This week, despite another horrendous loss, we saw one player in particular take a step out of our top contenders for the Oopsman Trophy. But many others still remain in the running for our first annual award of it's kind– given to the nation’s worst individual performer.
Keenan Davis – WR, Iowa Hawkeyes
Despite the Hawkeyes picking up their seventh win this past weekend against an overachieving Minnesota Golden Gophers squad, Davis remains atop the leader board for the Oopsman award. Once expected to be one of the nation’s top wide receivers, coming out of the Big Ten, the senior wide receiver is still vastly underperforming. He had just 6 receptions for 50 yards on Saturday as the Hawkeyes win came mostly courtesy of their stout defense and surprise running back play from sophomore Mark Weisman. The Hawkeyes have still managed just two passing touchdowns through five games this season and Davis has yet to catch one.
Fitzgerald Toussaint – RB, Michigan
How fitting that two Big Ten players remain atop this list as the conference has struggled to be anything but mediocre thus far in 2012. The Wolverines and Toussaint had a bye this past weekend and are a struggling team, sitting at 2-2 through four games. In 2012, Toussaint is averaging just 50 yards per game rushing after averaging nearly 90 per game last season. The junior back will look to get back on track this upcoming weekend with a Big Ten road test at Purdue.
Andrew Maxwell – QB, Michigan State
The Spartans, once Big Ten favorites, now sit at 3-2 after another only average performance from their junior signal-caller last weekend versus Ohio State. Maxwell managed 269 yards through the air, but threw just one touchdown pass and completed only 52% of his passes for the game. The Spartans offense has been sputtering as of late – they are averaging just 14 points per contest in their last three games and currently rank 112th in the nation in scoring offense at just 20 points per game.
Trey Metoyer – WR, Oklahoma
Last week I had Sooners QB Landry Jones on this list and he still must be mentioned as having a very underwhelming season so far, but this week his replacement will be one of his own receivers. It may be unfair to put Metoyer on this list considering he is just a freshman, but the way in which he performed in the Sooners spring game and the amount of hype that surrounded him coming out of high school called for him to have a coming out party at OU….especially in the first couple of games when the Sooners are pretty much playing powder-puffs for competition. However, Metoyer currently ranks as the fourth most productive receiver on the list with 10 receptions, 90 receiving yards and just a single touchdown catch. What’s even more surprising is that fellow freshman Sterling Shepard is outperforming his teammate, especially in the last two games.
Arkansas Razorbacks Defense
We all knew that the Razorbacks would be in for a somewhat tumultuous season after the firing of Bobby Petrino this summer, but things have gotten completely out of hand faster than anyone could have imagined. The boys from Fayetteville are reeling after four consecutive losses – a span in which their defense has allowed an average of nearly 45 points per game. The Razorbacks rank among the worst in the country in both scoring defense (116th) and total defense (120th). To put that into perspective, their nearest SEC counterparts in those respective categories are Kentucky (90th in scoring defense) and Tennessee (81st in total defense) showing that the Razorbacks defense remains by far the worst unit in the entire conference and one of the worst in the entire nation – absolutely unacceptable for a team coming out of the premiere defensive conference in America.
Photo Credit: Getty