Emmanuel Sanders SMU wide receiver
In two games Sanders, a 5-11, 180-pound senior, has already caught 17 passes for 214 yards. The biggest upset, however, is he’s grabbed only one touchdown pass. After all, he’s the NCAA active leader in TD catches with 28 (also the SMU career record). Plus, he’s returning punts this season, taking one back 79 yards for a score against Stephen F. Austin. “He’s going to be a challenge,” WSU coach Paul Wulff said.
Marshall Lobbestael WSU quarterback
Lobbestael seemed to be the quarterback of the future last year, when he made three starts, completed better than 50 percent of his passes and threw for four touchdowns. But his redshirt freshman season ended at Oregon State with a knee injury. He’s worked his way back and now he gets a starting shot. In a reserve role this season, he’s not played as well as he would like, completing 10 of 19 passes with one interception.
Rock Dennis SMU strong safety
We challenge you to find a better football name, especially considering the senior is 5-9 and 180 pounds. Built like a rock is one thing, but Dennis also hits like one, having posted 13 tackles in the first two games, including eight in the season opener. He’s also shown a nose for the football, roaming around the secondary to come up with three interceptions, tied for third nationally.