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NCAAF Team of the Week: Week 8

Which players really stood out this week? Who should you keep an eye on as the season progresses?


Quarterback: Kenny Hill, TCU

Kenny Hill was a vital piece of the Horned Frogs' offensive attack in Saturday's 43-0 blowout victory over the Kansas Jayhawks. Hill finished the contest completing 19 of his 26 passes for 278 yards and five touchdowns, making him responsible for 35 of the 43 points scored by TCU. The Horned Frogs will need Hill to continue putting on marvelous performances like this as they look to compete for a national championship in January.

Running Back: Darrin Hall, Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Panthers' struggling offense finally got going in Saturday's 24-17 victory over the Duke Blue Devils. The Panthers' running game was resurrected on Saturday, after being pretty much non-existent over the past few weeks. Leading the rushing attack was Darrin Hall, who put on quite the show. Hall finished with 254 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries, single-handedly leading the Panthers to their third victory of the season.

Wide Receiver: David Sills V, West Virginia

David Sills V was spectacular once again for the Mountaineers in their narrow 38-36 victory over the Baylor Bears. Sills V finished the game with seven receptions for 136 yards and three touchdowns. He has been one of Will Grier's most reliable targets all season long and is a large factor in the success of Grier and the Mountaineers this season.

Wide Receiver: Jalen Virgil, Appalachian State

Jalen Virgil was a key factor in Appalachian State's 37-29 victory over Sun Belt newcomer Coastal Carolina. Virgil caught five passes for 186 yards and two touchdowns. His strong play is a major reason why the Mountaineers currently sit at the top of the Sun Belt standings.

Tight End: Troy Fumagalli, Wisconsin

Troy Fumagalli finished Saturday's victory over Maryland in a familiar spot: atop the Badgers' stat sheet in the receiving category. Fumagalli once again led Wisconsin in receiving, catching seven balls for 83 yards. Fumagalli has been an extremely reliable pass catcher for the Badgers and has been a difference maker in their success this season.

Offensive Line: Notre Dame

The Fighting Irish's offensive line put on a very strong performance on Saturday in Notre Dame's 49-13 blowout victory over the USC Trojans. Behind this dominant unit, the Fighting Irish's offense gained 120 passing yards and 377 rushing yards, good for 497 total yards of offense. 

Defensive End: Khalid Kareem, Notre Dame

Khalid Kareem was a beast for the Fighting Irish in their upset victory over USC. Kareem finished the contest with two tackles, both of which were sacks, and one quarterback hurry. Thanks to Kareem's strong play, the Fighting Irish held the Trojans to just 13 points.

Defensive Tackle: Joe Gaziano, Northwestern

Joe Gaziano put on a monster performance in the Wildcats' hard-fought 17-10 victory over their conference rival, the Iowa Hawkeyes. Gaziano finished Saturday's contest with six tackles and two sacks. Thanks to Gaziano's impactful performance, the Wildcats were able to contain Iowa's offense and secure an important victory.

Linebacker: Michael Pinckney, Miami

Michael Pinckney was stellar in the Hurricanes' 27-19 victory over conference rival Syracuse, as Miami improves to 6-0 this season. Pinckney was a force to be reckoned with, finishing the game with nine tackles, two and a half sacks, and three and a half tackles for loss.

Cornerback: Michael Jackson, Miami

Michael Jackson was lights out for Miami in their win over the Syracuse Orange on Saturday. Jackson finished the game with three tackles, one pass defensed, and two interceptions in the Hurricanes' victory. The Hurricanes remain undefeated on the year, largely thanks to Jackson's strong play.

Safety: Reggie Floyd, Virginia Tech

Reggie Floyd was unstopable in the Hokies' massive 59-7 victory over the North Carolina Tar Heels. Floyd finished Saturday's game with seven tackles, one tackle for loss, and an interception, which he returned 69 yards for a touchdown. Thanks to Floyd's excellent performance, the No. 14 ranked Hokies will likely continue their ascension in the rankings this coming week.

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Justin Boguslavsky

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NCAAF Team of the Week: Week 8

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