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College Football Week 1 Awards

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College Football Week 1 Awards

With the first full weekend of the 2022 college football 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: Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
The arrival of new Florida coach Billy Napier was expected to help Richardson take the next step in his development. So far, so good. Richardson’s play was instrumental in Florida’s upset over Utah, as the sophomore connected on 17 of 24 throws for 168 yards and ran for 106 yards and three scores on 11 rushes.

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Defensive Player of the Week: John Morgan III, DL, Pitt
Morgan III was pressed into more snaps with Deslin Alexandre lost due to injury during Thursday's game against West Virginia. The junior came off the bench and wreaked havoc against the Mountaineers’ front, recording four tackles (three for a loss), one forced fumble and a sack.

Team of the Week: Florida
The Billy Napier era got off to a strong start on Saturday night with a 29-26 victory over Utah. The Utes entered Week 1 ranked in the top 10 and were a slight favorite in the Swamp. However, Florida put an early damper on Utah's hopes of a perfect regular season and CFB Playoff trip. Napier's play-calling helped the Gators average 7.2 yards per play behind a stellar night from quarterback Anthony Richardson (17 of 24 for 168 yards and 106 rushing yards and three scores on the ground). Florida's defense allowed 6.3 yards per play to the Utes but came up with two key stops. The Gators stopped Utah's first drive after halftime on downs at the one-yard line and intercepted quarterback Cameron Rising in the end zone with less than one minute remaining to seal the victory.

Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Brian Lindgren, Oregon State
The Beavers recorded 470 yards (7.7 yards per snap) in Saturday night’s 34-17 victory over Boise State. Lindgren’s play-calling helped Oregon State establish its ground game with a handful of players, including linebacker Jack Colletto and running backs Damien Martinez and Deshaun Fenwick. Quarterback Chance Nolan threw for 251 yards and two scores, with the junior hitting five passes of at least 20 yards.

Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Tony White, Syracuse
Syracuse’s defense quietly had one of the better performances in Week 1. The Orange dominated Louisville 31-7 and held an explosive offense without a point for the final three quarters. White’s group allowed 334 yards but generated seven tackles for a loss, forced three takeaways, and stopped two drives by the Cardinals on downs in Syracuse territory.

Freshman of the Week (Offense): Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina
It’s the second week in a row Maye earns this award. The redshirt freshman guided North Carolina to a wild 63-61 victory over Appalachian State by completing 24 of 36 passes for 352 yards and four touchdowns and rushing for 76 yards and a score.

Freshman of the Week (Defense): Mike Hall, DL, Ohio State
Hall contributed to a strong defensive effort at the line of scrimmage for Ohio State against Notre Dame. The redshirt freshman recorded four tackles (two for a loss) and one sack in 30 snaps for the Buckeyes.

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