Jay Ajayi, RB
Jay looked a bit "off" last weekend against UConn, but then again, so did the rest of the offense. This week, in the friendly confines of Albertson's Stadium, Jay showed his true form, rushing for 150 yards and 3 TDs and hauling in 5 passes for another 37 yards. QB play is important, but it's become clear: as Jay goes, the Bronco offense goes. By the way, Jay picked up his second MWC Offensive Player of the Week honor for his efficient night against the Ragin' Cajuns...almost as big an honor as winning his 3rd game ball in 4 weeks from OBNUG.
Kamalei Correa, DE
Correa looked absolutely fantastic in Fall Camp and it's carried over into the season as he's been one of our most consistently great D-lineman on a consistently great D-line. Correa led the team with 7 tackles against Louisiana (he's also credited with half a TFL). On the season, the true sophomore has 16 total tackles, with 3.5 of them for-loss, as well as 2 sacks and a fumble recovery. Not bad for 4 games work. Not bad at all.
Donte Deayon, CB
Man, it's nice having Deayon back in the lineup. Deayon didn't have a banner night against the Ragin' Cajuns, but he did have this highlight reel INT and 2 PBUs and maybe more importantly, led a redemptive night for the oft-maligned defensive secondary. Post-game, Coach Harsin said that Deayon's acrobatic pick was just him "auditioning for offense". Since currently no one but Matt Miller, Shane Williams-Rhodes, Jay Ajayi, or Jake Roh are allowed to touch the football, I'd say he's passed that audition. Move him to dress rehearsal.
There are probably more guys deserving of a gameball from Saturday night, who are they? Steve Caldwell might just win the coaching game ball one/third of the way through the season.