PSN College Game Balls: Identifying the weekend’s top performers for Penn state, Temple, and Villanova

It was a good weekend in Pennsylvania sports. Penn state moved up in the polls to no.3 after another impressive 31-7 win vs. Northwestern and now take a week off before partaking in a dog fight against Michigan on the 21st. Temple needed a win and not only did they win, they were dominant. The owls beat East Carolina 34-10 to improve to 3-3. Temple will play UConn next week. Villanova moves up two spots to no.15 in the FCS polls after they dismantled Maine 31-0 in their second shutout of the defense. Villanova will play no.1 ranked FCS team in James Madison in a showdown of FCS powerhouses. Here are the stars from each of this weekend’s games.

 

Penn state:

Christian Campbell:
You’re talking about a guy that doesn’t get enough credit, Penn state’s no.1 cornerback John Reid goes down for the year and paved the way for this stud to step up in a major way. Cambell had 4 tackles, an interception, and 2 passes defensed this weekend. The 2014 3 star Alabama native has come into his own becoming one of the best corners in the Big Ten.

Grant Haley:
Haley is one of the best cornerbacks in the country. He has been a shutdown corner this season. Haley had 3 tackles, 1 tackle for a loss and 3 passes defensed. He was aggressive and smothered receivers all game in what was almost the second Penn state shutout of the season.

 

Temple:

Logan Marchi:
The junior quarterback had his best game of the season connecting on 19 of 31 passes for 321 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Marchi averaged 10.4 yards per pass and had a 85.7 QBR. The signal-caller showed the potential that the owls have been waiting for, connecting on big play after big play.

David Hood:
The Junior tailback out of New Jersey showed his playmaking ability once again by rushing 20 times for 106 yards and a touchdown. Hood averaged 5.3 yards per carry; he has stepped up in a major way providing temple with a back that can give this Temple offense balance.

 

Villanova:

Malik Reaves:
What more can you say about Malik Reaves? He has been a game changer for this defense and is a nightmare for opposing wide receivers. His ball skills have been elite and his speed and athleticism allow him to wreak havoc behind the line of scrimmage. Reaves island is making a statement this season and has become a leader for this defense. He totaled 9 tackles, a tackle for a loss, a forced fumble, and an interception.

Ed Shockley: Shockley has been consistent all year and has become the heart and soul of this defense since Rob Rolle went down with an injury. He had 9 tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss, and 1 forced fumble. Shockley is one of the FCS best and one of the best linebackers in the country.

 

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