Jay Ajayi, RB
Used the easy-button on this one. Ajayi was a man possessed against Colorado State, racking up 171 all-purpose yards and 2 touchdowns BY HALFTIME. Remember, both of Colorado State's rushers, Dee Hart and Treyo Jarrells rushed for 120+ yards against Colorado last weekend and were widely praised for their dominating efforts against the Buffs. Ajayi was close to that rushing total before the band came on the field to play Michael Jackson hits. Jay finished the evening with 280 all-purpose yards, with 219 coming on the ground. His efforts landed him the Broncos' first MWC Offensive Player of the Week honors since DJ Harper snagged the award in December of 2012. Take a nice long ice bath, Jay...you deserve it.
Matt Miller, WR
Again, a no-brainer...Miller etched his name in the Bronco career receptions record books in electrifying fashion on Saturday night, hauling in 8 catches (he needed 7 to pass Austin Pettis) for 151 yards and a score. Miller went about his night in his typical workmanlike fashion, but added a nice 44-yard TD reception in the 3rd quarter to add some pizazz to his big night. After the game, Miller was asked about his record—one that looks nigh untouchable—he was less impressed than the rest of us:
"Nothing's changed for me, I'm glad we got the win tonight..."
Humble AND talented? You'll never make it in the NFL, kid.
Grant Hedrick, QB
Hedrick didn't set the world ablaze with his performance on Saturday and yes, he made yet another ill-advised decision in the redzone—BUT Hedrick had a great "bounce back" performance in a very important game for the Broncos on Saturday and he should be commended for it. Grant finished the night with 352 passing yards and 2 TDs and also rushed for 80 yards on the night. It was just the right mix of run and pass for the senior signal-caller and he took major lick at the end of one run and kept right on ticking. Now, let's just get that TD/INT ratio (he's at 3/5, currently) ironed out and we'll be good.
Corey Bell, Nickel
I can't completely leave the defense off the game ball roster here, since they did shut down a "vaunted" rushing offense almost entirely...and senior nickel Corey Bell led the team in tackles with 7, and logged a QB sack and a pass break-up. Not a bad night's work for the sometimes-LB-sometimes-DB.
Who else ya got?