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By Jason Catania
QB Keith Price, Washington
It’s hard to tell which has been more challenging for Price – replacing Jake Locker, the eighth overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, or playing on two sprained knees – because the redshirt sophomore is making everything look easy so far.
After spraining his right knee in the opener against Eastern Washington then banging up his left knee against Nebraska two weeks later, Price sported a wrap on one knee and a brace on the other, but he still completed 19-of-25 throws for 292 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Huskies to a 31-23 win over Cal.
“I haven’t been able to run like I can, but I’ve been throwing the ball pretty well,” Price told The Seattle Times.
Indeed, Price’s 14 TD passes through four games have him just seven away from equaling the best season his predecessor had and halfway to the school record.
WR Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers
Having tied the school record with 13 receptions in Rutgers’ last game against North Carolina, Sanu clearly couldn’t wait to have the Scarlet Knights’ mark all to himself.
The junior wideout hauled in 16 passes in a 38-26 win over Ohio, establishing not just a program best, but also a Big East Conference record along the way. All the action allowed Sanu to pile up 176 yards and two touchdowns against the Tar Heels, both of which were also career-bests for the New Jersey native.
RB Cameron Marshall, Arizona State
The junior back missed practice during the week due to a sprained ankle, an injury he had suffered in the previous game against Illinois, but Marshall managed to suit up for a big matchup against USC – then took his first carry of the game 70 yards for a touchdown.
All told, Marshall toted the rock 25 times for 141 yards and three TDs in helping the Sun Devils to a 43-22 upset of the No. 23-ranked Trojans, who had beaten ASU 11 straight times. “We didn’t even know if [Marshall] was going to be able to play this week and he played very well,” head coach Dennis Erickson said.