By Earl Heath, Contributing sports Writer
California has produced some of the best prep players in the country. This is how some of them faired this past weekend.
Tennessee wide receiver Bru McCoy (Mater Dei) enjoyed the best statistical game of his collegiate career in Saturday’s 38-33 win over No. 20 Florida. The USC and Texas transfer recorded a career-high 102 receiving yards and a touchdown.
“There’s no better feeling. I think everybody let out a big sigh of relief after the end of the game. You celebrate,” McCoy told 247 sports. “You see the fans and how happy they are. Everybody in the locker room, the coaches and the staff all just soaked in the moment and enjoyed it the best we could. Right now is the time to be in the moment.
The win vaulted the Vols to it’s first top-10 ranking since Oct.10, 2016. They moved up for a fourth consecutive week in both the Associated Press Top 25 and AFCA Coaches Poll, claiming eighth in the AP and ninth in the coaches.
LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels (Cajon High-San Bernadino, California) threw for 279 yards on 24 of 29 passing in mostly in the first half. Early in the third quarter on a fourth-down play after scrambling for 16 yards, the Arizona State transfer was slammed to the ground by AJ Haulcy and Dion Hunter. He left the game with an injury and didn’t return.
“Jayden strained his lower back, he could have went back in but there was no need at that time of the game,” Tiger head coach Brian Kelly said. “He was cleared by the doctors, so he’s good.”
Zevi Eckhous (Culver City high) completed 19 oof 30 passes for 180 yards as Bryant University (Rhode Island) defeated Long Island University 31-29. It was the first win of the season for the Bulldogs (1-3) On the season Eckhous has gone 83 for 131 for 1030 yards and 7 TD’s.
Quarterback DJ Uiagalelei (St John Bosco) completed 26-of-41 passes for a season-high 371 passing yards with a career-high five passing touchdowns. He also added 52 rushing yards on 14 carries. The effort helped the Tigers (4-0) defeat Wake Forest 51-45 in double overtime.
It was Uiagalelei’s first 300-yard passing game of the season and the third of his career, pulling him with one of the career total of his position coach Brandon Streeter (four from 1996-99). It was Uiagalelei’s first 300-yard game since his career-high 439-yard effort at Notre Dame in 2020. He became the first Clemson quarterback to throw five touchdown passes in a game since Trevor Lawrence at Georgia Tech in 2020.
Beaux Collins (St john Bosco) had 4 receptions for 60 yards. He was a teammate of Uiagalelei while playing for the Braves.