It's not that I didn't think he was talented enough to be scoring all these TD, I just didn't think he was going to play enough. And in fact, he hasn't played that much. While Duke Johnson is and remains the starting RB, Crawford has managed to score his 8 TD on only 28 touches (119 yards rushing on 25 carries and 3 catches for 17 yards). His 2 TD against Georgia Tech came on consecutive possessions in the 4th quarter - a 3-yard run (photo below) that increased the Hurricanes' lead from 24-23 to 31-23, and an 18-yard run (photo above) that made it 38-23 with 1:46 to play. The two drives consisted of 14 total plays, with Johnson carrying 10 times and Crawford only 3 times. I guess you can just call Dallas "the closer." He's not likely to continue to score at this pace; but then again, if they want to keep taking Johnson out when they get to the red zone and putting him in, maybe he will.
I was afraid this was going to happen when Coach Golden was hired at the end of the 2010 season. Having coached Temple to a winning season (two of them actually) - which rates as nothing short of a miracle - I thought he was a great choice to get the U back to prominence. But there's no escaping the fact that Temple, a team that didn't have a lot of players with dreads, became a team with no dreads at all while he was there (2007-10). And I was more than a bit concerned the same thing would happen at the U, where there are many more dreads at stake than at Temple. My fears went unrealized in his first two seasons. But this season - man, has it ever been tough to take. There were 14 players with dreads (at least) on the Miami roster in 2012. Incredibly only three of them remain on this year's roster. The 14 fit neatly into four categories:
NO LONGER ON TEAM - SENIORS LAST YEAR
- RB Darris Hughes
- S Andrew Swasey
- S Vaughn Telemaque
- CB Thomas Finnie (to Bethune-Cookman)
- LB Eddie Johnson (to Hinds Community College)
- DE Ricardo Williams (to Marshall)
- RB Dallas Crawford
- WR Malcolm Lewis
- DT Luther Robinson
- DE Kelvin Cain
- OT Seantrel Henderson
- WR Allen Hurns
- DE Corey King
- TE Clive Walford
I don't know this for a fact, but I get the feeling that Golden's idea of what a football player should look like doesn't include any kind of long hair. Just as with Coach Saban at Alabama, I haven't heard Golden say anything in public about it. But in private conversations with the players I gotta believe he's recommending that they lose the dreads. I hope I'm wrong about that, but it doesn't seem like it. At any rate, to all HS football players with dreads out there: If keeping your dreads is important to you, you might want to think twice before signing to play for Coach Golden.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9S-1HoGoGRU .... It was the 2nd longest TD from scrimmage in Clemson history, and what I liked the most about it was that when the pass was thrown, CB Ri'Shard Anderson actually was in front of him; but by the time he made the catch he had blown past Anderson. Now that's some serious speed. Said Sammy about the pass from QB Tahj Boyd, "I had to run as fast as I've ever run to get it, but it was a great ball."
Speaking of tougher games ahead ...... Baylor is actually going to be playing a road game sometime this year. I checked their schedule, and it says they have 4 road games, plus a neutral site game against Texas Tech. Having enjoyed the comforts of home in their first 4 games, it's hard to get overly excited by their 4-0 start - no matter how great their offense has looked and how mind boggling the numbers they have put up are. But if this offense can play on the road at close to efficiency it has displayed so far, the Bears are heading for their best season ever.
In their first 4 games the fewest points they've scored is 69. In their Big 12 opener last Saturday night they scored 73 while demolishing West Virginia 73-42. The Bears, who incredibly have not had one single three-and-out possession yet all season, scored TD on 8 of their 9 possessions in the 1st half - failing only on a 2nd quarter drive that ended with an INT. I just laughed when Fox Sports 1 put up the graphic that Baylor had gained 367 total yards in the 1ST QUARTER. Heck, there's a bunch of teams that won't reach that number in any one game this whole year. The Bears were up to 617 yards at halftime and finished with a new Big 12 record 864 yards - shattering the not-so old mark of 807 yards that WVU had in their 70-63 home victory over Baylor last season.
As you may remember, it was current New York Jets QB Geno Smith throwing 8 TD passes in that game, finishing 45 of 51 for 656 yards. This year it was QB Clint Trickett going 9 for 28. You'd think that your game plan against Baylor would be to try to keep your offense on the field with long, time-consuming drives. But for most of the 1st half Trickett kept heaving passes deep downfield - one after another - with little success. At least all of those deep balls gave us the opportunity to see several close encounters by the sick dreads of WVU junior WR Kevin White and BU senior CB K.J. Morton (photos below). K.J. finished with 3 tackles (3-0), 1 PBU, and at least one interference penalty. The sideline camera was on White following his 39-yard TD catch in the 2nd quarter. But we couldn't hear whatever it was he was trying to say because the announcers wouldn't be quiet.
Another week, another 40-yard TD for senior WR Tevin Reese. All Reese does is catch 40-yard touchdowns - literally. 18 of his 20 career TD (and all 4 this season) have been on receptions of at least 40 yards. Reese finished short of the dread stars list with 3 catches for 75 yards, but this 47-yard TD in the 1st quarter (photos below) was one of his best plays ever: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5j0xGFYboaw ...... I'm sorry I couldn't find a video with a slo-mo replay, but the way he tipped the pass to himself while running at full speed was just incredible. He made that look way easier than it was.
Tevin's dreads are finally long enough to start becoming visible a little bit outside of his helmet, and he's already added some color to them - as you'll be able to see in this video featuring him from 3 weeks ago on the Baylor website: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UB5dGo3YaQ
You might think that Baylor has another star player with dreads. But no. Upon closer examination, you'd notice that RB Lache Seastrunk has his hair in loose braids, not dreads. But no matter what kind of hair he has, Seastrunk, who rushed for 172 yards against WVU, is one of the best RBs in the nation. His great speed and elusiveness play a big part in making the Bears' offense so explosive. If the Bears' first 4-0 start in 22 years turns into 11-1 (or better), he'll get some serious Heisman consideration.
Coach Richt wasn't in the mood to celebrate after Georgia's latest thrilling victory. In his post-game media session he admitted the Bulldogs indeed had escaped with a 34-31 overtime victory at Tennessee. On the Volunteers' possession in overtime WR/RB Alton "Pig" Howard, who hopefully is planning to turn that hair he's been growing into dreads soon, lost control of the ball just before reaching the goal line on what looked like would be a dive into the end zone for a TD. Instead it was a touchback, and Georgia then kicked a FG on their possession to win it.
But what had Richt - and all of Bulldog Nation - so particularly disappointed was that three more skill position players went down with serious injuries. Sadly one of the three was sophomore RB Keith Marshall (photo below), who rushed for 33 yards on 5 carries before suffering a season-ending torn ACL when he was hit while trying to catch a pass late in the 1st quarter.
After taking a 7-0 lead, Northern Illinois decided to kick the ball to Kent State speedster Dri Archer; and they paid for it. Archer, the senior RB, took his 1st kickoff return of the season 100 yards to the house to tie the game and earn MAC East special teams player of the week honors. Not needing to be told twice, NIU kicked away from Archer the rest of the game and went on to beat KSU 38-24 in a rematch of the 2012 MAC championship game. Archer also had 93 total yards from scrimmage and fell a bit short of making the dread stars list. So did KSU junior RB Trayion Durham, who had 72 yards rushing and 1 catch for 34 yards. For NIU sophomore LB Booker Mays had 6 tackles (2-4), sick senior DT Ken Bishop had 4 tackles (3-1), and junior DT Donovan Gordon finished with 2 tackles (2-0). The Huskies' offense was fueled by another big game by junior RB Cameron Stingily.
Freshman WR Chris Black led Alabama receivers with 6 catches for 54 yards and scored his 2nd TD of the season as the Crimson Tide improved to 5-0 with an easy 45-3 home win over Georgia State ..... Sophomore DE Charles Tapper had 5 tackles (4-1), including 2 sacks; freshman CB Zack Sanchez had 4 PBU, and senior FB Trey Millard scored an 8-yard TD on his only touch of the game as Oklahoma improved to 5-0 with a 20-17 home win over TCU ..... Junior DE Markus Golden had 1.5 of Missouri's 7 sacks and finished with 6 tackles (3-3) as the Tigers improved to 5-0 with a 51-28 road win over Vanderbilt ..... Junior CB Bradley Roby blocked a punt and recovered it in the end zone for TD (photo on left) and added 7 tackles (5-2) as Ohio State improved to 6-0 with a tough 40-30 win at Northwestern ..... Freshman LB Jaylon Smith had a team high 9 tackles (6-3), 1.5 TFL, 1 FF, and 1 PBU, and junior S Matthias Farley got his 2nd INT of the season for Notre Dame in a 37-34 win over Arizona State .....
Freshman LB T.J. Simmons had 7 tackles (3-4) and 2 PBU, and junior WR Isaiah Roundtree's only reception of the game went for a 5-yard TD as Indiana defeated Penn State for the first time ever (ending an 0-16 streak) 44-24 ..... Senior DE Jason Ankrah had 2 tackles (1-1), including 1 sack, and his 1st career INT for Nebraska in a 39-19 home win over Illinois ......With Oregon having a big lead over Colorado, junior RB Ayele Forde (photo on right) was in the game long enough to get 9 carries for 82 yards, as the Ducks improved to 5-0 with a 57-16 road victory; junior WR D.D. Goodson had a 75-yard TD catch for CU ..... UCF junior S Clayton Geathers had a game high 12 tackles (12-0), 1 TFL, and 2 PBU, and the Knights scored TDs with 2:05 and 1:56 remaining in the game to steal a 24-17 road win at Memphis in their AAC opener ..... Sophomore LB Steven Daniels had 11 tackles (9-2), including 3 TFL, 2 of which were sacks, for Boston College in a 48-27 home win over Army .....
Junior CB Cortney Lester had an INT for the 2nd straight week, and junior S Witney Sherry got his 1st career INT in a Buffalo uniform in a 42-14 home win over Eastern Michigan ...... Western Michigan sophomore CB Ronald Zamort had 3 tackles (3-0) and a career high 4 PBU, but the Broncos fell to 0-6, losing at Toledo 47-20 ..... And junior RB Tre Mason (photo on left) came very close to making the dread stars list, finishing with 77 yards rushing, 3 catches for 62 yards, and 1 TD for Auburn in a 30-22 home win over Mississippi; also nearly a dread star, senior WR Ja-mes Logan had 5 catches for 92 yards for Ole Miss.
IN THE FCS
I'll have my usual slew off odds and ends to report, but nothing major happened in the FCS in Week 6. The best game of the day took place at Fargo, where #1 ranked North Dakota State had TD drives of 68 and 76 yards in the 4th quarter to wipe out a 23-10 deficit and pick up a huge 24-23 win over #4 Northern Iowa. Senior RB Sam Ojuri narrowly missed the dread stars list, carrying 17 times for 96 yards and scoring the winning TD on a 19-yard run with 2:52 remaining. Junior DT Xavier Williams had 9 tackles (1-8), 1.5 TFL, and 1 PBU for UNI.
The game with the best dreads was played in northern Alabama, where Mississippi Valley State spoiled homecoming at Alabama A&M, defeating the Bulldogs 28-9. There were at least 4 serious candidates for my dread all-America team on the field, and more than two dozen players with dreads in all in uniform. Sophomore S Terrance Hudson, making an in-season position change from WR, earned SWAC defensive player of the week honors, getting interceptions on AAMU's first and last possessions of the game. He returned his 1st INT 24 yards (photo below) to the 11-yard line to set up a TD three plays later that upped Valley's lead to 12-0 less than 4 minutes after the opening kickoff. Sick senior WR Kenneth Dabney muffed a punt return, resulting in a safety that made the score 12-2 but later put points on the board for MVSU too with a 47-yard TD catch in the 4th quarter. Senior LB Brandon Powe had 9 tackles (6-3) for the Delta Devils; Hudson finished with 6 tackles (2-4); and star senior DT Robert Simpson had 2 tackles (2-0), 1 FR, and 1 PBU. Sick senior S Kevin Eugene played (according to the box score) but had no stats.
In DG148 I mentioned that I didn't know which players had lost their dreads since the end of last season; but I have a better idea now. In addition to the 5 players with Miami, there are 20 others I'm aware of at this time (hopefully there aren't any more than that). Here's the entire (unhappy) list of the ex-dreads:
Miami (F) DE Kelvin Cain Cincinnati QB Munchie Legaux
Maine S Jamal Clay Samford DT Jerry Mathis
Eastern Washington RB Quincy Forte LSU CB Jalen Mills
FAU QB/WR Melvin German Florida State DE Giorgio Newberry
Syracuse RB Prince-Tyson Gulley ODU CB Reggie Owens
San Diego State LB Vaness Harris Louisiana- Lafayette WR Jamal Robinson (became
Miami (F) OT Seantrel Henderson ex-dread less than 2 weeks ago)
Miami (F) WR Allen Hurns JMU RB Dejor Simmons
Florida State G Tre' Jackson Auburn S Ryan Smith
Florida State DT Timmy Jernigan New Hampshire CB Steven Thames
Nevada DE Lenny Jones North Texas S Marcus Trice
Miami (F) DE Corey King Miami (F) TE Clive Walford
Utah State CB Nevin Lawson Georgia State WR Albert Wilson
- Jonathan Wallace - FAU - 117 yards and 1 TD rushing on 17 carries, and 2 catches for 14 yards in 37-23 road W over UAB
- Travis Greene - Bowling Green - 22 carries for season high 160 yards rushing in 28-7 home W over Massachusetts
- Breshad Perriman - UCF - 7 receptions for 107 yards in 24-17 road W over Memphis
- Sammy Watkins - Clemson - 4 receptions for 126 yards, including 91-yard TD, in 49-14 road W over Syracuse
- Paul Perkins - UCLA - 92 yards rushing on 16 carries, and 2 receptions for 49 yards in 34-27 road W over Utah
- Kevin White - West Virginia - 7 receptions for 130 yards and 2 TD in 73-42 road L to Baylor
- Jameon Lewis - Mississippi State - 7 receptions for 111 yards and 1 TD in 59-26 home L to LSU
- Tommy Gooden - Jackson State - 20 carries for 214 yards and 4 TD rushing in 42-33 home W over Arkansas-Pine Bluff
- Rolandan Finch - Norfolk State - 134 yards and 1 TD rushing on 23 carries in 26-24 home W over Savannah State
- Maikhail Miller - Murray State - 31 for 42 for 306 yards with 2 INT and 2 TD, and 44 yards rushing on 12 carries in 35-24 home W over Tennessee Tech
- Josh Manning - Murray State - named OVC defensive player of the week - 1 tackle (1-0), 1 INT, and 1 FR which he returned for 22-yard TD as Racers improve to 4-2
- Tray Butler - Georgia Southern - 3 receptions for 105 yards and 2 TD in 44-34 road L to Samford
HOUSE OF DREAD
At Jackson, senior RB Tommy Gooden and his beginner dreads were a one-man house of dread, scoring on runs of 17, 43, 6, and 30 yards for Jackson State in a 42-33 victory over UAPB. In Northern Illinois' 38-24 win at Kent State, sensational senior RB Dri Archer scored on a 100-yard kickoff return and 66-yard reception for Kent State; while junior RB Cameron Stingily had TD runs of 17 and 1 yard for NIU. And there were 4 receiving TD in Baylor's 73-42 blowout of West Virginia. Sophomore WR Ronald Carswell had a 43-yard TD catch (photo above) for WVU; junior WR Kevin White scored on receptions of 1 and 39 yards for WVU; and senior WR Tevin Reese had a highlight reel 47-yard TD catch for Baylor.
Celebrating his 22nd birthday in style, Stingily earned MAC West offensive player of the week honors after carrying 37 times (with no fumbles despite rainy conditions) for 266 yards and 2 TD as the Huskies improved to 5-0 with a 38-24 road win over Kent State. Stingily capped NIU's 69-yard opening drive with a 17-yard TD run then scored from 1 yard out to break a 14-14 tie late in the 2nd quarter. And he carried 13 times in the 4th quarter, helping the Huskies break open what was a close game at 28-24.
And to think all of Cameron's new found success almost did not happen. Stingily, a 6-1, 244-pounder from suburban Chicago, admits that he wanted to quit football while spending two seasons on the scout team. Fast forward two years and now he's on pace to becoming a 1,000-yard rusher. Wow. If you want, the link below is to a recent article from the Rockford Register Star that tells more of the Cameron Stingily story.
There's a lot of good games for Week 7 - unfortunately a lot of them are on at the same time. I'm hoping to see at least a little bit of Florida-LSU, Baylor AT Kansas State, Troy-Georgia State, Marshall-FAU, Texas A&M-Mississippi, Boston College-Clemson, and Bowling Green-Mississippi State.