By Quinne Lowe @sports_qa on September 2, 2014
The American Athletic Conference is out to prove that they are a competitive conference in 2014 and these five players stood out and proved that they may have a legitimate argument this season -- at least in Week 1.
Coming into the season, everyone knew about Justin Hardy as being a receiver threat but it was Jones who took the spotlight to start the season. The 10 catch, 150 yard performance for the sophomore gives quarterback Shane Carden another weapon for opponents to have to deal with in 2014.
After passing for 204 yards and bringing the Knights back in the second half, Justin Holman proved that UCF head coach George O'Leary made a big mistake by not naming him the starter to begin the season. The sophomore has a stronger arm and provides a run/pass option that will benefit the Knights the rest of the season.
In one game, Evans tied his total touchdown output (four) from last season and gives the Golden Hurricane a legitimate option at quarterback. It is no small feat to pass for 438 yards as a sophomore and now the AAC may have to recognize Tulsa as a legitimate opponent once the conference season starts.
Mack was originally committed to UCLA and after one game we see why the Bruins recruited the Sarasota, FL native. When it looked like USF was on the verge of another opening season loss to a FCS school, Mack decided to take advantage of his opportunity and smash the school record books with 275 yards rushing and four touchdowns. He had runs of 62, 60, 56 which shows his home run ability. Now we must see if he can do it against better competition.
O'Korn came into 2014 with the hype of being one of the best returning quarterbacks in the conference, but against UTSA he played more like an inexperienced sophomore rather than the veteran he is. He had an uncharacteristic four interceptions and a dreadful QBR rating of 8.5 and was eventually pulled for the backup. Hopefully he uses the game against Grambling St. to get back to his 2013 form -- if not the Cougars could be in trouble.
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