Philly Sports Network College Game balls: Top performers from Nova, Temple and Penn State


Villanova lost to Temple 16-13 and Penn state beat Pittsburgh 33-14 in a hectic weekend of College games. I will give out my awards for Leaders of the game. I will pick two from each team and there were some pretty impressive performances to choose from.



Changa Hodge, WR –
Changa is destined for stardom. I have been on record of saying once this kid starts, look out. The 6-1 sophomore had 4 catches for 100 yards with his longest catch being a 31 yarder in the loss to Temple. Hodge should continue to be a dangerous player in this offense.


Zach Bednarczyk, QB –
Zach is the leader of this offense and in Temple’s loss he proved why. Bednarczyk threw for 382 yards completing 27 of 42 passes and a touchdown. Bednarczyk steps it up in big games and almost helped Villanova capture the Mayors cup.


Penn State:

Saquon Barkley, RB –
The most exciting running back prospect in the country rushed 14 times for 88 yards and 1 score plus 4 catches for 45 yards and another score. Barkley has set the tone as the lead candidate for the Heisman trophy his all-around playmaking ability is second to none.


Koa Farmer, LB –
Another player I have talked about since last year will break out and his play in this big game proved it. Farmer totaled 8 tackles with a sack and 1.5 tackles for a loss. He converted from safety to linebacker last season and hasn’t looked back; Farmer will be one of the best linebackers in the B1G this season.



Ventell Bryant, WR – T
he 6-4 standout wide receiver showed why he will be a big time player this season catching 7 balls for 79 yards. Bryant was consistently clutch for the owls all game, he should have a breakout season.


Shaun Bradley, LB –
Sophomore linebacker Shaun Bradley had a fantastic all-around game in the Mayors cup dog fight win over Villanova. Bradley had 7 tackles, a sack, 2 TFL he gives the owls another playmaker on defense, Bradley was around the ball a lot and is a player the nation should keep their eyes on.


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