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MVP Draft Recap: South Alabama

Everyone has at least a point!

NCAA Football: Oklahoma State at South Alabama John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Gundy and Co. went down to Mobile, Alabama and made it perfectly clear that this would not be a trap game for the Cowboys. The Pokes are too good to blow it in the second game of the year, and OSU went out and dismantled the Jaguars 44-7. For more on the game, check out Cade’s recap.

As you may remember, I did not allow our participants to pick any of the “Big 3” against the Jaguars, and over half of them went with the speedster Tyron Johnson to have a good game.

While Johnson didn’t have a bad game per say (four catches for 44 yards), it wasn’t quite enough to get the nod as offensive MVP.

“Press Your Luck” was such a fun show. I miss that time in history. But I digress.

So, who did have MVP-worthy weeks? Here’s my picks.

Oklahoma State


First off, let me start by saying welcome back Marcell Ateman! The redshirt-senior had five catches for 51 yards and two TDs. I think we found Rudolph’s favorite goal-line fade target.

However, nobody picked Ateman. With Johnson already eliminated from the MVP race, it’s down to Joel and Micah’s picks.

My MVP this week is J.D. King.

J.D. King runs for his first career touchdown in his first career NCAA football game as Oklahoma State took on Tulsa in Stillwater.
Devin Lawrence Wilber/O’Colly

King continues to impress as the backup running back. He had eight rushes for 64 yards, including a 31-yard scamper. The 5-11, 205 lb. bruising freshman is a power runner and is exciting to watch. I, for one, am ready to watch this young man develop.


The Cowboys had 27 players who recorded an assisted tackle or better against the Jaguars. As you can imagine, there isn’t anyone who really blew the tackle stats away. Kirk Tucker was the leading tackler with five and a sack. Jarrell Owens had two tackles - both for losses. Cole Walterscheid forced a fumble. However, I have a soft spot for defensive touchdowns. That made my job easy this week.

Justin Phillips is this week’s defensive MVP.

NCAA Football: Oklahoma State at South Alabama John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Phillips only had one tackle on the night, and it was for a 4-yard loss. However, he also had a pick-six, which is one of the most exciting plays in football. The Cowboys perfectly executed the tip drill, as Darrion Daniels was the first to tip the ball, followed by a Trey Carter deflection before it fell into Phillips’ hands.

South Alabama


There were only two players who were picked for the offense this week, and they were both a burning dumpster fire. QB Cole Garvin was the popular pick with three votes, but he got hurt early. His final stat line was 1-for-1 for 8 yards and a sack. He also had two rushes for -9 yards total.

RB Tra Minter had the other two picks. He didn’t do much better. His final stats were seven rushes for 10 yards and one reception for 1 yard. Yikes.

I’ve made my decision.



Everyone picked Jeremy Reaves, except for Austin, who conceded the point. Luckily for them, Reaves was tied for the team lead with eight tackles. After not giving any points for the offense, I’ll be nice and award everyone (except Austin) a point for Jeremy Reaves as the USA defensive MVP.

Let’s see how everyone ended up.

Cade - 1 point

OSU: O - Jalen McCleskey | D - A.J. Green

USA: O - Cole Garvin | D - Jeremy Reaves

Austin - 0 points

OSU: O - Tyron Johnson | D - Kenneth Edison-McGruder

USA: O - Cole Garvin | D - None

Dustin - 1 point

OSU: O - Tyron Johnson | D - Kenneth Edison-McGruder

USA: O - Tra Minter | D - Jeremy Reaves

Joel - 2 points

OSU: O - Tyron Johnson | D - Justin Phillips

USA: O - Tra Minter | D - Jeremy Reaves

Micah - 2 points

OSU: O - J.D. King | D - Tre Flowers

USA: O - Cole Garvin | D - Jeremy Reaves

Standings after Week 2:

T1 - Cade: 2
T1 - Joel: 2
T1 - Micah: 2
T3 - Austin: 1
T3 - Dustin: 1