Baer Earns National Honor

Sept. 12, 2007

ATLANTA, Ga. - Washington shocked Boise State this past weekend in a 24-10 victory, snapping the nation's longest winning streak at 14 games. The Bronco offense struggled against Washington, led by defensive coordinator Kent Baer. For his team's outstanding performance, Kent Baer is awarded the MCS Nike Game Ball ( for the National Defensive Coordinator Player of the Week.

After scoring late in the first quarter, Boise State was kept out of the end zone for the rest of the game. They added a field goal in the second period, but the Husky defense stiffened and shut out the gunslinger offense in the second half en route to victory. Washington improved to 2-0 for the first time since 2001.

Each week during the 2007 college football season, the 17 Master Football Coaches will award an MCS Nike Game Ball to the respective schools of an Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Player of the Week. The Master Coaches will also present a game ball to the offensive and defensive coordinator whose game plans made the biggest impact in their respective teams' victory.

In addition to Baer, the Master Football Coaches will also award MCS Nike Game Balls to Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford, South Florida safety Nate Alllen, South Carolina kicker/punter Ryan Succop and LSU offensive coordinator Gary Crowton.

Sam Bradford, QB Oklahoma

Following a 79-10 rout of North Texas, which earned Oklahoma offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson MCS Nike Game Ball honors for the opening week, the Sooners dominated Miami (FL) in a convincing 51-13 victory. Redshirt freshman quarterback Sam Bradford led the OU offense, tying a school record with 5 touchdown passes, three of which were caught by wide receiver Malcom Kelly. Bradford completed 19 of 25 pass attempts for 205 yards in the winning effort. The young quarterback, now with eight passing touchdowns has his team on track for a special season in Norman.

Nate Allen, S South Florida

South Florida proved that they belong with the nation's elite teams after upsetting SEC powerhouse, Auburn, at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday night. The Bulls' defense forced five turnovers in the 26-23 overtime victory. The unit was led by Nate Allen, who created two turnovers, intercepting a pass in the first half and forcing a fumble late in the third quarter. The sophomore free safety also recovered an Auburn fumble in the second half. Allen added seven tackles in the game, six of which were unassisted.

Special Teams
Ryan Succop, K/P South Carolina

The South Carolina Gamecocks managed to upset the Georgia Bulldogs in front of 92,000 plus fans in Sanford Stadium on Saturday night. Special teams were the story of the night, as only one touchdown was scored by either team. Gamecock kicker Ryan Succop proved to be the difference, booting three field goals from 41, 35 and 34 yards respectively. Succop provided double duty for South Carolina, averaging 40.7 yards on seven punts in the 16-12 victory.

Offensive Coordinator
Gary Crowton, LSU

LSU proved that they are among the elite teams in the country following their 48-7 dominance over highly touted Virginia Tech. After getting off to a slow start against Mississippi State in the season opener, the Tiger offense set out to prove they are a force to complement their star-studded defense. Offensive coordinator Gary Crowton executed a masterful plan against the vaunted Hokie defense, as LSU gained nearly 600 yards of total offense. Crowton's squad started strong against Virginia Tech, methodically driving 87 yards to a touchdown over ten plays and never looked back.

About the Master Coaches Survey
The Master Coaches Survey, an advisory poll comprised of 17 former college football coaches, includes 11 College Football Hall of Fame Members and represents eight national championships and over 3,000 victories combined. Based on the MCS system, the voters review all of the relevant game tapes following each week of competition, discuss each teams' performance during a weekly conference call, then establish a ranking of the Top 25 teams. The Master Coaches Poll Top 25 can be found on the MCS website (, including a breakdown of how the coaches voted.

As part of their selection process, the coaches not only attend games across the nation, but spend countless hours reviewing the DVDs of the previous weekend's match-ups. Through this extensive process, the expert panel of coaches also selects the top players and assistant coaches who will be awarded game balls each week. The Master Coaches Survey is proud to announce that NikeTM has become the official provider of the MCS Game Balls.

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