DALLAS (FWAA) – Each week during the 2021 season,
we will highlight the notable performances of first-year players
and head coaches leading up to the selection of our annual
Freshman All-America Team and the Steve
Spurrier First-Year Coach of the Year Award presented by Chris Doering
Mortgage. Here are the top performances from Week 2, the
weekend of Sept. 11:
FIRST-YEAR PLAYERS: THE FRESH FOUR
Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia (6-4, 230, Napa, Calif.): 3
receptions, 107 yards, 1 TD
Bowers continued to shine in the Georgia passing game Saturday
after being one of its few bright spots in Week 1. The true freshman's
efforts helped lift the Bulldogs in a 56-7 rout of UAB. Bowers highlighted
his performance with an 89-yard touchdown catch, burning several
members of the Blazer secondary on his way to the end zone. He currently
leads his team in receptions, yards receiving and touchdowns receiving.
Seth Henigan, QB, Memphis (6-3, 200, Denton, Texas):
22/33, 417 yards, 5 TD
Henigan connected with Calvin Austin III for a 55-yard touchdown
pass on the sixth offensive snap of the game and never looked back
in a 55-50 win over Arkansas State. The true freshman is now the
sixth quarterback in school history to score five total touchdowns
in a game. Henigan, who leads all FBS freshmen in touchdowns passing,
will look to improve to 3-0 with a home date against Mississippi
State looming Saturday.
Seyi Oladipo, S, Boise State (5-11, 195, Centennial,
Colo.): 2 INT, 1 tackle
Oladipo led a Bronco pass defense that allowed just 264 yards
on 26 attempts and intercepted three passes in a 54-13 win over
UTEP. The true freshman has proven to be quite the ball hawk early
in his career with four interceptions in two games, a total that
currently leads all FBS players. Oladipo will look to maintain that
lead this Saturday against a solid Oklahoma State pass attack.
|Georgia's Brock Bowers
Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida (6-4, 236, Gainesville,
Fla.): 3/3, 152 yards, 2 TD; 4 rushes, 115 yards, 1 TD
Richardson built on last week's explosive performance, showcasing
excellence passing and rushing while sharing snaps with starter
Emory Jones. The redshirt freshman threw touchdown strikes of 41
and 75 yards to Jacob Copeland and added an 80-yard touchdown sprint
on the ground. His 275 yards rushing leads all FBS quarterbacks.
Richardson will continue to compete for a starting job this Saturday
with top-ranked Alabama coming to town.
STEVE SPURRIER FIRST-YEAR COACHES
Andy Avalos, Boise State: Avalos' first victory
at his alma mater was nothing short of explosive as the Broncos
thumped UTEP, 54-13. Boise State generated 464 yards of total offense
and forced six turnovers in the win. Quarterback Hank Bachmeier
led the way offensively, finishing 17-of-24 passing for 340 yards
with two touchdowns. Senior receiver Khalil Sakir added seven catches
for 166 yards.
Bryan Harsin, Auburn: The Bryan Harsin effect
was on full display Saturday as the Tigers crushed Alabama State
in a 62-0 victory. Auburn rushed for 364 yards and three touchdowns.
Bo Nix finished 9-of-17 passing for 108 yards and two touchdowns.
The win, following Auburn's 60-10 thrashing of Akron a week ago,
marks the first pair of consecutive 60-point games since 1932.
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2021 Freshman Focus
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