We must remember that the Oopsman Trophy is not given on a basis of simply who is the worst player in college football, but given to the player who is vastly underperforming given the expectations that were bestowed upon them at the start of the season. These five players are the currently leaders for the first annual Oopsman Trophy in that sense. Two running backs remain in the thick of the race while two new quarterbacks replace two departed ones.
Knile Davis – RB, Arkansas Razorbacks
Davis, a former Heisman hopeful just keeps regressing, it seems. He is getting less touches each week and performing nowhere near where he was two years ago. He has yet to amass more than 70 rushing yards in a game and came nowhere close to that in this past weekend’s loss to Rutgers, rushing for just 17 yards on 10 carries. His average for the season has dropped to a lowly 3.25 yards per carry and he has scored just two touchdowns.
Keenan Davis – WR, Iowa
The “other” K. Davis continues to drastically underperform as well. The senior receiver still has yet to score a touchdown reception on the year after coming into 2012 as one of the best receivers in the Big Ten. His quarterback situation doesn’t help, with James Vandenberg playing nowhere near his potential either – or the lack of offense as a whole from the Hawkeyes, for that matter. Davis did manage six catches for 88 yards in this past weekend’s loss to Central Michigan – both season-highs.
Landry Jones – QB, Oklahoma
Jones is averaging just 257 yards per game through the air and has thrown just five touchdown passes all season. These don’t seem like horrible numbers, but considering that Jones was a legitimate Heisman frontrunner coming into this season and given the depth of talent that the Sooners possess at the receiver position, these numbers are just too low. Not only has he not surpassed 300 yards in a single game yet against average competition, but things got worse this past weekend for Jones in the loss to Kansas State where he mustered his lowest QB Rating of the season so far. Somebody misses All-American wideout (now in the NFL with the Detroit Lions) Ryan Broyles.
Fitzgerald Toussaint – RB, Michigan
This junior running back came into 2012 as one of the best at his position in the Big Ten conference. However, a suspension combined with the weight of expectations seems to have caught up to Toussaint, who has just 150 rushing yards on the year through three games. He also has just one touchdown. The Wolverines offense was miserable this past weekend at Notre Dame and Toussaint wasn’t of any real help. He rushed for just 58 yards on 13 carries for the game.
Andrew Maxwell – QB, Michigan State
This junior signal-caller was expected to take over for Kirk Cousins in a big-time way this season. Spartan nation was expecting nothing less than a stellar showing given his time with the offensive system. Things haven’t quite gone as expected yet for Maxwell, however. After looking solid for the first two games of the season, Maxwell has regressed some – he has thrown for only 346 yards and has a 53% completion percentage in his last two contests combined and has thrown for just a single touchdown in that two-game span. For the season, Maxwell has thrown as many interceptions (three) as he has touchdowns. If Sparty wants to win the Big Ten their signal-caller will have to play at a higher level as the season progresses.
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