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Kamalei Correa, DE

True sophomore Correa has been more than a surprise for Bronco fans...he's been flat out dominant. Against BYU, he put in a performance worthy of a) an OBNUG game ball, and b) Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week honors, with 2 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss. On the season, Kamalei has 5.5 sacks, 9.5 tackles-for-loss, and 2 forced fumbles. When you say your prayers tonight—if that's your thing—give thanks that KC didn't end up going to Utah.

Grant Hedrick, QB

This is the second-straight game ball for Hedrick, who just a few weeks ago didn't look long for the starting role—don't call it a comeback. Grant accounted for 5 Bronco TDs in the blowout win, 4 through the air and one with his feet and also racked up 410 yards passing. Maybe more importantly, Grant's TD-INT ratio is officially now in the positive (12-11) and the Broncos have won 3 straight behind his leadership. Grant's playing within himself and playing to his strengths...including newfound ones like dropping dimes to Chaz Anderson.

Dan Goodale, K

I can't in good conscience ignore Dan Goodale anymore. He's a perfect 5-for-5 in the Broncos' last two contests (2/2 against BYU) and is currently leading the country in touchbacks...of course, that touchback number would be much smaller if Dallas Burroughs played for our opponents, but I kid. O Danny Boy, indeed.

Thomas Sperbeck, WR

Don't ask me to find a silver lining with Matt Miller's injury because...oh look, I already did. No one can really replace Mr. Miller, but Thomas Sperbeck's emergence in MM's absence has been inspiring. This is how you pick up the flag and run with it, kids. Sperbeck had 148 yards against BYU and showed a deadly combination of speed and hands. Sperbeck's 78 yard TD reception will probably get most of the pub, but to me, this catch (below) really showed what he can do (and Grant Hedrick...who knew?).

Darren Lee, LB/Special Teams demon

A lot was made of Darren Lee's hammer-wielding prowess last week and he showed exactly why on Friday night, making some exceedingly violent hits on kick coverage teams and generally scaring the hell out of everyone. BYU kick returner Garrett Juergens has a new waking nightmare and his name is Darren Lee.

Lee hit

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Who else you got? Jay Ajayi had 144 all-purpose yards (118 rushing) against what was supposed to be a stout BYU rush defense. Tyler Gray once again led the team in tackles. Coach Mike Sanford threw the kitchen sink at BYU and still has the bathroom and outdoor wash basin in his back pocket.