With the 10th weekend of the 2018 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 10:
College Football Week 10 Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Will Grier, QB, West Virginia
Grier completed 28 of 42 throws for 346 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for the game-winning two-point conversion with less than 20 seconds left to win at Texas.
Defensive Player of the Week: Quinnen Williams, DL, Alabama
Williams dominated the line of scrimmage in Alabama’s win over LSU. He recorded 10 tackles (3.5 for a loss) and 2.5 sacks and helped the defense hold the Tigers to just 12 rushing yards.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Mike Locksley, Alabama
Alabama’s offense recorded 576 yards and 29 points against one of the nation’s top defenses (LSU) on Saturday night. The Crimson Tide averaged 7.3 yards per play, converted 8 of 14 third-down attempts and did not record a three-and-out on a drive.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Don Brown, Michigan
Michigan’s defense held Penn State to just 186 yards and seven points in Saturday’s 42-7 victory. The Wolverines forced three turnovers, recorded five sacks and six tackles for a loss and limited the Nittany Lions to 2 of 11 on third-down conversions.
Team of the Week: Alabama
Saturday night’s trip to Baton Rouge was supposed to be the toughest test for Alabama this season. Instead, the Crimson Tide dominated from the opening snap. The defense allowed only 196 total yards (3.3 per play), limiting LSU to just 12 on the ground. Alabama’s defense also recorded five sacks and 10 tackles for a loss. The Crimson Tide offense posted 576 total yards against one of the nation’s top defenses, with quarterback Tua Tagovailoa throwing for 295 yards and a touchdown. Tagovailoa’s standout play and a suffocating effort by the defense guided Alabama to a 29-0 shutout of LSU in Death Valley.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): Seth Williams, WR, Auburn
Williams caught only two passes in Saturday’s win over Texas A&M, but both catches went for touchdowns, including an 11-yard reception with less than two minutes to go to give Auburn the go-ahead score.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): Merlin Robertson, LB, Arizona State
Robertson recorded nine tackles (one for a loss) and an interception in Arizona State’s win over Utah.