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MVP Draft Week 3: Pitt

Who will rise above the rest?

NCAA Football: Pittsburgh at Oklahoma State Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports

Hey everybody, Tyler is at a Sarah Palin cosplay convention, so I am stepping up to put the MVP Draft together for Week 3.

Standings after Week 2:

T1 - Cade: 2

T1 - Joel: 2

T1 - Micah: 2

T3 - Austin: 1

T3 - Dustin: 1


Micah

Oklahoma State

Offense: James Washington

Washington has 243 receiving yards on only 8 catches. Get the ball in this man's hands and good things will come your way. Washington has started the season off strong and I feel like he'll continue to be strong.

Defense: Chad Whitener

With everything that's happening at the LB position in the last week, The defense is going to need Whitener to step up and I think he does in big ways.

Pitt

Offense: Qadree Ollison

Ollison is teams rushing leader this year, and with Bundage out until the second half he could have a big day.

Defense: Oluwaseun Idowu

He's got 11 tackles in the first two games of the season. He's also got 3 tackles for loss for 12 yards. He’s been all over the place for Pitt.

Dustin

Oklahoma State

Offense: Mason Rudolph

He threw for 540 yards against Pittsburgh in 2016. I don’t know how you can pick anyone else. Also, the Panthers are without one of their best players in the secondary in safety Whitehead. Why is this a big deal? Oh, because Pitt ranked second to last in the entire country in pass defense last season. So, one of the best QB’s in the nation going up against one of last season’s worst pass defenses when they are missing one of their key guys...

Defense: Dequinton Osborne

I expect DQ to disrupt the Pitt rushing game. They will try to establish it early with their pre-snap motion and sweep heavy attack, but I don’t think that will fool Osbourne. I’m picturing a lot of tackles in the backfield for the big guy, and I think he may single-handedly ruin any chance the Panthers have of a successful day on the ground.

Pitt

Offense: Quadree Henderson

The 5’8 speedster is extremely dynamic at receiver for the Panthers. Although he only has 84 total receiving and rushing yards with no touchdowns through two games this season, he had a great game against the pokes last year with 95 rushing yards, 31 receiving yards, 40 return yards and two total touchdowns. Pittsburgh will try to get this guy the ball anyway they can, whether it’s using the jet motion on their fly sweep, or using motion to get him open in the passing game. Not to mention he had four return touchdowns in 2016. This guy is an all-around playmaker and could cause problems for the Pokes on Saturday if they don’t keep an eye on him.

Defense: Oluwaseun Idowu

Yeah, that’s a mouthful of a name. But the undersized linebacker is truly a playmaker on the defensive side of the ball for Pitt. He’s leading the team in total tackles this season with 15 and has also recorded three tackles for a loss. Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi seems set on not giving up the big play, and he should be after what Mason Rudolph and James Washington did to his defense last season. That being said, I expect OSU will find some success on the ground, unless Idowu has anything to say about it. He will be key for the Panther defense against the Cowboys and I expect him to see a lot of action in this one.

Joel

Oklahoma State

Offense: Mason Rudolph

The Panthers have 3 new starters on a secondary that Rudolph torched for 540 yards last year. I do not expect this game to be any different.

Defense: Dequinton Osborne

Osbourne has stepped up, and become a guy like Vincent Taylor that can rush the passer and stop the run. This will be key against a team that will try and impose their will in the trenches early.

Pitt

Offense: Quandree Henderson

Henderson is the Panthers' Swiss Army Knife. He's used in the return game, as well as both wide receiver and running back. Because of his versatility, he's the easy pick here.

Defense: Oluwaseun Idowu

He was the leading tackler last week against the Nittany Lions. The Junior linebacker is a run stopper who plays downhill. He'll be in on a lot of tackles this week.

Austin

Oklahoma State

Offense: Justice Hill

Everyone is looking at our dominance through the air in our match up with Pitt last season... everyone including the Pitt defense. I don’t see Pitt leaving their corners on an island as much as last year which means more touches for Justice Hill. To me, Hill didn’t look himself during the South Alabama game, and I’m sure that he saw the same in film. He should come back this week with a little more giddy-up in his step.

Defense: AJ Green

I really really really like what I see from this kid. I think he has a bright future in Stillwater, and I’m predicting his first interception tomorrow.

Pitt

Offense: Quandree Henderson

I think Dustin and Joel hit the nail on the head with this one. Henderson can produce offensive production by himself with his athleticism, and they are going to need it against a speedy Oklahoma State defense.

Defense: Oluwaseun Idowu

Idowu and Justice Hill should become eternal enemies after tomorrow’s game. Idowu plays like a heat seeking missile, and I can see him leading the team in tackles by the end of the game.

Cade

Cade was too busy cleaning his glasses or something to get his picks in.


Tune into the game tomorrow at 11:00am CST on ESPN. Go Pokes!