Oopsman Trophy Watch – Week 3

Who stumbled the furthest this past weekend in our watch for the worst full-time player in college football?  Here's how the standings look after the third week of the 2012 college football season.

Josh Helmuthby Josh Helmuth

It’s time for the second installment of our first annual Oopsman Trophy watch.  Some contenders from last week remain while we also have some fresh faces to introduce to you.

David Piland – QB, Houston Cougars

Piland came into this season looking to be one of the most sought-after quarterbacks in college fantasy football leagues nation-wide, but has failed to produce the numbers that we have become used to from Cougars quarterbacks in recent memory (namely, Case Keenum).  Piland has thrown for 1,040 yards on the season, but is completing only 54% of his passes and has thrown more interceptions (6) than touchdowns (5).  He moved to the top of our list this week after a miserable performance last weekend against UCLA where he threw five picks and zero touchdowns.


Keenan Davis – WR, Iowa Hawkeyes

The Iowa Hawkeyes have not looked great in the passing game this year and it can be blamed on many things – the offensive line, poor quarterback play, etc.  Whatever it is, Davis hasn’t helped the case whatsoever.  The senior receiver looked to be the cream of the Big Ten receiver crop coming into the season, yet is averaging just 57 yards per game through the first three weeks of the season…..and the harder games are still yet to come for the Hawkeyes.  That’s a bad sign.


James Vandenberg – QB, Iowa Hawkeyes

To say that the offense for the Hawkeyes has been poor through the first three games would be a massive understatement.  Vandenberg came into 2012 as one of the better quarterbacks in the Big Ten, but hasn’t played up to par quite yet.  The senior signal-caller is averaging just under 200 yards per game through the air and has yet to throw a single touchdown pass – in fact, the entire Hawkeyes team has yet to throw a touchdown pass through the air!  Vandenberg has also thrown two interceptions, to boot.  Head coach Kirk Ferentz’s hair is getting greyer, in the meantime.


Knile Davis – RB, Arkansas Razorbacks

The junior Razorback running back’s return to form after his knee injury is proving to be very slow indeed.  Davis, who missed all of last year with the injury, is averaging just 3.5 yards per carry in 2012 and has just 191 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns through three games.  On top of that, the normally solid dual-threat option has just 18 yards receiving with no touchdowns as well.


Fitzgerald Toussaint – RB, Michigan Wolverines

Toussaint came into this season as one of the most hyped running backs in the Big Ten conference, but missed the first game against Alabama due to suspension and has since looked very un-spectacular.  His breakaway speed seems to be lacking as he has averaged just 46 yards per game through his first couple of contests and has just accounted for just a singular touchdown. 

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