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December 1, 2008
Rivals.com Week 14 National Awards
This week's Rivals.com award winners saved the best for last. All set career or season highs in their final regular-season games.
Oklahoma junior tight end Jermaine Gresham had his first career 100-yard game in winning our national player of the week award. Georgia Tech running back Roddy Jones shattered his previous career best with 214 yards against Georgia on a season-high 13 carries to earn top freshman honors. In the Pac-10, Chip Kelly's Oregon offense put up a season-high 694 yards against Oregon State.
Oklahoma's offense doesn't need many fortuitous bounces, but the Sooners got one against Oklahoma State.
A Sam Bradford pass tipped off the hands of receiver Manny Johnson right to Gresham, who then rambled for a 73-yard touchdown that put Oklahoma up 30-19 in the third quarter. Gresham finished with nine catches for 158 yards; he also scored on a 3-yard reception in the second quarter.
Yellow Jackets sophomore Jonathan Dwyer has received most of the headlines this season, but Jones grabbed the attention for his performance against rival Georgia.
Jones carried 13 times for 214 yards, including touchdown runs of 8 and 54 yards. Jones also ripped off a 62-yard run in the third quarter to set up a field goal.
Georgia Tech rushed for 409 yards and ended a seven-game losing streak to Georgia.
Also considered for freshman of the week:
• N.C. State quarterback Russell Wilson came up big once again by throwing for 220 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-28 win over Miami. He also rushed for 58 yards and a touchdown to make the Wolfpack bowl eligible.
Kelly's offense rushed for 385 yards and passed for 309 in the highest-scoring game in the rivalry's history. Oregon State entered the game ranked second in the Pac-10 in rushing defense and total defense.
Also considered for coordinator of the week:
• Dan Mullen led the Florida offense to a 502-yard performance against Florida State. The Gators rushed for 317 yards in the 45-15 win over the Seminoles, who entered the game as the country's No. 7 defense.
• Tyrone Nix's Ole Miss defense smothered rival Mississippi State for its first shutout in the series since 2003. The Rebels held the Bulldogs to 37 total yards and recorded 10 sacks.
David Fox is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.