With the 10th 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 10:
College Football Week 10 Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Kyle Trask, QB, Florida
Trask connected on 30 of 43 passes for 474 yards and four touchdowns in Florida’s win against Georgia in Jacksonville.
Defensive Player of the Week: Nick Cross, S, Maryland
Cross recorded eight tackles (one for a loss), one sack, two pass breakups and a forced fumble in Maryland’s win over Penn State. The sophomore also intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter to help ensure the Nittany Lions couldn’t mount a comeback.
Team of the Week: Notre Dame
The Fighting Irish picked up the biggest win of Week 10 by defeating Clemson 47-40 in overtime in South Bend. Coach Brian Kelly’s team used an efficient performance from quarterback Ian Book (310 yards and one passing score), while the ground game added 209 yards – including 140 yards from Kyren Williams. Notre Dame’s defense gave up 473 yards but forced a fumble that was returned for a touchdown and made a crucial stop in overtime to secure the victory. The Fighting Irish have work to do but beating Clemson significantly boosts this team’s playoff hopes.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Jeff Grimes, BYU
Grimes called another outstanding game in BYU’s win over Boise State on Friday night. The Cougars posted 51 points, averaged 8.8 yards per snap and punted just twice over 13 drives. Quarterback Zach Wilson threw for 359 yards over 21 completions, while the ground game posted 214 yards on 38 carries.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Kane Wommack, Indiana
Indiana’s defense was instrumental in Saturday’s win over Michigan. The Hoosiers created some havoc around the line of scrimmage (three sacks and five tackles for a loss) and broke up four passes. Indiana also intercepted two passes in the fourth quarter to help seal the victory. Additionally, Wommack’s group held the Wolverines to 357 yards, with the bulk of those coming through the air (344). Indiana did not allow Michigan to get anything going on the ground (13 yards) and limited the offense to just three third-down conversions on 11 attempts.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): Kyren Williams, RB, Notre Dame
Williams ran for 140 yards and three touchdowns over 23 carries in Notre Dame’s win over Clemson.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): Jalen Catalon, S, Arkansas
Catalon recorded 12 tackles, forced a fumble and picked off a pass in Arkansas’ 24-13 win over Tennessee.