Oklahoma State wide receiver James Washington and Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers were named Walter Camp National Players of the Week following their performances in Saturday’s games.
Washington helped lead the Cowboys over Pittsburgh Saturday with 296 yards receiving on nine receptions and two touchdowns. The performance came after the junior receiver totaled 10 receptions for 103 yards and one touchdown in his first two games of the season combined. Even with Washington’s heroics, the Cowboys only narrowly beat the Panthers 38-45. They took the lead on a game-winning drive with less than two minutes remaining in the game.
With the win, Oklahoma State improved to 2-1. Entering the week, They received votes in both the AP and Coaches Polls , but did not earn enough consideration to crack the top-25 of either poll. Their offensive explosion could well net them a top-25 ranking.
Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers recorded nine tackles and a sack in the Wolverines’ 45-28 victory over Colorado on Saturday. His contributions, however, were not limited to the defensive side. He returned four punts for 99 yards and one touchdown in the fourth quarter and returned two kicks for a total of 81 yards. He also added some value to the Michigan run game, carrying the ball twice for 24 yards.
With their win over Colorado, Michigan is now 3-0 on the season. They entered the week at No. 4 in the AP Poll and in contention with Ohio State, Michigan State, and Wisconsin in what is shaping up to be a crowded battle for the Big Ten Conference title.