Published September 17, 2012 - 2:30pm
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Let’s take a look at these studly performances from week three, and I know you can’t hit everyone with listing only three studs. But here are the best of the best:
1. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
Everyone’s favorite redshirt freshman Johnny Manziel really broke out on Saturday against SMU. Manziel accounted for 418 total yards and six touchdowns. This kid is a freshman, right? He’s a beast. He threw for 294 yards and four touchdowns, while running for 124 yards and two touchdowns. The progression he made from the first to the second week was spectacular, even if it was against SMU. With the team’s leading rusher Christine Michael out, Manziel took over.
2. Chad Bumphis, Mississippi State
Finally, we are witnessing MSU receiver Chad Bumphis break out. A large part has to do with Tyler Russell at quarterback, but Bumphis has been suppressed throughout his time at State. This year is a different story, however. He caught Russell’s three touchdowns Saturday of 72, 58 and 25. His last one of 25 yards put the Bulldogs up for good. He’s quite the athlete, and he’s finally having a breakout season in his senior year.
3. Alabama Defense
You can’t just single out one guy on the Tide’s defense as one of the most dominant performances in the SEC. Bama’s defense just destroyed the Wilson-less Arkansas offense. Just at halftime, Arkansas amassed a mere 46 yards of total offense and -4 rushing yards. The Hogs wound up gaining only 137 total yards and 58 rushing yards. It was a dominating performance overall that just proved Alabama is on another level than every other team in the country. This group lost six starters last season and hasn’t missed a beat through three weeks.