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This Week in the MWC: 9-1-18

Some new features now that we are in season.

NCAA Football: Hawaii at Colorado State Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

It’s time to recap the week. We will take you through some moments starting with last Saturday and continuing all the way through. We have some new editions to this post, which is still evolving, now that we are in season. So in addition to recapping the big news of the week, we will feature a who’s hot/who’s not section, highlighting the ups and downs on the week, whether they are on or off the field. Also, I’m going to devote a section to CBS analyst Aaron Taylor’s #TaylorTalk, highlighting his awesomely bad quotes. Enjoy!

Top Stories:

It was believed that former JUCO QB Sheriron Jones was the front runner during fall camp. Tuioti is a redshirt sophomore and started a game last year. He’s described as a quiet leader, but one who is well liked by his teammates. He will have a tough task running the sometimes triple option, sometimes spread offense this year.

  • San Jose State redshirt freshman QB announced on Wednesday that he is transferring from the school. After not playing last year (more likely in order to preserve his redshirt) despite the teams struggles, and now not winning the starting job, it seems he is headed elsewhere. This has been a trend in college football for many years now, but seems to be reaching another level. Expect to hear more on this topic of QB transfers from us in a week or two.

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Who’s Hot:

  • Hawaii QB Cole McDonald. Coming in with just 9 career pass attempts, he had an amazing game, passing for 418 yards (a school record for a QB debut, breaking Coach Rolovich’s record), running for 96 and contributing for 5 total TDs.
  • KJ Carta-Samuels, in his first college start, looked a bit rough at first. He sure found his stride as the game went out, to the tune of 537 yards and 5 TDs.
  • Cedric Byrd in his first D1 college game, he looked every bit the player they thought they were getting, plus like two more levels of greatness. He set a record for a Hawaii WR debut with 181 yards on 11 catches and a score.
  • John Ursa returned from an injury last year to be the player we all thought he could be. 7 receptions, 123 yards, 2 TDs.
  • Preston Williams started off the season right by catching 9 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Wyoming’s defense. They got a safety early in the first quarter, didn’t allow a first down until the very end of the first half and completely shut down the running game.

Who’s Not:

  • Ram and Rainbow Warrior defense. Apparently is was optional on Saturday, as the teams combined to allow 1122 yards of offense and 72 total points.
  • Tyler Vander Waal. He’s wasn’t bad, but his 13-22, 0 TD line certainly didn’t inspire lots of confidence.

#TaylorTalk:

If you watch MWC football games, then you know that one lucky game each week gets the pleasure of having Carter Blackburn and Aaron Taylor in on the broadcast. They certainly aren’t the A-team on CBS Sports. If you like puns, these are your guys. Carter isn’t bad, but Aaron just always seems like he’s winging it up there in the booth. Whether it’s dumb jokes (while laughing to himself), mispronouncing names, or stating the obvious, he just brings a unique voice to the calls. Alas, he is the person I enjoy listening to, while cringing, just to hear what silly things he says. So I’ll include my tweets here for all to enjoy.

He starts the season off with a bang...

Of course the run-and-shoot was a big talking point. He kept saying version 2.0 every time McDonald ran it. Until this was busted out...

Then a lucky play happened and Aaron brought out a cross-sport comparison (sorry I can’t remember what happened)...

I didn’t catch this one, but Awful Announcing did:

But he wasn’t done yet....

The classic accordion simile.

Your turn: What else happened this week that’s worth talking about?