Georgia, K-State players rewarded for role in upsets

Updated: November 13, 2006, 5:14 PM 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 11:

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Tra Battle (25)
AP Photo/Todd BennettTra Battle was the biggest surprise in Georgia's upset of Aurburn.
Tra Battle, DS, Georgia
The smallest starter on Georgia's defense came up the biggest in Saturday's shocking road upset of then-No. 5-ranked Auburn. Battle, a 5-foot-11, 178-pound senior strong safety picked off three Brandon Cox passes in the first half, one of which he returned for a score. It should also be noted that true freshman Matt Stafford turned in easily the best performance of his young career at Auburn by completing 14 of his 20 throws for 219 yards with one touchdown and -- most important -- zero interceptions. The victory improves Georgia's record to 7-4 and puts a massive Band-Aid on an otherwise disappointing 2006 campaign.

Steve Breaston, WR/RS, Michigan
Breaston's career at Michigan has been full of peaks and valleys. High expectations were generated for Breaston after he flashed big-play ability as a wide receiver and return specialist early in his career. Unfortunately, an injury-riddled junior campaign significantly hampered his development, particularly on offense. Recently, though, the much-maligned senior has quietly emerged as a consistent target for QB Chad Henne. With Henne's top target, Mario Manningham, still working his way back into the rotation following arthroscopic knee surgery, Breaston has put together an impressive five-game run with 25 receptions for 315 yards and a touchdown. It culminated in Saturday's win over Indiana, when Breaston accounted for 103 yards and a touchdown on three receptions, while also returning a punt 83 yards for a score. Michigan's wide receiver situation has been in doubt since Manningham's injury but now the trio of Manningham, Breaston and Adrian Arrington is nothing short of formidable.


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