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September 12, 2010

Week 2: Robinson runs away with top honor

Sophomores have won the past three Heisman trophies. If the voting took place in the second week of the season, that run would extend to four second-year players.

For now, Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson will have to settle for Rivals.com National Player of the Week honors for the second week in a row.

Robinson was 24-of-40 for 244 yards and a touchdown in the Wolverines' 28-24 win over Notre Dame. He also broke his week-old school record for rushing yards for a quarterback with 258 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries. His 502 yards of total offense accounted for 94.4 percent of Michigan's total offense against the Irish.

N.C. State LB Audie Cole had 12 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, a sack and an interception in a 28-21 win at UCF.
Rutgers SS Joe Lefeged had six tackles, forced two fumbles, blocked two kicks and intercepted a pass in a 19-14 victory at Florida International.
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Oklahoma QB Landry Jones was 30-of-40 for 380 yards and four touchdowns in a 47-17 rout of visiting Florida State.
Marshall DE Vinny Curry had 11 tackles, three tackles for loss, two sacks and two forced fumbles in a 24-21 overtime loss to visiting West Virginia.
Toledo LB Dan Molls had 11 tackles, two interceptions, 2.5 tackles for loss and a sack in a 20-13 upset of host Ohio.
San Diego State RB Ronnie Hillman rushed for 150 yards and four touchdowns on 22 carries in a 41-21 victory over visiting New Mexico State.
Washington WR Jermaine Kearse caught nine passes for 179 yards and three touchdowns in a 41-20 victory over visiting Syracuse.
Louisiana-Lafayette QB Chris Masson was 14-of-25 for 142 yards and a touchdown in a 31-24 win over visiting Arkansas State. He also rushed for 53 yards and a touchdown on four carries.
Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick was 21-of-30 for 241 yards and two touchdowns in a 51-6 rout of visiting Colorado State. He also rushed for 161 yards and two touchdowns.
Notre Dame TE Kyle Rudolph caught eight passes for 164 yards and a touchdown in a 28-24 loss to visiting Michigan.
"Once I get in the open field, I don't like to be caught from behind," Robinson said. "It was like, 'I can't get caught. I can't get caught.' That's the No. 1 rule."

Although he has done the most damage as a runner this season, his passing led Michigan to a win. Notre Dame took a 24-21 lead with 3:41 remaining. Robinson answered by going 5-of-6 for 55 yards on the final drive. He also rushed for 18 yards and the game-winning touchdown on the possession.

In two games this season, Robinson has accounted for 885 of Michigan's 1,005 yards of total offense (88.1 percent). Robinson also has accounted for more offense than all but 33 teams this season.

Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina

South Carolina inarguably has been the most impressive team in the SEC East through the first two weeks of the season. A major reason is the play of Lattimore, a true freshman running back who earns National Freshman of the Week and SEC Player of the Week honors for his performance against Georgia.

Lattimore rushed for 182 yards and two touchdowns on 37 carries in the 17-6 win over the Bulldogs. On South Carolina's final possession, Lattimore carried eight times for 56 yards to set up a field goal that put the game out of reach.

Behind the star running back, South Carolina ran the ball 52 times, the second-highest total since Steve Spurrier arrived in Columbia before the 2005 season.

Matt Wallerstedt, Air Force defensive coordinator

One of the biggest question marks for Air Force this season concerned replacing defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter, who took the same position at Texas A&M.

The Falcons' defense looks as if it will be just fine without him under new boss Wallerstedt, who earns National Coordinator of the Week honors for his unit's performance against BYU.

A week after BYU passed for 262 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Washington, Air Force held the Cougars to 88 passing yards and recorded an interception in a 35-14 win over BYU.

With Wallerstedt, who was promoted from inside linebackers coach, Air Force has legitimate aspirations of contending in the Mountain West.

David Fox is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at dfox@rivals.com.

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