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September 9, 2008
Rivals.com Week 2 National Awards
Try telling coaches and players that it was a weak schedule last week.
Sure, there weren't any matchups between top 25 teams, but numerous players and coaches found a way to shine. Here are the Rivals.com awards for Week 2:
It wasn't a great week for star-studded matchups, but Bradford facing an excellent Cincinnati secondary was one of the better ones.
Bradford passed the test easily. He was 29 of 38 for 395 yards with five touchdown passes and two interceptions.
It appears the Sooners will be just fine without star wide receiver Malcolm Kelly, making Bradford a possible Heisman candidate.
Could it be anyone else?
Hudson did what almost no one else has been able to do: bottle up West Virginia's offense. The Mountaineers didn't score a touchdown for the first time since 2001, Rich Rodriguez's first season.
East Carolina's defense wasn't fooled by West Virginia's tweaked offense. The Mountaineers passed for only 72 yards and rushed for 179. East Carolina bottled up quarterback Pat White, who had only 169 yards of total offense.
Others considered for coordinator of the week:
Rich Olson, Arizona State: The Sun Devils avoided the upset against Stanford with a convincing offensive performance. Arizona State put up 472 total yards, including 345 through the air, against the Cardinal.
It looks as if Oklahoma has another star redshirt freshman on its hands. A year after Bradford was a freshman All-America quarterback, Ryan Broyles is giving the Sooners another threat in the passing game. Against Cincinnati, Broyles caught seven passes for 141 yards and a touchdown.
David Fox is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.