It’s a Good Day to Be a Pac-12 NFL Fan
This weekend, Pac-12 football fans got it all. Oregon and Washington State certainly lit up the field offensively. The Ducks are currently ranked 6th in Unafraidshow’s College Football Rankings. Likewise, many Pac-12 NFL players gave us memorable performances in week 8. Here they are!
Best Quarterback Performance
Gardner Minshew II – Washington State – Jacksonville Jaguars
Minshew magic is back! Let’s go!
Unlike the rest of football fans, Pac-12 NFL fans knew that Minshew was for real. We knew a long time ago. It’s just great to see everyone else accept it.
Against a competent New York Jets defense, Minshew didn’t flinch. He compiled 279 passing yards and 3 touchdowns. He also let the Jets sack him twice. But, for those who watched the game, his pocket-presence is next level. Minshew’s movement in the pocket and ability to extend plays is incredible.
Last, and definitely important, Minshew threw zero interceptions. Again. Overall, he has just 2 interceptions and 13 touchdowns this season. The sixth-round rookie is playing far above any expectation.
Gardner Minshew for Rookie of the Year!
Best Running Back Performance
Christian McCaffrey – Stanford – Carolina Panthers
Against the league’s second-best defense (New England Patriots are clear first), the Carolina Panthers flopped. They only scored 13 points, while the 49ers rolled through 51 points. However, that didn’t stop all-star, Pac-12 NFL running back Christian McCaffrey from creating highlights.
This season, McCaffrey’s durability and production is incredible. His 2019 stats include:
- 99.5-percent Snap Share (No. 1 in qualified running backs)
- 92.5-percent Opportunity Share (No. 1 in qualified running backs)
- 146.9 Weighted Opportunities (No. 1 in qualified running backs)
- 47-percent Dominator Rating (No. 1 in qualified running backs)
- 9 Total Touchdowns (No. 1 in qualified running backs)
- 30.2 PPR Fantasy Points-Per-Game (No. 1 in qualified running backs)
Keep rolling RUN-CMC.
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Best Wide Receiver Performance
Juju Smith-Schuster – USC – Pittsburgh Steelers
To say that this season has been rough for the Pittsburgh Steelers is to say the least. After a promising 2017 season and a breakout 2018 season, everyone was ready for Juju Smith-Schuster to keep the hype train going. With the departure of Antonio Brown (to mental illness?), Smith-Schuster was primed for an elite 2019 campaign.
But, all hope went down with Ben Roethlisberger. However, Smith-Schuster still has the ability to pop on the field. In week 8, he cleared the 100-yard mark for the first time this season. Granted, this week he played the Miami Dolphins (#tankfortua), but he’s a good wide receiver.
Best Tight End Performance
Austin Hooper – Stanford – Atlanta Falcons
Even with Matt Schaub under center, Austin Hooper was a baller. He reeled in 6 of 7 targets for 65 yards and a touchdown. He was one reason why the Pac-12 NFL fans didn’t switch channels. Hooper’s late score helped the Falcons attempt a last-minute comeback (or at least cover the a plus-7.5 spread).
Honestly, look at those stats. Among tight ends, Hooper is:
- First in receptions (62)
- T-First in Touch Downs (5)
- Second in Receiving Yards (604)
- First in PPR Fantasy Points (143.10)
- Third in Production Premium (Plus-31.3)
- First in Target Separation (2.45)