With Week 10 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 10:
College Football Week 10 Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Antonio Gibson, WR, Memphis
Gibson stuffed the stat sheet in the 54-48 win over SMU. He recorded 97 rushing yards and a touchdown on three carries, caught six passes for 130 yards and a score and added a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Gibson finished with 386 all-purpose yards on just 12 touches.
Defensive Player of the Week: Greg Rousseau, DL, Miami
Rousseau recorded eight tackles (five for a loss) and four sacks in Miami’s win over Florida State.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): James Coley, Georgia
Coley and Georgia’s offense faced a lot of criticism after sluggish showings against South Carolina and Kentucky. However, this unit rebounded with a solid performance against Florida. The Bulldogs recorded 398 yards (5.9 per play), converted 12 of 18 third-down attempts and controlled time of possession (35:48 to 24:12). Of Georgia’s eight drives, five resulted in points and zero went three-and-out.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Scottie Hazelton, Kansas State
Kansas State’s defense held Kansas to just 12 first downs, 241 yards (4.7 yards a play) and allowed only one drive to extend beyond 45 yards in Saturday’s 38-10 win. Hazelton’s group also recorded two interceptions, four sacks and did not allow a play longer than 33 yards.
Team of the Week: Memphis
The Tigers took a big step forward in the battle to be the top Group of 5 team by beating SMU 54-48 on Saturday night. An offense led by quarterback Brady White and running back Kenneth Gainwell collected 514 yards (7.1 yards), and the defense got a couple of timely second-half stops to secure the victory. Special teams were also a key cog in the win. Memphis returned a kickoff for a score and connected on all four field-goal attempts. The Tigers have some work to do, but Norvell’s squad is in the driver’s seat to earn a trip to a New Year’s Six bowl.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): Isaiah Spiller, RB, Texas A&M
Spiller ran for 217 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries to help lift Texas A&M to a 45-14 win over UTSA.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): Ahmad Gardner, DB, Cincinnati
Gardner played a key role in Cincinnati’s comeback win over East Carolina. The freshman returned an interception for a 62-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter and stuffed the stat sheet with two pass breakups and three tackles.