There are a lot of unique features to love about college football uniforms. There’s the classic outfits from schools like Notre Dame and Alabama, and the stylish, ever-changing gear offered by programs like Oregon.
But a tiny detail that is often overlooked these days are the helmet decals featured by teams like Ohio State and Florida State. He uses a reward system to honor players who have special performances or who have made impact games with a sticker to put on their helmet. The more you play, the more stickers you accumulate.
This season, NCAA.com will be installing the same system. Each Sunday we will choose three outstanding players from the weekend to win âstickersâ for their team. Let’s see who has the most decorated helmet at the end of the season.
Alabama – Jalen Hurts (quarterback)
.@AlabamaFTBL QB Jalen Hurts with the MASSIVE response. Good luck catching it in the open field. https://t.co/Vf8ykXDMfY
– SEConCBS (@SEConCBS) October 15, 2016
The Alabama No.1 surpassed Tennessee No.9 49-10 on Saturday behind 438 rushing yards to an incredible 8.9 yards per transport clip. Leading the way on the pitch wasn’t a running back, however, but rather Tide’s quarterback.
Jalen Hurts finished with 132 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns to bury the Vols in an insurmountable hole in the second half.
Hurts’ first scoring came on his longest postponement of the day, when he faked a transfer on an options game, then ran down the right side without touching for the score of 45 yards.
It came after Tennessee scored their first points of the day and reduced Tide’s lead to 14-7 midway through the second quarter. Catalyzed by Hurts’ long run, Alabama ended the game with a dominant run of 35-3.
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The first-year caller added two-and-a-yard scores in the second half before giving way to Blake Barnett in the final quarter. Hurts was 16 of 26 for 143 yards in the air and topped Tennessee’s entire offense 275-163.
Alabama has made a living winning their titles behind âgame managerâ quarterbacks that don’t make mistakes, but also don’t impress you with spectacular plays or remarkable stat lines. But Hurts is perhaps the biggest under-center playing threat Nick Saban has had at his disposal during his winning streak.
And that’s a scary thought for the rest of college football.
Louisiana Tech – Carlos Henderson (wide receiver)
Week 7 saw some mind-blowing performances from talented wideouts. It started early in the day with Oklahoma’s Dede Westbrook’s second straight performance and three touchdowns and continued with Travis Rudolph’s 13-catch, 238-yard game for Florida State.
But none of those other worthy contenders touched the day Louisiana Tech’s Carlos Henderson had against Massachusetts.
The 5-11 junior redshirt totaled 326 yards and five touchdowns on 12 receptions in a 56-28 win over the Minutemen. Those five scores set a new single play program record as yardage ranked second behind Troy Edwards, who set the FBS record with 405 yards in a 1998 game.
He is only 12 years olde player in FBS history to reach the 300-yard mark.
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Henderson scored five of the Bulldogs’ seven touchdowns on Saturday and made the most of each catch, recording three scores of at least 42 yards. His longest time came on an 83-yard third quarter play that gave La. Tech a two touchdown lead that would only accumulate in the final 20 minutes of play.
Henderson now has 558 receiving yards and eight touchdowns in his last two games after missing a week with injury. It is safe to say that he is healthy again.
Western Michigan – Jarvion Franklin (back)
ICYMI: Now that’s a stiff arm. pic.twitter.com/oTKTU8mLRe
– CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) October 15, 2016
There was no disappointment for West Michigan a week after hitting the AP Top 25 poll for the first time in the program’s history. The Broncos beat MAC foe Akron 41-0 on Saturday and remain one of the last 11 undefeated teams across the FBS.
Jarvion Franklin was instrumental in West Michigan’s meteoric rise and it was most evident against the Zips.
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The junior escaped for 281 rushing yards and a touchdown in the shutout victory and fell one yard before reaching 300 total yards of attack. Saturday’s performance marked Franklin’s third straight game by at least 130 rushing yards after failing to reach 100 in each of WMU’s first four games.
His 281 rushing yards mark the second-highest total among FBS teams this season and broke the program record that previously stood at 279.
Western Michigan continues to roll behind Franklin’s emergence and reliability under center Zach Terrell without error. The Broncos are a serious threat to represent the Group of Five in a New Year’s six bowl game if they manage to end their MAC schedule on a high note.
2016 Helmet Sticker Leaders: Louisville (2), Washington (2), Alabama (1), State of Arizona (1), Arkansas (1), Clemson (1), State of Florida (1), Georgia (1), Houston (1), Louisiana Tech (1), Michigan (1), North Carolina (1), State of North Carolina (1), State from Ohio (1), Oklahoma (1), Stanford (1), Tennessee (1), Texas A&M (1), West Michigan (1)
(Photos courtesy of Matt Kartozian | USA Today, Louisiana Tech Athletics, Mike Dinovo | United States today)