Outstanding Defensive Player | DT Kerry Hyder | I had a hard time trying to find that it should be, and the course of a sense given the overall lack of success in this defense (82nd Overall, 111 in the run defense and 20th on defense against the pass). You can certainly make the case that maybe DJ Johnson (some big plays against Kansas), was Cody Davis (second on the team in tackles with 7.40), or even surprising rookie LB Blake Dees (third team with 5.00 tackles per game, 4.0 and 2 TFL force escaped). But it was Hyder who I think was the MVP of two different games I've seen so far, and although the Rush defense is abysmal, I have been impressed by the ability of Hyder have an impact on the game but it does not turn up the Boxscore. I like the fact that he is a sophomore, so there is something to build here with Hyder.
Special teams MVP | RB Ben McRoy | I would go with a lot of question marks, or even if you had asked me two weeks ago, I thought of Donnie Carona K, but have two blocked kicks (I understand that they may not have been entirely his fault) or the general lack of respect for the task, I thought it would be appropriate to consider a person for a special team MVP, but McRoy won, and it was electric kick returner when he was healthy. And it should not surprise you that McRoy is 19: e of the nation averaging 27.95 yards per return, considerably higher than all that Stephen had done previously, or Jamar Wall and Edward Britton for this question.
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