Olson, Moss shine in big games

Originally Published: September 19, 2005
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 3:

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Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville
There was some criticism of Brohm after the Cardinals struggled in the opener versus Kentucky, but the sophomore quarterback silenced critics with his 368-yard, five touchdown performance against Oregon State. Coach Bobby Petrino and his staff deserve much credit for Brohm's veteran-like presence. With a well-oiled offensive machine led by star quarterback Stefan LeFors, there was no immediate reason for Brohm to play as a true freshman in 2004. However, the staff's commitment to developing the future franchise quarterback -- putting him in pressure situations against teams like Miami -- is paying dividends right now. The Cardinals defense is a work in progress after losing seven starters from last year's unit, so it is critical for Brohm and the offense to continue to pave the way.

Kenneth Darby, RB, Alabama
After skating through two unimpressive victories over Middle Tennessee and Southern Miss to begin the season, Alabama was in need of a decisive outing against SEC-foe South Carolina. The team, as a whole, responded to the challenge but Darby stood out as the game's biggest difference-maker. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound junior led a devastating Crimson Tide ground attack with 145 yards and one touchdown on 20 carries. It must also be noted that the previously maligned Alabama offensive line, which is breaking in three new starters this season, was dominant on Saturday. As a team, the Tide rushed for 338 yards on 52 carries, which led to more than 37 minutes of possession in a convincing 37-14 road win over the Gamecocks.

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