqise Lee caught ten passes for 197 yards and a score and returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown in the win over Hawaii.

3. Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez completed 26-of-34 passes for 354 yards and five touchdowns, and ran for ten yards, in the win over Southern Miss.

2. West Virginia QB Geno Smith completed 32-of-36 passes for 323 yards and four scores and he ran eight times for 65 yards and one score in the win over Marshall.

1. Michigan State RB Le'Veon Bell ran 44 times for 210 yards and two scores, and he caught six passes for 55 yards in the win over Boise State.