With the first weekend of the 2020 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 Tolbert, WR, South Alabama
Tolbert helped South Alabama score an upset road win at Southern Miss on Thursday night. He grabbed six receptions for 169 yards and two touchdowns, including a 73-yard score to get the Jaguars on the scoreboard first.
Defensive Player of the Week: Isaiah Kaufusi, LB, BYU
Kaufusi was instrumental in BYU’s defensive effort in a 55-3 win over Navy. The linebacker recorded five stops (two for a loss), two sacks and forced one fumble.
Team of the Week: BYU
The Cougars scored an impressive victory on Monday night, soundly defeating Navy 55-3 in Annapolis. BYU’s offense had a balanced approach (301 rushing yards to 279 passing), while the defense limited the Midshipmen to just 149 total yards. The Cougars’ edge in the trenches showed up right away, and the offensive line delivered a standout performance by helping the ground game average 6.1 yards per carry.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Jeff Grimes, BYU
Grimes had a perfect gameplan for BYU on Monday night. The Cougars utilized their edge in the trenches to steamroll Navy’s defense for 301 yards on the ground (6.1 ypc), while quarterbacks Zach Wilson and Baylor Romney combined for 279 through the air. BYU’s offense had only one drive that ended on a three-and-out and scored touchdowns on six out of their first eight possessions.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Nate Woody, Army
In Woody’s first game as the defensive coordinator at Army, the Black Knights pitched a shutout in a 42-0 win over Middle Tennessee. Woody’s defense held the Blue Raiders to just 184 total yards (3.8 per play) and did not allow a play longer than 21 yards. Army recorded six tackles for a loss, one sack and generated four turnovers. Also, Middle Tennessee had only one drive that went longer than 40 yards.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): Grant Wells, QB, Marshall
Wells was sharp in his first career start for the Thundering Herd. The West Virginia native connected on 16 of 23 throws for 307 yards and four touchdowns and added 30 yards on six carries.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): Zion Childress, DB, Texas State
Childress played in his first game at Texas State and delivered a strong showing, recording six tackles and one fumble recovery against SMU.