With the first weekend of the 2019 season in the books, it’s time to take a look at the best of the best and honor some of the top performances. Each week, Athlon Sports will highlight some of the top performers in college football with its weekly awards section. Here’s a look at Athlon Sports’ picks for the offensive, defensive, coordinator, team and freshman from Week 1:
College Football Week 1 Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma
Hurts wasted no time making a big impression at Oklahoma. In his first start for the Sooners, Hurts guided the offense to an average of 11.2 yards per play and accounted for 508 total yards and six overall scores.
Defensive Player of the Week: Myles Wolfolk, S, North Carolina
Wolfolk recorded six tackles and intercepted two passes in North Carolina’s upset victory over South Carolina.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Brent Vigen, Wyoming
Vigen crafted the perfect gameplan to upset Missouri. The Cowboys averaged 6.7 yards a play behind a ground game that pounded the Tigers for 297 yards and three scores. Wyoming went three-for-three in red zone trips and generated two scoring plays of 60 or more yards.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Kevin Steele, Auburn
Auburn’s defense gave up two touchdowns over its first three drives, but this group helped to lead the comeback for coach Gus Malzahn’s team. The Tigers allowed only one drive longer than 50 yards after the first quarter, generated four three-and-outs and collected three sacks. Steele’s group also returned a fumble 83 yards to set the offense up for a field goal and held Oregon’s rushing attack to just 2.7 yards a carry.
Team of the Week: Georgia State
Georgia State scored the biggest upset of Week 1 by defeating Tennessee 38-30. The Panthers weren’t intimidated by Rocky Top, as coach Shawn Elliott’s team won the battle up front and converted three turnovers into 17 points. Quarterback Dan Ellington led the way on offense, as the senior threw for 139 yards and two touchdowns and added 61 yards and a score on the ground.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): Hank Bachmeier, QB, Boise State
Bachmeier was the first true freshman to start for Boise State in a season opener since the program joined the FBS ranks. He guided the Broncos to a huge comeback win over Florida State on Saturday, throwing for 407 yards and one touchdown on 30 completions.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): Shane Lee, LB, Alabama
Lee has big shoes to fill in replacing Dylan Moses in the middle of Alabama’s defense. He collected six tackles in the Crimson Tide’s victory over Duke.
Freshman of the Week (Special Teams): Brandon Talton, K, Nevada
Talton’s first collegiate game was a memorable one. The freshman nailed all four extra point attempts and connected on a 56-yard field goal as time expired to give Nevada an upset win over Purdue. Talton’s on-field performance was stellar, and his night only got better once coach Jay Norvell awarded him a scholarship in the locker room following the victory.