With the 11th 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 11:
College Football Week 11 Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina
Howell threw for 550 yards and six touchdowns and added 21 yards and a score on the ground in North Carolina’s 59-53 win over Wake Forest. Howell is the only player in ACC history to record six passing touchdowns and a rushing score in a conference game.
Defensive Player of the Week: Jaelan Phillips, DL, Miami
Phillips recorded eight tackles (4.5 for a loss) and 2.5 sacks in Miami’s win over Virginia Tech.
Team of the Week: Wisconsin
The Badgers were sidelined for the last two weeks due to a COVID-19 outbreak, but coach Paul Chryst’s team was sharp in its return to the field. Wisconsin thoroughly dominated Michigan 49-11 on Saturday night to move to 2-0 this fall. The Badgers led 28-0 at halftime and never looked back thanks to a strong effort on both sides of the ball. Quarterback Graham Mertz completed 12 passes for 127 yards, while the ground game gashed Michigan for 341 yards. Wisconsin’s defense limited the Wolverines to 4.9 yards per play on 45 snaps. Coordinator Jim Leonhard’s group also forced two turnovers and gave up just three third-down conversions on 11 attempts.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Joe Moorhead, Oregon
Moorhead’s tenure in Eugene is off to a strong start. After a solid debut against Stanford, the Ducks recorded 8.8 yards a snap and 43 points in Saturday’s 43-29 win over Washington State. Quarterback Tyler Shough continues to show promise, connecting on 21 of 30 throws for 312 yards and four scores, while the ground game averaged 7.5 yards per rush over 36 attempts (269 overall yards). The Ducks punted only one time and scored touchdowns on five of the team’s last six full possessions.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Joseph Gillespie, Tulsa
Tulsa picked up a key win in AAC play by defeating SMU 28-24 on Saturday night. The Golden Hurricane limited the Mustangs to 351 yards (4.6 per play), 24 points and just four third-down conversions over 16 attempts. SMU’s offensive production on Saturday night was a steep drop from its usual level in 2020 (40.5 ppg and seven yards a snap). Gillespie’s group also recorded two sacks, forced a critical turnover late in the fourth quarter and did not allow SMU to score a point in the second half.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): Grant Wells, QB, Marshall
Wells completed 25 passes for 336 yards and five touchdowns and added 39 rushing yards in Marshall’s 42-14 win over Middle Tennessee.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): Nick Herbig, LB, Wisconsin
Herbig recorded five tackles (three for a loss) in Wisconsin’s win over Michigan.