Every week, we here at CRFF are going to offer up our opinion on who the weeks player of the game was. We'll give offensive and defensive nominees for player of the game and then have a running poll at the end of the article where we'll let you, the fan, decide. With that out of the way let's get to it!
Marcell Ateman (WR): The junior wide receiver had his biggest game since the 2013 opener against Mississippi State. Raise your hand if you saw that coming.
Game Stats: Four receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown.
Why he should be the POTG: Dude showed up when this team needed him, whether it was the big 2nd quarter catch when the Pokes were pinned back on their own 8 yard line or his touchdown catch to stretch the lead.
Mason Rudolph (QB): Rudolph lead when it was necessary. His touchdown run was exactly what the team needed as it found itself in an unexpected dog fight. No turnovers for the first time in his four-game career as QB1 for the Cowboys. He has seemingly picked up where he left off. Plenty of room for growth here.
Game Stats: 22/32 for 266 and a touchdown with an additional 20 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
Why he should be the POTG: His rushing touchdown may have saved the day for the Pokes.
Chris Carson (RB): The JUCO transfer was a break away touchdown away from having a big day and lighting fire to his already scolding hot hype train. He was solid and showed enough flash to keep the hype rolling. He's the real deal.
Game Stats: 21 carries for 89 yards on the ground as well as two catches for 23 yards through the air (the one handed catch he made on the sideline was sick).
Why he should be the POTG: He provided just enough of a presence to keep the Chippewas linebackers and safeties honest and the passing lanes opened up a little bit in the second half.
Vincent Taylor & Darrion Daniels: This is going to be fun.\They were clogging up the middle or creating havoc in the backfield all night. What was considered a weakness could end up being a major strength for a defense that was already fairly loaded with returning depth.
Game Stats: The duo combined for eigh total tackles, five solo and three assisted, as well as 1.5 sacks.
Why they should be the POTG: The stats are pretty impressive for what was really an unknown to start the year (and they still don't do them justice). We had heard good things over the summer and they came to fruition in the first game.
Tre Flowers: His first quarter interception had me shouting #WTIB and believing this thing was well on it's way to blowout city. He also was seemingly in the right spot most the game. He needs to wrap up just a bit better but that should come with more live game action.
Game Stats: Six total tackles, Five solo, one assisted. A #WTIB interception and a pass defended.
Why he should be the POTG: Flowers first quarter interception gave the Cowboys some early momentum and slanted the all important turnover margin in favor of the Pokes.
Jordan Sterns: He's so good. The only thing that he struggled with, and I think this was great play calling and scheming by CMU, was in coverage. He never gave up a big play and did a good job of keeping his man in front of him. He was, as usual, flying around like a baby Earl Thomas. A big play that didn't go unnoticed by me was his assisted tackle on the third quarter 3rd and one run. It was his secondary hit that really kept the play from being converted into a first down.
Game Stats: Nine total tackles, eight solo, one (big) assist.
Why he should be the POTG: Sterns was his normal solid self but shouldn't be overlooked. His third quarter assisted tackle was a big play.
Our Player of The Game: Marcell Ateman
Why he's our POTG: Ateman was the somewhat forgotten man in a loaded wide receiver group but showed up in a big way for a team in need of a playmaker. His two big plays provided a spark for a team slow to get out of the gate. Bonus points for seemingly coming out of no-where to be a big contributor.
Alright, one game is in the books, who was your player of the game?