2020 has been a year like no other. At one point this year, there was belief that we would not see any sports, due to the serious nature of this pandemic. Yet this was not just any week one, it was arguably the most important week one in the history of college football, considering the circumstances. Despite none of the Power five schools participating, we were treated to FCS quarterbacks put together record-breaking performances, giving fans a reminder that high-level talent does not solely exist in power five schools.
What did we learn from week 1?
If there is one thing Army does extremely well, it is running the triple-option. Unfortunately for Middle Tennessee they found this out the hard way, as they were completely shut out in their contest.
Quarterback Grant Wells and the Marshall Thundering Herd got to Eastern Kentucky early in the contest, and didn't look back as they shut them out.
The name Jalen Tolbert out of South Alabama, is one that fans should remember this season. Before halftime, he had already registered 107 receiving yards, including a 73-yard catch-and-run on the third play of the game. His performance against Southern Mississippi was a sign of good things to come.
UAB Running back Spencer Brown gave the Central Arkansas defense all it could handle in their victory. With every carry, Brown gave the NFL scouts in attendance a taste of what he could do.
SMU quarterback Shane Buechele did not disappoint in his season debut. After a record-setting 2019 season, he picked up where he left off, throwing for 367 yards in the victory over Texas State.
Memphis quarterback Brady White's four touchdown passes served as a message to all teams in the American Athletic Conference, that he will be a major problem for opposing defenses this season.
Of all the quarterbacks this week, the most impressive of them all Bailey Zappe of Houston Baptist, who accounted for 480 passing yards and three touchdowns, in a losing cause to North Texas.
- Week 1 Honor Roll -
QB Bailey Zappe - Houston Baptist
WR Jalen Tolbert - South Alabama
QB Shane Buechele - SMU
QB Brady White - Memphis
QB Grant Wells - Marshall
RB Oscar Adaway III - North Texas
WR Jacob Cowing - UTEP
LB Tavante Beckett - Marshall
RB Spencer Brown - UBC
DL Jeremiah Littles - South Alabama