Athlon hands out the awards from the Week 11 action
With the 11th 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 11:
College Football Week 11 Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Ryquell Armstead, RB, Temple
Armstead gashed Houston’s defense for 210 yards (7.0 ypc) and six touchdowns in Temple’s 59-49 upset victory on Saturday night.
Defensive Player of the Week: David Long, LB, West Virginia
Long recorded six tackles (four for a loss), three pass breakups and three sacks in West Virginia’s 47-10 victory over TCU.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Tyson Helton, Tennessee
Helton’s offense was instrumental in Tennessee’s upset win over Kentucky. The Volunteers recorded 412 yards (6.9 per play), went three-for-three in red zone opportunities and scored on a 39-yard pass just before halftime. Additionally, Tennessee recorded 215 rushing yards against a standout Kentucky front seven.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Brent Venables, Clemson
Clemson’s defense limited Boston College to just 113 yards (2.0 per play) in Saturday’s 27-7 win. The Tigers did not give up a touchdown on offense, held the Eagles to just three third-down conversions on 16 attempts and recorded 10 tackles for a loss.
Team of the Week: Northwestern
For the first time in program history, Northwestern is headed to the Big Ten Championship Game. After losses by Wisconsin and Purdue earlier in the day, coach Pat Fitzgerald’s team clinched the West Division title with a 14-10 victory over Iowa. Quarterback Clayton Thorson helped to guide two second-half scoring drives, while Northwestern’s defense limited Iowa to just 333 yards (5.3 a play) and did not allow a point in the fourth quarter. The Wildcats have won five Big Ten contests in a row and have claimed victories in five out of their last six games overall headed into Week 12.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): Kennedy Brooks, RB, Oklahoma
Brooks ran for 165 yards and three touchdowns on 15 attempts in Oklahoma’s 48-47 victory against Oklahoma State.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
Parsons led Penn State’s defense with seven tackles in the win over Wisconsin.