Young, Zbikowski sparkle on big stage

Updated: September 16, 2005, 10:49 AM ET
By Todd McShay | Scouts, Inc.
The opportunity is there every Saturday. Some players seize it. Others let it slide away. Here's a look at the players who shined or slipped in Week 2:

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Reggie Ball, QB, Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech's biggest X-factor heading into the 2005 season was the improved efficiency of Reggie Ball. After two games, it's so far, so good. Ball did not put up huge numbers in his team's season-opening upset win at Auburn, but he came up with some big plays in clutch situations and -- most importantly -- he kept his team in the game by turning the ball over just once in 60 minutes on the road versus a swarming Auburn defense. The Yellow Jackets had a bit of a letdown this past Saturday against North Carolina, but Ball's 320 passing yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions helped lead them to a six-point victory. If Ball continues to make plays with his feet, get the ball to star WR Calvin Johnson, and limit his critical errors, Georgia Tech will be a player in what shapes up as a loaded ACC Coastal Division.